PERSONAL HYGIENE TIPS FOR ADOLESCENTS

Posted: March 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

When a young boy or girl starts to mature, many physical changes take place. Some of these changes include an increase in body hair, an increase in sweat (accompanied with body odor), facial skin problems and an oily scalp. Good personal hygiene should be practiced to combat the problems associated with these changes and to avoid contracting any diseases related to poor personal grooming. Use the following personal hygiene tips for adolescents on a day-to-day basis if you are an adolescent who wants to practice good personal hygiene.

HAIR HYGIENE
Making sure your hair is clean becomes more of a priority when a boy or girl reaches adolescence because the scalp produces more oil at this time. This makes it necessary for the use of a shampoo made for oily hair and more frequent washing. Wash your hair every day if necessary.

FACIAL SKIN HYGIENE
Wash your face two times a day without fail. Adolescents go through a period in which their oil glands produce more oil, and some adolescents wind up with acne. Use skin care products made to treat acne, and if your acne symptoms do not improve after eight weeks, go to a dermatologist to see what he can do to help you. Avoid using anything on your face that contains oil if you have acne, and do not rub the skin on your face with a heavy hand. Do not spend too much time under the sun, and keep your hands off your face. Go to a licensed esthetician for an acne facial, and ask her to extract blackheads and pimples.

BODY HYGIENE
Bathe each day with body wash and water to cleanse the sweat from your body. Sweat creates odor, and an adolescent will sweat more because his sweat glands are working more diligently at this time in his life. Sweat will also have a heavier odor in an adolescent. Apply deodorant or antiperspirant to underarms to keep sweating under control and to mask underarm odor if needed.

BODY HAIR HYGIENE
Shave the hair on your face with an electric shaver to look well groomed if you are a guy. Use a nonelectric razor if you do not have an electric shaver, and use a new blade in the razor to avoid cutting your skin. Girls should shave their legs and underarms with an electric razor to avoid cutting themselves.

ORAL HYGIENE
Use a new, or fairly new toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride with which to brush your teeth after meals, and floss at night. Brushing and flossing may help to prevent bad breath and cavities. Make it a point to practice good oral hygiene every day. Go to the dentist every six months to have your teeth checked and cleaned. See your dentist if you have persistent bad breath.

VAGINAL HYGIENE
Do not douche, as doctors do not recommend douching. The vaginal area of the body produces fluids that cleanse the vagina naturally. Wash the pubic area with a mild soap and water to keep the area clean and free of odor. See a gynecologist if you experience abnormal itching, pain, a burning sensation or a yellow/green or lumpy white fluid coming out of your vagina. Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience pain when you urinate.

Courtesy http://www.livestrong.com

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