Having a beard is a popular trend these days among men and this is no surprise since most studies have concluded that a majority of women prefer a man with facial hair. Some men like to have a beard to cover up a baby face, try out a new beard style or simply look more bad ass like Dan Bilzerian.
Studies have also shown that men with beards are generally tougher, masculine, virile and could even be better romantic partners. But a surprising study on beards from random men revealed another side to this masculine trend that may have you thinking twice about how you care for your beard and if you want to keep yours or shave it off.
What’s Living in Your Beard?
Earlier this year Action 7 News collected swab samples from random men which they later took to a Quest Diagnostics lab where microbiologist John Golobic tested each swab and ultimately said he was surprised at what he found.
Although many beards had normal bacteria, some beard where found to have bacteria that is also found in toilets and fecal matter. Golobic did clarify that the bacteria couldn’t cause illnesses but it is disturbing and unhealthy to find this type of bacteria on beards. It’s important to keep in mind that although a beard looks awesome, it can also easily trap a lot of germs.
We’re pretty sure you’re not rubbing your face against a toilet but studies have shown that the average cellphone contains more bacteria then a toilet. Our hands come in contact with so many surfaces and objects each day, and sometimes we touch our face or beard unconsciously.
Keeping Your Beard Poop Free
Now before you go running to shave off your beard, you’ll be glad to know you can still keep your beard style but it’s important to take the proper steps to keep it clean. The microbiologist form the news report recommended that men with beards should use a beard scrub such as Bluebeards Original Beard Wash.
Essentially, it’s important to keep your beard clean and conditioned and also remember to wash your hands consistently and try to avoid touching your beard because many germs can be transmitted from your hand to your face; and this goes for everyone, beard or no beard.