I’ve had an acne-ridden face for as long as I can remember.
The kind of acne I used to have isn’t the once-in-a-while type of acne. Not the occasional zits.
Mine is the ferocious and the frequent kind.
My acne was so bad that it almost shattered my self-esteem.
So bad that I wouldn’t want to get out of the house on some days.
I believe that my excessive masturbation to porn every day (since puberty) played a huge role in my acne’s ferociousness.
Irrespective of what you’ve seen online—whether NoFap helps to get better skin, or not—as someone that’s struggled with a skin disease like acne for the better part of my life, I can authoritatively tell you that NoFap plays a huge role in getting better skin.
What the research says on whether NoFap can Clear your Skin
The logical place to start dissecting the notion of if NoFap helps to clear skin is to answer the question of if PMOing excessively affects your skin in the first place.
Although PMOing might not directly cause your acne breakouts, there is a strong indirect causality.
Because when I used to PMO, I would have several back-to-back acne breakouts.
But on the days I’m able to put together NoFap streaks, my acne would get better and I won’t be getting new breakouts.
And this account of mine is not an isolated event. A lot of other people give these correlating accounts.
So, there must be some correlation.
Does Excessive ejaculation affect your skin?
Of all the usual suspects that cause skin problems (acne), let’s look at the ones that can result from excessive PMOing:
This is why boys and girls start getting acne when they hit puberty.
It’s because of the changes in the levels of (reproductive) hormones that their bodies go through.
And with time, if this hormonal imbalance is prolonged, the acne will continue to worsen.
One thing we know is that excessive masturbation to porn causes hormonal imbalance.
Because it (excessive PMOing) causes your testosterone, estrogen, prolactin, and cortisol hormones to fluctuate.
Diets and Nutrients
Some specific types of food are good for preventing acne and other skin diseases because they contain antioxidants.
These antioxidants help prevent inflammation which greatly reduces acne.
Examples of nutrients that act as antioxidants are; vitamin C, zinc, protein, vitamin B12, and so on.
Your semen contains a ridiculously high amount of zinc and protein.
Other nutrients your semen contains in trace amounts are; vitamin C and vitamin B12.1
These nutrients might not be significant for your skin if you’re ejaculating once a week.
But, consider the work your body does to synthesize them.
And when you think about someone PMOing every day; who’s losing these nutrients every day (more than their body is synthesizing these nutrients), that has to leave a mark on their skin.
It’s common knowledge that the cortisol hormone synthesized when you’re stressed can trigger an acne breakout.
A study that tests the levels of cortisol, testosterone, DHT, and other hormones after masturbation found that cortisol levels significantly increased after men masturbated.2
Excessive masturbating raises the cortisol hormone and cortisol hormone can trigger acne breakouts.
How NoFap clear skin and gives you a better skin
A lot of people say that their skin gets better when they are on NoFap. And their acne usually returns when they relapse.
Let’s look at how NoFap is helping these people get better skin:
You retain vital nutrients for your skin when you’re on NoFap
When you go on NoFap, and you stop ejaculating excessively, you won’t be wasting vital (antioxidants) nutrients anymore.
Your body will not be going into overdrive to synthesize the nutrients you’re wasting by ejaculating constantly.
Your body will have the energy and the time to synthesize key nutrients for the other parts of your body including your skin.
When you eat healthy diets, apart from your body’s increased ability to make better use of these diets, you’ll be able to retain these nutrients longer.
Your hormones get balanced on NoFap
When you masturbate to porn, your body is releasing a cocktail of hormones and reducing others.
But when you go on NoFap, your hormonal levels are regulated.
And when this occurs, you’re less likely to get acne breakouts.
You’re more active on NoFap
One of the advantages of NoFap is that you get more energy.
As a result, you’ll become more active.
Or at the very least, you’re no more sitting glued to your screen, fapping to porn for two hours.
If you’re doing NoFap in the right way, you’re probably more active and you’re going out of the house more.
You’re sweating more and as a result, toxins that cause inflammation are getting out of your body through those sweat.
You tend to take care of yourself better on NoFap
One thing that comes with NoFap is self-love—the need to take care of yourself better.
As humans, we intrinsically know those habits that are good for us and those that aren’t.
When you go on NoFap for a long time, you start prioritizing your needs. As a result, you tend to build better habits.
And NoFap is the best platform for building better habits. It gives you the energy, the will, and the tenacity to follow through on your new good habits.
Here is a comprehensive list of the benefits of completing the NoFap challenge.
Talking about picking up better habits on NoFap, here are some specific habits that’ll help your skin become better:
7 Habits that will help you get clearer skin faster on NoFap
To get better skin (faster) when you’re on NoFap, these are some of those habits you need to start doing on NoFap:
Cold showers with your NoFap
Cold showers help to constrict blood vessels and this helps to temporarily tighten skin pores.
This prevents external contaminants from entering the skin and the internal toxins from causing inflammatory redness on the skin.
Apart from what cold showers does for your skin, it also helps to reduce porn and masturbation cravings and urges when you’re on NoFap.
So, you get double benefits when you add cold showers to your routine when you’re on NoFap.
Exercising is that one thing you do that its benefits will ripple through your entire physiology and psychology.
When you exercise, your blood circulation increases.
And because you sweat when you exercise, your skin pores are unclogged.
Also, regular exercise greatly reduces stress. And as you’ve learned, stress is a major acne breakout trigger.
Cut-off soda and junk foods
If there’s something that can keep you stuck in the acne ditch, it’s consuming soda and junk foods.
Sodas and junks raise your blood sugar level and this spikes the level of your insulin.
If you’re battling with acne, chances are that you’re insulin resistant.
Being insulin resistant means that the spikes in your insulin levels also increase IGF-1 which leads to acne in an interconnected regulated fashion.3
Reducing sodas and junks won’t cut it. You need to stop consuming them altogether.
It might be difficult to do at first, but with time, it gets better.
Another way to cut off sodas and junks is to substitute them with healthy skin foods.
Eat healthy skin foods
The best healthy skin foods are fruits and veggies. They contain the best nutrients that nourish the skin.
Eating healthy is difficult.
Especially if you’ve been addicted to drinking sodas and eating junks in the past.
To enforce the habit of eating healthy, you need to make conscious decisions and conscious efforts.
Efforts like deliberating stocking your refrigerator with oranges instead of Coca-Cola.
To help you get into the habit of eating healthy, here are some super skin foods:
- Spinach and other green leafy vegetables,
- Tomatoes, and so on.
Reduce carbs in your diet
Another class of food that often contributes to acne breakouts is food that’s high in refined carbs.
These foods are high GI foods and they also spike your insulin levels which leads to acne breakouts.
Examples of foods high in refined carbs are; cereals, white rice, white bread, chips, and so on.
Due to the way our societies are set up, you may not be able to cut off these foods—like you would the sodas and the conventional junks.
But, you would be doing your skin a huge favor by reducing the intake of these foods.
The cortisol hormone that gets secreted when we’re stressed also triggers acne breakouts.
So, it should go without saying that if you want to have better skin, you need to reduce stress.
When it comes to a good stress management plan, a lot of people think of spas, massages, and vacations in Palm Beach.
But the journey to a relatively stress-free life starts internally.
There are a lot of little things you might be ignoring that play a huge role in reducing stress in your life.
Little things like the quality of your sleep, understanding the voice in your head better, being able to just chill out, and most importantly; the ability to find joy in the little things in life.
So, if you want to start reducing stress in your life right now, free of charge;
- start sleeping better,
- start meditating,
- start deliberately taking out time in your day to relax, and
- start exercising consistently.
Drink a lot of water
Staying hydrated is important to your skin health.
Not drinking enough results in dry skin. This forces your skin to secrete oils excessively.
And oily skin is a good breeding place for bacteria that cause acne and pimples.
If you wait till you’re thirsty before you drink water, it means you’re not drinking enough water.
So, make it a habit to consume a lot of water when you’re on NoFap.
Sources and Footnotes
- Constituents of semen according to WebMD
- Endocrine Effects of Masturbation in Men
- Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome in Young Men With Acne