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THE PUBERTY PORTAL: I know a little about body changes

What Does Clean Really Mean?

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Cleaning is the #1 strategy to combat body odor - not to mention keep your skin in the best shape. Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard that you need to wash regularly forever, but what, exactly, does that mean? It all depends upon the body part:

 

For face, get into the habit of washing twice a day: once in the morning after you wake up and once at night before bed. Find a gentle cleanser ideally with no colors or perfumes added, or maybe choose a very simple bar soap that follows the same clean ingredient rules. After lathering, rinse and pat dry. Then follow with a moisturizer - same drill: no colors or perfumes - and pick one that’s formulated for the face. In the morning, moisturize with something that’s got SPF for all day sun protection. In the evening, no SPF necessary. Beware to not overwash your face. Twice a day is plenty, but more than that can irritate or dry out your skin, leading to breakouts.

For body, use a color-free, perfume free soap, lather it up, and wash everywhere once a day. If you have super sensitive skin (for instance, if you’ve got eczema), you may opt to fully bathe less frequently, but still do a daily armpit/groin/face cleaning. No perfume or cologne on earth will cover up body odor… all it will do is combine with the body odor, creating a smell you do not want to put out into the world.





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