Bearded men might soon have to get rid of their facial hair after a study found that the clumps of hair are nothing but placeholders for germs.
The study, carried out by researchers at Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, compared strands of bacteria found in men’s facial hair to that taken from the fur of dogs.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not, the study found more bacteria resident within the beards of men than in the fur of dogs. The study was conducted on 18 men and 30 breeds of dogs and was designed to find out if men could pick up bacteria from dogs if they used the same MRI at a veterinarian.
The study found all the 18 test subjects, aged between 18 to 75, had high microbial counts. 7 men were also found to harbor bacteria extremely harmful to man.
Conversely, only 23 of the 32 dogs had high microbial count, a paltry figure compared to that of the men.
The researchers also found that the MRI had more germs after the men used it than after the dogs used it.
“The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,’ Professor Andreas Gutzeit of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic said.
“On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men.”