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Sex. If you're dealing with acne, it's one of those issues that might not leave you feeling so sexy. However, think again. While it might seem unusual, there is a definite connection between sex and making your breakouts less prevailing and large, and with the right information, you can keep your skin clear and have a little fun in the process. Here is a look at just how sex (and sex hormones) can affect the quality of your skin.
Let's be honest-most men don't need any motivation to have sex outside of the act itself. However, getting intimate with your partner can have some unexpected benefits in your fight against breakouts:
Men are no strangers to testosterone- it's the sex hormone that's responsible for things like the size of your muscles, the pitch of your voice, and the beard on your face. This particular hormone is part of the larger androgen class of hormones, which, interestingly, women possess as well-although men's bodies create it in larger quantities. And it's androgen that causes problems for guys suffering from acne.
When too much androgen is present in the blood stream, your body can begin to send signals to your skin's sebaceous glands to produce an excess of skin oil (also known as sebum). This excess oil clogs your pores and creates a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria to begin a breakout. Androgen may not cause the actual acne itself, but it's responsible for getting the process started.
Because of acne's androgenic origins, men often find that their breakouts are more severe and harder to treat than women's. It may be possible to find products that can alter your hormone levels, but this can be dangerous and is seen by many experts as unnecessarily invasive.
Luckily, men do have other options when it comes to regulating hormonal acne. For example, products like AcnEase work, not by regulating your hormones, but by regulating their effect on your skin's sebaceous glands. This is a method that's safer and doesn't come with any unwanted side effects. However, it's still powerful enough to treat even the most persistent acne.
So what are you waiting for? There's no time like the present to start enjoying the skincare benefits of sex!
With a promise of clear skin,