Don’t read any further if you love your whiskers.
Despite those who take great pride in their facial hair, no amount of grooming can overcome the dirty truth of science.
Your beard may contain the same bacteria found in poop, according to a recent study.
Local news station KOAT 7 put facial hair hygiene to the test in a study performed by Quest Diagnostics in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The laboratory took swabs of a handful of volunteer beards and tested them for cleanliness. The results did not bode well for our bearded brethren.
Though some of the samples contained a lot of bacteria that’s considered normal, the others were comparable to toilets.
John Golobic, a microbiologist for Quest Diagnostics, told KOAT 7 that the lab results revealed the same kind of bacteria “you’d find in (fecal matter).”
However, a much larger sample size would be necessary to confirm that the average beard is as dirty as a toilet.
The bacteria revealed won’t cause any illnesses, unless you count the kind where you fall ill from locking lips with a toilet. Regardless, it will certainly make potential kissers think twice before smooching some stubble.