Is Masturbation Causing My Adult Acne?

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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Masturbation causes a number of wonderful things, like happy thoughts, satisfied feelings, and awesome orgasms! However, some are starting to think masturbation is causing a thing all of us hate . . . adult acne.

Could this be true? Is masturbation causing my acne? Well, we need to get to the bottom of this, and fast. After all, a few days without could be hazardous for all around us.

Luckily, we have a few dermatologists on our panel of doctors. Did we mention that we provide free doctor chat online for pressing health questions? Yep, we do that too!

Back to the topic at hand, masturbation the role it plays when it comes to adult acne. Here’s what we found out by consulting our Your Doctors Online skin and beauty specialists.

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What Causes Adult Acne?

This is a very common question we get via our doctor chat. Adult acne is a big women’s health and beauty issue, as well as an issue for men. Did you know 60 million people in the United States have acne? Crazy statistics.

When it comes to adult acne, about 50 percent of adults aged 20 to 40 will have some form of persistent acne.

According to The International Dermal Institute, “Research at The International Dermal Institute indicates that acne arising in adulthood is more likely to be inflammatory, with fewer comedones than teenage acne and lesions predominantly located around the mouth, chin and jawline.”

Ok, so science says adult acne is inflammatory. Is masturbation triggering some physiological inflammatory response in my body to cause acne?

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Does Masturbation Cause Acne?

In short, NO! Thank goodness right? However, there are a few things to note about adult acne. Hormones, like testosterone and progesterone can trigger more skin oil production, and even increase inflammation.

Think about how awesome your skin is during your period (she said sarcastically). Sex and masturbation can do the same, but the good doctors say that the effects are not long lasting enough for adult acne to become a side effect.

There you have it. If you are going without healthy masturbation due to adult acne worries, you can have a bit of peace of mind. Bust out those scented candles, turn on your favorite scene from Magic Mike (Channing Tatum), and get to it.

Ask Our Doctors About Masturbation

If you have questions about masturbation, or your adult acne is simply not going away, we have answers. Our doctors are available 24/7 via our FREE Dr. Chat. Simply click below and start chatting with a general physician doctor in minutes.

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Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

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