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.
1. Kit Harington
Kit Harington and his sexy beard play Jon Snow on Game of Thrones.
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.
But looks like he still needs a baby sitter when clean-shaven.
3. Jake Gyllenhaal
Gyllenhaal used to be a child star, but with a beard like that, he is now a man star.
But he still looks like bubble boy without it.
4. Ryan Gosling
Gosling changes up his facial hair a bit, and tends to stick with some scruff.
Because if not, this happens.
5. Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis looks like a (lone) wolf man with his unruly facial hair.
And here he is between his Mommy and Daddy. Just kidding. That's Sarah Silverman and Sacha Baron Cohen, but still.
6. Jared Leto
Leto went from sexy mountain man...
...to a beautiful 13-year-old girl in her punk phase.
Drake, who grew this beard to make you forget about Degrassi, is pretty much never seen clean shaven anymore.
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.
8. Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman played Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, who was the person version of a moustache.
And when he wasn't filming, he was known to have this Grizzly Adams-esqe beard.
But then someone dug up this horrifying picture of him completely clean-shaven.
9. Russell Brand
Comedian Russell Brand looks like a rockstar with his facial hair.
And strongly resembles Shelley Duval without it.
10. John Legend
John Legend became a dad this past year.
But still kind of looks like a kid who was snooping around his mom's spice rack.
11. Michael Fassbender
Reaction to this beard? Insert heart-eye emojis here.
And without it he looks— wait. He doesn't look bad. Damn it, Fassbender is the exception.