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Hi there,

I'm a male at 18, and I've had mild to moderate acne since I was 11. Since it started, I've used all sorts of gels, washes, and medications, including Retin-A, Tazorac, BP, Salicylic Acids, Dan's BP and Washer, and Neutrogena washers. All of them had differing effects, with the most common one being my skin felt thinner and irritated, leading to more breakouts over time.

A year ago, I found jan carlo's post about doing absolutely nothing and waiting, and thought, well, it's better than doing this crap, so I shovelled away all my acne products into my bathroom closet, thus revealing half of my bathroom counter that had been covered by the mountain. Over the span of 6 months doing nothing, my skin got tougher, and breakouts were fewer, but there were still breakouts.

I started making some bigger changes, such as taking ~90mg zinc and ~2000 IU Vitamin D per day as per Databased's threads. I also completely cut out milk out of my diet. Again, a slight improvement, but nothing awe-inspiring, because I was still getting the same breakout.

Then, a few months ago, I thought about it, and thought, well, I must be doing SOMETHING to trigger it. What have I been doing since 11? Looking at porn. And it all sort of clicked. Now, trying to quit is a HARD thing to do, and truth be told, so far, I haven't gone more than 5 days with abstinence. However, these constant abstinence periods are surely doing something, because right now, my face is completely clear, save for one whitehead on my forehead.

Whenever I abstain, my face looks better the next morning; old whiteheads get one step closer to disappearing (aka, hardening over time until they're ready to just fall off like a scab, with new skin formed underneath). Whenever I masturbate, however, the next morning the whiteheads may get worse, and almost always I can spot a new small whitehead forming underneath the skin, ready to erupt in size within a couple days. I would usually masturbate once per day, almost without fail. But reducing this to once every 2-3 days, as well as trying to abstain purposefully with periods up to 5 days without has surely improved my condition almost to the point of being cured fully. I haven't taken any zinc/vitamin d pills in about two weeks.

Right now all that remains is the one whitehead on my forehead that will go in a few days, as well as the red marks that are notably fading to my skin tone as each day goes by. I know there will be some on here who will say that this is hogwash, but frankly, I don't care; because it's the one thing I've ever done that's actually produced results, and I figure, if it helped me, it'd be selfish not to tell others of what worked for me, even if it may not work for you (for which I am sorry). Of course, females may not have the same results, though I am unsure how their hormones play a role in this.

Thanks for reading, and all the best to you finding your cure.

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Yeah, i am trying the same thing ATM. I was doing great (6 days) and temptation got to me. I woke up with 3 small whiteheads...Im stopping for a good 2 weeks this time. See if that does anything.

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It is very hard when you're just getting off of that habit, especially when you have access to a computer all the time, but after a while you will totally forget about it.

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This is awkward :redface:

It's weird for a girl to be posting on a thread like this, because it seems that this particular topic is "boy domain" on the Org, but all I have to say is that orgasm increases hormone levels. For everyone.

And that's all I have to say. :D

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I don't deal well with temptation. This was so incredibly hard for me and I didn't last very long when I first tried it but I am going to give it another shot starting today.

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That's great, I guess. I tried this as well. It's fairly easy after you go for an extended period (1 week +). Honestly, I lasted roughly 3 weeks, but you ( or at least me ) ended up having wet dreams, etc. So all in all, it wasn't a reason for my acne.

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I have tried this a few times before, and it has always worked. As I said in another thread, what seems to happen is that seven days after masturbating testosterone levels spike. So, you have to do this for more than a week to see the improvement. My skin gets worst within a week after I masturbate for the last time, then improves dramatically the following week.

Right now I've been off for two weeks, and again these are the exact results I got. But this time I am stopping for good.

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I don't deal well with temptation. This was so incredibly hard for me and I didn't last very long when I first tried it but I am going to give it another shot starting today.
I've been on-and-off abstaining for random periods since about early May of this year. Though I have never been able to abstain for over a 5-day period, there have been many many periods of 2-3 days of abstinence. Apparently this has done something over time, since right now my face is completely smoothed over. The only hint of acne on my face right now is the whitehead on my forehead (which is now a tiny red scab), and the various red/fading pink marks on my face where old whiteheads were. Right now it's just a matter of sticking to abstinence and waiting for the red marks to fade. The actual skin quality of my face right now is very smooth.

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Okay, last saturday I decided to try this dontmasturbate-thing and in 3-4 days, I saw a small difference, and just 4-5 small pimples formed daily. I felt my skin smooth and generally very good, but on the fifth day of the abstinence I felt my skin a little bit worse, and yesterday formed some new pimples, and my face is oily und uncomfortable now. Maybe its the seven-day rule, check this: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Testoster...ke-t241253.html

But this worsening began on the fifth day. Maybe erections have a masturbation-like effect on acne, because I cant control that and I can see so many girls on the streets and so on... :D Im happy, because im 100% sure that there is a connection between masturbation and acne! So guys, have you any idea, which one is more likely? Erection or the seventh day? I heard that erection raises the testosterone level too. :| Im confused, but I know that this abstinence-thing works!

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This is awkward :redface:

It's weird for a girl to be posting on a thread like this, because it seems that this particular topic is "boy domain" on the Org, but all I have to say is that orgasm increases hormone levels. For everyone.

And that's all I have to say. :D

CelloIsLove is right... Being "active" actually gives better skin... Including "glow". Like, baby skin glow. For the ladies at least! Woe is the man who can't control his constant "friend" I suppose? :lol:

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