A new study has found that women are more attracted to men with moustache than the full bearded or clean-shaven ones.
Researchers analysed data from 8 520 women who were asked to rate photos of men for general physical attractiveness for long and short-term relationships.
According to The Independent, the images were manipulated to alter the facial hair from clean-shaven to light moustache, heavy moustache and full beard.
The researchers also altered the men's brow ridge, cheekbones and jawline to make them appear more or less masculine.
Men with moustache were viewed a more attractive for short-term flings while full beards were seen more attractive for long-term relationships.
Extremely masculine and feminine-looking faces were found to be the least attractive than unmanipulated faced who are more clean-shaven.
The researchers of this study suggested that beards may act as a signal of men's age and masculine social dominance.
"Sexual selection via female choice has shaped the evolution of male ornamentation in many species," the study's authors wrote.
They also said strong masculine facial features, such as a pronounced brow ridge and robust jawline, may signal underlying health.
Other studies have claimed bearded men are more likely to be sexist.
Previous research unrelated to this specific study found that beards may contain bacteria which could potentially be developed into new antibiotics.