AUSTRALIA has hits a pash rash epidemic according to a new survey.
Kissing in Australia is on the decline with women purposely avoiding men with stubble in fear of the dreaded pash rash.
In the study of more than 1000 Australians aged 18-39, stubble was found to be an obstacle to passionate kissing.
Seven out of ten women surveyed admitted they prefer to give a man with stubble a quick kiss on the mouth, rather than a long lingering kiss.
In contrast, 71% Australian women admitted they would happily share a long lingering kiss with a clean shaven guy.
Almost two thirds of women (61%) said they had knocked back a man with stubble bluntly explaining that stubble causes irritation to their skin.
Other pash rash avoidance tactics include kissing a man with stubble on the cheek (39%). A third of women are even turning their head away (33%).
The research, commissioned by Procter and Gamble's Gillette, also shows that more than 50% of those women surveyed admitted that stubble has caused them to avoid intimately kissing a man.
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