It may seem like everyone at school is doing it -- or talking about doing it. Add to it the increasing talk of sex on TV and in movies and you probably feel like the only person waiting to have sex. You are not alone.
More than one half of high school teens have not had sex, according to recent surveys. In fact, many teens are choosing abstinence (not having sexual intercourse) until they are older and in long-term, committed relationships.
Deciding to have sex is a very personal decision. It is...
Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked skin care questions.
I have pimples. What should I do?
Pimples begin when the pores in your skin get clogged with a type of oil called sebum.
Some sebum is important to keep your hair and skin from drying out. But hormone changes can cause your body to make too much of it.
Here are steps to get rid of pimples -- and keep new ones from forming:
Wash your face twice a day with a gel-based or foaming cleanser.
Avoid harsh soaps and products containing alcohol.
When washing your face, gently massage it with circular motions.
When you have finished washing, use a lotion with the acne medicine benzoyl peroxide. You can get these in the drug store or supermarket without a prescription.
If zits are interfering with your life or if they don't improve with your daily cleansing routine, you may want to see a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in skin conditions) to prescribe a stronger medicine. There are also many things you can do on your own to help.
Don't pop pimples. Popping pimples can make them look worse and may cause them to leave a scar.
Keep your hair off your face, neck, or other pimple-prone areas. Oil and dirt from your hair can block pores. If you want to wear your hair longer, make sure you keep it clean.
Don't touch your face. This can spread bacteria that irritate pores.
If you wear glasses, keep them clean. Cleaning them can help keep the oil on them from blocking the pores where they touch your face.
If you follow these steps, you'll also help keep your face from getting greasy. Greasy skin can lead to pimples.