Between the ages of 9 and 13 most girls begin to notice changes taking place in their bodies. These changes, which occur over a number of years, are generally referred to as puberty.
The changes take place in all girls but they will start at different times and take place at different rates. Not everyone starts changes leading to puberty between the ages of 9 and 14, some people start younger, and some much later. Similarly, in some people all the changes take place in two years, and in others they can take as long as four years.
Puberty starts when extra amounts of chemicals called hormones start producing in the body. These hormones guide changes that take place in the body. As well as causing physical changes hormones also cause emotional changes.
Before puberty your hair is mostly on your head. But as puberty begins, you grow pubic hair. This is the hair that is between your legs and covers your external genitalia. The first hairs are straight and soft. As you develop, the hair grows in thicker and curlier. As with everything else about puberty, pubic hair growth and pattern vary from girl to girl.
- Pubic hair may grow in varying thicknesses.
- Usually it is in the shape of an upside-down triangle and starts a few inches below your belly button.
- The hair may grow up a little toward your belly button and out onto your inner thighs.
- You will also grow hair under your arms and thicker hair on your legs. You should remove leg or underarm hair for purposes of hygiene, but some girls and women choose to do so. Get the go-ahead from your parent or guardian before you shave.
Sometime during puberty, you will develop breasts. Like all other changes, this one will happen at various times for different girls. Brest changes may also occur as early as 8 or 9 years of age.. There is no “right” or “best” rate of development, and there is no “perfect” size. Pic no.6
You’ll start to grow taller about the time your breasts begin to develop. This growth spurt almost brings you up to your full height. During this time, you could grow up to six inches in a year. Other areas of your body will change, too. Your waist and hips will become more defined, and you may gain a little weight.
Pimples are no fun, and they always seem to show up at the very worst times. But they’re just another part of puberty. Some girls may develop acne, often characterized by multiple pimples that keep coming back. Sometimes acne breakouts are linked to your period. Acne is normal and natural (which doesn’t make it any more fun). Luckily, there are many ways to minimize it. When puberty begins, oil glands in your skin wake up and go into overdrive. No big surprise that these glands are found in the places where we often get pimples: face, chest, back and shoulders. When these glands go to work, they start sending oil to pores on your skin’s surface. When pores get clogged with a combination of oil, dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria, a pimple is formed.
Unless you are genetically more likely to develop acne, you can improve the situation.
- Wash your face twice a day with mild soap and water. Excessive washing may make the condition worse.
- Many other over-the-counter products are effective at fighting pimples. Ask your doctor about these products.
- Keep your hair off your face. Your hair has natural oils that can transfer onto your skin.
- Avoid touching your face a lot. Dirt and bacteria on your hands can rub into your skin.
- Avoid oily makeup or lotion.
- Drink lots of water.
- If you find your skin problems to be very bad, or if none of the tips help, ask your parent or guardian to take you to see a skin doctor (a dermatologist).