Patients at our office often ask me about behavioral modification when trying to control various skin conditions ranging from acne to eczema, and invariably, sex comes up. Can sex improve your skin health? How often is optimal? What time of day? Does masturbation count?
Without a doubt hormones have a powerful effect on the skin, lasting from days to weeks, so it is feasible to suggest that the increased release of certain hormones during sex will affect your skin. The three main hormones released at the time of orgasm are Serotonin (5-HT), nitric oxide (NO), and oxytocin. We'll review each one's affects on the skin.