Guess what beard-lovers? Researchers have found that beards are filthier than dog fur.
A new study in Switzerland found that there were more harmful bacteria in a man’s beard than on dog’s fur. And we’re not just talking about a little difference here. Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic said that there was “significantly higher bacterial load” when comparing men’s beards to dog’s fur.
A total of 18 beardos were swabbed alongside 30 four-legged friends and researchers found that all 18 men had high levels of microbial bacteria, compared to 23 of the dogs. Seven of the men had bacterial levels high enough to be considered a health hazard, while seven of the dogs only had moderate to low levels.
Studies like these aren’t necessarily conclusive, so if you decide not to shave off that colony of bacteria trapped in your facial hair, you can say you’re waiting for the full study. And you can always claim pogonophobia – the fear of beards.