So You’re Telling Me That My Clean-Shaven Male Nurse Is Probably Giving Me An Infection?
Not exactly. These findings are relatively new, so there are various hypotheses still being tested. For example, one hypothesis suggests that because men who shave their face will sustain micro-abrasion cuts on their face, the open “wounds” (they’re super tiny) can act as sort of production factory for the MRSA bacteria to reproduce in.
However, one doctor decided he was going to think outside the box — what if the difference in bacteria frequency in men with beards wasn’t due to the fact that they don’t have these micro-abrasions, but because there’s something inherently healthier hiding under their luscious face locks?
COMING UP NEXT: The discovery that this maverick doctor made that could change the way you think about beards forever!
Dr. Adam Roberts Has Some News For You About What’s Lurking In Your Face Forest
After the BBC picked up the data from that study, they decided to test their own theory, and sent new beard samples to Dr. Adam Roberts from University College London. What Dr. Roberts found was very interesting — there were some microbes in the beard tests that could actually fight bad bacteria like the infection-causing MRSA.
The BBC wrote, “[Dr. Roberts] identified the silent assassins as part of a species called Staphylococcus epidermidis … When he tested them against a particularly drug-resistant form of Eschercichia coli, the sort that cause urinary tract infections, they killed with abandon.”
So… Beards Are Basically Bacteria-Killing Machines?
Unfortunately, not quite. As we mentioned earlier in the article, beards are like snowflake — no two are the same. There are simply too many factors that influence the state of your beard to make conclusive blanket statements about the ability of a beard to fight bacteria at any given moment — the food you eat, how gross your hands are when you choose to touch your face (I personally don’t touch my face. EVER), the personal hygiene of the people that you interact with — all of these things will have an affect on the microbial content of your beard.
So, just because the results of one study showed that these beards contained microbes that were fighting bacteria, the same study on the same beards a couple of months later might yield dramatically different results.