Personal Hygiene for Adolescent Boys

Adolescent boys stick. There isn’t any other way to say it other than they stink. As a mom of a teen boy I know just how stinky things can get. this is why we started early teaching our son the importance of good hygiene and trust me when I say it’s a daily battle we fight.

I know what you’re thinking how can it be a daily battle, after all, no one wants to stink. Well as a mom I’ve learned that showers can come in second to a good game of manhunt or a winning streak on a video game. I’ve also come to realize boy are nose blind. They truly cannot smell their own stink. So starting early with hygiene is a must.

Adolescent Boys

1. Body Odor

Boys don’t have to be going through puberty to be smelly, although that does increase the smell.  Make sure they are getting cleaned in the shower and tub.  When they are young, we need to show them what it means to get clean.  You can’t just get wet. (We’ve all heard stories of the kid who went into the bathroom, turned on the water, but didn’t actually get in, right?) Starting early teach they to wash is half the battle.

Then when the time comes for them to wash they know how. To help let them have a say in which body wash they use. Not all teens what to smell like a garden of flowers so let them chose the smell and brand that they will enjoy using.

Speaking of body odor as soon as they start showing sign of underarm odor teach them to use deodorant.

2. Brush Teeth

Stinky breath is no fun for anyone.  It can make someone feel insecure or make other people not want to get too close.  When they are teens add in the daily use of mouthwash it helps to kill the bacteria.

3. Pimples and Oily Skin

Acne can have an emotional effect on teens and can even lead to depression.  Encourage your teens to use a gentle cleanser on their face but not to over scrub.  Contrary to what a lot of people believe, acne is not caused by a dirty face but is caused by hormones, natural oils in the skin and bacteria. Sometimes over-the-counter treatments such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can take care of acne but don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist if it gets worse or your child is embarrassed or withdrawing from social situations.

Consider a product made especially for male skin. Son has been in love with Bulldog products. Made with all natural ingredients and designed for men’s skin in mind teen boy loves them. From facial scrubs to moisturizing it’s been go-to for the boy these past few months. They also make a great gift for the holidays.

4. Clean Clothes

You wouldn’t think this would be an issue but believe it or not reminding the teen boy that wearing yesterday clothes is not ok is a big thing.  He lives by most male rules if it doesn’t stink and looks clean we can wear it again. I grew up around boys all my life and it drove me crazy seeing them pick clothes off the floor, sniff them and then put them on. So I am really big on making sure son changes daily and if it’s been worn it’s in the hamper to be washed.  teaching him this lesson early on has been a huge help. Oh, and it goes without saying remind them the underwear counts as clothing. Clean ones daily, please.

Let’s Talk:

What are some tips you have employed to keep your teen smelling and looking sharp?

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Rebecca is a boy mom, traveler, Disney addict, chocolate lover, and tea drinker. She lives in Florida and enjoys good food, good music, and a great book. Her goal in life is to live in the moment and to always be open to new things.


  1. I’ve been looking for some cool personal hygiene products for my nephews’ stocking stuffers, and these sound perfect. Going to see if I can get my hands on some now 🙂

    Louise x

  2. how great! This seems like a really nice brand for teen boys for sure! My boy is only 1 right now, but these would make great gifts for my nephew!

  3. Kansas Bonanno says:

    I don’t have a teenage boy but I have a husband who still deals with really oily skin. I’ll have to try this for him for sure.

  4. I didn’t have boys, but I can say girls can smell just as bad. This would make a great stocking stuffer for boys!

  5. Our son hasn’t hit adolescence yet, but, it’s great to have these tips for when the time comes!

    • Yes and I’ve learned you can never start too early teaching them good hygiene.

  6. These are great tips. As a mother of 2 boys I’m dreading the Stink that is going to come with them. Hygiene is definitely important

  7. I have five boys and my oldest is 10 and already using deodorant and showering daily. Showing him how to take care of his body to smell nice and use lotion as well. Skin care for the face will be in the next few years. Right now I just have him wash with Dove soap.

    • great thinking. Preparing for whats to come is very important.

  8. kimmieklewis says:

    I haven’t heard of this brand! we all need tips for boys hygiene!

  9. I have two boys who are currently in their teens and it’s really important for me to give them products that will help take better care of their skin! These sound like just what we need!

    • My teen boy is really happy with them. He says they work really good.

  10. Serena Lissy says:

    Some of these make great stocking stuffers for the boys and girls. Sounds like a great product.

  11. This is such a nice option for boys. I feel like they resist products that are typically marketed towards girls.

  12. This is such a nice product.I need to start looking for products like this my oldest boy is a preteen so I need to start getting him into the routine.

  13. I have never heard of this brand but it sounds like something we could use. Definitely going to look into them!

  14. Krystle Cook says:

    This can be such a difficult time for adolescent boys. These products would make the transition a little easier.

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