Teen development is most associated with puberty and the changes that come along with it. These changes in hormones can lead to some unwelcome symptoms like acne and body odor. By implementing these teen hygiene tips, your teen will feel happier and healthier. It’s important to realize that when teens don’t know what to expect and are caught off-guard by bodily changes, it can lead to confusion and embarrassment. Talk to your children early enough so that when the time comes they are prepared and ready to take on some new hygiene habits during this time in their development.
The importance of hygiene
During this time of growth, teens can expect to notice bodily changes. This can include more odor when sweating, and a heavier production of hair and face oils to name a few. When left untended, these changes can lead to more severe facial blemishes, illness, and negative feelings. This can all be combated by implementing new hygiene practices. Not only will your teens feel fresh and improved, but they will lead a healthier lifestyle during this developmental period.
Teen hygiene tips
Shower or bathe daily
Body odors and oils can easily be managed by showering or bathing daily. This includes hair washing as well since the scalp also produces excess oils during puberty. Make sure your teen has plenty of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, and everything else they need to clean and feel fresh.
For teens involved in athletics, make sure they take a shower after practices and games as well.
Use deodorant or antiperspirant
If your teen notices underarm odor that showering daily alone does not control, deodorant or antiperspirant may be needed. Be sure to check the directions as some products state that they are best to be applied in the mornings or evenings.
Keep menstruation supplies on hand
For teens who have started menstruating, irregular cycles are to be expected, especially in the first year. With this in mind, make sure that your teen is always prepared with the necessary supplies. Get a bag or pouch that all the supplies can fit into and can easily be taken with them to places like school, sports practices and events, and sleepovers.
Use a face wash
Excess facial oils can be to blame for increased acne and facial blemishes. Showering alone may not be enough to keep pimples at bay. There are many different types of face washes available with different ingredients. Take the time to learn what ingredients and types of products are best for your teen for the best results. If the blemishes are severe consult a dermatologist for additional insight.
Brush and floss daily
It’s important to keep teeth clean for avoiding cavities and promoting strong oral health. Brushing twice a day and ideally, flossing once a day will keep smiles bright and healthy.
Wash bed linens often
While bathing daily makes a positive impact on removing excess oils from the body, it’s not enough to keep bed sheets and pillow cases fresh. Teens are often tired and need a lot of sleep which means they’re in bed a lot. Set a schedule to make sure bedding is washed frequently and ask your teen to help.
Changing bodies need a lot of vitamins and minerals to keep them going. Make sure there are plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy options for teens to snack on when they’re hungry. Turning to oily and sweet snacks and candy frequently can worsen some symptoms they’re already dealing with.
Get plenty of sleep
Teens need a lot of sleep to support them and their development. Strict school schedules may not be very accommodating to their sleep needs. Encourage teens to take naps when they’re tired and let them sleep in on the weekends. For more detailed information about sleep and teens, read our blog Common Sleep Problems in Teens.
Wear clean clothes daily
To further combat body odor, ensure that each day begins with a fresh set of clothes. Articles like underwear and socks should not be worn between washings. Teens involved in athletics or other sweat-inducing activities should shower when finished and put on fresh clothes afterwards.
Dealing with bodily changes can seem difficult when teens don’t know what to do. Embarrassment and feelings of being overwhelmed can be avoided completely by talking with your child before these changes start to occur. Share how this is a natural process that everyone goes through and implement these tips for keeping some unwelcome symptoms at bay.
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Sources: Nemours, Verywell Family