I do have some scars from a rather bad dog bite in my early 20s - that was one reason I grew it. It was that, or claim dueling scars from my (imaginary) student days in Heidelberg. Dimples, I have no idea!
I've been working the night shift for several months and last week took the floating shift which brought me to work during daylight hours. Not only is it a shock to see the sunlight, it was also a shock to see how a policy change affected many of the men I work with. I have never seen so many men sporting a Van Dyke. But, they are growing them; it's like a virus...it just spreads and spreads. A few keep them neatly trimmed...others...look like refugees from crocodile hunters ..or the really scruffy looking Brad Pitt.
I respectfully disagree with the comparison of men with facial hair to women with make up. Totally different. The hair on my face is natural.
The opposite of your assertion could be stated, that men who shave are hiding their natural appearance. Where do hair styles enter in? If I grow a pony tail does that make me a rebel? Chic? A convict? An intellect? Effeminate? Who makes those judgments? Why does it matter anyway? Maybe I grow it because my dear uncle had one, or I am playing a part in a play with a bearded character, or my wife likes it, or my daughter,
or it's experimental, or a million other reasons? Does it have to be a mask?
I do agree though that the true self is defined by something far more important than any physical appearance, which matters so very little. But can't my beard just be a beard? Why can't a man's natural appearance include or exclude facial hair? This thread has proven that some women like it for that reason, some women dislike it for this reason.
Certainly women who use make up are hiding their natural appearance; enhancement to some, detraction to others. But make up is not natural, facial hair on men is!
Then again, women also tweeze their eyebrows (and their mustaches and beards that God gave them) so men do not have to look at them in their natural appearance.
I'm OK with a nicely, well-trimmed beard, but I am not OK with a lady with a beard