Hygiene basics for teens

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Puberty involves all kinds of changes in the body. Your skin and scalp may become oily more easily than before. It will seem that every day new hairs grow in different places. Sometimes, you will have the feeling that you are breaking out in a sweat for no reason — and you may notice that there are areas that smell to you that previously did not. What should you do about it?

These body changes are a normal part of the adulthood process. Still, some of them can be a real source of anxiety. But who cares nonetheless about armpits smell?

Read the information below on some hygiene basics — and learn what to do about oily hair, sweat, and body hair.

Greasy hair

The hormones that cause acne are the same ones that can make you suddenly feel like you’re combing your hair with a comb soaked in engine grease. Each hair has its own sebaceous (oil) gland, which keeps the hair shiny and waterproof. But during puberty, when the sebaceous glands produce more sebum, your hair may look too shiny, oily, and greasy.

Washing your hair daily or every other day can help you control hair oil. There are plenty of shampoos in stores and supermarkets to choose from – most brands are very similar, although you may want to try one that is specially formulated for oily hair. Use warm water and a small amount of shampoo to lather up. Don’t rub or scratch too hard — it won’t help get rid of oil and you could irritate your scalp or ruin your hair. After rinsing off, you can apply a conditioner; again, the ones for oily hair will suit you best.

When you style and style your hair, pay close attention to the products you use. Some setting gels or lotions can make hair greasy, defeating the purpose of washing! Look for products that are „fat free” or „oil free.”

Sweat and body odor

Perspiration, or sweating, comes from the sweat glands that you have always had in your body. But, thanks to puberty, these glands, apart from becoming more active than before, begin to secrete different chemicals in sweat that give the sweat a stronger smell. You will notice a stronger smell in the armpits. Your feet and genitals will also smell differently to you.

The best way to stay clean is to shower or bathe every day using mild soap and warm water. This will eliminate any bacteria that contribute to the bad smell. Wearing clean underwear and socks each day will also help you feel clean. If you sweat a lot, you may be interested to know that shirts, T-shirts, socks and underwear made of cotton or other natural materials help to absorb sweat more effectively.

If you’re worried about your armpits smelling, try using deodorant or deodorant with antiperspirant. Deodorants remove the odor of sweat by covering it up, and antiperspirants actually prevent or dry perspiration. They are sold in stick, ball, gel, spray, and cream forms, and can be purchased at any pharmacy, drugstore, or supermarket. All brands are similar (and those that indicate that they are made for men or women are also similar, except for added perfumes).

If you decide to use deodorant or antiperspirant, be sure to read the instructions carefully. Some work better when worn at night, while others are recommended to wear in the morning. But remember that some teens don’t need deodorants or antiperspirants. So why use them if you don’t need them? Many ads for deodorants or antiperspirants will try to convince you that you will not have friends or dates if you do not use a certain product, but if you think you do not smell bad and you bathe or shower daily and wear clean clothes, you may not need them.

Body hair

The appearance of body hair in areas of the body where you did not have it before is something you have to count on — again, it’s hormones at work. You may want to start shaving some areas where your hair grows, but it is something that you have to decide yourself. Some guys prefer to grow a mustache and beard. Some girls choose not to pluck the hair on their legs or armpits. It is you who has to decide how you feel most comfortable.

If you decide to shave, whether you are a boy or a girl, you will have different options. You can use a traditional razor with a gel or cream for shaving, or an electric razor. If you are using a traditional razor or razor, make sure the edge of the razor or blade is fresh and sharp to avoid cuts and scrapes. Shaving creams and gels tend to work better than soap because they make it easier for the blade to slide on the skin. Some newer razors have gel built into the blade, so beginners may feel more comfortable shaving.

Regardless of whether you shave your legs, armpits, or face, go slowly. They are areas of the body that are difficult to access, with many curves and angles, and it is easy to cut yourself if you go too fast. An adult or older sibling can help you when you are learning to shave. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

You may not want to shave your pubic hair because when it grows back, your skin could become irritated and itchy. Similarly, guys may think twice about shaving their chests, and girls should avoid shaving their face because the hair that comes out after shaving is thicker and prickly, forcing repeated shaving.

If you are a girl and you are concerned about the hair on your upper lip, take a step back when you look in the mirror and you will see that the hair that others see is probably not as ugly as it seems to you.

If you decide to get rid of facial hair, first find out about the different options and consult an adult or older sibling for advice. There are many products for facial hair – from those that act by bleaching it to disguise it to depilatory creams made especially for facial hair. Also, some of the new non-greasy moisturizing face creams contain substances that soften and weaken facial hair, making it less visible. You may want to try some of these products before opting for bleaching, waxing, or shaving.

In the few cases where a girl’s facial hair is so visible that it causes her anxiety, a dermatologist or skin specialist can use permanent removal techniques, such as electrolysis. In some cases, excess hair on a girl can be a sign of a disease, such as polycystic ovary syndrome. If you are a girl and you are concerned about hair growth, talk to your doctor.