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When it comes to masturbation, it's hard to separate myth from fact — so let's start this discussion with some facts. 

  • Research indicates that nearly three quarters of men and half of women masturbate, across all age groups. 
  • There is some evidence that ejaculation through masturbation helps protect men against prostate cancer. 
  • Daily ejaculation through masturbation decreases a man's semen volume and sperm count.
  • Despite the fact that most adolescent males masturbate, many feel guilty about it.  
  • Most medical professionals agree that masturbation is a normal and healthy sexual habit. 

So, Does Masturbation Have Any Effect On The Skin?


That's not what you came here for — you came here to learn whether masturbation could affect the appearance of your skin, and more specifically whether frequent masturbation can cause you suffer from acne or oily skin.


This is a problem many younger males who masturbate frequently encounter, and then ascribe to their sexual self-exploration. 

Tell you what, the medical literature does indeed speak of a case where a man's skin was adversely affected by frequent masturbation. The man in question, who was previously healthy, developed Fournier's gangrene, a rare form of necrotizing fasciitis affecting the groin region. 

It also turned out the man in question used soap as his chosen lubricant and had suffered skin lesions as the result of excessive masturbation prior to developing a bacterial infection that made him very ill indeed. He required antibiotics and surgery to fix the problem. 

This unfortunate case demonstrates that excessive masturbation can indeed do some serious damage to the skin.


Any reader who happens to be at the point that their genital skin is sore and perhaps even injured because of a habit that was meant to be nothing but fun should clearly take a break — and see a doctor where relevant! You may be suffering from so-called hypersexual disorder (a sex addiction), and may well benefit from some counseling. 


Note, though, that this case decidedly did not involve the facial skin. I am not able to point you to research showing that masturbation causes pimples on this occasion, because no such research exists. 

You're still dealing with those nasty breakouts, meanwhile, and you still want answers! 

What's Up With Your Facial Skin?

Correlation does not equal causation. You masturbate and you have pimples. So do 50 million Americans a year, and up to 85 percent of those between the ages of 12 and 14. Acne is caused by overactive oil glands, genetics, hormones, stress, certain medications, approaching menstruation, and high-glycemic index foods. Poor skin care can make it worse, while a skincare regime suitable for acne sufferers can greatly improve the condition — along with medications such as Retin A. 

Again, note that masturbation is not among the causes of facial acne, and that quitting it is highly unlikely to make your pimples go away. This is good news for you, as you can now concentrate on finding an appropriate skincare regimen and perhaps talking to your doctor about acne solutions, all while enjoying healthy levels of masturbation. 

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