Forget about sponges, toilets, or cell phones: the germiest thing in your house might actually be your own face.
Forget about sponges, toilets, or cell phones: the germiest thing in your house might actually be your own face. More specifically, your (or your partnerâs) "lumbersexual" beard may be harboring a disgusting germ colony.
At least, that's according to KOAT Action 7 News in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The news station recruited "a handful" of bearded guys to see what was lurking in their facial hair (aside from the crumbs of that morningâs breakfast). The result: some beards are as dirty as toilets.
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âIâm usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this,â explains John Golobic, the Quest Diagnostics microbiologist who tested swabs from the guysâ beards for KOAT. âThese are the types of things youâd find in feces. Itâs just completely loaded with enterics,â aka bacteria that normally occurs in your intestines (and poop).
One look at the horrifying petri dish is enough to put you off your lunch. Intrepid reporter Royale Da has had various objects (iPhones, door handles, and the like) tested as part of the station's recurring series, but the beard samples were the worst she's encountered. âIâve never seen a petri dish this color before,â Da says in the video.
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On the bright side, the bacteria they found aren't going to make anyone sickâyes, bugs that cause food poisoning are also a type of enteric bacteria, but those specific germs weren't found.
So should guys ditch the beards entirely? Nah, no need to change your look. This finding simply suggests that some men may not be washing up as well as they could, Golobic says. On top of a thorough beard scrub in the shower (with soap, shampoo, or a beard wash), everyone (bearded or not) should also practice proper hand-washing.
And âtry to keep your hands away from your face as much as possible,â Golobic adds, since your hands are most likely the way the bacteria travels there in the first place.
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