Does Masturbation Causes Acne and Pimples?
There are many misconceptions about masturbation. A lack of research into its long-term effects may contribute to some of these misapprehensions. Both masturbation and acne are related to hormonal changes, but is there a link between the two?
It is a common myth that masturbation causes acne. While both are common during puberty, this is the only real link between them.
Does masturbation cause acne?
Acne is caused by other factors—hormones, abnormal shedding of skin cells, and bacteria. Acne develops from the hormonal changes that occur in the body during puberty. Most teens have at least the occasional breakout; even some adults suffer from acne.
Hormones aren’t the only culprit, though. Those prone to acne also shed skin cells abnormally. Instead of the dead cells sloughing away, they become trapped within the pore, creating a blockage. Add in some acne-causing bacteria (called Propionibacterium acnes) and you have an inflamed acne pimple
None of these factors are influenced by masturbation or sexual activity. If you’re the one with acne, it’s embarrassing if people suggest this is the cause of your acne. But remember, you didn’t do anything to cause your acne. Don’t allow people to make you feel ashamed.
And, if you’re the one who thought masturbation caused breakouts, now you know better.
Where did this myth come from?
Puberty is usually the onset of both acne and first experiences with masturbation.
During puberty, your body produces more testosterone and other androgens. The increase in hormones also means your body’s making more sebum, an oily substance secreted from the sebaceous glands. Sebum protects your skin, but if there’s too much of it, your pores can clog and acne may develop.
Masturbation, on the other hand, doesn’t affect how much sebum your body produces. Even though there’s no relationship, the two are said to have been linked as a way to prevent young people from having premarital sex.
Keep in mind: Your face can still break out in pimples, regardless of how old you are, whether or how often you masturbate, or if you have sex.
Masturbation and hormones
Although masturbation can cause changes in hormone levels, these changes are minimal.
Testosterone levels rise during masturbation and return to normal after ejaculation. The effect is temporary and does not appear to have any long-term health implications.
One study looked at hormonal changes after masturbation following a period of abstinence. The findings indicate that any hormonal changes following masturbation are temporary and minimal. This, however, only looks at the short term effects.
Causes of acne
Acne is a skin condition that causes whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples to develop.
Pores under the skin connect to glands that produce sebum, which is n oily substance. These glands can become blocked by a buildup of sebum, dead skin, or other debris. Bacteria can accumulate and cause inflammation. This leads to the visible symptoms of acne, such as pimples.
Acne can develop anywhere on the body. It is most common on:
- the face
How can I make this acne go away?
There are many ways you can fight acne, but how long it will take the acne to disappear will depend on if it’s mild or severe.
You can use an over-the-counter (OTC) exfoliating scrub to get rid of blackheads, or prescription spot treatments containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to clear the skin.
You could also start a daily acne-fighting skin care routine that’s effective at removing excess oil, clearing your pores, and healing blemishes.
Make a few lifestyle changes
You can also make a few changes to reduce or eliminate acne breakouts.
Here are a few tips:
- Wash your pillowcase once a week with sensitive skin-friendly detergent.
- Wash your bedding at least once a month with sensitive skin-friendly detergent.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to help flush toxins.
- Opt for noncomedogenic makeup.
- Use hair products that aren’t oil-based.
- Wear oil-free, noncomedogenic SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Get more sleep.