Anyone who has ever taken a close look at a piece of chicken before frying or baking it knows that chicken skin often has a multitude of little pale bumps on it. The look is perfectly fine for a chicken soon to be made into dinner, but it’s not so good for a man’s penis. Yes, sometimes a man can have penis bumps that resemble chicken skin, and this penis health issue can be rather embarrassing. New partners may take a gander at the penis bumps and suddenly find themselves with a headache. Of course, a guy’s penis doesn’t suddenly turn into chicken skin; what is possibly happening is that his penis has developed keratosis pilaris.

What is it again?

Some people just call it chicken skin disease, but the actual name is keratosis pilaris. Despite the somewhat formidable name, it is actually a harmless condition. Although this article is dealing with keratosis pilaris presenting as penis bumps, these bumps can appear almost anywhere on the body. They are probably most often discovered on the arms, thighs, and buttocks.

Keratosis pilaris comes about when there is simply too much keratin in the body. Now, keratin in proper amounts is a good thing. It’s a kind of protein, the function of which is to protect skin from getting infected. But sometimes - and nobody knows why just yet - the body will start producing more keratin than it needs. With nowhere else to go, the keratin may accumulate in one spot, usually at the spot on a hair follicle where it comes out of the skin. This "plug" that forms creates a bump, and since there usually are many such plugs, there typically are many bumps.

Some doctors think there is a genetic reason why some people overproduce keratin. Others suspect that it may be related to dry skin - the keratin is overproduced in an effort to moisturize the skin or to otherwise keep it healthy. Whatever the reason, keratosis pilaris tends to be a "young person’s disease." It often appears in children or teenagers, although young adults can also get it. In most cases, it goes away altogether on its own after a person is 30 or so years old.

What to do

As mentioned, keratosis pilaris is benign and doesn’t create any medical issues for a person; in most cases, it doesn’t sting, burn, or itch. However, a man may feel that penis bumps are an unattractive addition to his equipment, and he might rather not have them there. So what does he do?

Not much, unfortunately. The buildup of keratins tends to resolve on its own, once the body gets them under control. Unfortunately, keratosis pilaris may come back, sometimes several times. However, because there may be a connection between dry skin and keratosis pilaris, many doctors recommend that a man make sure his penis skin is well moisturized. If keratosis pilaris is already present, this may help to hurry along its departure. If it is not present, good moisturization may serve the purpose of keeping it from developing at all.

When penis bumps are due to keratosis pilaris, it is especially crucial that a guy’s penis health treatment regimen include daily application of a top-drawer penis health oil (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). It is essential that a man examine the ingredients list and select an oil with a combination of a high-end emollient (such as shea butter) and a natural hydrating agent (such as vitamin E) in order to provide the kind of moisturization the dry penis skin requires. In addition, the penis skin will be further strengthened if the oil contains a potent antioxidant, such as alpha lipoic acid, which can combat free radicals and the oxidative damage for which they are responsible.