Our bodies are far more disgusting than we realize. Hair is no exception and there's actually a fair amount of gross things about body hair that you probably didn't know. Of course, it also has its positives. Without body hair, we'd have a hard time maintaining our body temperature and sweat would be dripping everywhere, but it's there for a reason, including to protect us from viruses and diseases.
From knowing the fascinating uses of butt hair (yes, butt hair), to identifying what is found on each strand of hair on your body (like bugs), there are a few noteworthy gross, disturbing, and fascinating things to know about the fuzz that covers your body. Take bacteria for instance. Even fresh out of the shower, our skin is covered in bacteria. According to a study published in the journal Science, there are over 1000 types of bacteria that live on our skin. Most of it is helpful bacteria, the kind that makes sure infections don't get into wounds. Some thrive in the moistness of our armpits and latch onto the hair there if you don't shave. That's why unshaved armpits often smell worse than shaved ones, though both could benefit from a good swipe of deodorant.
Then there's our quest to minimize our body hair, whether through shaving, depilatory cream or waxing. Be careful when shaving "down there" as according to Gurl, shaving your vagina can cause you to take off some of the skin membrane, which leaves you vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases. This is evidently the cause of many visits to the ER.
So love your body hair or hate your body hair, here are some things about it you might want to know.