Remember when science revealed that women found men with beards more attractive than clean shaven men (like, duh)?

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Well, a few months have passed, and it’s already time to rethink the beauty those 8,500 women were beholding.

Because—wait for it—men with beards carry more germs than dogs do. DOGS.

Yep, you’d be better off making out with your mutt than with your bearded boyfriend. (Which I’m definitely not suggesting you do.)

Why do we know this, you ask?

Scientists wanted to find out if people would get sick from dog-carried diseases if they allowed the animals into MRI machines meant for human use. And when they swabbed the machines after the canines had been removed, they found significantlyless bacteria there than when humans used them. Ew.

Then they got down to the nitty gritty and actually swabbed 18 men’s beards and the fur of 30 dogs.

EVERY SINGLE MAN had high microbial counts. Every single one.

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Compared to only 75% of the dogs.

'The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men's beards compared with the dogs' fur.'

-Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic

The clincher?

Seven of the men were found harboring bacteria harmful to human health.

If you think about it, the mouth and nose are a hotbed for bacterial growth, and that curly mess surrounding them basically guarantees a catchall for disaster.

So, the next time you think of running your fingers through those wiry whiskers, make sure to ask yourself: Is it really worth the risk?

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