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A 22-year-old male asked:

i have pimples in my face and in my back and i want to get rid of this. is this because of the masturbation?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Ng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Not really.: It may be hormonal, but masturbation won't worsen it. Go see your doctor and ask him for topical clindamycin.....Or try otc creams.
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 16 years experience
There are many good treatments for acne vulgaris. Usually we combine topical clindamycin (prescription) with something like benzoyl peroxide (over the counter) so that you don't develop resistance to the clindamycin.
Feb 24, 2013
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Masturbating doesn't cause acne. All young men do it; it gets you ready for marriage and fatherhood, & youth's hard enough without problematizing it. Acne on the back usually requires at least a systemic antibiotic for a man, and in addition to some topical rx you may be a candidate for one of the heavy-duty rx's only a dermatologist can write for. You have a right to a clear complexion.

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