Some beards are dirtier than a toilet shocking study reveals
| May 4th 2015
US: Sorry hipsters with your fancy face hair - apparently the average beard can have more poo in it than a toilet. Yum.
According to microbiologists, hairy faces could actually be dirtier than a loo because of the rancid bacteria that beards collect.
John Golobic, of Quest Diagnostics in New Mexico, swabbed a number of beards searching for bacteria and determined that while several beards contained normal bacteria, but some contained so much poo they were comparable to toilets.
If there were similar samples in the water system, the scientist said it would have to be shut down for disinfecting.
Dr Golobic said: "I'm usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this.
"There would be a degree of uncleanliness that would be somewhat disturbing."
Apparently the key to a poo-free beard is washing your hands and a good old thorough face scrub - and resisting twirling your moustache like a Victorian gent.
Mr Golobic added: "Try to keep your hands away from your face, as much as possible."
Meanwhile pogonophobia is the heightened fear of beards leading to nausea, sweating and rapid breathing.
Because some beards are just more frightening than others.
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