I signed up just so I could post about this topic and hopefully get some advice for myself as well.
At this point in my life, after years and years of dealing with acne and conducting different experiments on lifestyle chances, diet changes, and every skin care product there is I have come to the conclusion that masturbation definitely has a huge impact on my skin. I have taken into account some of these factors:
*I never started getting acne until I started masturbating (around puberty)
*On family vacations my skin clears up (because I'm not jerkin)
*No matter how clean I make my diet, if I continue to masturbate, I will continue to have acne
Ever since researching the effects of acne on skin through this board and other websites about 2 years ago, I have done several experiments with myself while changing absolutely nothing else in my life other than stopping (or reducing) masturbating. Each time I come to the same conclusion: I wish I could control myself enough to stop masturbating completely! Whenever I get to at least 3-4 days without doing it, my face starts to clear up. The longest I've gone is about 2 weeks and at that point my face was pretty much flawless (minus red marks from previous acne). Then bam, I can't take it any longer, masturbate, and then I'm back at square one with breakouts.
I think it's pretty unrealistic to expect any of us, especially the younger ones, to completely abstain from masturbation. So I try at the very least to only do it once or twice a week, and that definitely helps. My other HUGE issue is that a lot of times, I cave in and masturbate out of pure boredom. Not even horny, I just literally have nothing else to do and that thought of porn creeps into my head and no matter how hard I try to fight it, because I know what the results will be, it usually wins. It's become a pretty powerful addiction since I started around 16 (I'm 22 now).
If anyone has any advice at all on how to distract myself or any ways that have personally helped YOU from abstaining, I'd love to hear.