Sporting facial hair has become the growing trend in recent years – with 44% of British men sporting beards – but it seems that having a beard could come with some revolting side effects.
A study conducted by Switzerland’s Hirslanded Clinic has found that bearded men carry more harmful bacteria than dogs.
The Swiss team sampled the beards of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs, reported The Mirror.
The results showed that nearly half (7) of the beards sampled were harbouring germs known to be dangerous to human health.
What’s more, all 18 men were found to have high microbial counts in their beards, while only 23 of the dogs did so.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Professor Andreas Gutzeit said: “The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur.”
Before anyone shuns a bearded man from a potential social get-together considering these findings, it’s important to note that the study had a very small sample size, and larger studies are needed to verify the findings.
Previous studies have actually found that having a beard is good for you in more ways than one.
One recent study revealed that beards can actually offer men protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays, while another revealed that women find men more attractive when they have beards.
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