Now, this is not the news that many men would be pleased to hear. According to a study, men with beards actually carry more germs than a dog.
Yes, that is what the scientists think. Men with beard may carry bacteria in their chin area which could be dangerous to their health.
The study involved 18 men, and the necks of 30 dogs, across a range of breeds. Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, told: “The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur.
“On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men.”
The study discovered that every single one of the 18 bearded men, aged between 18 and 76, showed high microbial counts. Compare this to only 23 of the 30 dogs having high levels – with the remaining seven having ‘moderate’ levels and dogs are technically cleaner… apparently. Seven of the men involved in the study had microbes that posted a threat to human health.
Meanwhile, Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front (yes, that is such a thing), cast doubt on the report telling: “‘I think it’s possible to find all sorts of unpleasant things if you took swabs from people’s hair and hands and then tested them.
“I don’t believe that beards in themselves are unhygienic,” he wouldn’t really considering his title…
Mr Flett continued: “There seems to be a constant stream of negative stories about beards that suggest it’s more about pogonophobia than anything else.”
So, what do you guys think?