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is masturbating causes acne?

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Dr. David Sire
Dermatology 54 years experience
No: Acne is caused by the hormonal stimulation of the pilosebaceous apparatus.
Dr. Patrick Ferry
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 18 years experience
NO!: It may cause hairy palms, however;).
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
LOL
Aug 9, 2012
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: This is something that people made up to frighten you. You do need to know that all acne is manageable nowadays. If 5% benzoyl peroxide topically 2x/day doesn't clear you in 2 weeks, get with your physician for prescription-strength rx until it self-cures. When you're enjoying your body, think about something nice -- maybe the girl you'll marry -- rather than internet trash. Embrace who you are.

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A 21-year-old male asked:

Does masturbating cause acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Enjoying your body isn't going to give you acne. If the benzoyl peroxide stuff you're using now isn't sufficient, your physician can clear you using prescription rx.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

Masturbation is causing my acne to grow. What do I do?

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Dr. Henry Dorn
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Relax: Puberty and excess male hormone is causing your acne, not masturbation. Have fun!
A 44-year-old member asked:

I've heard that masturbating causes acne. Is this true?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Life's difficult enough without people telling you lies about your changing body. Enjoy being a man and disregard this stuff. Manage your acne with topical benzoyl peroxide, and if that is not sufficient adding prescription strength Rx.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
You won't go blind, either.
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A 16-year-old male asked:

Does masturbation causes acne?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Some handy facts...: Normal men, women, boys, and girls masturbate (it's universal). It is not harmful, as the body goes through similar effects during regular sex with a partner (but too much of anything may become a problem). Masturbation does not stunt height, cause acne or hair loss, make you weak, create heart problems, lower testosterone, affect virginity, lower fertility, change your weight, or damage vision.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

Does masturbation causes acne/pimple?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Some handy facts...: Normal men, women, boys, and girls masturbate (it's universal). It is not harmful, as the body goes through similar effects during regular sex with a partner (but too much of anything may become a problem). Masturbation does not stunt height, cause acne or hair loss, make you weak, create heart problems, lower testosterone, affect virginity, lower fertility, change your weight, or damage vision.

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