A new study may have men with beards thinking about grabbing the razor.
According to researchers at the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland the beards on men have more bacteria, even bugs, than what is found in a dog’s fur.
Researchers took swab samples from the whiskers of 18 men, aged from 18 to 76, and compared them with samples from the necks of 30 dogs of various breeds
The results? 23 of 30 dogs studied had high amounts of germs in their fur, the other seven had moderate amounts.
When it came to the men, seven of them had high enough microbe counts in their beards to be considered a threat to human health.
The study was met with controversy. A spokesman for the ‘Beard Liberation Front’ says the results are more about an irrational fear of beards than anything else.