Growing out a beard can dramatically change a man's look, but shaving one off can be even more of a shock, revealing the dreaded post-shave baby face. Some say that the right choice of beard styles 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. Bearded men, especially with thick facial hair, can boast about having a healthy balance of bacteria in their stubbles that are actually good in keeping skin healthy, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection. Male hospital workers in the US who were in the habit of shaving beards had higher amounts of harmful bacteria present on their faces than their bearded counterparts, possibly due to the damage skin often sustains after a shave. The youthful glow of a smooth look 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 men with beards are either a hit or miss in aesthetics. 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#2

Kyle Amor Shaved His Head And Face To Raise Money

Kyle Amor Shaved His Head And Face To Raise Money

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Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng
Community Member
3 years ago

Nobody tells you to erase your shirt too man

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

wow WAY better WITHOUT!

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#5

I Decided To Shave My Beard And In Doing So, I Unlocked Instant Baby Face

I Decided To Shave My Beard And In Doing So, I Unlocked Instant Baby Face

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R.k. White
Community Member
3 years ago

Handsome!

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#6

It Happened

It Happened

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Petra Rola Cole
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

ink surprise! awesome both ways

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#9

I Shaved My 9 Month Old Beard For Prostate Cancer Awareness

I Shaved My 9 Month Old Beard For Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

From hipster to boy next door...

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#10

Shave In Half

Shave In Half

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#11

8 Months Sober, Down 17kg (38ibs) And Finally Shaved Off My Neck Beard

8 Months Sober, Down 17kg (38ibs) And Finally Shaved Off My Neck Beard

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R.k. White
Community Member
3 years ago

Good for you!

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#12

Complete Transformation

Complete Transformation

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Cat Clemmo
Community Member
3 years ago

better without

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#13

Mike Donated His Hair And Luckily Has A Pretty Good Mug Underneath All That Scruff

Mike Donated His Hair And Luckily Has A Pretty Good Mug Underneath All That Scruff

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Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
3 years ago

I really liked that long hair though!

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#14

Harley Morenstein Before And After Shaving His Beard

Harley Morenstein Before And After Shaving His Beard

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Wombat34
Community Member
3 years ago

without for sure

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#15

Roy Asotasi Shaved His Beard To Raise Money

Roy Asotasi Shaved His Beard To Raise Money

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Kwaku
Community Member
3 years ago

looks better without the beard!

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#16

Beard No More

Beard No More

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Much better now !

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#17

Before And After Shave

Before And After Shave

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Aja Trier
Community Member
3 years ago

Better without.

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#18

Before And After Shave

Before And After Shave

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Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
3 years ago

Too handsome to make a difference:p

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#19

Little Difference

Little Difference

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Viktorija Gorcakovaite
Community Member
3 years ago

Noooo!!!!!!!! Don't keep the beard. Super good looking without!

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#20

Bye Bye To My First Beard, Lol Feel So Naked

Bye Bye To My First Beard, Lol Feel So Naked

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Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
3 years ago

The hairstyle was better before imho

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#21

Daughter's Reaction To Dad's Clean Shaved Face. She Does Not Approve

Daughter's Reaction To Dad's Clean Shaved Face. She Does Not Approve

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Amanda
Community Member
3 years ago

Awwwww

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#22

Had To

Had To

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Lucia De Santiago
Community Member
3 years ago

Better without

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#23

Decided To Donate 10" Of My Hair To Locks Of Love. Shaved The Beard While I Was At It

Decided To Donate 10" Of My Hair To Locks Of Love. Shaved The Beard While I Was At It

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dbb dbb
Community Member
3 years ago

The beard, sure. ;-)

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#24

Shaving My Chance To Be In Star Wars VII Off My Face

Shaving My Chance To Be In Star Wars VII Off My Face

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Amy Tarleton
Community Member
3 years ago

Seriously laughing so hard...

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#25

Transformation

Transformation

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

He looks great either way, because of his happy eyes and relaxed nature. I'm not a 'beard person' but his beard is almost perfect on him. Looks like a friendly college professor. He's a winner.

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#26

I Used To Get A Lot Of Attention - From Men

I Used To Get A Lot Of Attention - From Men

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Valentina
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the Salvador Dalí crazy look at the end!

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#27

Before & After Shaving

Before & After Shaving

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jo_shortland
Community Member
3 years ago

You look good both ways

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#28

Beard Shave

Beard Shave

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Johan Ruda
Community Member
3 years ago

The cuteness is real!

Lucybaby
Community Member
3 years ago

Overloaded!

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Meowoui
Community Member
3 years ago

your face seems to light up now without your beard

Selenlna
Community Member
3 years ago

SO CUTE

Mayra Blu
Community Member
3 years ago

Puppy eyes O,O

Ironcat_xox
Community Member
3 years ago

Jesus Christ now you sir have very envious anime eyes!!!

Timea Hajnalka
Community Member
3 years ago

You have eyes like Gizmo 💖

Zoe Krishel
Community Member
3 years ago

Gorgeous without! You look 10 years younger, but still!

Britteny Dowdle
Community Member
3 years ago

i like both

Jeffrey St. Charles
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh hey that's me.

Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Cuteie pooh!

Lakia Hawkins
Community Member
3 years ago

without

Michael Kiser
Community Member
3 years ago

cute either way.

Lauren Mitchell
Community Member
11 months ago

Looks like Bucky (aka Winter Soldier)

Leah Gazzana-Kell
Community Member
1 year ago

Was ur mom an alcoholic? FAS face

Emma Dingle
Community Member
1 year ago

Awww! Such cute dimples!

Roxy Hebb
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely looks better with the beard.

Melanie Remele
Community Member
1 year ago

Ironically, you actually look YOUNGER with the face fur.

Em Bowker
Community Member
3 years ago

both but so cute without the beard!

Ed
Community Member
3 years ago

So cute without

Dee Jeffrey
Community Member
3 years ago

He has that, "you didn't just eat my slice of pizza look"and the person replies, "no". He replies, "okay" with that gorgeous smile lol

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the smile better

Amber Poleet
Community Member
3 years ago

without!!! <3

Janine Randall
Community Member
3 years ago

Great smile covered up by scrawny beard. Good job!

Gabriel Galland
Community Member
3 years ago

Try it again in about 10 years - not enough hair young man.

Ann McNeil
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute either way ...

Deborah Gallimore
Community Member
3 years ago

Both cute

Renee Gilbert
Community Member
3 years ago

Either works.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
3 years ago

Now that is a nice baby face!

Tiu Tau Tilhi
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute. Next stop, hair trim?

SpookyBoots
Community Member
3 years ago

Nooo

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#29

Hair-B-Gone

Hair-B-Gone

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Emre
Community Member
3 years ago

i recommend you long hair and short beard. You would look awesome bro

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#30

After Shave Mood

After Shave Mood

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Pui Suwa
Community Member
3 years ago

look lots younger

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#31

No More Beard

No More Beard

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Barbara Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

Handsome either way, but better without the beard. What a great jawline!

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#32

I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake

I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake

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María Emilia Martínez
Community Member
3 years ago

No, you didn't!

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#33

Half/Half

Half/Half

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
3 years ago

Depends if you like having blue or brown eyes. :p

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#34

Shaved My Beard, Feeling Incredibly Naked, Self Conscious And Full Of Regret

Shaved My Beard, Feeling Incredibly Naked, Self Conscious And Full Of Regret

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Mary Popps
Community Member
3 years ago

Your beard was amazing !

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#35

Shouldn't Have Done That... I Should Not Have Done That

Shouldn't Have Done That... I Should Not Have Done That

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

A genuine happy face would solve all your problems, with or without the beard.

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#36

Beardless

Beardless

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Viktorija Gorcakovaite
Community Member
3 years ago

Both look cute.

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#37

Before And After Shaving Beard

Before And After Shaving Beard

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Viktė Džiaugytė
Community Member
3 years ago

Without beard - almost Nick Rosberg!

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#38

Before And After

Before And After

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
3 years ago

without, please!

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#39

A Friend Of Mine Shaved His Year-Long Beard And Recorded "The Process"

A Friend Of Mine Shaved His Year-Long Beard And Recorded "The Process"

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

From Zach Galifianakis to Hulk Hogan to Hitler to babyface 🙈

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#40

Thought My C Pap Mask Would Fit Better If I Shaved But It Still.. Just As Bad

Thought My C Pap Mask Would Fit Better If I Shaved But It Still.. Just As Bad

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jo_shortland
Community Member
3 years ago

Better without

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#41

I Shaved My Beard Off

I Shaved My Beard Off

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Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng
Community Member
3 years ago

From captain Hook to Peter Pan

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#42

This Is My Brother After No Shave November

This Is My Brother After No Shave November

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Amanda
Community Member
3 years ago

He looks so much younger!

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#43

Time For A Change. Before And After

Time For A Change. Before And After

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jo_shortland
Community Member
3 years ago

After better

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#44

It Was Time For The Beard To Go, Compulsory Before And After Shot, And Shameless Selfie. Till Next Time

It Was Time For The Beard To Go, Compulsory Before And After Shot, And Shameless Selfie. Till Next Time

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jo_shortland
Community Member
3 years ago

Cuter without

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#45

At The Request Of My Wife, Daughter, And General Comments Of Me "Looking My Age," I Took Part In Transformation Tuesday

At The Request Of My Wife, Daughter, And General Comments Of Me "Looking My Age," I Took Part In Transformation Tuesday

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Maria Lazaridou
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks better and younger without the beard. Mission accomplished.

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#46

Adios

Adios

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Petra Rola Cole
Community Member
3 years ago

Short beard and moustache would make you look great.

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#47

My Wife Calls Herself A “Beard-Widow.” I Guess I’m Not The Only One Missing My Beardy Face

My Wife Calls Herself A “Beard-Widow.” I Guess I’m Not The Only One Missing My Beardy Face

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Britta Niemann
Community Member
3 years ago

Hehe, the Spiderman shirt... :D

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#48

Illustration Vs. Reallity

Illustration Vs. Reallity

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Valentina
Community Member
3 years ago

nailed it...

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#49

This Is My Plight Every Year For Movember... Yes, Thats A Soul Patch.

This Is My Plight Every Year For Movember... Yes, Thats A Soul Patch.

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Jocelyn Kennedy
Community Member
3 years ago

All or nothing - great face though!

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#50

It Was Time To Change

It Was Time To Change

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Karin Twigt
Community Member
3 years ago

Much nicer after

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