Adolescence brings about many physiological changes in humans, as the body transforms and prepares for adulthood. Hormonal development is one of the most significant occurrences during the adolescent years, including the onset of sweat glands. As such, it is particularly important that adolescents tend to their bodies and practice good personal hygiene skills, so that they can combat off-putting odors and stay healthy.


Showering is the first place to start when it comes to instructing adolescents on how to maintain their personal hygiene. Encourage regular showers so that teenagers can control body odors and wash away sweat, dirt and oils that accumulate throughout the day. Showering and bathing may not be high on the adolescent’s list of priorities, so it is important to educate teens about all the reasons that cleanliness is good for the body. Also, explain how showering and bathing can boost their self-esteem.


Skin Care

Adolescence is a time for hormonal changes, which means blemishes and breakouts are on the horizon. Adolescence is also a period when skin becomes oilier and pimples may appear. Skin care can be started early by teaching teens to wash their faces every night. Adolescents should get into a routine of using soap and water for face washing, and might consider investing in topical formulas for controlling acne, such as astringents and creams. Teenage girls must be encouraged to take off their makeup every night before going to sleep, and applying fresh makeup the next day. Wearing old makeup on the skin can clog pores and cause breakouts.


Dental Hygiene

Good dental hygiene is imperative for maintaining healthy teeth and a nice smile, so adolescence is the time to teach kids how to take care of their teeth, gums and mouths. According to adolescents can be hard on their teeth. Candy, soda and other types of junk food are more freely eaten at school or during outings. As such, encourage teens to get into a good oral habit of brushing their teeth in the morning and at night before bedtime. Flossing once a day is another dental routine that teens should start early. Talk to teens about the downside of poor teeth and gums, such as bad breath, yellow teeth and cavities.