A study out of Switzerland claims that men's beards carry more bacteria than dog fur. This is bad news for all you bearded boys - if you wonder why your beard is always itchy, now you know.\nAccording to the study, a Swiss research group surveyed the bacterial load of microorganisms from 18 men and 30 dogs. They also compared the bacterial contamination that is shared by both dogs and humans.\nIn layman's terms, they took samples of beard hair and dog fur and found that "bearded men harbour significantly higher burden of microbes and more human-pathogenic strains than dogs."\nView this post on Instagram This week on #EpicBeardFridays, The Beard Club profiles the legendary Italian Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. . Born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo was the epitome of a "Renaissance Man". Possessor of a curious mind and keen intellect, da Vinci studied the laws of science and nature, which greatly informed his work as a painter, sculptor, architect and inventor. His ideas and body of work, which include "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa", have influenced countless artists and made him a leading light of the Italian Renaissance. . So ahead of his time, da Vinci appeared to prophesize the future with his sketches of advanced technologies resembling a bicycle, helicopter and a flying machines. Like Leonardo, we at The Beard Club feel we’re ahead of our time, as we continue to educate the masses on the importance of embracing your manhood by growing your beard! . So Leo, for showing the world your truly visionary skills while at the same time rocking an epic face forest, TBC sends out an enlightened salute! #EpicBeardFridays #thebeardclub A post shared by THE BEARD CLUB (@thebeardclub) on Dec 14, 2018 at 12:03pm PST\nThough the sample size is small, 100% of the men in the study were found to have high microbial counts, with nearly 40% harbouring pathogen bacteria in their beards. Pathogen bacteria can mean anything from feces to salmonella and even worse things like Streptococcus or listeria.\nDon't panic though — this doesn't necessarily mean that your beard is a bacteria-filled cesspool... but it does mean that you should pay careful attention to your beard. Campaigners for The Beard Liberation Front (yes, that's a thing) released updated beard care guidelines following the study.\nView this post on Instagram Beard ✔️ Tattoos ✔️ Suit ✔️ A post shared by THE BEARD CLUB (@thebeardclub) on Jul 21, 2018 at 12:25pm PDT\nThe Beard Liberation Front, or BLF, says that "they don’t believe that research suggesting that beards carry more dirt than other parts of the body."\nIt stands to reason, however, that beards are more susceptible to harbouring bacteria, even though the study has such a small sample size.\nBefore the beard police get mad at us, keep in mind that as long as you keep your beard clean and healthy, you have no reason to worry about the results of this study. Then again, you can always just shave and pet some dogs — that's probably a better time.\nMen throughout history are famous with their beards, as everyone from Jesus to Sigmund Freud are known for their impressive facial hair. If you don't know who they are, Jesus did that one thing with water and Freud took a bunch of cocaine. Quality role models!\nView this post on Instagram Namaste? Nah I'ma stop shaving. A post shared by THE BEARD CLUB (@thebeardclub) on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:33pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram Stay Savage... but keep your #beardgame on point with our Beard Brush! ⚔️🦁⚔️ A post shared by THE BEARD CLUB (@thebeardclub) on Apr 18, 2017 at 5:10pm PDT\nWhether or not you believe the research is credible, if you have a beard, please make sure to clean it and keep it healthy.