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Time for a shave? Some beards have 'more poo than a toilet'

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A NEW 'study' has revealed that the average beard can have more poo in it than a toilet.

According to microbiologists, hairy faces could actually be dirtier than a loo because of the rancid bacteria that beards collect.

John Golobic, of Quest Diagnostics in New Mexico, swabbed a number of beards searching for bacteria and determined that while several beards contained normal bacteria, some contained so much poo they were comparable to toilets.

"Those are the types of things you’d find in (fecal matter)," Golobic said.

If there were similar samples in the water system, the scientist said it would have to be shut down for disinfecting.

And although none of the levels were enough to cause illness, the microbiologist said: "There would be a degree of uncleanliness that would be somewhat disturbing."

But experts are urging beard lovers not to reach for their razors just yet, as the results, they say, may have been misinterpreted.

The original research was based on segment from a TV news network in New Mexico, which involved a broadcast reporter swabbing a group of men's beards for testing in Golobic's lab.

Golobic discovered enteric bacteria from the swabs, which are the type of bacteria usually found living in the intestines.

According to Nick Evershed at The Guardian: "While it's true human faeces are partially composed of gut bacteria, it's not accurate to describe those bacteria on their own as faeces."

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