Penis hygiene

Every man produces discharge on the glans of his penis. This is called smegma. But if you do not clean it properly, there is a risk of irritation and inflammation.

Smegma

Smegma is a sebaceous discharge. It ensures that the foreskin can glide over the glans properly. At first it is whitish in colour and odourless. If you do not wash it away, after a few days it becomes grey-green and starts to smell. This can be a breeding ground for infections. Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans, often caused by accumulation of smegma. It can be very painful. Balanitis can be treated with antibiotics.

Smelly penis

The skin of the genitals is more sensitive than the skin of the rest of the body. The mucus membrane of the glans of the penis, together with the foreskin are particularly sensitive to (aggressive) soap products. Soap, particularly perfumed shower gel and several types of foam bath, contains substances that upset the skin’s natural balance. This can cause problems like (excessive) bacteria growth which can cause an unpleasant smell.

If you want to continue using soap, use a pH-neutral one. This has the same acidic level as the average skin which can help prevent this type of problem.

Washing the penis

By regularly rolling back the foreskin when washing or showering and rinsing the glans with lukewarm water, you can prevent irritation or inflammation. There is no need to scrub.

Roll back the foreskin as far as possible when washing, so that you can properly clean the glans and the rim underneath. If you use soap, rinse it with a lot of water so that no soap residue remains.

Do not use too much soap. This can actually aggravate problems. Using lukewarm water is preferable, possibly in combination with a pH-neutral soap.

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