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!

Sierra Hall
Community Member
4 years ago

Those eyes in both pictures. I don't think it matters!

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

wow! he shouldn't hide behind a beard

Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
4 years ago

What, was he pretending to be Rasputin?

Christine Gibbons
Community Member
4 years ago

Those eyes!

Emre
Community Member
4 years ago

better shaved

dbb dbb
Community Member
4 years ago

Much Better without ( for me )

Amorina Shannon
Community Member
3 years ago

You look very nice without the beard

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

Please, DON'T grow it out again.

Michelle Albano
Community Member
4 years ago

i dont get it.....these long ass beards look so bad on EVERYONE!! maybe its just me but i think guys with long beard look kinda dirty & look like they dont take care of themselves im sure they do....thats how i feel!

Felicia Dale
Community Member
4 years ago

What a spectacular beard! Either way, a handsome fellow.

Roxy Perez
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! Head turner!

Esmeralda Ureta
Community Member
4 years ago

He's so attractive 😋

Vanessa
Community Member
4 years ago

Both are nice

Jay Ishere
Community Member
9 months ago

.....and just then he was made aware that his coffee mug, adjustable wrench and smoking pipe were all hidden within the mass of beard hairs

Alison Schofield
Community Member
1 year ago

Eyebrows next

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

How does someone even deal with that? It looks ridiculous. I guess he realized hipster life wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
1 year ago

ooooh look at that amazing beard! <3 on the right looks like every person on earth now.

Mindy Keys
Community Member
1 year ago

So much better.

Karen Martinez
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, nice!

Eleanor Norman
Community Member
2 years ago

Love this

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
2 years ago

That is a great beard and mustache on left and a great color. Again, have to go with half and half.

Rebecca Weeks
Community Member
2 years ago

I like hairy men, beards, however these Mr twit beards are a minging.

Karin Morris
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh he's handsome. Wow

Loredana Kardia
Community Member
2 years ago

Good decision !

Bonnie Barney
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like a mop coming out of his nose. Very ugly!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank goodness

Ivana Nikolic
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg, I like beards but this is touch too much!

Dale Murphy
Community Member
3 years ago

It was an amazing beard! The fun part is having excellent choices in facial hair.

Em Bowker
Community Member
3 years ago

definitely better without!

Lori Tilton
Community Member
3 years ago

Definitely after!

Lori Tilton
Community Member
3 years ago

so much better after!

Amby Stanyer-Hunter
Community Member
3 years ago

Striking Viking to average Joe!

Denise Rawley
Community Member
4 years ago

I have to wonder did he actually manage to get a girlfriend with that beard, not against beards in general but that was something else.

Sacha Bower
Community Member
4 years ago

Okay this one looks better without the long beard, but still needs to keep the facial hair LOL

EvieNiffler
Community Member
4 years ago

Must feel so weird to him...

Audrey Gauci
Community Member
4 years ago

Is that Ned kely

Audrey Gauci
Community Member
4 years ago

Kelly*

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Emory Colborn
Community Member
4 years ago

So sad...that beard was so very majestic!

Richard DeArmond
Community Member
4 years ago

An improvement here.

Joseph Blue
Community Member
4 years ago

That is not shaved !

Анастасія Бульченко
Community Member
4 years ago

You are very handsome man, without beard and you look like my father in youth

Dianne Wilson
Community Member
4 years ago

that hair was AWESOME MAN :) I must say that he is a handsome man but I prefer the hairy face lol :)

Kim Rhoades
Community Member
4 years ago

Damn, that is one handsome man!

Tracy Graber
Community Member
4 years ago

That face needed to see the light of day! You look great!

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
4 years ago

Definitely after- yet again

Natalia E. Tamayo
Community Member
4 years ago

you look better without hair, love it!

Dee Jeffrey
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks nice without that uber santa beard.

Seong Jin
Community Member
4 years ago

You could hide someone in that beard!

Elly Clifton
Community Member
4 years ago

such an improvement

Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

On the right, he looks like a good man, left not so much!

Tami Mitro
Community Member
4 years ago

amazing and hot

Benicio del Pilitch
Community Member
4 years ago

so, no longer a hipster ? :p

Dina Voormey
Community Member
4 years ago

25 years younger!

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
4 years ago

Good for you - coming out from behind that curtain!

Mae Jimilgo
Community Member
4 years ago

After shaving the eye color also changed?? WTH!

Stephanie Çhristine
Community Member
4 years ago

Matt is a handsome fellow 😊 His beard was also incredible

Stephanie Çhristine
Community Member
4 years ago

Matt is quite handsome 😊 And that beard was magnificent

Jodie Fraser
Community Member
4 years ago

too nice to hide behind a beard

Katie Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Handsome man. He should leave the beard short.

Christine Butler
Community Member
4 years ago

way better without the (impressive) beard

lindsayaotter
Community Member
4 years ago

It was a nice beard, his eyes are so much more noticeable with a shorter beard. Plus, his eyes are gorgeous!

Deborah Gallimore
Community Member
4 years ago

Shaved

Miriam Hirsch
Community Member
4 years ago

He still has a beard, it's just shorter.

Maggie Collins
Community Member
4 years ago

Do me and yourself a favor KEEP IT CLEAN SHAVEN!!!

Eleanor Norman
Community Member
4 years ago

You8 look gorgeous without hair.

Shirley Bond
Community Member
4 years ago

Better for sure.

Roos
Community Member
4 years ago

Without beard he has a really different face! I like it! And he has beautify eyes!

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
4 years ago

How did he find his mouth with that beard !!

Michael G.
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow!!

Lucky Lambdin
Community Member
4 years ago

Too bad, Matt. Any feller blessed with such good whiskers as those orter let 'em grow.

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
4 years ago

Much better

Lynn Lee
Community Member
4 years ago

His beard looks a lot like Harry's

Irene Bocardo Reina
Community Member
4 years ago

after!! Those sexy lashes

Robin Ellison
Community Member
4 years ago

now lets do something about those eyebrows...

Martine
Community Member
4 years ago

But that beard was so nice!! .. Oh well good thing he looks good without it too

Blind Oracle
Community Member
4 years ago

Awww! he looks so worried!

Lucybaby
Community Member
4 years ago

He's very handsome! He did have a Viking look before lol. Good thing about facial hair it grows back quickly lol.

Timea Hajnalka
Community Member
4 years ago

Much better without.. You looked like a lost man from the sea ;))

Leah Tafolla
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg if he was Rasputin I would date him I love mystics

Peter Jacobs
Community Member
4 years ago

Without but more than stubble, please.

Annabell
Community Member
4 years ago

Good decision, Matt!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
4 years ago

How did he live under that thing!

Janet Elliott
Community Member
4 years ago

So much better without.

Jeannette Treusch
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks soooooo much better!

Susan Gardner
Community Member
4 years ago

He is gorgeous and you never would have known it.

Collin Lyle
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like he lost 10 lbs

person (i think)
Community Member
4 years ago

he looks so worried!

Ann Jeppesen
Community Member
4 years ago

Think he's very good looking both ways. But with the beard it a little difficult to see how he looks. But the beard was impressive

Meowoui
Community Member
4 years ago

After picture is better

TC Van Tayain
Community Member
4 years ago

of course, better without !

Sharon Moore
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks so handsome and younger without the beard.

Undead Soldier
Community Member
4 years ago

better shaved

Flora Polvado
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks traumatized in the 2nd pic.

Helen Burgess
Community Member
4 years ago

better without.

gpc1965
Community Member
4 years ago

that was not as beard. That was a mental issue.

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
4 years ago

Handsome both ways, but easier to eat barbecue now. 🤗

Abigail Kreiss
Community Member
4 years ago

Better after

Lucia De Santiago
Community Member
4 years ago

:o , hi :v

Katharina Vittenlind
Community Member
4 years ago

How did his eyes change color from grey to green? 😲

John Katz
Community Member
4 years ago

good for you

Cat Clemmo
Community Member
4 years ago

much better without

DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 years ago

Good for him!

.gas.
Community Member
4 years ago

Couldn't cut the facial hair strings entirely.

The Urban Y
Community Member
4 years ago

Hallelujah! Saved the planet another ice age by finally shaving.

MadJess Tic
Community Member
4 years ago

His beard is so long, it seems too nice and neat.... it almost looks fake!

Tammy McLeod
Community Member
4 years ago

Much improved.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh! Thank God! He'd started to smell like bacon and cat boxes!

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
4 years ago

Matt got tired of not getting laid

Lucky Lambdin
Community Member
4 years ago

Women & facial hair - oil & water. Me, I don't git all the make-up & nails.

Nathalie Hidalgo
Community Member
4 years ago

Something sinister behind those eyes

Britta Niemann
Community Member
4 years ago

Much better without the Gimli beard.

Karen Drucks
Community Member
4 years ago

Really, some faces should never be covered by ugly hair

Erica Lemieux
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks sad that he lust the beard

Bridget Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm just not a fan of the Duck Dynasty beard. So bravo to the post-beard look! So much better!

DeeDee Davis-Lawhon
Community Member
4 years ago

Hot! Much better.

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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...

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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
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