Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or two, you’ve probably realized that beards are kind of a hot topic right now. There are glitter beards, holiday beards, half-shaved beards, and lady beards. You name it, it’s a thing. There was even an oddly accurate definitive guide to types of beards.
Beard-hype wasn’t just limited to trends, though. The scientific community quickly jumped on board. With research claiming that bearded men are sexist, dangerous, and also sexier than their bare-faced counterparts, beards have gotten a lot of attention from the scientific community. Perhaps most controversial of all was the beard poop claim. Just under a year ago, research showed that men with beards carried around “more poo than a toilet seat” on their faces. Vom. This study wasn’t really legit though, and beard lovers everywhere were not down with the results.
Recently a more legitimate study was released, telling us once and for all whether beards are, in fact, crappy or not.
Beards have obviously always been a thing, but beard-hype really took off over the past year.
Specifically “hot bearded men.” The poor schmuck in the background must have missed the memo.
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Fully glittered beards were a thing.
If you ask me, this is more of a problem than finding poop in your beard. Mostly because you will *never* get rid of it.
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Glitter and manbuns and attractiveness aside, are beards something to be worried about?
Should you shave or should you grow?
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Well, according to KOAT Albequerque, the answer is yes.
Claiming that “some beards are as dirty as toilets” is a concerning concept if I’ve ever heard one. Apparently the public thought so too, as news of the research spread across the media like wildfire.
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Before we get too freaked out, though, let’s talk about the “study” itself.
According to the original source, only a “handful of brave men” had their beards swabbed. On its own, this is an issue because small sample sizes are notoriously unreliable.
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On top of that, they didn’t say whether any clean-shaven chaps had their faces swabbed.
It’s not really fair to say that a beards are dirty when you haven’t even tested the baby faces for comparison.
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And finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back was that the bacteria they were testing for were simply enteric bacteria,
Many of which are harmless and are found literally everywhere, so it’s not hard to imagine that they’d exist on a man’s beard.
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Even if all of that isn’t enough to lay your beard-related worries to rest, a recent actual scientific study has good news for you.
It was even done in a hospital with actual researchers!
After swabbing a grand total of 408 hospital staff, both bearded and not, the researchers came to a surprising conclusion.
Clean-shaven dudes were more than three times as likely to be toting around dangerous bacteria on their faces.
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They were looking for a specific bacteria that doesn’t respond to antibiotics and poses a huge health concern in hospitals.
And it was found that the bacteria living in beards actually produce a new antibiotic that kills the bad bacteria!
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So not only are beards cleaner, they also contribute to overall health.
I’ll drink to that.
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Main image and collage image via BBC