Puberty happens to everyone, usually between ages 8 and 16. It varies, so don’t worry if your friends have started to change and you haven’t. 

During puberty, your body grows faster than any other time in your life. This happens over a few years, so you might not notice straight away. 

Growing taller:

This may happen slowly and steadily, or in growth spurts.  

Growing hair in different places:

Under your arms, on your genitals and, if you're male, on your face and chest. Some people choose to shape or remove this hair by shaving, waxing or threading, while others prefer to go natural. It’s your body and your choice. 

Sweating more:

This can lead to body odour, so you may need to wash more often, and should have a shower or bath every day. You can also start to use deodorant. 

Greasier skin:

There are lots of products to help with greasy skin, like gels or creams. You might need to try a few to find one that suits you. The best way to help is to keep your face clean. You may get a few spots – try not to squeeze them as it makes them worse. If things are more serious, contact your doctor. 

Greasier hair:

You may need to wash your hair more often. 

Interest in relationships and sexuality:

A natural part of growing up, but it can be confusing. See the sexual health section for more.  

Mixed-up feelings:

It’s normal to go through a rollercoaster of emotions - happy, sad, grumpy, tearful and excited - all in a short space of time! The part of your brain which regulates mood, memory and planning is still developing. 

Getting help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links:

NHS- Stages of puberty

Childline- Puberty for boys

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