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.
Before And After Beard
After 3 Years Of The Beard Life My Buddy Matt Shaved His Beard
I Decided To Shave My Beard And In Doing So, I Unlocked Instant Baby Face
Shave My Beard The Wife Said. You Will Look Young Again She Said
I Shaved My 9 Month Old Beard For Prostate Cancer Awareness
Shave In Half
8 Months Sober, Down 17kg (38ibs) And Finally Shaved Off My Neck Beard
Mike Donated His Hair And Luckily Has A Pretty Good Mug Underneath All That Scruff
Harley Morenstein Before And After Shaving His Beard
Roy Asotasi Shaved His Beard To Raise Money
Before And After Shave
Before And After Shave
Bye Bye To My First Beard, Lol Feel So Naked
Daughter's Reaction To Dad's Clean Shaved Face. She Does Not Approve
Decided To Donate 10" Of My Hair To Locks Of Love. Shaved The Beard While I Was At It
Shaving My Chance To Be In Star Wars VII Off My Face
Before & After Shaving
No More Beard
I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake
Shaved My Beard, Feeling Incredibly Naked, Self Conscious And Full Of Regret
Shouldn't Have Done That... I Should Not Have Done That
Before And After Shaving Beard
Before And After
A Friend Of Mine Shaved His Year-Long Beard And Recorded "The Process"
Thought My C Pap Mask Would Fit Better If I Shaved But It Still.. Just As Bad
I Shaved My Beard Off
This Is My Brother After No Shave November
Time For A Change. Before And After
It Was Time For The Beard To Go, Compulsory Before And After Shot, And Shameless Selfie. Till Next Time
At The Request Of My Wife, Daughter, And General Comments Of Me "Looking My Age," I Took Part In Transformation Tuesday
My Wife Calls Herself A “Beard-Widow.” I Guess I’m Not The Only One Missing My Beardy Face
Illustration Vs. Reallity
This Is My Plight Every Year For Movember... Yes, Thats A Soul Patch.
It Was Time To Change
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