Well, some of you goaded me. Here's a new study on how big beards can make it harder for people to understand you, since they conceal facial movements and gestures. And here's a study showing that women prefer beards to skin - but only trimmed ones:
A study in the 1970s and another one three years ago come to similar conclusions: Women are more attracted to, and more likely to develop a long or short-term relationship with, men with light beards or stubble. They also find men with full beards more aggressive and mature, but also the least attractive. Men with no facial hair were rated the second-least attractive, but also least likely romantic partners.
I'm for Bachelor Number 3 above. But most women opt for Bachelor 2.