Growing out a beard can dramatically change a man's look, but shaving one off can be even more of a shock. Some say that beards make men's faces look stronger and more masculine, while others argue that it all comes down to bone structure. We're definitely not evolutionary scientists here at Bored Panda, but we've compiled some photos of guys before and after grabbing the razor, and we'd like to know which one you'd rather ride off into the sunset with.
Beards certainly have their place in this world, and they do a lot more than just aiding in human mating rituals. Facial hair, especially when dense, actually helps skin maintain a healthy balance of bacteria, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection. Male hospital workers in the US who shaved had higher amounts of harmful bacteria present on their faces than their bearded counterparts, possibly due to the damage skin often sustains from shaving. The youthful glow of a smooth face is worth a few nicks, though, and shaving has also been proven to scrape away dead skin cells.
It's hard to say whether having a beard is healthier or not, but it's undeniable that it either makes or breaks a guy's aesthetic. Check out a whole list of before-and-after shaving comparisons below, and just try to believe that it's the same person in each photo.