What Happens During Puberty?
If you’re between the ages of 10 and 14, chances are you’re going through puberty right now—and it can be a difficult time. Your body is changing, everyone is getting their period, and you might be starting to smell—and that’s okay! We’re here to make puberty a little less terrifying with a quick guide to what to expect when you’re going through all these changes.
During puberty, your hormones are going to be running wild, and this is totally normal. But because of this, there’s a high chance that you will break out in acne, which is also totally normal. This is called hormonal acne and usually presents itself in the lower parts of your face, like your chin area. A great way to treat this is with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide! It also helps to stay hydrated so that your skin doesn’t dry out too much from these treatments.
Most girls get their period eventually, so get all the information you can right now! A period happens when the uterus gets ready to carry a baby, but when the egg doesn’t get fertilized, the uterine lining sheds itself. This shedding of the lining is your period. There are tons of ways to keep yourself leak-free during this time. You can wear a pad, tampon, a cup, or period underwear, which is an easy transition for young girls just starting to get their period.
It’s common to notice a little extra hair sprouting all over your body during puberty. You’ll get hair on your legs, armpits, and pubic region. The hair might start to grow out light and you won’t see very much of it, then it will grow darker as you get older. A lot of women choose to remove their body hair, but there is no health reason to remove it. It’s your choice whether or not you want to shave it off.
You might notice that during puberty you’re growing a little faster than you did when you were younger. Your hands and feet get bigger and your limbs grow, making you taller in a shorter span of time. Your body might feel a little bit awkward for a while during this growth spurt, but give it a little bit and soon your body will catch up with itself.
This all may seem a little scary right now but before you know it, you’ll feel like you can take on anything puberty throws at you!