TV Station KOAT in Albuquerque, NM conducted a study and had many men's beards swabbed for bacteria. The results were rather shocking.

Quest Diagnostics microbiologist John Golobic conducted they tests that resulted in some disgusting results. Golobic says in the report: "I'm usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this."

Several of the beards that were tested contained a lot of normal bacteria, but some were as dirty as a toilet. The men probably won't get sick from this, but if they touch their face without washing their hands and then eat food, they could get sick.

So hipsters, beware -- you may be paying the price to think you look cool.

If this report doesn't convince you to go back to shaving, nothing will.