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Tips for guys with masturbation/hormonally caused acne

I have hormonal acne where if I masturbate I get acne overnight and for a few days after. If I masturbate a couple times in a day or over a couple days I'm screwed. If I lay off I'm clear as a supermodel. Much like the rest of you I have tested this many many times and kept my skin under constant observation through it all.

Anyways it's very difficult to abstain. Right now I'm on day 4ish of abstaining and I'm clearing up and amazingly my urges have been very low comparatively speaking and I'm about to dispense some helpful tips for guys like me who suffer the same type of acne.

1. If you are trying to abstain but you mess up and ejaculate here's what to do:

A. Go drink a lot of water and do some pushups, and get a sweat going and get your heart beat

pounding.

B. Wait for about an hour or less and boil water and steam your face for five minutes

C. Check the mirror and look at the areas where you get most of your acne. You'll notice you have a lot of clogged pores. They aren't infected yet (until tomorrow). So you can squeeze it all out real easily. TIP: It's actually sometimes easier to see some of the clogged pores before steaming for future reference.

D. Then do whatever regimen you do. At least those pores are unclogged and should reduce your breakout considerably. This isn't great for the deep down cysts that are forming. Can't get to those.

2. There's actually a study that says loneliness causes impulsive behavior. It instantly supresses the part of your brain that creates rational foreward thinking thought. They tested two groups. "Group A" wrote a little essay about when they felt their greatest and "Group B" wrote an essay about when they felt their most rejected. Then they were told they were having a taste test. Group B ended up "binging" on the cookies whereas Group A did not. It's the same with masturbating. It's an addiction. It brings a rush of good feelings and then you regret it afterwards for the acne. And when do people binge? When they are feeling lonely and bored. Documentary on the effects of loneliness

Right now I've a met a new girl and we really like each other. All of a sudden my urges just seem to dissipate. Day 3 and 4 are some of the hardest days and it's been a breeze. On top of that I have motivation to not choke the chicken or even play the edging game (which I fail a lot at). So see if this is an issue in your life and just be aware at least that having a prospect on the horizen really really helps. Having outside help is very important like being an alcoholic. In this case having a strong motivational force that is close and not far off is the substitute.

3. Delete ALL your porn on your computer. This took me weeks before I had the strength because I had such an epic collection of the best of the best. God I was so good at finding the hardest to find stuff. Oh man....just thinking about my collection blows my mind.

4. Get the free K9 web protection program. It's a content filter. What you can do is create a LONG random password that you cannot remember. Write it down and give it to a friend or family member. Or you can keep it hidden at work so it's not easily accessable but there for emergencies (not porn related emergencies lol).

5. Stay busy. Workout. Try to avoid hot sexy celebrities on TV and movies undressed or even if they aren't. It's just going to make you that much more aroused that night. Obviously this is impossible to do 100% but it's good to be aware of what's going to happen and be prepared for it.

6. If you're bored:

A. Watch a documentary. Netflix is good.

B. Read forums about masturbation and acne.

C. Exercise

D. Read a book

E. New hobby to become an expert in

F. Anything constructive really is a great boredom killer. Learning about starting a business if you have an idea. I used to get into heavy debates on forums about all sorts of topics and I became an expert in those areas because I was constantly researching all sorts of science (spent hours at night)...etc.

I thought I could control myself without needing to take these kinds of measures. I thought I had the mental strength. But over and over I found I keep surrendering to the impulse. I needed help and it looks like many people who try to stop also need help because I'm seeing the same thing with people falling through the cracks.

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Great tips. And I do agree with the "loneliness causes impulsive behavior" part as well. Thanks for sharing.

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I'm in the same boat, but get this-carbs give me

Acne too. If here's a god, he hates us

lol I might be able to one up you. I think it's certainly possible food is giving me acne but get this...I'm 6'5" and only after some major eating binges have I gotten up to a still stick figure weight of 184. I was at 170 for a LONG time and before that I was in the 150s and 160s before I ever did any eating binges. Thankfully ceasing my masturbating does clear me up a ton but if I listen to my body I feel like trying to gain weight doesn't do my complexion good.

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Loneliness as a cause for addictive behaviour... Interesting, I would have never thought that my addictive tendencies could exist because of loneliness. I thought that I am used to being alone by now. After all, the last time I made a friend was maybe 10 years ago. I still write to a penpal over email almost daily, but that's it.

(It's going to change soon I think, don't worry guys.) I find this interesting in an exploratory way.

Are online and solitary activities really never as "good" as real interaction with humans? Does the brain really need interaction with other people to function normally? Sure seems like it.

I haven't found a solution yet. Ironically I think the only real solution is, to get to meet people. (however that works. It's not as easy as you might think when you are off the game for such a long time.).

Beating bad addictions and loneliness through work: I can never bring myself to work more than a few days at a time. After that I go back to playing video games excessively, which I don't even find that interesting anymore. The thing is... working is hard. Even though I really need to get my life together, I can't muster the motivation to do it for some reason. Pretty much my last 10 years were wasted - regarding productivy and self-development at least.

I just don't have anything else to do. O_O.. What do you do, when you are completely alone? I'm basically online all day and reading news and stuff. You are bound to come across porn when surfing the web all day long.

I watch online TV too. I don't know if normal people can understand this behaviour, but I myself still watch TV series even though I find them boring. That's how addiction works I guess. Maybe I'm just super lazy. Or it's the same.

I don't see how deleting porn will make any difference. After all, the internet is full of it, and always accessible. When I'm in a bad mood, I would WANT to read a book, but I can't bring myself to force my brain to pay attention for a long enough time. Strange hmm...well I'm getting off topic I guess.

As always, I would suggest small steps. Pause after each masturbation for 1 day, and do that for a few weeks. Then pause for 2 days for a few weeks. You can still relapse, (because loneliness is the root of the problem?) but that's still the only effective way I know - especially when a problem is also physical.

Sometimes I get the idea that simply all our problems exist because we worry too much. We worry that we won't be able to perform, do the required work or enough work...and after worrying for hours, we don't even want to do anything anymore.

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Denken, seems like a tough situation for you. I can certainly relate and understand where you are coming from. if you want to get out there and socialize without working my best advice (and how I met my best friends) is to look through the internet and find listings for home poker games in your area. I found a home game with a buy in of a measly $10 and found a great bunch of guys. I was mainly looking to learn the game better but came out of it with friends. If you don't know how to play you can play for free or for mere dollars online and then you will know the rules when you get out there.

Also I've met friends through adult sports leagues that you pay a fee for (to pay for the refs and arena) and then you go out, play, and then hit the bars with everyone afterwards. I found this through craigslist. You have no great motivation to really look good because you don't socialize. Get that motivation and your brain will give you the willpower and strength in return.

The internet is indeed full of porn. That's why I recommended K9 web protection. This is really only a solution for people who have had enough of their acne and porn addiction. I would recommend socializing before doing this stage because it might just be too hard otherwise.

Anyways it's been about a week for me. I just had my first wet dream since this abstinence run but I checked my face and so far it doesn't seem like I have clogged pores ready for infection. My face is really healing up nicely! I haven't even felt much of an urge to look at porn and have gone days without it which is a first for me and really freaking weird. I don't use the K9 program because I share this computer but I have in the past.

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OP - so you are not having ANY sex with your girlfriend? that seems awefully restrictive :(

That's the great unknown for me. I don't have a girlfriend. Only because of my acne and how it makes me self conscious. I've dated around and stuff but if I'm having a bad day or week with acne my life goes back to shit. I've only recently been completely free of my body acne which was severe. I think it was the zinc I'm taking. It still has hyper pigmentation markings but you can imagine how self conscious I would be without a shirt on when it was active.

I have no idea if I'm the type where sex affects my acne or if I can get away with it. I know there are people on both sides of that coin. Obviously I'm hoping for the former.

Right now as I abstain and heal up my face I'm also trying to improve my diet. More raw veggies and salads in general and natural meat. I'm also looking into Krill oil, borage oil, enzymes, probiotics...etc

I need to start exercising more. I'm doing all of this in hope that when I do have sex that hopefully my body will be able to deal with and properly expose of the excessive hormones and sebum and whatever else is not working properly.

As far as wet dreams are concerned. I'm pretty sure my wet dream was the combination of me going a week without release but mostly not having a very clean mind right before going to sleep. Wet dreams suck but typically they aren't as bad as masturbation for me anyways and this seems to applies to others as well. Well I'll monitor my skin over the next few days and see if it did me any harm.

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Damn I think I hit my 1 week mark yesterday because I had some major urges last night. That study that says you get a big testosterone spike after one week of this probably was what did it. I also had another wet dream. Again I'm seeing nothing acne related occurring after the last wet dream or the previous one. I'm now taking cinnamon pills after dinner along with my zinc pills.

I'd rather have a sex life than a masturbation life. Granted I did see a smoking hot girl with a guy who had a considerable amount of acne the other day. Average looking guy with an average build. So there's hope for you guys who can't find a solution! I actually have seen instances of that a few times.

I have hardly anything now. It's just red marks, wounds healing up, and redness but it's all going away everyday I abstain.

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I actually just posted a question about acne and masturbation to see if anyone knew of any tips/supplements for when I do masturbate. There's definitely a direct connection for me. I've recently been trying to find some information about why acne is related to masturbation but there really isn't anything out there that I could find. What I have been doing is taking a shower soon after (or at least washing my face) and taking liver supplements and a mens daily vitamin. The liver supplement will supposedly help my liver remove excess hormones and the mens daily, well thats good for everything haha. Anyway my acne's about 70% diet 30% masturbation NOW. The hormones use to have a more significant affect but as I've gotten older (im 17 now) its sort of tipped more towards diet. Still, when i do masturbate the acne i do have gets inflamed, little pimples become big pimples and sh*@ hits the fan. What really bugs me is that I can't figure out why this happens. best of luck

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6. If you're bored:

A. Watch a documentary. Netflix is good.

B. Read forums about masturbation and acne.

C. Exercise

D. Read a book

E. New hobby to become an expert in

F. Anything constructive really is a great boredom killer. Learning about starting a business if you have an idea. I used to get into heavy debates on forums about all sorts of topics and I became an expert in those areas because I was constantly researching all sorts of science (spent hours at night)...etc.

Or skip all that and get yourself a PS3.

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i have been told that the one of the reasons why i have acne, and i am a 27 year old male, is because i'm not having enough release, whether it be thru masturbation or sex with a partner...

could that be true??

or is what you guys are saying the actual rule - that masturbation leads to acne, cuz if so then i'll def. look to stop masturbating as it is not that big of a problem for me...

in the least four weeks, i prolly have mastrubated, at most, 5 times...

so what do you guys think?

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Denkin.

You sound so much like me it is scary. I am only 21, but for the last 3 years have been living pretty much exactly like you. Functioning alone in daily life, getting basic interaction online which seems to satisfy my needs for socializing adequately in a way. I just gave up on trying to connect with people in real life. Been happier like this then I was earlier in my life, but I know its a somewhat empty existence. Still, I feel ok. Not depressed, not happy, but somewhere in between that is at least bearable.

Also, wtf can masturbation really cause acne outbreaks? I hate to admit it but I masturbate 1 or 2 times a day every day. Is this really a cause for acne? If doing this less frequently could improve my acne I would be very happy. I have been fighting my acne for like 8 years. It has worn me out. For example today, my acne is so disgusting looking that I can't even bear walking out the door looking like this. Skipping half of my classes so I dont have to feel like crap in public for as long. Ugh damn acne.

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