Dedicated to Helping Teenagers

From explaining a diagnosis to helping understand your emotions, we are here to provide advice and support that makes sense. We understand that life with a bone deformity or bone fracture can be difficult, and we want to help you.

Teenager group

How to keep good hygiene

Share this article

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on reddit
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on whatsapp
Print this article

Puberty causes changes in your body. Every day it seems you have new hair growing in different places. At times, you seem to sweat for no reason, and you may notice there are odors where you never had them before. These changes are a normal part of becoming an adult, but some of them can be a real source of anxiety. What should you do about it in order to stay hygienic?

Oily/Greasy hair treatment. Each strand of hair has its own oil (sebaceous) gland, which keeps the hair shiny. During puberty, the sebaceous glands produce extra oil, which can cause hair to look very greasy. Washing your hair at least every other day with specially formulated shampoo can help control any oil, but be careful not to scrub your scalp too hard – this doesn’t get rid of oil any better and can irritate your scalp. Be careful not to use any styling products that will add extra grease to your hair.

Sweat and body odor in puberty. Perspiration, or sweat, comes from sweat glands that you’ve always had in your body. Thanks to puberty, these glands become more active than before; they also begin to release different chemicals into the sweat that has a stronger odor. You might notice this odor in your armpits. Your feet and genitals might also have new smells.

Here are tips for good hygiene:

  1. Shower every day. This will help wash away bacteria that contributes to body odor. If you are wearing an orthopedic external fixator you will be allowed to shower about 10 days post-surgery. Go slow, no rush. Dry off carefully using a clean cotton towel. Pay attention not to alter the different elements of the external fixator.
  2. Use an alcohol-free deodorant for your underarms and feet.
  3. Wear clean clothes, socks and underwear each day.
  4. Wear cotton – preferably T-shirts, socks and underwear.

Bodyhairgrowth. Discovering hair in new places is perfectly normal during puberty. You may want to start shaving some places where body hair grows, but whether you do is entirely up to you. You can use a traditional razor with a shaving cream or gel to protect sensitive skin, or you can use an electric razor. Wherever you shave, do it slowly, take your time and change razors often to avoid nicks. Your parents or an older sibling can be very helpful when you’re learning how to shave, so don’t be afraid to ask for help or do research. In the rare case where excessive body hair growth is enough to cause anxiety (e.g.hirsutism), a dermatologist or skin specialist can use permanent removal techniques such as electrolysis or laser removal.