Does Masturbation Cause Acne?

By 12/26/2010Acne Secrets, Popular

Updated: June 2017

After "extensive" research on this topic... Uh... you know what I mean.

This is might a "touchy" subject for some people... Uh... you know what I mean.

Please prepare yourself for what you're about to read because I'm not the type of guy who beats around the "bush"...  Okay, enough with the puns.

So you're sitting there. Or you could be lying down, whichever you feel more comfortable with. Anddd... you're doing your "thang." Literally. Then...


Okay, I promise, no more lame puns.

You finish. You go to sleep. Or do laundry. Or make a sandwich. You know, whatever it is that you like to do after you "finish." Then the next day... BAM! On your face, (a pimple on your face, jeez people, get your minds out of the gutter!) a pimple.

A lot of people who suffer from acne seem to think that there's a connection here between masturbation and acne.  Some people think that there isn't and that it's all in our heads...

Wow, these puns just keep coming out don't they?

But is there a connection here? "Experts," say there isn't, but a lot of people seem to think so. Coincidence? Well... let's talk about it.


Well... I'll keep this short and simple (no pun intended).

People have urges.  Puberty hits, hormones hit, and you get horny.  End of story.


When you have sex, your body produces prolactin, oxytocin, endorphins, adrenaline, testosterone, phenylethylamine, and serotonin.

Prolactin: This is the chemical that is emitted in your body after an orgasm and takes your mind off of sex.

Oxytocin: Oxytocin causes muscle contractions and sensitizes the nerves in your body which can cause more intense orgasms.

Endorphins: This group of chemical's job is to naturally relieve pain in the body. They are also known to lower stress and boost confidence in an individual.

Adrenaline: Adrenaline increases the heart rate and dilates blood vessels to increase blood flow to your muscles during sexual activity. Adrenaline is also what causes a refractory period.

Testosterone: Testosterone is what energy and the libido of sexual drive and aggression. Generally, men and women who have lower levels of testosterone have lower sex drives.

Phenylethylamine: This chemical triggers areas of the pleasure centers of the brain and is also the chemical released during sex and orgasms.

Serotonin: Serotonin is responsible for mood regulation. When people have an orgasm, serotonin is released to the brain as an anti-depressant.


When you have sex, your body releases a lot of chemicals and hormones that ultimately will affect the ways your vascular, nervous, and endocrine system. Basically, sex, horniness, masturbation, being turned on, and all things similar cause the releasing of chemicals which WILL affect the body.

As you probably know the REAL CAUSES OF ACNE (And if you don't know, you should probably check out this article HERE), one of the main causes of acne is imbalanced hormones.

During a highly stimulating activity like masturbating and sex, your body's hormonal levels are going to be affected. At this point, if there is any imbalance taking place, the fidgeting and messing of the levels of these hormones certainly is not going to help the situation.

Tampering with hormones that are already imbalanced will most likely lead to more problems. And when I mean more problems, you most likely can affect your acne.


Here's a brief little article about the research of acne and masturbation from

Basically, they're saying that is there is no evidence at this time that masturbation causes acne.

I'm going to say that again.

The research is pointing towards the fact that, at this moment, acne does NOT cause masturbation.



But here's the weird thing.  If you're like most people, you've probably noticed some sort of connection between masturbating and getting a pimple the next day.

And let's be honest here, most of us who are reading this have "auditioned the finger puppets" and have noticed...

Hmm... it seems like every time I "take matters into my own hands" I get a pimple or two the next day.  And if there weren't so many people wondering the same thing, I probably wouldn't be writing this article right now.

Coincidence?  I don't think so.

And I'm glad my readers are able to be so honest with me, so I'll be honest with you guys back and put an article like this out there.

I've been reading other people's thoughts here and there on the internet and seems most people think that there's a connection.  Every now and then though a dermatologist will pop up, get on his soapbox, and tell everyone else that their wrong, "There is no connection!  Masturbation does NOT cause acne!"

Well, then Mr. Dermatologist, can you please tell me if everyone out here is just crazy?

I don't think those of you who think there might be something here are crazy.  There's a reason you are bringing it up, there's a reason a question like this exists.  Let's find out what might be happening.


So does this mean that masturbation causes acne?

I don't think that masturbation CAUSES acne. If someone that doesn't have acne masturbates, I don't think that they're suddenly going to develop a severe acne problem.

I do, however, think that if you already are on the verge of having acne or you're very close to having acne because your hormones may be unbalanced due to a number of factors, that engaging in sexual activity could possibly offset what was already imbalanced.

And for everyone that's different. For some people, masturbating may not affect their acne because their body responds in a way where the hormones that are triggering their acne are not touched. Therefore, for these people maybe their hormones within their body during masturbation do change, it's just that this does NOT lead to the irritation of their acne.

For other people, when they masturbate, the hormones that "cause" their acne are triggered and, therefore, this leads to a pimple the next day. So these people end up thinking that masturbation does cause acne when in fact it's INDIRECTLY irritating their acne as opposed to the masturbation causing their acne.


The solution is not to stop masturbating or having sex.

(Pause for the laughter.)

The solution is to deal with acne at its core.

I repeat.

You do not have to stop masturbating to stop acne break outs because masturbating does NOT cause acne.

What you really want to do is cure yourself of this pimple problem and clear your acne first. Then, regardless of what you do, whether it's rubbing your face with rub, or eating junk food, or EVEN masturbating, you will not cause acne to happen on your face.

Again, this is very important.

You need to cure your acne from the inside first.  Then it won't matter what happens on the outside or at least you'll be able to take the monster for a one armed ride without worrying about breaking out the next day.  Clear yourself  from the inside first and give your body what it needs cure your acne.


The solution to curing your acne is to not focus on improving your health in the commonly accepted way.   Now, what I'm NOT saying is to not work out, not eat healthy, and not wash your skin.  That is NOT what I'm saying.  However, what I am saying is that what we believe now to be "taking care" of our bodies needs to be tweaked a little bit, especially if you have acne.  And that "tweak" that you're looking for is exactly what How To Clear Your Acne is about.

What every acne sufferer must learn, especially the ones that are really fit and health conscious yet still can't figure out why they still have acne, is that there is a DIFFERENT KIND OF TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY ROUTINE for us.  Our bodies are different than the "average" person who eats whatever they want and just gains weight.  Sometimes our bodies, which you've probably already noticed, doesn't even gain weight.  Sometimes, when we neglect our bodies, we just end up breaking out instead.  And it sucks.

It doesn't make any sense that we're working out, getting a good sweat, going to a sauna, washing our face, and then doing a facial mask yet we STILL breakout.  WHY?!

So whatever you do, don't just keep working out and trying to eat "healthy" thinking that something's going to change and that your acne is suddenly going to start clearing up if you just try harder.

I know this doesn't work.  Because that's what I used to do.  I would just redouble my efforts thinking that I wasn't trying hard enough.  But that's not the answer and it's not going to cure your acne.

You need to stop and think.  Reformulate a new plan.  Really try and understand what's going on.  Figure out the WHY.

It's questions just like these that I racked my brain for years!   I've been in your shoes before and it's hard to really know what works and what doesn't.  It just seems like there are so many acne products out there, it's hard to really find out with ones are telling the truth and which ones are lying. I've bought a lot of them too, Clearasil, Murad, ProActiv, those are just to name a few that I've tried.  I used to have use a lot of acne products such as aloe vera, benzoyl peroxide, face creams, masks, etc... But these days, I barely even wash my face once a day sometimes, and I'm still clear. I'm proof that clearing your acne the healthy and natural way works. And it's permanent too, I still have clear skin and I have no problems maintaining acne free, clear skin.

And I finally figured out the perfect routine and way to care for our bodies and our skin if you have acne.  The true causes of acne are really dirty blood and an overwhelmed system. And I talk a lot about these two causes in my website and more in detail about how to deal with them in my products.

For anybody reading this article, if you're serious about clearing your acne for good, the logical next step for you would be to learn about your body. It doesn't matter if you choose me or someone else, I would highly recommend you to start learning about how to clear your acne from the inside instead of concentrating on the outside. Make sure you know that outside acne treatments are only short term, and that you really want to focus on clearing acne from the inside out.

I don't hold back in this program, I'm telling you all of my experience, my stories, what I went through, what I learned, how I cleared my acne, and I'm teaching you exactly as if I were standing right next to you coaching you through the way. I WISH that I had something like this when I had acne. It would've saved me so much TIME, MONEY, and ENERGY.

I, and thousands of other people, have spent years of our lives suffering from acne.  And I mean REALLY SUFFERING from having acne.  And it's just a handful of us that finally found the secret to be able to free ourselves from those dark days when we hated the reflections of ourselves in the mirror.

There are those people out there that look at their old pictures and remember the days when they USED TO HAVE acne.

Some of them now have moved on with their lives and forgotten about the nights that they were ashamed of meeting new people because of their acne.

The question I have for you is...


Or are you going to just be another one of the dozens and hundreds and thousands of guys that just stand and wait… or hopes that whatever you're doing now will somehow magically start working?

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About Ray

Ray was an ex-acne sufferer for more than 10+ years and spent over $10,000 on acne products, creams, dermatologists, laser surgeries, ProActiv, you name it, he's tried it. After finally curing himself through diet, he became a believer that the right formula of food can truly heal all. While starting My Acne Coach, he finished his Masters degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and became a Certified Alternative Nutritionist.


  • micheal says:

    thank you ray for this post, i have noticed when i have sex or have a date with palmala and her five friends i break out, … i also read on a couple different web sits that when you (whats a ok way to say this) ejaculate it takes nutrients such as zinc which is important for skin out. what are your thoughts on that??

  • iglys91 says:

    I also found a connection between masturbating and acne.
    But compared to the brakeouts i get after having eaten carbohydrates or even sweets… sugar (= no-go)
    the brakeouts after masturb. seem like nothing…

    It`s sooo important to eat healthy.
    I do eat: Fruits (apples…)
    eggs (10 per day), salad or chicken (only flavored with sea-salt.)
    But the chicken cause a little break-out too and i feel very tired the next day…
    Sometimes I think my body reacts very uncommon to what I eat…

    Most people eat whatever they want to and have perfect skin….
    and sooo many dont see the connection between acne and food…

    Well i hope the acne will disappear very soon….

  • rutvij says:

    i don’t think there is connection between sex and acne ….. but it has good connection between food and stress …. after masturbation u feel stress free …. even i feel …. and acne is disappeared ….

  • Paul says:

    I thought acne would COMPLETELY ruin my life. LOL at least I have this. Thanks Ray I was preparing for the worst.

    • ray says:

      Hey Paul, seriously, I thought acne was going to plague a lot of my life too. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and trust me, after you clear your acne, things are great. Let’s just say… if you’re a man, women are far more attracted to you and if you’re a woman, then guys will definitely notice you. At least, that was the biggest motivation for me. =)