What causes penis skin to peel?

By: Medically reviewed by Dr. Ana M. García Redondo — Written by Jayne Leonard
Source: Medical News Today
Website: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325438

Peeling skin on the penis often occurs as a result of friction, chafing, or an allergic reaction, but other possible causes include infections and skin conditions.

Skin peeling may be the only symptom that a person experiences, or they may also have itching, burning, or redness.

Most cases of penis skin peeling are not serious and respond well to home remedies. However, in some cases, a person may need topical or oral medications to treat the underlying issue.

In this article, we discuss the leading causes of penis skin peeling and list possible treatments and home remedies.
Friction and chafing
Causes of penis skin peeling may include friction, chafing, allergic reactions, and eczema.

Irritation from repeated rubbing may cause peeling, flaking skin, along with pain and sensitivity.

Common causes of friction in the genital area include:

chafing from tight clothing or underwear
masturbation without lubrication
sex without lubrication

Using a lubricant during intercourse and masturbation can reduce friction and the likelihood of penis skin peeling. Choosing loose, cotton clothing to wear around the genital region will also reduce the occurrence of chafing.
An allergic reaction

Contact dermatitis is a skin reaction to an allergen or irritant. It can affect any area of the body, including the penis.torontocircumcision1

The symptoms of contact dermatitis include:

peeling or cracked skin
pain and irritation
itching
swelling
blistering
dryness
redness

Common causes of contact dermatitis on the penis include:

latex condoms, in the case of a latex allergy
ingredients in soaps and shower gels
laundry detergents

 

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