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A 23-year-old male asked:

How to control hormonal changes & testosterone level which is causing bad severe acne & pimples, please explain both in detail.should i stop masturbating?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Maybe: Stop consuming fried foods and sugars, this can significantly improve your skin by reducing inflammation. It is possible excessive sexual stimulation can raise your test levels and make acne worse.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Reality check: Even if you could stop entertaining yourself, it won't significantly help your acne. You can act like a man and at the same time have the complexion you want. This is the 21st century. "bad severe acne" will usually respond to a systemic antibiotic that any physician can write for, plus a topical retinoic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide. Dermatologists have bigger guns. You can be a man.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
See a dermatologist: Acne is not related to food. You can be helped with prescription creams and pills. The choice of treatments depends on the type of acne, your response & tolerance to particular treatments, and the dr's experience with one med or another. Masturbation has no effect on hormones or acne. It won't make you blind, either.

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