Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front, seems to disagree, telling the Mail:
“I think it’s possible to find all sorts of unpleasant things if you took swabs from people’s hair and hands and then tested them. I don’t believe that beards in themselves are unhygienic.”
“There seems to be a constant stream of negative stories about beards that suggest it’s more about pogonophobia than anything else.”
But, could beards actually be good for your health?
While this may seem worrying at first, it’s important to remember that with proper care, beards could actually be more hygienic than shaved faces.
A study by the Journal of Hospital Infection swabbed the faces of 408 hospital staff with and without facial hair to identify whether beards could be a source of infections. The researchers were surprised to find that it was the clean-shaven staff who carried more bacteria on their faces.
The beardless group were more than three times as likely to be harbouring a species known as methicillin-resistant staph aureus, which is resistant to many current antibiotics.