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Sorry, beard aficionados -- a study has found that beards are as 'dirty as toilets'

Those beards contain all different types of bacteria, you know.

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IF YOU’RE A fan of beards, this information may cause you to reevaluate your opinion.

A study conducted on behalf of KOAT7 News in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that beards harbour all kinds of bacteria.

The station enlisted a group of anonymous bearded volunteers to have their beards swabbed. These beard swabs were then sent to a laboratory for examination by microbiologist John Golobic.

Upon close inspection, Golobic found that a number of the beards were “comparable to a toilet” in terms of the types of bacteria they were carrying.

It certainly shows a degree of uncleanliness that would be somewhat disturbing.

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The beards in question were also found to trap other types of harmless bacteria that you may find on surfaces.

The solution to ensuring you don’t have a filthy toilet beard?

Golobic recommends regular handwashing and beard scrubbing, as well as keeping your hands away from your face where possible.

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