Dry penis skin… it seemed harmless at the time. It was a small patch, a little sore, a little red, a little sandpapery, at the edge of the penis. Just slap some heavy moisturizer on there and forget it, right? Wrong. With the stretching and shrinking the penis goes through, it can make healing hard. So, when does a guy go to the doc and when does he DIY it? Let’s look at four common reasons for a dry skin on the penis and how to fix this irritating problem.

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Dry Skin on the Penis Culprit #1: Sudden itchy, red rash

It could be contact dermatitis, or what the common folk call an allergic reaction. There are many things the penis may be less than fond of. Latex condoms are a surprisingly common allergy for both men and women. Also, a change of laundry detergent or soap could be causing the reaction. If all else fails, it may be a man’s partner(s). An allergic reaction could be to anything they use too. Basically, if something comes in contact with the Big D, it can cause an allergic reaction. Wash the area gently and rinse well. Pop a Benadryl to bring down the itch factor and make an appointment for an allergy test to get to the bottom of it.

Dry Skin on the Penis Culprit #2: Itchy, red rash where the leg and the groin collide

Sorry, but it’s probably jock itch. Jock itch is a highly contagious fungal infection that presents as a rash that can last for months. First things first: give it a good, but gentle wash. Next, switch to regular boxers so the area can get some air. Then use a powder like Gold Bond after toweling off to keep your business dry all day long. If the rash persists for more than a week, see the doc for an antifungal ointment.

Dry Skin on the Penis Culprit #3: A patch that’s greasy, yellow and prone to bleeding

It sounds gross, but it’s actually not hard to quell. It’s psoriasis, which is a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system. In addition to dry skin on the penis, a man may find it in other places, like the scalp, elbow, and knees. Some say that swimming in salt water can clear it up, but if a man doesn’t live ocean-side, he may want to use a hydrocortisone crème or a tar shampoo all over his body. If the condition gets worse, head to the doctor for a script for a topical steroid or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory cream.

Dry Skin on the Penis Culprit #4: Rash with white, powdery scales in skin folds

Hello, eczema. Eczema is also called dermatitis, and like psoriasis, it can turn up anywhere on the body. Use anti-itch lotions and oatmeal bath soaks for relief. If it’s a pretty bad case, a doctor may prescribe a topical medication for treatment.

Some skin issues can’t be helped; however, many can. Smart men use a penis health crème  (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) daily to keep delicate penile skin balanced and healthy. The best creams will include ingredients such as vitamins A, B, C, D and E to keep skin clear, bouncy, and silky soft. A good crème will also include Alpha Lipoic Acid, which protects the skin from harmful free radicals that take a toll and prematurely age the skin. Apply daily or any time after showering for best results