3 Hygiene Tips for Teens

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Being a teen isn’t easy. That’s why you should learn these 3 hygiene tips to take some of the confusion out of puberty.

How to manage hair growth without razor burn.

When your hormones begin to change during puberty, your body will begin to grow hair in new places. If you decide to shave or clip this hair, you may experience folliculitis, or what is more commonly referred to as razor burn. This common skin condition is usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection that causes hair follicles to become inflamed, causing bumps or skin irritation. Safeguard with GermShield+ fights the bacterial and fungal germs that cause folliculitis for up to 12 hours after washing, which is longer than any other antibacterial soap. So before you shave, wash up with Safeguard Body Wash or Bar Soap, warm water, and a clean washcloth, then dry the areas with a clean towel.

Learn to minimize the impact of oily skin.

One of the biggest changes you’ll face during puberty is excess production of oil known as sebum, which often leads to acne. In fact, approximately 80% of preteens and teens have acne. Acne isn’t fun, you might try to cover it up with cosmetics, or to pick at it with their hands, but you’ll just transfer more germs to the already-infected area. Here are some smart ways to deal with acne: If they want to use cosmetics, look for “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” products. Also, if you don’t already have a face-cleaning routine, start one! Cleaning their face with warm water and a mild cleanser, such as Safeguard Derma Sense Gently Cleanses Acne Prone Skin Face & Body Bar Soap, can help prevent oil buildup and eliminate bacteria that often cause or worsen acne.

Don’t let body odor take over.

Let’s be honest, you might get a little smellier during puberty, but we can fix that. Body odor (commonly referred to as B.O.) is nothing to be embarrassed about, and it’s easy to fight. Apocrine glands, primarily responsible for the reactions that cause body odor, only begin developing as your body goes through puberty.
Body odor isn’t just sweat—most body odor is caused by the reaction of bacteria breaking down the proteins apocrine sweat releases. Try washing once daily with Safeguard Body Wash or Bar Soap to fight off the bacteria that lead to body odor, keeping them away longer than other antibacterial soap. The teenage years can be challenging for your kids, as well as for parents. Learning to talk openly about the changes they can prepare for may help make the transition into adulthood a little smoother.