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The acne thread

SirCubbySirCubby Registered User
edited July 2007 in Ancient Forum Knowledge
Does masturbating cause acne? This might seem like a stupid question, but I assure you it is not. People like me who have acne and have tried EVERYTHING. Acutane, all the soaps in the world, cinammon + honey, toothpaste, not eating chocolate, not eating fatty foods, baking soda, ice, lemon, alivera, ect.. Need to ask questions like these.

I once read that it does, because acne is caused by hormonal increase and so the more you masturbate the more your hormones are generating.

Anyways, one time I went on vacation and within days my acne disapeared. I was in shock but when I came back from vacation it all reappeared.

So I don't know, I was just wondering if anyone has tested this theory out.

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  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited March 2004
    Let me put it this way: sex tends to help your skin clear up. I sincerely doubt, therefore, that your wanking is making your acne worse. When you were on vacation, were you out in the sun a lot? UV radiation in moderate doses can help acne, as can the vitamin D that UV-exposure prompts your body to produce.

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  • SirCubbySirCubby Registered User
    edited March 2004
    I wasn't in the sun a lot but I was more in the sun than I am at home. I think it was the humidity that cleared my acne. I live in the cold north Canada and when I went on vacation it was in Miami.

  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited March 2004
    It doesn't take much. If you can borrow someone's sunlamp for a bit, try giving yourself a little extra (don't go nuts and burn yourself) sun for a few days, or however long you were on vacation for, keep masturbating, and see if the UV alone does anything. Keep in mind, Florida sunlight is a shit-ton stronger that ye olde metricke stuff you get in northern Canadian climes, so even if you were out in it for the same amount of time, you were getting a lot stronger dose. If that's not it, go find a decent greaseless moisturizer or buy a humidifier.

    Rogue helicopter?
    Ecoterrorism is actually the single largest terrorist threat at the moment. They don't usually kill people, but they blow up or set on fire very expensive things.
  • Harry BHarry B Registered User
    edited March 2004
    Go get a prescription for Brevoxyl. It will take care of the Acne and you can keep beating off all day.

  • 1ron chocobo1ron chocobo Registered User
    edited March 2004
    The reason it probably went away when you went on vacation, was becuse of the weather change.

  • SirCubbySirCubby Registered User
    edited March 2004
    Harry B wrote:
    Go get a prescription for Brevoxyl. It will take care of the Acne and you can keep beating off all day.

    Done that, it did nothing to me.

    When I said I tried everything, I really meant it.

    I think I'm immune to all acne medacine, my immune system has already built itself against anti-biotics

  • SarcastroSarcastro Registered User
    edited March 2004
    I dont think you have anything to worry about. Although it is true that semen contains certain hormones, and that your body will increase production to replace them, the actual level of hormones in your bloodstream is governed largely by your pituatary gland - your hormonal thermostat, as it were. So whether or not you beat off, the set level will be maintained by your body. If anything, masturbation would help regulate your hormonal system, because you would essentially be ensuring the proper function of your endocrine system, cleaning out the hoses, so to speak.

    From your description of having it clear up a bit when you travelled, I would completely agree with sunlight therapy. You could even go so far as to take a vitamin D supplement (usually in the infant section of your local pharmacy ) which is like ingesting chemical sunlight. The real thing is better, by a long shot- but the point about living in Canada is quite true, the light we do get is not as strong as it is if you go south.

    Dont forget to exercise like a mo, hormones are there to do a job, ie turning you into a man. By building muscle mass, you let them do their job and dissipate through your system. Also sweating like a pig, followed by a brisk shower as a good way to keep those pores clean and unblocked. Most of the acne-reducing effects of sex are linked to the physical activity, rather than hormonal regulation.

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  • SamuelSamuel Registered User
    edited March 2004
    I feel for you, I'm in the same boat, but I'm pretty sure (read: I fucking hope) my constant and furious masturbation isn't the cause of mine.

    When I get in the sun it clears up too, like when I was in Tenerife a couple of years ago it pretty much vanished totally for the first and only time in like 5 years. Also, tanning evens out your complexion which is good, gets rid of shitty blemishes.

    Go out in the sun, bollocks to skin cancer.

  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited March 2004
    Well, it doesn't take all that much to help you out. American doctors say what, 15 minutes a day on your hands and face (temperate region/spring) should be giving you enough? Given the fact that you're in Canada, a small amount of quality time with a sun lamp in addition to whatever sunlight you normally get might be a good idea during the winter months.

    Rogue helicopter?
    Ecoterrorism is actually the single largest terrorist threat at the moment. They don't usually kill people, but they blow up or set on fire very expensive things.
  • ChopperDaveChopperDave Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    Go see a dermatologist. I have horrible acne, and none of your traditional over-the-counter products helped me much either. I even tried those weird, expensive herbal suplimants given for skin cleansing with no effect. But as soon as I was put on prescription medication, I cleared right up.

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  • benz0rsbenz0rs Registered User
    edited March 2004
    I use Benzamycin Topical Gel which was given to me after a dermatologist appointment and it works.

  • Food?Food? Registered User
    edited March 2004
    If you use an electric razor, that's your problem. Those will cut microscopinc cuts in your skin, and with acne, they get infect, forming zits. I switched to a manual razor when a dermatologist told me to, and the acne is almost completely gone.

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  • SirCubbySirCubby Registered User
    edited March 2004
    Ok guys, I've gathered the answers to solving acne through your posts that apply to my scenerio.


    1) Sunlight
    2) Working out - Mass expanding and Endurance building
    3) No Electric Razor




    BTW, I did go to the dermatologist many many times.

    I used to workout but I was never working out consistantly, it would be for a week then a month later I would go for another week. It's a good thing my brother bought a bench and a lot of excerise machines. Since monday I've been spending a lot of time working out in my basement. As for the electric razor, I've been using one for two years now. Woops! Makes sense because I know sometimse I get these huge bumps that aren't acne but they're infections.

    Thanks for the help guys!

  • FantasmaFantasma Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    Hello

    To remove acne from your face do one of the following operations:

    1. Wash your face with hot water and a soap called Hibiscrub
    (Water should be not too hot, ok? )

    2. Put on the affected area a good cream containing Benzoyl Peroxide twice a
    day.

    3. Cut a lemon and scrub the juice on the affected areas, leave the juice dry
    on the skin ( it will be unconfortable at first, but it works.)

    And no, masturbation does not cause acne.

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  • PhantomizationPhantomization Registered User
    edited March 2004
    While we are on the topic of not shaving with electric razors, can anyone play dad and teach me how to shave with a blade? Some tips on how to shave on acne would be much appreciated.

  • wenchkillawenchkilla Registered User
    edited March 2004
    While we are on the topic of not shaving with electric razors, can anyone play dad and teach me how to shave with a blade? Some tips on how to shave on acne would be much appreciated.

    *call for help seconded* I mean I've been shaving for a while now, but my dad isn't around (literally, about a continent away) so I just started with guesswork and went from there.
    (Asking an online forum of a video game comic to give me fatherly advice makes me sick to my stomach.)

    Oh, and whatever you do, don't cut your lip. There's so much blood flow in your lips, that shit will bleed for about 2 hours, no joke.

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  • stixs4321stixs4321 Registered User
    edited March 2004
    me "Am gonna shave today for the first time can you show me?"
    dad "ok" *gets shaving cream and razor*
    dad "splash ur face with hot water fill the sink, and shave"
    me "ahh ok..."
    my dad taught me well : P

    Acne is caused by stress, summer vacation bros face is cleared, goes back to school gets acne. My other bros face is dark red spots(where pimples used to be) on his cheeks area because he uses too much of that shit. I usually wash my face daily when i take a shower, otherwise it dries out and i find those other things don't work but boire strips for the nose. If you take too much time worrying about your face and pimples going away it only gets worse trust me.
    At the moment my face is pretty good except for blackheads, need some boire strips... So don't stress it is the key

  • JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting Defense Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    Ummm . . . .to get a good shave. . .

    1. Wash your face with hot water or let a hot washcloth sit on it for a while.

    2. Use shaving cream or something. I'm a big fan of edge gel.

    3. Make sure the damn razor is sharp. Money spent on elaborate 3 or 4 bladed razors and the replacement thereof, much like money spent on quality trash bags or a better-then-free-with-plan cellphone, is money you will never regret dropping.

    4. Using the muscles of the face and neck, pull the area to be shorn as tight as possible. This will cut down on cuts.

    5. Don't buy that corny old shit about your face having a grain. Shave vertically, each way. I usually go up then down.

    6. Between strokes, run warm water over the razor and/or knock the l'il hairs out of it.

    7. On Acne - shave every day or not at all, even if you don't seem to need to shave. You don't want stubble, that's for damn sure. Shave before you put on acne crap, or you will just scrap/wash it all off.

    8. Masturbating does not cause acne. Everyone around you masturbates. Everyone around you does not have acne. If sex caused acne, pornstars would look like pizzas.

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  • SamuelSamuel Registered User
    edited March 2004
    I was never taught, but having fucked up skin myself, this is how I learnt to shave after many trial and errors:

    First, soak a flannel in warm/hot water. Just kind've hold it to your face for a couple of minutes. This softens up the hairs and opens up pores, which is apparently a good thing before shaving.

    Pat your face dry with a towel (it's pretty important that you do pat, and not scrub, as that can cause irritation).

    Smother a decent amount of shaving foam on yourself. You can get medicated stuff for sensitive skin, with aloe vera or tea tree oil and whatnot, it's mainly just a preference, try something and if you like it, stick with it.

    Always shave with the grain of your hair, never against. This doesn't get as close a shave, but in my experience, that's a good thing. I find if I shave against the grain, it cuts the hair too short, and when it grows back, ingrown hairs can occur. They fucking suck, and cause big nasty looking spots and general ookyness. Also, shaving against the grain causes irritation anyway, so just avoid it.

    Keep rinsing the razor in cold water throughout. I guess this closes up the pores which probably helps, I'm not really sure, whatever, it just feels nice.

    After you're done, wash your face. It's best to use an exfoliating facewash, something especially for acne as well preferably. Exfoliating after shaving helps avoid ingrown hairs. Again, use pretty cold water to wash, as it closes pores, reducing chance of infection.

    Apply some sort of medicated aftershave I guess, something with tea tree oil or aloe vera would be a good choice. Not that I do, though. I use stuff called Ketsugo, which is the best stuff I've found for acne. It doesn't completely get rid of it, not by a long shot, but it helps a pretty good deal. Then I just put moisturiser on top of that. Can never go wrong with moisturising. Just don't get some shit that'll make your skin oily.


    Edit: Damn joo JohnnyCache.

  • SirCubbySirCubby Registered User
    edited March 2004
    Ummm . . . .to get a good shave. . .
    4. Using the muscles of the face and neck, pull the area to be shorn as tight as possible. This will cut down on cuts.

    I don't understand what you mean. Can you please elaborate on what you're saying?

    Do you mean like, use your neck muscle when you shave over your neck?
    What do you mean pull the area?

    I'm really intrested in proper shaving and that step confused me.

  • SamuelSamuel Registered User
    edited March 2004
    SirCubby wrote:
    Samuel wrote:
    SirCubby wrote:
    Ok guys I have a Black Florescent Light and it's UV so I'm going to put it in my room hopefully it will help. I heard you can get cancer from that, is that from the uv or from some florescent thing?
    You can get skin cancer from prolongued exposure to UV (ie, the Sun). It should be reasonably safe in small quantities though.

    So having the light on for only an hour everyday?
    Hmm, I dunno. Bone daddy said 15 minutes a day, and he generally seems to be right about absolutely everything, evar :o

    I guess it depends on the power of the light? I really dunno, UV is pretty harmful, but after putting up with acne for as long as I have, along with all the mocking and self image problems it entails, I tend to not worry about it all that much myself, as it's one of the few things that has an effect on it. Yes, I'm retarded, and I don't care.

  • x-nagax-naga Registered User
    edited March 2004
    I don't think UV is that harmful. I was born in Israel and no one there wears sunscreen. Israel reaches temperatures to 40 - 50 degrees celcius. Doesn't it make sense that you're born to naturally be adapted to your environment (ie hot environment). Maybe if you're born in the north you're sensitive to the sun, but if you're born in the middle east shouldn't be able to be in the sun without any danger? Think about africans, melanen is always produced. It sorta makes sense though, darker you are the more you can be in the sun. The average person in israel spends the whole day in the sun, farming, military, walking, ect..

    It just makes sense to me because I never get sun burned where as my friends who were born in Canada turn into red lobsters within seconds.

  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited March 2004
    Samuel wrote:
    Hmm, I dunno. Bone daddy said 15 minutes a day, and he generally seems to be right about absolutely everything, evar :o

    I guess it depends on the power of the light? I really dunno, UV is pretty harmful, but after putting up with acne for as long as I have, along with all the mocking and self image problems it entails, I tend to not worry about it all that much myself, as it's one of the few things that has an effect on it. Yes, I'm retarded, and I don't care.

    Well, you'd likely want a bulb that mimicked natural sunlight as closely as possible. Black light might not do all that much for you.

    Doctors generally say fifteen minutes a day, total, is enough for you to produce enough vitamin d to be healthy. This is, I think, predicated on white population samples living along the mason-dixon line in the US during the spring or fall. Winter, obviously, would give you weaker sunlight and longer necessary exposure. Summer would give you the opposite. If you spend a good amount of time outside already, you probably don't need too much more. If you spend all your time inside, you might need a moderate amount. If your skin is naturally darker, you need more time. If you're white as a sheet, you might need a tad less.

    Considering the risk of skin damage if you keep it up long term, I'd say start with a short period (5 minutes), and screw around with it until you get the shortest possible amount of time that's still effective. You should also see if you can get similar results minus the light--supplements and whatnot. If the light is the only thing that really helps, you probably won't have to worry about it much past your late teen years--the onset of physical adulthood tends to see a clearing up of most people's acne problems. If you don't go overboard with it, you probably won't hurt yourself.

    Rogue helicopter?
    Ecoterrorism is actually the single largest terrorist threat at the moment. They don't usually kill people, but they blow up or set on fire very expensive things.
  • CailYoungCailYoung Registered User
    edited March 2004
    That's weird. Accutane should work. It's a trip through hell though, did you pull out early or experience adverse effects? (Like the actual effects are much better)

    Otherwise... just wait. Follow the above tips.

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  • MrMisterMrMister Valuing scholarship above all elseRegistered User regular
    edited March 2004
    Whoever mentioned stress had the right idea. People's acne commonly clears up during vacations, because they're carefree, not because of humidity (only gonna make you sweaty and worse). The sun might help, but stress is the big thing.

  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    Here's the best way to shave, IMO:

    1. Buy an electric razor.

    2. Use.

    Speaking of which...

    Does anyone know where I can pick up a wet/dry electric razor for fairly cheap? I had one at one point, but I dropped it, it broke, and I haven't been able to find another one (checked drugstores, Wal-Mart, etc.). I'm not looking for just a google search; I'd like to know it's from someplace reliable, and that it's a decent razor.

  • BearcatBearcat Registered User
    edited March 2004
    Sunlight helps, however, the manual razors dont for me, just makes it worse.

    Ive tried a TON of products, and right now Im on some large pill. Gotta take it twice a day. It sucks. But itll be over soon.

    Its been a while since Ive worked out hard, ever since football. This summer Im going to work out like a mofo though, that will probably help.


    *I said that last summer, and I never did a damn thing.*

  • SarcastroSarcastro Registered User
    edited March 2004
    3. Make sure the damn razor is sharp. Money spent on elaborate 3 or 4 bladed razors and the replacement thereof, much like money spent on quality trash bags or a better-then-free-with-plan cellphone, is money you will never regret dropping.

    Motherfucking Gold. Dont be stingy on the blade. And for fucks sakes stay away from those no-name cheapass throwaways every mom/mexican whore keeps under the bathroom sink. Change the blade as soon as it starts to drag, ie pulling hairs instead of cutting them.

    I use a straight razor myself, but I wouldnt recommend it on acne prone skin unless you're really into the polka-dot scab look.

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  • MidshipmanMidshipman Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    CailYoung wrote:
    That's weird. Accutane should work. It's a trip through hell though, did you pull out early or experience adverse effects? (Like the actual effects are much better)

    Yeah, Accutane is pretty damn effective. It takes months before it actually has a positive effect though. You go through a period of 1-4 months where it actually makes your acne appear to be worse, but it will definately reduce your acne in the long run, even after you stop taking it (That is, if you took it for the whole 6 month-year whatever they proscribe).

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  • JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting Defense Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    What I meant about the pull your face tight thing, is you have to shave a tight surface - don't just shave your slack face. This is when you cut yourself. IE if you are shaving a cheek, try to tense the cheek.

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  • SirCubbySirCubby Registered User
    edited March 2004
    Ok, so I did the some the research and it seems that there are all sorts of UV Lamps. You can't just take some UV bulb and sit around it, it won't do you any good. The lamps used for skin medical care and tanning are labelled "Uvalux"



    Fluorescent Tanning and Medical UV Lamps
    Back to UV-emitting fluorescent lamps! There is a type that emits wavelengths in the short end of the UVA range, and these are used for suntanning. One brand of these lamps is "Uvalux".
    There is even a UVB emitting fluorescent lamp, used for some special medical treatments of skin. These lamps are used to confine the UV's effects to outer portions of the skin, since UVB is more readily absorbed and less penetrating than UVA is.


    If you're intrested in other UV's here is a whole list of types
    http://members.misty.com/don/uvbulb.html#ua

  • SirCubbySirCubby Registered User
    edited March 2004
    CailYoung wrote:
    Midshipman: I know; I'm an ex-patient who actually had the cystic acne it's intended for ;)

    Some of the acne I get are cysts, I rarely get those but I do sometimes. Luckily they are above the skin but they are HUGE, because when they pop you dont even WANNA know what comes out :p

  • PhantomizationPhantomization Registered User
    edited March 2004
    I also have insanely oily skin, can anyone suggest some sort of method to control it?

  • SirCubbySirCubby Registered User
    edited March 2004
    I also have insanely oily skin, can anyone suggest some sort of method to control it?

    I use Liquid Neutrogena, it's the best soap on the market. A little expensive, but it's still the best.

    That would be your best bet for oily skin.

  • Kentucky SucksKentucky Sucks Registered User
    edited March 2004
    i work at a restaurant and am really nasty and smoky when i get home, and my face is really nasty feeling. When i first started working there, before i figured out how to stop it, i would break out A LOT all over my face. Then i started washing my face when i got home and a minimum of twice daily. I recomend using those stridex pads that use acid that burns like a motherfucker, but works. After i take a shower i scrub my face with one of them and it burns, burns, and burns some more. But i dont get pimples anymore.

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  • snorepezsnorepez Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    I once heard that chlorine from pool water actually helps, a lot.

  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited March 2004
    Chlorine is rather antiseptic, which is why it's used in pools to begin with. I imagine it would help with unwanted populations of skin-bacteria.

    Rogue helicopter?
    Ecoterrorism is actually the single largest terrorist threat at the moment. They don't usually kill people, but they blow up or set on fire very expensive things.
  • snorepezsnorepez Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    skin-bacteria being acne, right?

  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited March 2004
    It causes acne. Your pores get clogged, bacteria starts feeding off of and breeding in the oil and dead skin mix, the pore becomes infected, your immune system reacts...viola, you have a blemish.

    Rogue helicopter?
    Ecoterrorism is actually the single largest terrorist threat at the moment. They don't usually kill people, but they blow up or set on fire very expensive things.
  • snorepezsnorepez Registered User regular
    edited March 2004
    well i just suggested the chlorine bit because my sister used to be on a swimteam, and was in the water all day and never had acne problems. But i guess that is due to the sun exposer, eh.

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