Despite food particles that hide out for who knows how long, dudes with beards are more hygienic than clean-shaven men, according to a recent study.

That’s right; according to the Journal of Hospital Infection—what a title—men without beards are three times more likely to carry a methicillin-resistant form of coagulase-negative staphylococci on their cheeks and 10 percent more likely to have common bacterium staphylococcus aureus on their faces than their burly friends. What’s that mean? Respiratory and skin infections galore. The researchers speculate that micro-abrasions caused by shaving “may support bacterial colonization and proliferation.”

On that note, seriously stop shaving your chests, too. Embrace the grizzly within.