Dry skin on the penis: causes and home remedies

The skin on a person's penis is particularly sensitive and dry skin can cause discomfort. A person can develop dry skin on the skin of his penis for many reasons, including sex without lubrication or masturbation, irritated clothing and the use of strong soaps.

Dry skin on the penis by itself is not usually a sign of a sexually transmitted disease. Most cases of dry skin on the penis respond well to treatment. Home remedies, such as using a natural moisturizer or avoiding harsh soaps, often solve the problem.

This article explores what causes dry skin on the penis. It also discusses the treatment for each cause and the home remedies that could help.

Sex without lubrication or masturbation.

Man with dry skin on penis sitting on bed
Using a lubricant during sex or masturbation can help prevent dry skin on the penis.

Having sex or masturbating for a long time without lubrication can cause friction.

Too much friction can cause the skin to dry. Using lubricant can increase comfort when a person has sex or masturbates. A range of lubricants is available online.

Avoid lubricants with ingredients such as glycerin or parabens, as they can worsen the dryness of the skin of the penis.

The choice of a water-based lubricant will reduce the possibility of further irritation of the penile skin.

Latex allergy

If a person is allergic to latex, the use of latex condoms can cause dry skin on the penis.

Latex is a natural substance that is derived from the sap of rubber trees. People with latex allergy react to specific proteins contained in latex.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to latex include:

People with severe latex allergy may experience anaphylactic shock when they come into contact with latex. If a person experiences anaphylactic shock, call the emergency services. If the person has an adrenaline autoinjector (adrenaline), administer it.

To avoid dry skin on the penis and allergy symptoms, people with latex allergies should use condoms other than latex. Latex-free condoms contain polyurethane or natural membranes that come from the intestines of lamb. There are many non-latex condoms available to buy online.

Rubbing clothes

If a person's clothes or underwear are too tight, they can rub against the penis and cause dry skin. Wearing loose or cotton underwear and clothing will also help prevent further chafing.

To relieve skin irritation, use a natural moisturizer, such as coconut oil.

Personal soaps

The use of soaps that contain aggressive chemicals can cause dry skin on the penis. The best way to wash the penis is with warm water and a small amount of mild soap.

If a person wishes to use regular soap in this area, you may want to consider using a mild, natural soap without parabens. Many soaps without parabens are available to buy online.

Laundry detergents

Certain laundry detergents that contain harsh chemicals can cause dry skin. This can affect a person anywhere in their body, including their penis. The choice of natural and non-biological laundry detergents can reduce the irritation and dryness of the skin.

To relieve irritated skin, using a natural moisturizer, such as coconut oil, can help.


Eczema can cause patches of dry skin all over the body.
Eczema can cause patches of dry skin to develop throughout the body.

If dry skin on the penis occurs along with itching or bumps under the skin, it can be a sign of eczema. An irritant, such as those explored above, can cause eczema. Doctors call this type of eczema irritant contact dermatitis.

The other two types of eczema that can cause dry skin on the penis are atopic eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.

If a person thinks that eczema has caused dry skin on his penis, he should consult his doctor. The doctor can diagnose or rule out eczema.

People who already have a diagnosis of eczema can use a topical low-potency corticosteroid cream. Applying this carefully to the skin of the penis can improve symptoms.

It is essential to use creams with corticosteroids according to the recommendations of a doctor, as they can increase the thinness of the skin. As the skin of the penis is delicate and sensitive, people should be very careful when using topical treatments.

To reduce dryness, a person may want to use a natural moisturizer, such as coconut oil.


Psoriasis is another possible cause of dry skin on the penis. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that often affects the male genitalia.

Patches of psoriasis on the penis are not as scaly as those on other parts of the body. They may look like thin, well-defined white plates without scales, or they may have a red ring around them.

If a person detects the signs of psoriasis on his penis, he should consult his doctor. The doctor can diagnose or rule out psoriasis.

People who already have a diagnosis of psoriasis and have plaques on the penis can treat it with the same corticosteroid cream they use on other parts of the body.

The doctor may recommend a medium to high potency corticosteroid to use at intervals. This means applying the cream for 4 days, then having a 3-day rest before reapplying.

Another treatment option for psoriasis for the penis is topical vitamin D ointment twice a day.

If the psoriasis plaques on the penis remain after treatment, it is important to go back to the doctor. The doctor can rule out anything more serious.

Mycotic infection

If a person also has a rash, swelling or discharge, dry the skin of the penis, this can be a sign of a fungal infection.

Two forms of fungal infection affect the penis: jock itch and balanitis.

Jock itch causes a red rash. It extends over the inner thighs from the penis. The area around the anus and buttocks can also have a rash.

Balanitis is an inflammation of the tip of the penis. If a person has balanitis, the head of his penis may appear red and swollen. A yeast infection is a common cause of infectious balanitis.

Both jock itch and balanitis can occur along with itchy skin. A person with a yeast infection may feel fatigued, although studies should still confirm this as a symptom.

People can treat fungal infections with antifungal creams. To prevent them, a person should wash and change clothes frequently. Wearing loose underwear can also help.

Home remedies

Coconut oil with coconut and oil halved in a jar on a wooden table
The use of natural moisturizers, such as coconut oil, can help prevent dry skin.

Depending on the cause of dry skin, a person may have to use topical over-the-counter or over-the-counter treatments.

Some home remedies may have complementary uses along with other treatments. A doctor can provide a person with recommendations on what treatments and home remedies will suit them best.

It is advisable to avoid having sex or masturbate until dry skin begins to heal. Having sex can further irritate the skin of the penis and delay the healing process.

Proper hydration is a good way to ensure that the skin receives sufficient moisture from the inside. Using natural moisturizers can also reduce dryness.

Coconut oil offers a natural way to reduce the dryness of the skin throughout the body, including the penis. People can also use it as a massage oil or as a natural lubricant. The results of a 2014 study suggest that the application of coconut oil may be a more effective atopic dermatitis treatment than mineral oil.

Many coconut oil moisturizers are available to buy online.

However, it is important to keep in mind that oils can reduce the effectiveness of condoms.


To prevent dry skin on the penis, it is a good idea:

  • use natural and non-biological washing detergents
  • Avoid using harsh personal soaps.
  • Wash the penis regularly with warm water and only a small amount of mild soap
  • Wear cotton clothes and supportive underwear, but not too tight.
  • use lubrication to reduce friction during sex as a couple or solo
  • keep the skin hydrated


Dry skin on the penis is not usually a sign of a serious condition. The common causes are allergies to chemicals in soap or detergent, too much friction, psoriasis or eczema.

If a person experiences dryness of the skin on the penis and does not know the cause, he should consult his doctor. It is particularly important to consult a doctor if you have dry skin on the penis along with other symptoms.

Normally, people can treat dry skin on the penis either at home or with over-the-counter topical treatments. Using a natural moisturizer, such as coconut oil, is a simple way to maintain skin health.

Making changes in lifestyle can help prevent dry spots appearing on the penis. For example, a person may try to reduce the use of personal soaps, change washing detergent and use lubricant during intercourse or masturbation.

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