Dry penis skin may not sound like a serious issue, but for men who experience chronic dryness, peeling, and flaking, it can be a real source of anxiety, not to mention discomfort. Dry penis skin can result in one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Flaking, peeling, or a roughened appearance;
  • Redness or rash;
  • Darkening or discoloration;
  • Soreness, especially during sexual activity;
  • Loss of sensation over time.

Fortunately, most cases of dry skin are easily addressed, once the underlying cause has been identified. Some of the most common issues that contribute to a dry penis are described here.


Friction — Dry masturbation, prolonged sexual activity, and even constant rubbing against clothing all create heat and friction. These can strip away the body’s natural lubricating oils, leaving the skin feeling dry and parched. Dry skin is also more susceptible to surface-level damage, meaning that even normal activities can cause microscopic tears in the outer layers of the skin; this can result in a penis that is sore and tender to the touch.

Recommended treatment:

  1. Cease all sexual activity, including masturbation, for at least 24 hours to allow time for healing.
  2. Drink plenty of water to hydrate the body from the inside out.
  3. Wear soft, supportive cotton underwear that will protect the penis while allowing the skin to breathe.
  4. Apply a penis-specific moisturizer (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that contains ingredients such as Shea butter, which soothes and hydrates; and vitamin E, which locks in moisture and helps to prevent dryness from recurring.

Allergic Reactions — Skin allergies and contact dermatitis (eczema) can cause skin irritation, rash, flaking and dryness that can be difficult to combat. Some common culprits that cause adverse skin reactions may include the chemicals found in laundry detergents, soaps, latex, spermicides, deodorants and fragrances. Plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, and even ordinary grass can also cause allergic reactions in some men.

Recommended treatment:

  1. Wash the area thoroughly with a mild cleanser (not soap) to remove any traces of the offending material.
  2. Avoid use of fragrances, which often contain chemical irritants.
  3. Use hypoallergenic laundry detergent and fabric softener.
  4. Avoid soap, and use a mild cleanser designed for sensitive skin, instead. Baby wash can be a good option for men who are prone to eczema breakouts.
  5. Look for latex-free condoms (polyurethane or silicon are two other options) or condoms that are not treated with spermicide;
  6. Use a soothing moisturizer intended specifically for use on the penile skin; regular body and hand lotions may contain chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions.

Soap or body wash – Even in men who do not have allergies to the chemicals found in some personal care products, regular body bars and shower gels can cause dryness and extreme irritation of the penile skin. These products often contain detergents that are designed to clean away sweat, grease, and dirt, but may also strip the skin of its natural protective oils.

Recommended treatment:

  1. Replace personal care products with those designed for sensitive skin. Dove bars, baby wash, and hypoallergenic products are good choices.
  2. Rinse thoroughly after washing to remove all traces of soap, body wash, shampoo, and so on.
  3. Apply a penis-friendly moisturizer immediately after bathing to lock in moisture and prevent drying.

Yeast Infections — While yeast infections (caused by the Candida albicans fungus) are more common in women, men can also be affected. Individuals who have a depressed immune system due to diabetes or other systemic disorders, who are undergoing chemotherapy, or who are taking certain medications may be more prone, but yeast infections (also known as thrush) can happen to anyone. Aside from dryness and peeling, symptoms can include painful cuts or fissures in the skin’s surface, as well as a thick, pasty or chunky discharge.

Recommended treatment:

  1. See a doctor. Symptoms of a yeast infection are common to a number of other conditions, so it is important to get a professional diagnosis.
  2. Use an over-the-counter antifungal medication such as miconazole; choose the topical form and apply it to the affected area.
  3. Avoid sexual contact; yeast infections are contagious and can be passed from one partner to another.
  4. Keep the area clean and dry.
  5. Use a penis-friendly moisturizer to soothe the skin and speed healing.

Psoriasis — This autoimmune condition can affect all parts of the body, including the penis and the surrounding area. On other parts of the body, psoriasis may appear as dry, peeling, silvery flakes of skin. However, in the genital area, it is more likely to present as a dry lesion that may appear smooth and red in color.

Recommended treatment:

  1. See a doctor or dermatologist, who may be able to provide prescription creams or ointments to clear up breakouts. In some cases, oral medications or treatment with UV lights may also be prescribed.
  2. Avoid known skin irritants (see the preceding section on skin allergies) that may trigger psoriasis outbreaks.
  3. Take time out to relax. Research has shown that stress is a contributing factor in psoriasis, and practicing relaxation techniques may help to reduce the frequency of outbreaks.
  4. In addition to topical medications, apply a penis-specific nutrient crème containing vitamin A. Also known as retinol, this nutrient is known for its efficacy in treating psoriasis outbreaks.


A dry penis is not just uncomfortable and embarrassing; it can also lead to significant pain during and after intercourse. In addition, it can cause invisible tears and fissures in the skin that allow bacteria to penetrate, inviting infection — not to mention an unpleasant odor! Fortunately, with proper care, men can eliminate and even prevent the occurrence of dry penis skin. Learn more about how an advanced penis health crème like Man1 Man Oil, with 9 penis-specific, moisturizing ingredients, can help overcome dryness and improve the overall look and feel of the penis.