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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Handsome!

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#6

It Happened

It Happened

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Petra Rola Cole
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

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

Sheryl
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe cutting your hair will make you male again ;)

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
4 years ago

I thought, "why are they showing a picture of his wife here, and then I read the caption and ohhhhhhhhh...."

Martha Davies Kraft Della Rovere
Community Member
4 years ago

I thought the same!!!

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Raikō Ame
Community Member
4 years ago

I bet that's your long lost twin sister hahahaha

Lara Harris
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, instant sex change. That's bizarre!

Susan Gardner
Community Member
4 years ago

Now cut your hair stylishly and you will look amazing!

Cat Clemmo
Community Member
4 years ago

haha better with the beard

Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
4 years ago

So cut your hair and grow a mustache, a neat one. You are very nice looking naturally.

Martine
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel horrible for laughing.. But honestly this is saved my day

TC Van Tayain
Community Member
4 years ago

change your haircut, bitch & you wont look like a girl lol

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
4 years ago

TC... I almost fell off my chair... I laughed so hard. 😅😂🤣

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Mae
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG looks like my little brother, he also looks like a girl when he's shaven xD

Wyndmere
Community Member
3 years ago

Time for a guy hair cut too.

Dina Voormey
Community Member
4 years ago

Now the hair!😀

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
4 years ago

She should've suggested you get a decent haircut, too. That would help.

Rambling Rapscallion
Community Member
4 years ago

"Cut your hair now you must" Master Yoda

Stephanie Burton
Community Member
4 years ago

Let's face it, it wasn't a great beard

Janine Randall
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah...maybe a haircut to go with the beardless look?

Christine Butler
Community Member
4 years ago

A baby face! a sculptured beard and a hair cut would work great on you!

Francie Traschen
Community Member
4 years ago

um, maybe cut your hair?

Mary Hurst
Community Member
4 years ago

Cut the hair dude

Lakia Hawkins
Community Member
4 years ago

Noww I see why he keeps the beard, otherwise he looks tooo feminine

Krystine Patterson
Community Member
4 years ago

Um ok, I thought that was his wife on the right...

Annemarie Elshout
Community Member
4 years ago

it is your long lost sister!!

Breezy S
Community Member
4 years ago

I think he'd look nicer cutting the head hair a bit....and growing the beard back out a little

Jay Ishere
Community Member
5 months ago

....and now he looks like his wife...lol

Sarah Dunham
Community Member
1 year ago

Different person

Alison Schofield
Community Member
1 year ago

What the hell🧐

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm pretty sure the very long hair has something to do with it.

Ronald Sabourin
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't ever do that again!

edvin lee
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude looks like a lady

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
1 year ago

lmao! hahahaha

Ute Kowert
Community Member
1 year ago

it is your hairstyle .....you should try a pixie-cut, that´s perfect for round faces

Linda Lehn
Community Member
1 year ago

Aaaaaaand now cut the hair!!!

Dawn Manley
Community Member
1 year ago

Before!

Leah Gazzana-Kell
Community Member
2 years ago

You look like an old school marm nerd. I though it was your wife

Kerry Schulstad
Community Member
2 years ago

And now the haircut.

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I thought the one on the right was the disappointed wife until I read it. Sorry bro.

Trisha Haskett
Community Member
2 years ago

Girl!

Peter Rogers
Community Member
2 years ago

Holy Crap! it's Kathy Bates in Misery! :O

Nora Dauser
Community Member
2 years ago

You need to cut hair, too girlie lookin

Karin Morris
Community Member
2 years ago

Well the hair parted on the side is not a good look. Get something done to that

Loredana Kardia
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh...i thought that was his wife, her reaction to his face...glue the beard back!

Poppy Petal
Community Member
2 years ago

Go, get a haircut.

Lisa Beatty
Community Member
2 years ago

cut the hair too now

Eleanor Orser
Community Member
2 years ago

Cut the hair, not necessarily shirt but a style and you will look like a handsome man

Bonnie Barney
Community Member
2 years ago

Super ugly!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 years ago

It’ll grow back.

Amorina Shannon
Community Member
2 years ago

You should not have listened to your wife

Amorina Shannon
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol

birdhouse
Community Member
3 years ago

Dear lord! How fast can you grow it back?

Em Bowker
Community Member
3 years ago

let it grow, keep it trimmed!

Lori Tilton
Community Member
3 years ago

Just trim the hair. Way better without.

Sacha Bower
Community Member
3 years ago

Instead of cutting off the beard you should have grown a mustash to go with it

An Le
Community Member
3 years ago

Lmao too cute

CV
Community Member
3 years ago

So, he was a she!

Elise Williams
Community Member
3 years ago

Just get a good haircut and then you will Wow the ladies.

Richard DeArmond
Community Member
4 years ago

NO improvement whatsoever.

Prince-Nux
Community Member
4 years ago

A pretty girl, at least

Rachel Rae
Community Member
4 years ago

I thought why are they showing a picture of his wife. Whoops. it's the hair. At least come straight back and take the girly part out of your hair. Maybe just short chin hair... goatee. it's definitely the part in your hair I think.. if you comb your hair straight back you'll look more masculine. But hey who am I to judge 👍🏾

Aida Nieves
Community Member
4 years ago

try losing the hair your handsome

Michelle Albano
Community Member
4 years ago

NOW.......CUT THE HAIR

Gio Jo Maloto
Community Member
4 years ago

Just cover your face.

Lucia Israelsson
Community Member
4 years ago

Strange. People tell him to cut his hair. But I never hear someone say cut hour hair to a woman. And my husband never tell me to shave, I do because I want to. Why should I tell him to shave off his beard?

Alicia Lowery
Community Member
4 years ago

yep

Christopher Oetker
Community Member
4 years ago

perhaps the hair needs to go now?

Ashley Charboneau
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow almost forgot the story and thought it was!

Tracy Graber
Community Member
4 years ago

I agree- either a "2 day beard" look, or just a mustache. Maybe a new hairstyle too.

Linda Gulley
Community Member
4 years ago

Cut your hair.

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
4 years ago

Next step .... cut your head hair.

Tracy Baparam
Community Member
4 years ago

baby face

Lalita
Community Member
4 years ago

indeed. xDD

George Lyda
Community Member
4 years ago

Thought it WAS your wife

Margaret Brodie
Community Member
4 years ago

😂😂😂😂😂❤️

Community Member
4 years ago

"Aaaannddddd I look like a girl now" LMAO

Aldis Lit
Community Member
4 years ago

look's like a woman

Patti Sunshine
Community Member
4 years ago

you do look 12, it's true.

Mikaela Skoula
Community Member
4 years ago

Fancy the new hairdo also 😂 so neat!!

Deborah Gallimore
Community Member
4 years ago

Shaved

Christine Della Rocco
Community Member
4 years ago

Umm...I thought it WAS a girl on the opposite side! Lol

Annamie Murray
Community Member
4 years ago

LOL. :D

Tammy McLeod
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe a haircut next?

Roos
Community Member
4 years ago

I get way he had a beard. He does looks like I girl without it. He has beautiful long hear though

Katrina C
Community Member
4 years ago

You look like Sam Kinneson!

Karen Drucks
Community Member
4 years ago

well, cut the hair and you won't.....

Samantha Beckett
Community Member
4 years ago

better without the beard.

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
4 years ago

Think you need a haircut as well !!

Susann Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

Aaaaaaaaaaa you forgot to get a hair cut too.

Wendi Galligan Abeberry
Community Member
4 years ago

I thought that WAS your wife!

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
4 years ago

Got a baby face when clean shaven 😁

Molly Block
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like his wife now, LOL

Bonnie Alcorn
Community Member
4 years ago

Think the hair has anything to do with that?

Robin Ellison
Community Member
4 years ago

he does look younger and he does look like a girl now

Farida Serenity
Community Member
4 years ago

Simply trim the hair short, too.

Lucybaby
Community Member
4 years ago

She should let you trim the beard and just keep it clean!!

Bridget Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Haha man bun time? Jk please don't

Timea Hajnalka
Community Member
4 years ago

😂 C'mon, if you put your hair and face normal you gonna look like a dude again 😂

Rhon
Community Member
4 years ago

Grow the beard!

Mary Ker
Community Member
4 years ago

A haircut might help there.

Peter Jacobs
Community Member
4 years ago

Neither.

Alda Sirauskaite
Community Member
4 years ago

Never to late grow back 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep, now you end a haircut

szatan667
Community Member
4 years ago

Like a girl now LOL

Viktė Džiaugytė
Community Member
4 years ago

:D

Sharon Moore
Community Member
4 years ago

Cut the locks or pull it back and you will look like a younger handsomer version of the bearded guy.

Kerry Pye
Community Member
4 years ago

pmsl you do

Anna Brown
Community Member
4 years ago

Do the hair as well then!

Helen Burgess
Community Member
4 years ago

huh!

Eleanor Orser
Community Member
4 years ago

Cute your hair and you will look awesome.

therealpixie
Community Member
4 years ago

So, get yourself a nice haircut. Your wife will be so relieved.

Flora Polvado
Community Member
4 years ago

And hopefully so will he.

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Leah Tafolla
Community Member
4 years ago

A really ugly girl #sorrynotsorry

gpc1965
Community Member
4 years ago

maybe with a burka...

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#8

This Transformation

This Transformation

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Valentina
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Good for you!

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#12

Complete Transformation

Complete Transformation

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Cat Clemmo
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Awwwww

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#22

Had To

Had To

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Lucia De Santiago
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Seriously laughing so hard...

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#25

Transformation

Transformation

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John L
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

You look good both ways

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#28

Beard Shave

Beard Shave

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Johan Ruda
Community Member
4 years ago

The cuteness is real!

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#29

Hair-B-Gone

Hair-B-Gone

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Emre
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

look lots younger

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#31

No More Beard

No More Beard

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Barbara Jones
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

No, you didn't!

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#33

Half/Half

Half/Half

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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