Ok, I’m going to be honest and tell you that I am not a fan of beards or other facial hair. Facial hair tends to get out of control, and too many people do it wrong. So, as a rule, I say shave your face. However, if you are willing to invest the time and effort into grooming your beard, then there are things you can do to make sure you look professional.
You have to understand that regular trimming of the beard is absolutely necessary. By regular, I mean every day or every other day if your whiskers grow slow. If you are not willing to commit to keeping things clean and trim, just shave.
Keeping things clean require the use of a good beard trimmer. Different trimmers perform differently, and you would be wise to carefully review your options prior to purchasing a trimmer. Some are washable (required!!) and some even vacuum away the cut hairs as you groom. I personally would buy one of these as it will reduce the clean up time required.
You must also wash your beard frequently. Nothing is more disgusting than some chump with a bunch of food or mucus slathered in their facial hair. Something like that should be criminal. Don’t let it happen to you. Frequent washings are mandatory.
Lastly, consider some type of balm or conditioner for your beard. These will prevent any unpleasant odors, help moisturize the skin and will make the whiskers softer for the fairer sex.