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I have been reading AoM for a few days almost nonstop since a friend told me about it. It's a great site, and I decided to make an account.

I am 17 years old and I have been shaving for almost 4 months now. I am finding that the majority of my facial hair grows on my mustache and chin. I know that this is normal for everybody, but I also have a few random hairs growing on my cheeks. I am just wondering when a full beard will grow in. I have to shave my mustache and chin every few days, since it grows back so fast. Yet, the rest of my face grows nearly nothing. I still shave off the few random hairs on my cheeks, but they just grow right back, in the same random places. Is this just a matter of waiting for a full beard to grow in? Or do you think I am doing something wrong? Thanks a lot guys.

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I can't stress this enough. Do not attempt to grow a beard until you are regularly (at least fortnightly) shaving your entire face. That means side burns join to your chin! There are far, far too many young men attempting to grow beards before their time. There's no rush! Experiment with different amounts of stubble at different lengths before growing a beard. Master the art of shaving, because maintaining a well kept beard neckline takes far more skill than regular shaving.

Good luck, and enjoy not having to shave so regularly! I know I miss that feelings at times :)
Not all men are capable of growing a "full" beard. It all depends on your specific face. What I suggest is that you use what you have a find a style that fits your specific growth pattern.
If hair is coming in fully around your face, I'd give it at least a month. This is me after one month.

Dude...I'm 31, and I STILL can't grow proper sideburns. I've got a mustache, and a goatee...but that's it. I don't even have that bit of hair beside my lips that connects the two.
Frank, you are still very young so I would not worry about it at all. Secondly, everybody is unique and different in how the hair grows in. It is completely in your specific genes and you cant change those or control them. I would take your time and see what your style of beard will be and also your individual preference for styling it. Just remember you are still very young and it will take time for your beard to grow. Hope this helps.
I could grow a full beard when I was your age but then I had been shaving daily for over a year (and shaving on a regular basis for several). So, it is all about your genes ... check out your family. Can your father grow a full beard? What about your grandfathers? If they can, then you will likely be able to do it sooner rather than later. If not, then sorry, but you may never be able to have a full beard.
The first time I attempted to grow a beard was when I was around twenty-one years old. It was a decent beard, but it has gotten fuller since I have made it into my thirties. My beard is around four weeks of growth.
Like the others, I was able to grow only a pseudo-beard by the end of high-school. I usually kept a moustache and goatee at the time since, like you, my chin and upper lip were the places that grew thickest. I'd say I was in my mid-twenties before I could grow a proper man-beard with no gaps. I'm now in my thirties, and shaving up to twice a day - sometimes makes me wish I had your problem ;)
I didn't start growing a beard until I retired from the military, and it's been two years now and I have a decent, respectable bush on my face capable of snagging twigs and leaves and the occasional bird every now and then. My goal is to have a "mountain man" beard that I can shave off in an emergency and knit myself a sweater with the clippings :)

17 years huh? Yep, you've got time. Plenty of it. Grow and style what you've got that looks good, the rest will come in about the same time as the back and ear hair.
Thanks for the answers everybody. I'm doing No-Shave November and I'm just gonna see how much I can grow.
Man I am 17 too, I can't grow even close to proper facial hair. For some reason, my entire family (grandfather, father, and cousins) have a huge patch right under the chin that just does not grow in. My cousin is 25 and this patch still has yet to start growing. I fear I will never grow a Hugh Jackman beard! Hang tight man, we're in this together.

By the way, even though I can't grow it out properly, I too am participating in Movember, just to see what happens after a month.
I know it's not 32 years that much I can tell you, research is ongoing however...


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