So I ended a 28 day streak 6 days go and noticed some inconsistencies:
My face was irritated (red/dry) and broken out the morning after I masturbated. I began using a new product the night before (which I discarded) and attributed the painful breakout to both strong irritation + masturbating the previous night.
I broke out again this morning. This perplexes me because todays break out is substantially worse than my breakout from masturbating after 28 days of nofap. Had I masturbated last night - I would have presumed this to be a direct repercussion of masturbation and so I wondered:
When I masturbated once/twice a week - I had attributed all my break outs to masturbation. Then when I went 4 weeks no fap and STILL broke out - I immediately attributed it to other factors.
The fact of the matter is, I'm beginning to think that face would look exactly the same now, regardless of whether I've masturbated or not this past month.
I noticed correlations between masturbation + past because I was conscious of them. If I'm going to search for a correlation - I'm going to believe I've found one.
In reality, I can't say I've found much connection yet but maybe 1.5 months isn't enough time. All I can truly say is - my acne is very stubborn and nofap just gave me something to blame my acne on when it clearly isn't the sole or true verdict.
Perusing photos from the past also revealed that my skin hasn't improved much and still experiences intermittent breakouts and inexplicable moments of improvement.
In other words, hoping that simply not-fapping would resolve acne for me seemed too good and easy to be true. My acne remains an enigma and I do not believe following linear approaches and methods is conducive. I think the more pragmatic approach would be a more holistic awareness of acne - rather than a black and white, clear cut theory that dictates when someone will break out.
So it sounds like this is more so about a masturbation addiction than an acne solution.
I've noticed a blatant correlation. When I was clear - I was getting laid.. a lot. (I'm still in college)
When I would break out, I stayed in, repressed my social/sexual desires.. and masturbated.. a lot.
First off - Sex did not break me out, I recall how sweaty and filthy I'd feel at 6/7am, still drinking, ordering food with my partner + saw no break outs as a result.
Correlation isn't necessary causation, something we've all learned in Psych class. However - I do agree with the negative mental, physiological effects. Juxtaposing my mentality now with my masturbation ridden past just shows how much less of a horn dog I am.
I can't say my acne has improved much from abstinence though. For now, I'm addressing my masturbation and acne as separate problems and am not going to falsely assume that quitting masturbation is pre requisite to a clear, acne-free face.
I do however think quitting will have subtle holistic benefits on my body that will trigger better physiological response towards my stress, mood, anxiety, chemical responses, thus positively effecting my acne.
So I purchased Neutrogena Rapid Clear cleansing pads last night to swipe away the remaining few pimples.
The results were pretty bad. I don't know if fapping last night had an impact on this but after showering this morning, I noticed my skin was extremely irritated, reddened, and the cysts/pimples seemed a little more sensitive/swollen (I had rubbed the pads around my face rigorously last night which stung immensely) There were also tiny bumps all over the red parts of my face.
I did not notice the cause for my dryer, broken out face and kept going at it with the pads (I used 4 more). Boom, the cysts became more swollen and my skin felt rough and awful.
I began rinsing my face with cold water repeatedly until the sting went away. My face is still pretty red with the exception of my nose and ears but the breakout has cooled down.
So masturbation + this shitty product may have irritated my acne more or it could've been just the pad altogether - take it as you may.
Regardless of either, I'm too devastated/traumatized from todays break out to consider masturbating anyways.
I'm gonna go no-fap again and once more report any significant results/improvement from this tragedy
I honestly felt extremely relieved after - none of the "face warming up" or pulsating sensation, I simply felt GREAT and refreshed.
I went out with my friends right after and had a very energetic night, I didn't notice any irregularities with my behavior or any sensation of rising pimples. In fact I haven't felt this great in over 2 weeks!! I was talkative, relieved, alive and definitely exemplified lower stress levels.
This morning - I have the same pimples I've had before, they've begun to heal a little but nothing new has popped up.
Additionally, the ejaculation felt "natural". I can't explain it, it felt like it was meant to happen.
A couple months back when I suffered from compulsory masturbation, the ejaculations would be short, a bit dull and feel "forced". Forced meaning - I'm tired/bored, why am I still squeezing still squeezing my d*** vigorously. This time around, it kind of "shot up" and "released" and I did it without porn.
I don't plan on going back to masturbating because I do acknowledge its negative effects on holistic health + my mind. I will practice this maybe once/twice a week.
Additionally, I'm starting to reflect back on the last time I was completely clear.
It was last summer when I was 20.
I was masturbating around once a day and living a life style comparable to mine now.
I'm beginning to think moderation in masturbation keeps me clear because I've never gone longer than a week of abstinence since age 12.
I've only started getting acne when I hit 20.
I even used to have binges of 3-4 ejaculations after practice and never had a single spot until I hit my 3rd year in college.
Today would conclude 3 weeks of complete no-fapping.
Unfortunately, the left side of my face (which I thought was clearing up well) broke out last night/this morning.
I did have a hard gym sesh late last night which could've given my testosterone a kick but once more - I've seen generally positive correlation between lifting + acne in the past.
As far as no-fapping goes, I'm beginning to grow more dubious about the theory. The mental results have been nice (less dirty thoughts in public/less anxiety) but I've seen minimal tangible results - which is most frustrating.
Would fapping make my current break out dramatically worse?(as many people claim)... or would fapping have little/no effect on my seemingly inevitable breakouts (assuming no-fapping hasn't done much good either)
I'm sick of pondering on this topic and can't afford to dwell on a regimen that is ineffective for me. The impending months will be very busy..
I've been seeing a few girls lately whom I've just met but have not slept with - thus thinking about girls more often these days has given me 3 nocturnal emissions in the past week.
I haven't seen substantial improvement in my already-existent acne either. My skin that was pimple-less before seems to have healed faster but my cysts are still inflamed, hard, and painful. New ones are even rising.
Once more, this regimen would be A LOT easier to follow if it were consistent. There are many poorly written, inconsistent, often-fallacious posts on this thread that misconstrue the more widely accepted contentions of masturbation and acne.
I.E. - Some people are saying masturbating ONCE amidst an abstinent streak would destroy the cycle and ruin the process.
Some are telling me to masturbate LESS in optimal time frames of once/week, etc or I'll break out more.
A lot of this advice/perspective is contradictory and so goes the, "EVERYONE is DIFFERENT" theory..
Everyone IS different and has different causes for acne - but when we're already asserting that masturbation is the verdict for all/most of our break outs, there must be one general cause/effect thus ONE streamline regimen to follow.
Can anyone shed some light? I'd appreciate some sources if available too but seriously, no more of the anecdotal nonsense -
"I masturbated once after 20 days and my face broke out and transformed back to day 1 within a few hours, i could feel the pimples rising right after!!"
"I didn't masturbate for 3 days and my face became spotless clear!!" ... oh didn't work for you? ... uhh give it a 2 weeks then.. wait 3 weeks bro.. I mean 1 month prob.. I mean 5 months maybe... I mean EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, GIVE IT 20 YRS JUST DONT TOUCH ANYTHING DOWN THERE
There's a difference between rationality and absurdity. I just don't know who to believe anymore and I'm looking for some credible sources to better direct me since I've gone so far already.
My blemishes/cysts from breakouts 2-3 days ago are fading quickly!!
The left side of my face is 100% clear, the right side is starting to look symmetrical.
The 2 bumps on my forehead have gone down and overall, my face looks pretty normal unless you shined a light at it and saw the red marks.
Also, I quit soda 2 years ago when I started lifting hard - never went back.
I don't drink coffee, take any stimulants, eat very healthily and balanced since its been a part of my life style and routine for years now.
I do smoke a fair amount of weed before going to bed at night, but I doubt that does anything harmful since I vaporize it out of a volcano.
I've already understood that correlation but I've been lifting since the 10th grade (6 years now).
I had clear skin last year and was around 5'9 167 then (lots of muscle mass)
I cut down and am now 155, do a lot more cardio, less lifting (more calisthenics) so I don't see why my testosterone would shoot up.
I've had bacne in the past from intense work outs but never a spot on my face ( was always very cautious about cleaning/hygiene ).
My supplements currently include 2 scoops of gold standard whey (as opposed to 3-4 in the past) and 1 teaspoon creatine monohydrate.
I'm also eating better since I am not in college and can cook for myself at home - I'm almost convinced that I'm perfectly healthy.
I'm also afraid of "over lifting" or reaching a point where I get a workout-high and become a gym rat for 2 hours feeling swoll non stop - I could see how that could lead to testosterone spikes. I take it relatively easy now and even wear head bands so I don't drench in sweat like the old days.
I've noticed my acne worsen when I've taken droughts from the gym and would not work out for 2-3 weeks.
Could lessening my work out routine possibly lead to these break outs??
I was a lot more aggressive when I would lift rigorously and had clear skin, but I thought testosterone was the culprit of all of this.