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Dealing With Embarrassing Body Changes

What teen guys should know about body odor, sweat, acne, and other body changes.

Body Hair Where You Don't Want It continued...

Few guys, however, feel the same sort of pride about the hair that’s growing on other parts of their body, like their shoulders and their back.

“Different people have different amounts of hair growth,” says Lucas, “and they often get it in places that they don’t like.”

Leaving it alone is one option. But for guys who want to get rid of embarrassing body hair, there are options.

The most obvious one is shaving it off. However, there are creams available that do a good job of cleaning up trouble spots. You can use these sometimes. But read the directions and be careful when using them. “Otherwise, they may end up with a chemical burn," Lucas says. Ouch.

Whether you are breezing through your body changes or having a difficult time with them, it’s important to see your doctor and let him or her know how things are going. The changes you are experiencing are complicated, and it takes a doctor’s trained eye to be certain all is as it should be.

So make an appointment for a check-up at least once a year, says D’Angelo. That, too, should be normal.

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Reviewed on March 25, 2011

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