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... Women find scarred faces sexiest for flings Women find scarred faces sexiest for flings

19 November 2008

Men with scars are the most attractive for women looking for a sexy fling, according to new research.

A study conducted at Liverpool University found that scarred faces were deemed sexier and more appropriate for short-term relationships.

This is because a scar was likely to indicate a man who lives dangerously and who is brave and macho.

For short-term flings, such scarred faces proved popular, but women were more likely to go for an unscarred face when starting a family.

However, the study also showed that men were no more or less attracted to women with scars on their faces.

Dr Rob Burriss from the university's school of biological sciences said: "Women may have rated scarring as an attractive quality for short-term relationships because they found it be a symbol of masculinity, a feature that is linked to high testosterone levels and an indicator of good genetic qualities that can be passed on to offspring.

"Men without scars, however, could be seen as more caring and therefore more suitable for long-term relationships."