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SEX & ACNE? I bet you didn't think about this.

posted in Relationships > Intimacy
08/08/2016
  • Nothing ruins the blissful afterglow of sex like discovering a big ol' pimple. 

How can you get rid of it before round 2? While sex is great for your mind & body (- blood pressure, + brain power, + immunity) it might be the root of the pimples that seem to keep popping up.
    Nothing ruins the blissful afterglow of sex like discovering a big ol' pimple. 

    How can you get rid of it before round 2? While sex is great for your mind & body (- blood pressure, + brain power, + immunity) it might be the root of the pimples that seem to keep popping up.
  • "There's no concrete evidence sexual activity aggravates acne," says dermatologist Dr. Golubets. "But acne is multifactorial." 

Basically, straight-up penis in vagina, or vagina on vagina (or any combination) isn't magically going to produce acne. However, certain aspects of sex definitely could.
    "There's no concrete evidence sexual activity aggravates acne," says dermatologist Dr. Golubets. "But acne is multifactorial." 

    Basically, straight-up penis in vagina, or vagina on vagina (or any combination) isn't magically going to produce acne. However, certain aspects of sex definitely could.
  • SWEAT | What's the problem: Any kind of physical activity causes sweat, but sex can be especially vigorous. "Sweat alone does not cause acne," says Sejal Shah, MD, a dermatologist & RealSelf contributor. "But sweat can mix with makeup, bacteria, oils, & other impurities on your skin."
    SWEAT | What's the problem: Any kind of physical activity causes sweat, but sex can be especially vigorous. "Sweat alone does not cause acne," says Sejal Shah, MD, a dermatologist & RealSelf contributor. "But sweat can mix with makeup, bacteria, oils, & other impurities on your skin."
  • SWEAT | If left uncleansed, this mixture of sweat, makeup, & who knows what else can burrow into your pores & cause some serious blockage.

What to do about it: "Think of a roll in the hay like a session at the gym. It's best to try to cleanse your skin before & after to help prevent acne." 
    SWEAT | If left uncleansed, this mixture of sweat, makeup, & who knows what else can burrow into your pores & cause some serious blockage.

    What to do about it: "Think of a roll in the hay like a session at the gym. It's best to try to cleanse your skin before & after to help prevent acne." 
  • SWEAT | Of course, exfoliating doesn't make for the greatest foreplay, so if a pre-sex pamper sesh isn't in the cards, at the very least make sure you get it all off after (or during!) with a shower.

Try using anything with salicylic acid, or a gentle foaming wash, to make sure your pores are clean
    SWEAT | Of course, exfoliating doesn't make for the greatest foreplay, so if a pre-sex pamper sesh isn't in the cards, at the very least make sure you get it all off after (or during!) with a shower.

    Try using anything with salicylic acid, or a gentle foaming wash, to make sure your pores are clean.
  • FACIAL HAIR | What's the problem: A good beard can do wonders for a man's face, but think about what it can do to your smooth face. 
"As your smooth face rubs against a hairy face, it creates friction and irritation which stimulates oil production," says Dr. Shah. 

    FACIAL HAIR | What's the problem: A good beard can do wonders for a man's face, but think about what it can do to your smooth face. 

    "As your smooth face rubs against a hairy face, it creates friction and irritation which stimulates oil production," says Dr. Shah. 

  • FACIAL HAIR | "This excess oil can combine with dead skin cells in the pore, creating a plug in the pore and leading to the development of acne."

What to do about it: Trying to fix the problem could actually increase your risk of breaking out.
    FACIAL HAIR | "This excess oil can combine with dead skin cells in the pore, creating a plug in the pore and leading to the development of acne."

    What to do about it: Trying to fix the problem could actually increase your risk of breaking out.
  • FACIAL HAIR |  "I've heard people put coconut oil on a partner's beard to soften it up, but I don't know about that," warns Dr. Golubets, who fears exposure to the oil can stimulate acne. 

Grooming is important for avoiding irritation; encourage him to trim his split ends & regularly wash his beard.
    FACIAL HAIR |  "I've heard people put coconut oil on a partner's beard to soften it up, but I don't know about that," warns Dr. Golubets, who fears exposure to the oil can stimulate acne. 

    Grooming is important for avoiding irritation; encourage him to trim his split ends & regularly wash his beard.
  • FACIAL HAIR | If your partner isn't willing to shave or carry out any of these steps, then it's time to get creative. Kissing is great, but maybe opt for some sex positions to get you out of the line of fire, like doggy style or reverse cowgirl!
    FACIAL HAIR | If your partner isn't willing to shave or carry out any of these steps, then it's time to get creative. Kissing is great, but maybe opt for some sex positions to get you out of the line of fire, like doggy style or reverse cowgirl!
  • DIRTY SHEETS | What's the problem: If your partner's room is littered with open chip bags, or you have to wade through old towels & dirty clothes to get to your bed in your studio apartment, then it's safe to assume that both of your bedsheets are just as poor shape.
    DIRTY SHEETS | What's the problem: If your partner's room is littered with open chip bags, or you have to wade through old towels & dirty clothes to get to your bed in your studio apartment, then it's safe to assume that both of your bedsheets are just as poor shape.
  • DIRTY SHEETS |  "Leaving dirty bedsheets can trigger flare-ups of acne because of dead skin cells, oils, and bacteria that can accumulate on unwashed fabrics!" says Kaleroy Papantoniou, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist.
    DIRTY SHEETS |  "Leaving dirty bedsheets can trigger flare-ups of acne because of dead skin cells, oils, and bacteria that can accumulate on unwashed fabrics!" says Kaleroy Papantoniou, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist.
  • DIRTY SHEETS | Pillowcases are especially prone to this bacteria; they collect facial oil, hair product, and myriad other bacteria.

What do to about it: This is a shared responsibility between you & your partner. Use cotton fabrics & wash them at least twice a week if you are prone to acne. 
    DIRTY SHEETS | Pillowcases are especially prone to this bacteria; they collect facial oil, hair product, and myriad other bacteria.

    What do to about it: This is a shared responsibility between you & your partner. Use cotton fabrics & wash them at least twice a week if you are prone to acne. 
  • HAIR PRODUCTS | What's the problem: There's a reason Jersey Shore called it the Smush Room: All kinds of body parts get smushed against each other during sex, & that includes hair.

Certain hair products can be the culprit. People get sweaty during sex & some of their hair products get on their face.
    HAIR PRODUCTS | What's the problem: There's a reason Jersey Shore called it the Smush Room: All kinds of body parts get smushed against each other during sex, & that includes hair.

    Certain hair products can be the culprit. People get sweaty during sex & some of their hair products get on their face.
  • HAIR PRODUCTS | While certain chemicals & ingredients can be good for your locks, they're not so great on the skin. Specifically, the silicone, acrylates, & oils found in hair products are particularly aggravating.
    HAIR PRODUCTS | While certain chemicals & ingredients can be good for your locks, they're not so great on the skin. Specifically, the silicone, acrylates, & oils found in hair products are particularly aggravating.
  • HAIR PRODUCTS | What to do about it: Make sure you're informed about all the products you're using & what's inside them. Take an extra moment to read the label. If it has a ton of chemicals, try to steer clear. They could be hormonally disruptive, & they can cause oxidated damage in the skin.
    HAIR PRODUCTS | What to do about it: Make sure you're informed about all the products you're using & what's inside them. Take an extra moment to read the label. If it has a ton of chemicals, try to steer clear. They could be hormonally disruptive, & they can cause oxidated damage in the skin.
  • HAIR PRODUCTS | Avoid certain ingredients depending on your skin type, i. e., alcohol-based products can be drying, whereas oil-based products can clog pores (it's up to you to decided which is least problematic) but to avoid that, simply keep your hair up & out of your face when things get sultry.
    HAIR PRODUCTS | Avoid certain ingredients depending on your skin type, i. e., alcohol-based products can be drying, whereas oil-based products can clog pores (it's up to you to decided which is least problematic) but to avoid that, simply keep your hair up & out of your face when things get sultry.
  • MASSAGE OILS | What's the problem: Massage oils can have some not-so-sexy side effects later on.

If you're acne-prone, & use certain massage or 'intimate' oils on your skin, especially on those acne-loving areas such as the back, chest & face, you may indeed trigger a breakout. says Dr. Papantonou.
    MASSAGE OILS | What's the problem: Massage oils can have some not-so-sexy side effects later on.

    If you're acne-prone, & use certain massage or 'intimate' oils on your skin, especially on those acne-loving areas such as the back, chest & face, you may indeed trigger a breakout. says Dr. Papantonou.
  • MASSAGE OILS | Skin naturally produces & releases its own oil (sebum) through pores to help protect/moisturize our skin. When the body has difficulty releasing it & other triggers are present, an inflammatory response may occur & acne may develop. When you apply massage oils, you increase your risk.
    MASSAGE OILS | Skin naturally produces & releases its own oil (sebum) through pores to help protect/moisturize our skin. When the body has difficulty releasing it & other triggers are present, an inflammatory response may occur & acne may develop. When you apply massage oils, you increase your risk.
  • MASSAGE OILS | What to do about it: Try switching to something more natural like, coconut oil. Non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) lotions may be an alternative. It would be difficult to find an oil that would not clog pores. Washing oils off your body is key in prevention if the oil is used.
    MASSAGE OILS | What to do about it: Try switching to something more natural like, coconut oil. Non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) lotions may be an alternative. It would be difficult to find an oil that would not clog pores. Washing oils off your body is key in prevention if the oil is used.
  • HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL | What's the problem: When it comes to acne, birth control is hit or miss. Some options, like the pill, have worked wonders on the skin. Others, however, have not. Specifically, many people experience acne when going on the IUD," says Dr. Shah.
    HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL | What's the problem: When it comes to acne, birth control is hit or miss. Some options, like the pill, have worked wonders on the skin. Others, however, have not. Specifically, many people experience acne when going on the IUD," says Dr. Shah.
  • HORMONAL BC | "It has to do with the hormones released by the IUD (I usually don't see increased acne with the non-hormonal IUD). For example, Mirena releases only the progestin levonorgestrel, which is more androgenic than some other progestins that may find in other hormonal methods."
    HORMONAL BC | "It has to do with the hormones released by the IUD (I usually don't see increased acne with the non-hormonal IUD). For example, Mirena releases only the progestin levonorgestrel, which is more androgenic than some other progestins that may find in other hormonal methods."
  • HORMONAL BC | What to do about it: First, rule out possibilities like an irritant in your skin-care routine or sweaty makeup getting into your pores. If you just recently switched to a new BC method & it seems like there's no other explanation (consistent routine) then it's time to go to your gyno.
    HORMONAL BC | What to do about it: First, rule out possibilities like an irritant in your skin-care routine or sweaty makeup getting into your pores. If you just recently switched to a new BC method & it seems like there's no other explanation (consistent routine) then it's time to go to your gyno.
  • HORMONAL BC | "If you feel that your hormonal BC is causing your acne, try a low androgen or non-hormonal method," says Dr. Shah. While you can attempt to treat the acne with over-the-counter products, not much can be done (other than going off of it) if hormonal birth control is the true source.
    HORMONAL BC | "If you feel that your hormonal BC is causing your acne, try a low androgen or non-hormonal method," says Dr. Shah. While you can attempt to treat the acne with over-the-counter products, not much can be done (other than going off of it) if hormonal birth control is the true source.
  • I hope this helps!

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