I have never really committed to growing out a beard since I am only 18 years old and I do not have hair growing on every part of my face, but I was told that you have to endure an "awkward stage" in order to actually grow it. It has been maybe two weeks since I have shaved, and I have a pretty bad "pedo-stache" situation going on. I have full coverage on my mustache-area and my neck, but I have very little coverage on the side of my cheeks. There are a few random hairs growing, but not really much of anything else. It is starting to get embarrassing, and I feel unhygienic for letting myself look so unkept. I have also gotten a few negative comments about it. Should I just keep regularly shaving until hair starts to grow in the empty spots? I feel as if I can only properly grow it out once I have decent coverage. Also, are there any products I can use to encourage healthy beard growth? I have been told that there are beard oils I can use. Also, do healthy practices such as staying hydrated, having a good diet, and exercising encourage growth? If you have any answers or advice, let me know!