We haven't seen Chad Michael Murray in a long time ... now we know why!

The actor has been hiding his good looks under one super thick beard -- it doesn't even look like him.

On Wednesday, Murray tweeted a picture (right) of his new look with the caption "June 26th the beard goes ... Sad. It'll b [sic] like losing a child. #PostPartumDepression."

He may be sad to see it go, but all we can say is thank goodness!

We don't mind a guy with a little scruff -- but when you have a face like Chad, why would you hide it?

What do you think of the former "One Tree Hill" star's latest look? Sound off below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see more stars scruffy vs. shaved!

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