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Sorry hipsters, your beards probably contain more poo than a toilet seat

TrendingBy Shuki Byrne
Beard popularity in recent years reached levels unimaginable
Beard popularity in recent years reached levels unimaginable

Beard popularity in recent years reached levels unimaginable.

With the emergence of the 'hipster' the beard began growing ever-more popular - along with craft beer, the avocado and not wearing socks. 

Everybody and your granny had one; Jared Leto had one, that guy from Maroon 5 got one and almost every man his 20s in Ireland has or had one. 

For those of us who struggle to grow even the measliest of facial hair it was a time of true horror and envy. 

But now we can take a few moments to rejoice why it was probably a good thing we didn't give in to the trend. 

Microbiologists looking at the hygiene of facial hair swabbed a selection of beards to collect bacteria to determine how dirty or clean they were.

Surprisingly, they found that many beards contained more poo than the seat of a toilet. 

Microbiologist John Golobic, of Quest Diagnostics in New Mexico, said: "I’m usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this.

"Those are the types of things you'd find in (fecal matter). There would be a degree of uncleanliness that would be somewhat disturbing."

Apparently the key to a poo free beard is to make sure you wash your hands regularly and avoid playing and twirling the hair.

"Try to keep your hands away from your face, as much as possible," Golobic added.