Personal hygiene is important for all children but after puberty, it becomes especially important.
When your teen fails to practice good head to toe hygiene it is blatantly obvious to all those around them.
High school can be really rough on kids without being noticed and called out for being stinky or scruffy.
Good hygiene practices during the teen years can preserve, improve and prevent your teen’s self-esteem from going in the toilet.
Cleansing Oily Skin And Hair
With the onset of puberty, oily skin and hair often settle in.
Skin and hair are filled with minuscule holes or pores which contain oil glands that produce sebum. Sebum is the oil that helps keep hair and skin moisturized. During puberty, the oil glands can go into overdrive.
About 8 in 10 teens have some form of acne from a minimum amount to quite a problem.
Washing your face with warm water and a mild cleanser or soap at least once a day can help stop acne-producing oil from accumulating on your face. Shampooing your hair daily or every other day can help keep oil to a minimum. A shampoo specially formulated for oily hair types may be your best bet.
Bathing Or Showering Regularly
Teens can sweat for a number of reasons, like when they’re physically active, anxious, nervous or hot. Sweat can produce a foul smell. Using a regular deodorant or antiperspirant deodorant can help prevent underarm odor that can escalate as the day goes on.
Deodorants mask the odor of sweat while antiperspirants stop perspiration in its tracks. A daily bath or shower with a mild soap is necessary during the teen years to help wash off sweat and bacteria that lead to body odor. Your teen should pay special attention to the genitals and underarms when cleansing his body.
When girls begin menstruating, they may worry about vaginal odor. Fortunately, the vagina is constructed to naturally flush out bacteria. Scented tampons and feminine sprays are not only unnecessary, they may cause allergic reactions and possible infection if they contain a large amount of perfume.
Scent-free feminine wipes or washing the vaginal area with a washcloth each time a teen girl changes her pad or tampon may help ease concerns about odor during menstruation. More times than not, she is the only one who is able to detect any menstrual-related odor.
Teens often neglect their teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease such as gingivitis. Brushing and flossing are critical to good oral hygiene, especially when drinking sugary beverages, acidic sodas, and sports drinks. Poor oral hygiene can also cause bad breath — something no teen wants to be known for.
Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is recommended along with professionally-applied fluoride treatments when a teen is especially cavity-prone, advises the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Many teens stay up late and get up early. Burning the candle at both ends can make a teen more likely to have acne flare-ups and other skin problems, says the National Sleep Foundation.
Lack of sufficient sleep can also lead to overeating and eating the wrong kinds of foods like cookies and French fries that can add unwanted pounds and increase oil production that leads to acne flare-ups. Most teens need a little over 9 hours of sleep but can get by on 8.5 hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Mentioning anything to do with hygiene can be a bit embarrassing and awkward to both you and your teen but it’s not only important it’s necessary. You’re the first line of defense when it comes to your teen not being embarrassed and harassed by their classmates at school.
Simply remind them that it’s your job as a parent to ensure that he or she is practicing good hygiene habits and that this is one of the responsibilities of an adult which should make them interested and responsive because they want more than anything to be an adult. After all, they can take on the world in their minds at this age.
Take care until next time,
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