Do SARMs Cause Acne | How To Avoid Acne On SARMs

Nobody likes acne. It screws with your confidence, self-worth and general sense of well-being.

The good news is that SARMs usually don’t cause acne to occur, unless you’re acne-prone in the first place.

Even if the latter were the case, I know of many people that had problems with acne in the past who have taken SARMs, and they haven’t experienced it at all!

Still, there is a small chance of you getting acne while on SARMs and this article will not only explain why it occurs, but also how to stop it.

Androgens And Acne

People with heightened Testosterone levels usually have problems with acne during their lifetime, but why?

Because increased androgen levels cause a larger amount of sebum to be produced, with sebum being an oil-like substance that keeps your hair shiny and prevents your skin from drying out.

When that happens, dead cells don’t get out of the body via your pores but get clogged inside.

This leads to the formation of acne.

As you could’ve already imagined, SARMs increase androgen activity in our body, which makes them a candidate for the onset of acne.

Types of Acne On SARMs

There are three types of acne you may encounter while on SARMs. While this is rare, it is still good to know what to expect if you become unfortunate enough to get it.

Mild Acne

You’ll usually see blackheads and whiteheads form, but most people don’t even see them if they aren’t straight up looking at you. They will usually disappear after your cycle ends and you won’t encounter any problems whatsoever.

Moderate Acne

Moderate acne features abrasions with both inflammatory and non-inflammatory properties. You may even encounter scars at this point. These are quite rare and very likely won’t happen if the only thing that you’ve used are SARMs.

Severe Acne

This is where things get serious. Your skin will be inflamed and reddened, with scars all over the place. Don’t worry though, in my entire history of SARM usage, I’ve never seen or heard about anyone getting to this point.

Where Does Acne From SARMs Occur

It’s rare for the face to be affected, with the most impacted places on the body being your upper back, shoulders and upper chest.

The reason why these three areas are the most affected places is because they contain the most androgen receptors, at least that’s what current science proposes.

Should I Use SERMs On Cycle To Prevent Acne

This would be a really bad idea. I don’t know who came up with it, but the side effects would end up doing more harm than good.

I’m not even a proponent of doing PCT as I fear the side effects of SERMs but taking them on cycle is on a whole another level of crazy.

I’ll show you how to properly deal with acne from SARMs in the next chapter of this article.

How To Treat Acne From SARMs

Suppose that you really get acne from SARM usage, what to do now?

The first thing to do is not panic.

Assess the situation and damage on your skin, determine what type of acne you’re experiencing and follow the guidelines below.

If you’re dealing with mild acne, you can either ride it out until the end of your cycle or use topical retinoids. They are basically Vitamin A applied to the affected area, you can get them over the counter, and they are side effect free.

Just make sure to apply sunscreen if you’re going to be in the sun a lot, as retinoids are known for increasing risk of sunburn.

If you’re dealing with moderate or severe acne, I suggest you stop your SARM cycle immediately.

After you do that, get yourself some anti-androgen drugs.

They are the most effective way of getting rid of acne, as anything topical won’t reach deep enough into the skin to get rid of a moderate or severe outbreak.

Don’t worry about your gains, the primary goal now is to stop your acne from ruining your life.

I personally recommend Aldactone, it’s by far the fastest way to get rid of your acne. It has some risk of side effects, but they are worth it.

Alternatively, you could just stop your SARM cycle and wait for the acne to subside by itself, although that doesn’t always work, especially in severe cases.

The choice is up to you, but as previously stated, the chances of you getting severe acne from something like SARMs is astronomically low.


As you can imagine, getting acne while on SARMs can be stressful, especially when presented with severe cases, but to be honest, you’re not going to be dealing with that any time soon.

By my estimate, around 1 in 100 people get mild acne from SARMs and only 1 in a 1000 get the moderate or severe version of it.

This tells us that there is really nothing to worry about.

You can take SARMs without fear of getting acne and even if you do get it, you can always refer to this guide and get rid of it.

Lastly, make sure to buy your SARMs from trusted sources, as to avoid getting acne from SARMs laced with steroids and prohormones.

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