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A 23-year-old male asked:

Becz doc when i masterbute i got acne and when i refrained face clears up.there would be a relation between the two.did this for a year same result.?

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Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Not a problem: Masturbation doesn't cause acne or the other physical problems that you are concerned about. Since masturbation usually starts during adolescence, it is common for young people to be concerned about the relationship to acne which occurs at the same time. Similarly, since there is unnecessary guilt feelings about it, a person's imagination could attribute other physical changes to masturbation.
Dr. Joseph Weiner
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No: There's no relationship between masturbation and acne. There is a relationship for some people between stress and acne. Was the reason you were masturbating more then related to stress? If so, it may have been the stress that worsened acne, not the masturbation. Hope this answer helps.

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