Considering it´s been only two years on testosterone (on July the 26th), I can grow pretty decent facial hair. I already had a bit of a goatee going on Pre-T, which started to spread at about six to eight months; after came the neck-beard and then finally sideburns at about one and a half year in.
I have an okay soul patch (patch below the lip), but any hair on the upper lip has been reluctant to sprout. It is sprouting alright, but barely visible and lingering only on the corners of my lip, which gives me an disorderly look. My practice has been to trim it before it gets out of control.
Basically, I can grow a beard… it just takes a very long time. Generally, a boy will start to develop facial hair in his teenage years, with real beard development kicking in much later, mid-twenties to early thirties. So I could just sit back and wait about ten or fifteen years.
But I am thirty now. Also, I missed out on having a beard my entire life. Among a lot of other things, like those wild early twenties and gaining experience with girls. So I have decided that I have earned this. Whether the beard decides to show up or not is up to my genes, but I have good faith in it.
I have been looking into Minoxidil for quite a long time now and there were always reasons not to get it, among which the finance aspect. However I got a small break where that´s concerned and so I decided to go ahead and purchase it. Not easy, considering you can only get it with a prescription.
I asked my doc but she wouldn´t go along – even when formulated as a hairline issue – she thought it was a kind of snake oil (sold for profit, rather than effect). Minoxidil has been proven to work, both scientifically (for receding hairlines) and not so scientifically, on beards.
Thankfully there are other ways, so I looked for it and found a seller trustworthy enough to buy from (I went on a site similar to ebay, be sure to check their reviews and whether their information/bank account/telephone number has been validated). I got myself six bottles, enough for six months of use.
I will update here from time to time, though in the first months of use there probably won´t be much to document, as the hairs go through a shedding phase and new follicles have to “instate” themselves. Things should start to show some change after the four month mark – I´m excited!