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I have dry skin on my penis by masterbation, its getting better! its just like a light reddish pink, should i be worryed? should i apply lotion?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gina Cadena-forney
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Apply Moisturizer: It sounds that you are likely developing dermatitis due to friction. Applying a moisturizer like vaseline or baby oil can help. Of course the best treatment will be to slow down on the masturbation.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Be careful with water-based or petroleum-based products for use with masturbation. The water-based ones may dehydrate unless reapplied often. The petroleum-based products may harbor bacteria and cause infection. Spend the money on Astroglide, Slippery Stuff, Lubrin, or some specific sex lubricant. These most likely will not cause a rash, feel more "natural," and may not cause trouble nor dissatisfaction.
Dec 9, 2012
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 31 years experience
Yes: Using an emollient cream will decrease the dry skin. But if its caused by masturbation, you will have to be disciplined when you apply it or the problem will recur...... :).
Dr. Eric Stansby
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Irritation: I would lay off the masterbation for a bit. Sounds like skin is irritated. Lotion may irritate skin more. If doesn't get better in a few days, see your doctor to rule out other causes (cellulitis, other infection).

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