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.


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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.

#1 Before And After Beard

Before And After Beard

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John L 3 months ago

You have a very neat and orderly face. The beard destroys that neat look.

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#3 After 3 Years Of The Beard Life My Buddy Matt Shaved His Beard

After 3 Years Of The Beard Life My Buddy Matt Shaved His Beard

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Maria Lazaridou 3 months ago

Who knew there was such a nice face buried under all that hair!

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#4 Beard Is Gone

Beard Is Gone

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Jose Ramon 3 months ago

wow WAY better WITHOUT!

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#6 It Happened

It Happened

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Petra Rola Cole 3 months ago

Definitely sexier with a short beard.

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#7 Shave My Beard The Wife Said. You Will Look Young Again She Said

Shave My Beard The Wife Said. You Will Look Young Again She Said

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L and P 3 months ago

uhm, yeah, somehow you really do - says a dude who has massive troubles with growing a decent beard...

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#8 This Transformation

This Transformation

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Valentina 3 months ago

ink surprise! awesome both ways

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#10 Shave In Half

Shave In Half

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John L 3 months ago

Now, if we could just get it to grow like that.....on top. :(

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