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A 16-year-old male asked:

Is that any relation betwen acne and sex hormones (mastrubate , watch pornography ...)?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 39 years experience
No: Physical activities that you listed do not inflame or activate acne --- however acne is related to hormonal changes that occur during adolescence.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Masturbation: You may be very surprised by the loud and accurate response your question is generating here. Physicians see so much damage done to teens and others when it comes to false myths around sexuality. I think that many of us feel that if we can help just one kid have a better understanding of their body then we have done our job for today. The honest and true answer is a loud NO.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Provided original answer
All boys and all men who can masturbate. Every male you know has masturbated. Even the men telling you myths about your body. Even them. Masturbation, in general, causes no health consequences. It does not cause baldness. It does not cause acne. It does not cause infertility. It is a normal and common part of the human experience.
Jul 7, 2014
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Provided original answer
Now. That out of the way. You can also choose not to participate if you feel this is the right choice for you. You get to decide what is right for your body. You can take breaks if you feel it is becoming an obsession and not just recreation. Your maker gave you this very powerful and important gift to use to enhance your life and your experience.
Jul 7, 2014

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