Your beard might protect you from superbugs

According to research published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, having facial fuzz could protect your health from carrying dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.

Researchers with the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston compared facial bacterial colonization rates among 408 male healthcare workers with and without facial hair. Workers with facial hair were less likely to be colonized with Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, (41.2% vs 52.6%) and meticillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci.

This means that the clean-shaven participants were three times more likely to be hosting dangerous superbugs on their cheeks. The researchers hypothesized that shaving can cause micro-abrasions in the skin that attract the bacteria.

MRSA is a common infection, often acquired by those who spend time in hospitals. The infection tends to be mild, surfacing as a pimple or bug bite-type bump that is itchy or annoying. But it may develop into puss pockets that require surgical draining. It can lead to dangerous infections in bones, joints, cuts, the urinary tract, the bloodstream, heart valves and lungs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

So don’t shave. That beard you have will not only get you laid for being the very embodiment of masculinity, but as it turns out beards might actually save lives as well.

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