The Boys' Growing Up in the Lord

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Question

Hello again,

I think I messaged you a few weeks ago about the Tanner Calculator. Last time I got a 1.8 or 1.9 and I was confused because I already had pubic hair. I got my first hairs about 4 months ago and recently spectacular things happened to my body. I have started to get pimples near my hairline, but I thought this wasn't supposed to happen until Stage 4! Also I gained the ability to ejaculate semen last week. My Tanner Stage is now 2.5. My questions are:

1) Why is stage one divided into points on the calculator? If there are no changes present before stage two, then how if there a way of telling where you are in stage one??

2) Why am I getting acne in stage two?

I hope you get back to be soon and thanks in advance


Answer

Puberty is technically defined as the time when your hormones rise in your blood. For boys, this happens about a year before external signs of change are noticed. The divisions prior to stage 2 are mostly based on age. The calculator, though, tends to lean toward wanting to have multiple indications that you are in a certain stage. Therefore, a 1.8 or 1.9 says you are of the age that you should be seeing signs soon or the signs you are seeing are not definitive enough to say you are in stage 2. I did make some adjustments on the lower end of the calculator's scale.

Acne can come at any time. Likely you had a spike in hormone production recently that caused your oil glands to over produce. The result is a few pimples, which should be managable by washing more carefully. When you get to stage 4 you will find the outbreaks then will make your current acne seem like nothing.