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Preventing Penis Skin Damage – Avoiding and Reducing Stretch Marks
Stretch marks on any part of the body are rarely welcome, as people tend to find them unattractive and embarrassing; and when they occur on the penis, they can cause particular concern for men. While it is not always possible to stretch marks, understanding why they appear may help men to avoid penis skin damage as part of their penis care routine.
Causes of Stretch Marks
It is widely understood that stretch marks on any part of the body are caused by stretching and expansion of the skin; and this makes sense, because they tend to occur along with weight gain or muscle growth. Stretch marks are most common on the breasts, abdomen (most notoriously in pregnant women), biceps, legs, and penile skin. They often appear in individuals who have gained significant weight, whether through increased body fat, pregnancy, or added muscle mass during weight lifting.
There is more to the issue than simple weight gain, though; current research suggests that stretch marks are related to the so-called “stress” hormone cortisol. This hormone is present in increased levels in obese individuals, as it is formed, in part, in the adipose tissue (i.e., belly fat.). Weight lifters who use performance-enhancing preparations containing hormones may also be affected, as are pregnant women (with their fluctuating hormones) and adolescents (think puberty hormones).
Stretch marks are also highly common on the penile skin, where hormones are also involved, and where the tissue naturally stretches and contracts regularly during the formation and recession of erections.
Preventing and Treating Stretch Marks
When it comes to stretch marks and other types of skin blemishes, the best cure is almost always prevention. Stretch marks, in particular, are nearly impossible to erase entirely once they have already appeared, unless affected individuals are willing to undergo expensive laser treatments.
Therefore, the suggestions here are mainly aimed at helping to prevent penile stretch marks before they occur. It is important to keep in mind, though that there is unfortunately no guarantee that these will be 100% effective, due to the hormone-related factors involved.
1) Use a lube during masturbation or sex. Using a personal lubricant for any and all sexual contact with the penis can help to reduce the level of wear and tear incurred; a lubricant creates a barrier between the penile skin and any other surfaces, allowing the skin to glide rather than grab. Don’t forget to reapply as the product wears off or is absorbed into the skin.
2) Go easy on the level of activity. Even with lube in place, friction can take its toll, especially with rough play. Using a gentle touch is a better option, at least as far as maintaining healthy, unblemished skin.
3) Use cortisone creams only under a doctor’s supervision, and only as directed. With their cortisol content, cortisone creams can be damaging to the elastin in the dermal tissue, and improper or excessive use can result in thinner, more brittle skin, as well as the appearance of striations or stress marks. While these medications have their place, they should not be used as a catch-all treatment for any type of skin eruptions. Instead, a doctor should be consulted as to the most effective treatment for a given skin condition, and cortisone creams should only be used as directed.
4) Use a high-quality moisturizer on a daily basis. Keeping the skin well moisturized can not only lessen the chances (to a degree) that stretch marks will occur; they can also help to minimize their appearance, which can be emphasized by tight, dry penis skin. Choose an emollient that is designed specifically for use on the penile skin, as hand and body lotions often contain ingredients that can cause irritation on the more delicate penile tissue. A penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that is enriched with Shea butter and vitamin E can help to soften the skin and lock in moisture; and a product that also contains vitamin A may also help to reduce visibility of striations on the skin.
Visit http://www.man1health.com for additional information on most common penis health issues, tips on improving penis sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy penis. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.
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