A Time of Change A Time of Change

A Time of Change

WITH YOUR BODY 2 August, 2016 María Alejandra Tavera


At the age of 12, adolescents begin the experience of becoming adults. This not only comes with bad moods, but also acne, weight gain and dandruff.

Manuel Alonso Alejo Riveros, Pediatric Doctor, practitioner of Coomeva Private Healthcare.

Ah! Puberty! The stage where there is such a mix of hormones going on that youth can’t even reconcile with themselves. There is not only a change in their temperament, and the existence of the belief that they are immortal, or know everything; there is also the challenging side of the changes in their bodies. Signs of these changes are perspiration, body odor and acne.

This is a time between the ages 10 and 18 when everything explodes, literally: a pimple can appear on the face, on the chest or in the must unsuspecting places. These changes in the body provoke the laughter of classmates and friends, which affects adolescents’ moods and their temperament becomes another problem. But there is either an end or a solution to it all.

Manuel Alonso Alejo Riveros, pediatric specialist in adolescent medicine and sexologist, explains that due to the normal influx of hormones, specifically testosterone, the main changes of puberty consist of growth and development: tissues grow, height and weight increases, development, new capabilities are gained (particularly with the reproductive system), and this is the beginning menstruation and ejaculation, among other elements of development.

Puberty consists of all hormone-related physiological changes that a child experiences, and adolescence refers to the entire life experience of someone who is in transition to their youth. According to an average genetic development, adolescence spans approximately between the ages of 10 and 20. Some, however, experience puberty early on (between ages 8 and 10) or late (between ages 20 and 22): “There are some people that mature very quickly. There are young men that at the age of 15 already have a beard and deep voice, while others at the age of 22 are just getting facial hair.”

“All of these changes cause the body to produce and bring on a different smell that requires these young adults to use deodorant. The increase in sweat, in addition to constant changes, brings on acne. The excess of sweat produces grease, and many people do not have the adequate physiology to eliminate this through their pores, which then become obstructed, causing acne. This doesn’t happen to everybody. It depends on the ability of the skin that, for some people, doesn’t always work perfectly,” Alejo Riveros states.

The majority of cases of acne that occur during puberty are normal and come to their end at a maximum of 22 years of age. Some continue experiencing this condition, which are cases of severe acne, making it necessary to see a doctor as the treatments that are sold on television only work for mild cases. Our expert explains that this is a condition of the skin that needs specific treatment and that many times the only thing homemade treatments do is leave behind scars that last a lifetime. “Sometimes the quality of skin is not very good, and as a result of this, acne and greasy skin occurs, which can be inherited.”

Other complications can also occur such as seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff as it is generally known. Excessive sweat in the hair produces itching and if it is not washed correctly, dandruff can become a more serious problem.

 

Personal Hygiene

Of the growth changes, “Due to hormonal changes, women experience an increase in vaginal discharge which is the product of their internal genital organs developing. It is very common for discharge to increase among adolescent women at this age, and due to inadequate hygiene, they may experience infections. Other situations can occur as a product of these hormonal changes such as changes in mood. It is also worthy to note that during adolescence, youth tend to be irritable and have a bad attitude with the people that they have an affective connection to, they have bad moods and experience changes in temperament.”

It is important to remember that the developmental changes that occur during puberty are not a disease, they are part of a biological process that affects adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. This is a transition period that eventually reaches an end •

 

This Is Normal

A physiological process cannot produce a disease in and of itself. Some people’s bodies, however, are more predisposed to developing certain conditions.

This is why that from the beginning of adolescence, it is important for youth to start becoming conscious of healthy habits that help to minimize certain potential ongoing ailments that can appear during this stage of adolescence, such as acne or being overweight. In the end, these habits will allow for an improved quality of life, both long and short-term.  

 

80%  is the percentage of overweight adolescents that are more likely remain so in their adult lives, according to the WHO.