I shaved off the beard today. I just couldn't get past the super itchy, irritated stage. I've tried it before with the same results. I should just remember how much it hurts. And you can tell that a battle was waged between my razor and my stubble, leaving the terrain of my neck meat looking like a scarred, old battle ground. But I do feel better now that it's gone. I'm sure I'll give it another go in three or five years... I'm kinda smart like that.