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PUBERTY 101 FOR BOYS

“As a mum of twin teens, I understand the challenges of communicating with teens all too well, it’s a confusing time for us and them! To help make things easier, it helps to broach these tricky subjects casually, maybe over a cup of tea or while doing something you enjoy together...”

GABBY

Congratulations, you are becoming a young man! 

Puberty is an exciting time, when you’ll start to change from being a boy to being a man. Most boys start puberty between 10 and 13 years old. If this is you, here are some of the changes you might be noticing. If not, some of these changes are right around the corner: 

  • Your body is growing taller
  • Muscles are starting to develop
  • Your body sweats more and you start to develop body odour
  • Your skin may become oily and spots develop
  • Your hair may become oily too
  • Hair starts to grow on some of your body parts
  • Your voice begins to crack as you talk and starts to sound deeper
  • Reproductive organs become bigger and sperm begins to be produced

“Having a teenage boy and teenage girl in our house is not without its challenges, one minute I’m talking periods and the next, the changes that my son is going through. But it’s important to give both boys and girls the time, care and attention they need.”

GABBY

FAQs FOR BOYS

IT SEEMS EASIER TO ASK MY FRIENDS SOMETIMES. IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO SPEAK TO MUM OR DAD?

Mum and dad, a healthcare professional or older family members really are the best people to go to with any questions you have about puberty and the changes you might be experiencing. After all, they’ve been through it themselves, they care about your wellbeing and they’ll reassure you that everything you’re experiencing is completely natural!

WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO HAVE THE #TEENTALK?

Privacy is key! You can have the #TeenTalk anywhere that you feel comfortable and relaxed and where you can have one-to-one time with whoever you have chosen to talk with.

WHY DO I FEEL CONFUSED AND ANGRY SOMETIMES?

During puberty your hormones will affect you emotionally for a while. If you find yourself in a rut where you’re sad or angry, don’t let this get you down; it happens to a lot of us. It’s usually temporary and it will pass! Regular exercise can help to release endorphins to lighten the mood.

TOP TIPS

PERSONAL HYGIENE

It’s important to keep clean, especially as your body changes. Personal hygiene is your responsibility, embrace it and enjoy it!

SKINCARE

Keeping your skin clean and clear will take a little extra time than before now. Your body is a full-on hormone -producing machine and that can lead to greasy, oily skin that can clog pores and cause spots, so make sure you take the time to find a skincare product that suits your needs. Cleansing products containing tea tree and witch hazel are a great place to start, but if you are still unsure, Boots have trained staff in-store who can help advise you on which products to try. 

PRODUCTS FOR BOYS TO TRY

Gillette Fusion ProShield Flexball Men's Razor

£12.00

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Gillette Fusion Hydra Shave Gel Sensitive Skin 200ml 

£4.19

200ML | £2.10 per 100ML

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