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Let's not mince words here: beards are sexy. When a guy has a well-groomed, non-patchy, touchable-looking beard, it is nearly impossible for ladies (and some guys) to resist. A good beard is like a face proclaiming its manliness to the world, so when it is suddenly shaved off, these shining beacons of masculinity suddenly look like small, smooth babies again. Not even super good-looking celebrities are immune to baby-face syndrome after shaving their face, as made evident by these 12 guys who went from being guys you would want to date to guys who look like they are not even old enough to drive a car.

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1. Kit Harington

Kit Harington and his sexy beard play Jon Snow on Game of Thrones.

No, not her, the thing on his face.
No, not her, the thing on his face.
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Sans beard, Harrington looks like a kid who can't get a date to his Middle School dance.

2. Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays a dad on Modern Family.

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But looks like he still needs a baby sitter when clean-shaven.

He'd be the kid with peanut allergies.
He'd be the kid with peanut allergies.
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3. Jake Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal used to be a child star, but with a beard like that, he is now a man star.

And that arm hair. Yes.
And that arm hair. Yes.
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But he still looks like bubble boy without it.

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4. Ryan Gosling

Gosling changes up his facial hair a bit, and tends to stick with some scruff.

Because if not, this happens.

Give this kid a juice box, will ya?
Give this kid a juice box, will ya?
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5. Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis looks like a (lone) wolf man with his unruly facial hair.

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And here he is between his Mommy and Daddy. Just kidding. That's Sarah Silverman and Sacha Baron Cohen, but still.

So that's what his chin looks like.
So that's what his chin looks like.
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6. Jared Leto

Leto went from sexy mountain man...

Peaceful day in Jtree. Pic by my friend @renan_ozturk

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...to a beautiful 13-year-old girl in her punk phase.

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It's not a phase, mom.
It's not a phase, mom.
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7. Drake

Drake, who grew this beard to make you forget about Degrassi, is pretty much never seen clean shaven anymore.

@theo.skudra

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But he did shave once for SNL. Look closely, because Drake will only reveal his baby face is it is shroud in shadow, and not the 5 o'clock kind.

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8. Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman played Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, who was the person version of a moustache.

Fans know what I mean.
Fans know what I mean.

And when he wasn't filming, he was known to have this Grizzly Adams-esqe beard.

In real life, he enjoys woodworking. As if you couldn't tell.
In real life, he enjoys woodworking. As if you couldn't tell.

But then someone dug up this horrifying picture of him completely clean-shaven.

Good luck sleeping tonight.
Good luck sleeping tonight.
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9. Russell Brand

Comedian Russell Brand looks like a rockstar with his facial hair.

And strongly resembles Shelley Duval without it.

Beard or No Beard? #beards #cleanshaven

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10. John Legend

John Legend became a dad this past year.

Thanks @phunkeeduck! My nephews are already scheming to take this from Uncle Johnny

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But still kind of looks like a kid who was snooping around his mom's spice rack.

Early Christmas present from Lawry's! Oh the fried chicken I will season with this.

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11. Michael Fassbender

Reaction to this beard? Insert heart-eye emojis here.

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And without it he looks— wait. He doesn't look bad. Damn it, Fassbender is the exception.

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Is that a tiny cup or does he just have giant hands?
Is that a tiny cup or does he just have giant hands?
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