If we are to go by a latest research, then beards should not be considered as unhygienic bits of fuzz anymore; instead, they house millions of ‘good’ microbes which save us from harmful bacteria.
A new study that appeared in the latest issue of Journal of Hospital Infection says clean-shaven men are thrice more vulnerable to infections and ill-health than those with beards.
During an experiment, 408 facial swabs were taken from bearded and non-bearded workers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Around hundred different types of bacteria, including some with antibiotic properties were reportedly found in 20 beard swabs.
University College London microbiologist Dr Adam Roberts, who led the research, dismissed the theory that beards are dirty and often contain harmful bacteria like E.coli, which can cause stomach and urinary infections.
The research claimed facial hair saves men from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium which causes many difficult-to-treat infections in human beings.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.