Sunday, January 24, 2016
Clean shaven people are more at risk than Bearded ones,study reveals
Contrary to popular belief, Beards may be more bacteria-resistant and hygienic than clean-shaven men.
According to a recent study of hospital workers found that those without facial hair are more likely to harbor dangerous bacteria than their more hirsute colleagues.
It was the clean-shaved men and not the proud beard owners who are more than three times as likely to be carrying a meticillin-resistant staph auerus (MRSA),a dangerous bacteria. The researchers speculate that shaving creates microscopic abrasions in the face that serve as prime breeding grounds for the dangerous bacteria.
The research took place in a hospital, where they swabbed the faces of 400+ staff members both with and without beards.
According to the biologist Dr Adam Roberts, it’s entirely possible that some of the bacteria found in beards have evolved to release powerful, antibiotic toxins that keep harmful bacteria at bay.
This was revealed in BBC show Trust me I’m a Doctor.