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Update: On May 4, TheLoop published a story (seen below) regarding a study that found men’s beards could be as dirty as toilets. We were right on that front – if you were to test the average person’s facial hair for germs, you’d probably find at least a few specks of E.coli bacteria on it.

The study we reported on was still misleading, however, because it omitted the fact that almost everything is covered in poo bacteria. That’s right, your skin, your hair, your mouth—all of it. Poop. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, clean-shaven folks could actually be more likely to be colonized with potentially harmful bacteria. So, stick that in your razors the next time you shave, baby faces!

The original story can be seen below.

It turns out long-forgotten food crumbs aren’t the only disgusting thing that could end up lurking in a beard.

According to results from a lab in New Mexico featured on Vuz TV, those lumberjack manes could be as “dirty as toilets.” That’s right, beards are as nasty as the things you go to the bathroom in, except they’re on people’s faces.

To make these findings, scientists swabbed the beards of several men and found that the scruffy hair you love could be loaded with poop particles and enough nightmarish bacteria to keep you from ever wanting to kiss or rub up on them again.

“These are the same things that can cause urinary tract infections,” a microbiologist in the video below says as he analyzes one person’s hair sample.

Delightful, right?

If you are a fan of beards though, and aren’t ready to whip out the razors just yet, there are some small ways you can help keep those face blankets clean. For one, touching your face with your hands is a big no-no. The bacteria that’s on them will quickly find a place to live on your head, and nobody is going to find that attractive. Regular face washing and scrubbing would also help remedy the situation as well.

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