We were not allowed to have beards in high school back in the day. So as soon as I graduated when I was 18, I started growing a beard and have not once gone back. I keep it neat and trim and just use a little shampoo thats it. My wife likes it. My kids have never seen me without it.
I grew a full beard once, and I can honestly say I hated it after a while. Feeling it rub on my neck drove me crazy and it itched.. a lot.
It felt so good to shave it off.