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Tag: hygiene

Nov 3

Tips on How to Maintain Hygiene During Puberty

Posted By iamincontrol | November 3, 2016

Puberty has its perks, but it can definitely be a scary time. So many changes are happening to your body! For example, your hair becomes much oilier than it used to be, you sweat in weird places, and you grow hair in areas that you didn’t even know existed. The good news is that you’re not alone, and there are many things you can do to maintain your hygiene!

  • Washing HairOily hair. During puberty, your hormones are raging, and this can cause many of your glands to excrete extra oil. In fact, the same hormones that give you acne make your hair greasy. The best way to approach greasy hair is to shower once a day or every other day. There are also many options for shampoos that are specifically made for oily hair. Don’t scrub too hard trying to make your hair less greasy because this can damage your scalp and hair and won’t make a difference.
  • Sweat and body odor. Sweat comes from glands that have always existed on your body, but now there are chemicals that your body is secreting into your sweat that can create a strong odor. The best ways to deal with this is to shower every day or every other day, wear clean clothes (i.e. T-shirts, underwear, socks), and use deodorant!
  • Body hair. Body hair is a guarantee during puberty. Whether you are growing hair on your face, legs, underarms, or elsewhere, it’s up to you if you want to shave. If you choose to shave, you have plenty of options! You can either use an electric razor or a traditional razor with shaving cream or gel. Regardless of what you’re shaving, go slowly! Many of the areas you shave are curvy and going too fast may result in cuts. Finally, it may be best to avoid shaving your pubic hair or chest hair. Hairs in those areas are very thick and can cause irritation when growing back. Facial hair can be managed through threading, plucking, bleaching, or waxing if you think this is necessary. Everyone has hair, and each person chooses to deal with it differently!

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Sep 16

The Scoop on Sweat

Posted By iamincontrol | September 16, 2014

By Alyssa

As you go through puberty and your teenage years, you may notice that you sweat more than you did as a kid.  Sometimes this is a good thing – your body sweats when it gets hot and needs to cool down.  But sweating can be embarrassing, and you may want to know what else causes sweating and what you can do to combat it.

Possible Reasons for Sweating:Teen girl applying deodorant

  • Heat and humidity
  • Emotions such as stress, anger, or being nervous
  • Exercise
  • A fever
  • Caffeine (the more caffeine you have, the more you sweat)
  • Spicy foods
  • Some medicines
  • Alcohol or smoking

How to Combat Sweating & Odor:

  • Shower or take a bath every day.  Wash off the odors from a full day of sweating so you stay fresh and clean.
  • Calm down.  Easier said than done, but if you can learn to combat your stress, you may be able to decrease the amount of sweating that occurs from being stressed or nervous.
  • Use a deodorant or an antiperspirant, or both.  A deodorant just masks the smell of sweat, while an antiperspirant can decrease how much you sweat.
  • Wear cotton clothing, especially socks.  Cotton absorbs the moisture from sweat instead of trapping it.
  • Don’t wear the same shoes every day.  Try to at least switch between two pairs of shoes so that each pair has one day to dry out before you wear them again.

See your doctor if you have tried all these options and nothing has helped.  Sweating is normal for most teens, but it may be more serious for some and require medical attention.  Some teens may have a medical condition called Hyperhidrosis, which leads to excessive sweating.  To learn more about Hyperhidrosis and how to control excessive sweating, go here.

Don’t sweat it, you are in control!

Apr 30

What Causes Bad Breath (aka Halitosis)

Posted By iamincontrol | April 30, 2013

 Teen boy with bad breath
By Alyssa

Have you ever been in a situation where you had bad breath and didn’t know why?  No one wants to be “that” person everyone stays away from because their breath stinks.  Sometimes, you may not even know when your breath smells.  Your brain often ignores odors on your body because it is so used to them, so do your best to prevent bad breath by following these tips.

Tips for Preventing Bad Breath:

Don’t use tobacco. – No big surprise here.  Chewing or smoking tobacco makes your breath smell bad, and it can lead to more serious mouth diseases, like Gum Disease.

Have a breath mint handy if you eat some foods like garlic or onions. – The smells stay on your breath for a while, but you can try to cover it up with mints or gum.  However, the odors from these foods can stay in your bloodstream for even longer.  No quick fix for that!

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Feb 21

Top 6 Tips for a Healthy Smile

Posted By iamincontrol | February 21, 2013

Teenage boy smiling
What’s the first thing someone notices when they meet you?  Most of the time it’s your smile, so it’s important to take care of your teeth.  Teenagers like you are at risk for getting cavities, gum disease, and even injuries in their mouths.  Keep your pearly whites healthy and lower your risk for cavities by following these tips.

Top 6 Tips for a Healthy Smile:

  • Want a pop?  Try to have only one soda or sport drink a day and don’t sip on it all day long.  The sugars and acids in pop can quickly erode your tooth enamel.  Quench your thirst with fluoridated water instead. 
  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco is doesn’t do your teeth any favors.  It can stain your teeth and may cause cancer. 
  • Stinky breath?  Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss before going to bed.  This will help get rid of the gross plaque that causes cavities and gum disease.
  • Just because you’re a teenager doesn’t mean you’re too cool to see the  dentist. Go at least once a year to prevent problems before they start.    Read More
Jan 17

Do I have bed bugs?

Posted By iamincontrol | January 17, 2013

By Renee

How do I know if I have bed bug bites?

Most often, bed bug bites are not felt, but the person notices red, itchy bumps when they wake up.  Bed bug bites don’t hurt and they don’t cause or spread infection.  The bites usually turn into small, itchy red bumps (similar to mosquito bites).  They can sometimes show up in a line on the body.  The bites can look different from person to person, but here are some examples.

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Dec 6

Don’t Let Smoking Dull Your Sparkle!

Posted By iamincontrol | December 6, 2012

Smiling teen
By Carlie

A sparkling smile is one of your best features, so don’t let smoking dull your pearly whites.

You may not have been taught about how smoking affects your health and your smile right away, so you might not have thought about it that much.  You’ve probably been told that smoking increases your chance for lung cancer, stroke, and emphysema in the long run.  But you should know, smoking is changing your appearance and health right now too.  Here are some of the things that are already happening.

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Nov 15

Teenage Acne

Posted By iamincontrol | November 15, 2012

By MaryTeenager with acne

Why do I get pimples?  I wash my face every morning and every night!

If you’re a teen suffering from acne, you’re certainly not alone.  It is estimated that at least 90% of adolescents suffer from acne from time to time.  Acne affects teenagers of all races and gender. Let’s face it; acne is one of our biggest concerns.  For some of us with severe acne, we would rather be by ourselves that be around a lot of other people.

Let’s look at why we get acne in the first place.  In puberty (adolescence), our bodies begin to produce hormones called androgens.  These “male” hormones are a natural part of development for both boys and girls, but boys tend to produce more of them – which means boys may have more severe breakouts.  Also, our hormone levels fluctuate at this age which can cause acne to form even easier!  Girls may notice more acne when they have their period.

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