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

Силвия Митева
Community Member
4 years ago

quiet, or he will put that shirt on again. *drools*

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
4 years ago

With hair, no beard; shaved head, beard; shaved head, no beard- as long as the shirt stays off... ✨⚡️zowie!💫💥

Tessa
Community Member
4 years ago

Damn, you look good without a beard

Tessa
Community Member
4 years ago

And shirt

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Jillian LaFave
Community Member
4 years ago

this hairless man is attractive.. did i just say that

Lakia Hawkins
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't understand why men with such nice faces want to hide it behind messy beards. My husband is the exact same way, he looks 20 years younger and much more handsome without it. But it is such a fight for him to shave it.

Blind Oracle
Community Member
4 years ago

Men probably wonder why we would want to hide such nice legs by not shaving them

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Maureen Zappellini
Community Member
4 years ago

Ooooh, nice! *cougar growl*

Maria Belinska
Community Member
4 years ago

Both way incredibly handsome

Elise Williams
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! not that is not a face to hide!

Michelle Albano
Community Member
4 years ago

OMG he is FINE with no hair!!!!!! KEEP IT OFF DUDE!

Mary Ker
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep. Hot. Hairless hotness.

Helen Burgess
Community Member
4 years ago

better without.

Selenlna
Community Member
4 years ago

WELL YEAH THAT'S A SUCCESS

Sofian Nur
Community Member
4 years ago

wow totally looks different...

Amorina Shannon
Community Member
3 years ago

You look more muscle than wimp now yay 🙌

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

A little too much shaved off.

Tonia Anderson
Community Member
4 months ago

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Alison Schofield
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s better

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

He looks kinda scary now, tbh.

Diane van Humbeck
Community Member
2 years ago

Not the same guy. Fake.

Nicole Songe
Community Member
2 years ago

Yowza

Helenium
Community Member
2 years ago

helllooo nurse

Dawn Manley
Community Member
2 years ago

After!

Karen Martinez
Community Member
2 years ago

Looking good

Kerry Schulstad
Community Member
3 years ago

So much better!

Melanie Dawn Nelson
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow. What a hunk a hunk a burnin’ love!

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
3 years ago

Somewhere between left and right with neat hair and nicely shaved beard.

Loredana Kardia
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks better shaved.

Hannes Hirschfänger
Community Member
3 years ago

Now where's the SJWs complaining about the sexist comments by females under these pictures.... oh right, I forgot sexism only exists in white men...

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Much better

Jeanette Robertson
Community Member
3 years ago

/ugh.... <3

Shelly Pain
Community Member
3 years ago

Add six months of working out to that change I think

Em Bowker
Community Member
4 years ago

better without

Lori Tilton
Community Member
4 years ago

You are so handsome. You don't need a beard.

Zyrina Berrocales
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow he looks nice in both pictures

Trevon Greenhead-Walters
Community Member
4 years ago

Sexy

Kim Rhoades
Community Member
4 years ago

ohhh, the shaved pic is so yummy! mmm

Tracy Graber
Community Member
4 years ago

Jaw drops, hits floor.

Bert Kranenburg
Community Member
4 years ago

stunning

Irene Walton
Community Member
4 years ago

wow, much better!

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
4 years ago

Definitely after - although, just a haircut would have been better

Dee Jeffrey
Community Member
4 years ago

He could keep the beard but cut his hair shorter.

Lalita
Community Member
4 years ago

nopes, left one looks much more cute. The bald look is aggressive and too macho for me. blergh

Paulette Guillory-Gardner
Community Member
4 years ago

I'll be in my bunk.

Sona Kocourkova
Community Member
4 years ago

and after he shaved himself he looks much more better and younger!

Gail Walsh
Community Member
4 years ago

xx

Ariane Nelson
Community Member
4 years ago

hairless is better!

Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

Totally looks like a different man. Right side wins!

Tami Mitro
Community Member
4 years ago

amazing and hot

Danijela Barišić
Community Member
4 years ago

Ermm, what hair? :)

Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks good without the shirt...oh and the beard and hair!

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
4 years ago

BIG improvement.

Community Member
4 years ago

He's cute either way :)

Rosa González
Community Member
4 years ago

wooooow... oh my... woooow... ohh lord is so ... handsome...wooow

YouCan'tPronounceMyName
Community Member
4 years ago

So cute when you can see his face (and bod)

The Urban Y
Community Member
4 years ago

From a wolf to a stud...

Deborah Gallimore
Community Member
4 years ago

Shaved

ReeRee Yarbrough
Community Member
4 years ago

I am 49 yo female and i shaved all my long hair off for the love of my cousin she has been stricken 3 times with cancer

Richard Fougere
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah..and he lifted a bunch of weights, too (if indeed the second picture is of the same person!).

Francie Traschen
Community Member
4 years ago

did he get on a workout regimen too? he looks a lot bigger

Pamela Lopour
Community Member
4 years ago

Love the shaved head.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks very manly now! Did you leave the goody trail?

Julia Wolfe
Community Member
4 years ago

Daaaaaamn.

Karen Drucks
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks 19 years younger

chezron
Community Member
4 years ago

So sad! No chest hair. Half a man

Angie Hamilton
Community Member
4 years ago

You look better with hair and beard , personal taste lol

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg cutie

Molly Block
Community Member
4 years ago

RAWR!!!

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Shaved his face, huh? I still see eyebrows.

Robin Ellison
Community Member
4 years ago

His hair was so cute! I think I liked him better with hair and a beard. Hope he raised a lot of money.

Farida Serenity
Community Member
4 years ago

Better!

Tengericsillag
Community Member
4 years ago

Grrrr. Meow.

Ashley Argo
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow.

Jessica Otero
Community Member
4 years ago

Nice!

Crystal Guider
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! He's super cute without the facial hair.

Peter Jacobs
Community Member
4 years ago

Beard, definitely.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
4 years ago

Gorgeous before and after

Nicole Rosandich
Community Member
4 years ago

looks sharp cleaned up!

Susan Gardner
Community Member
4 years ago

Fabulous!

Blue Cicada
Community Member
4 years ago

From Welsh rugby player to US boxer!

Sharon Moore
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! What a handsome manly man he looks like without the beard and younger too.

Uno. playero
Community Member
4 years ago

If i don't saw left hoto, i never be thinking, that he have curved hairs, like 100% europeoid with straight hairs, to the right......

Joelyn Kitzmiller
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! Good looking guy under all that fur!

John Katz
Community Member
4 years ago

no beard wins

Cat Clemmo
Community Member
4 years ago

oh my!!! so so much better without

Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
4 years ago

that's a massive transformation! :)

Meike Henneman
Community Member
4 years ago

Very massive

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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...

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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

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Britta Niemann
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

nailed it...

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