Thursday, August 27, 2009


Having clean, healthy skin is part of your overall appearance. During the teen years, you may notice an odor in areas where you sweat heavily. The odor is caused by bacteria. Bathing or showering regularly and using antiperspirants and deodorants can eliminate body odor.

If you have acne, gently wash the affected area with mild soap and warm water. Repeat this twice a day. Never scrub the skin. This can cause even more acne by opening pimples and spreading the bacteria all over your face.

Wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you’re in the sun. Make sure you use a sunscreen with at least an SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA/UVB protection. UVA and UVB are harmful sun rays that can damage your skin. Avoid body piercings and tattoos. Even under sterile conditions, the skin is exposed to germs.

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