Any kind of chafing is a bummer. It’s a hot, pins-and-needles sort of feeling that seems never to go away. A cool breeze or even the lightest sheet can be agonizing on a chafed penis. But penis chafing just happens, right? Well, not really. There’s a lot a man can do to avoid it. Let’s talk about five easy ways to prevent penis chafing that you should implement today.

Penis Chafing Prevention Tip #1: Lube Up!

It seems like a no brainer, but tons of men go dry when rubbing one out or getting horizontal with a partner. What’s with this fear of lube? Lube should be in every man’s nightstand in case he gets "inspired" in the middle of the night or if the Sex Olympics have come to town. Without it, a chafed penis is right around the corner, and it can even lead up to more problems down the line with age.

There are many lubricants on the market, but it’s crucial to not only do a little research (some lubes degrade latex condoms) and also to do a patch test to make sure it doesn’t irritate your nether region, which could be a whole other type of discomfort.

Penis Chafing Prevention Tip #2: Moderation in All Things

In addition to using ample lube, practice moderation in playtime, whether with a partner or solo, to avoid a chafed penis. Now, for Mark, that could be more than twice in one day, for Bill, it’s more than once, and maybe for Eddie, it’s no more than three - moderation is a personal thing. However, too much wanking or getting busy can not only result in penis chafing but also lead to a very sore donger and potential periphery nerve damage that can erode penile function in the future.

Penis Chafing Prevention Tip #3: Scrap the Skinny Jeans

It seems like skinny jeans (for men at least), may be on their way out, but if you’re still holding on to some too-tight trousers, now is an excellent time to donate them. And it’s not just pants - it’s underwear, workout shorts, and compression. While compression can be used for short periods of time to prevent chaffing while performing friction-heavy exercise, the rest of the time, opt for something a little looser.

Now loose doesn’t have to mean saggy. A nice pair of structured boxer briefs are a fine choice for keeping the family jewels safe and secure. Choose a pant or jean which an excellent fit, not one that hugs the frank and beans. All of this compression can not only chafe the penis, due to all of that non-stop fabric contact but also rob a man of sensitivity. Less sensitivity equals a less responsive penis, so now is the time to clean out your closet.

Penis Chafing Prevention Tip #4: Hang Loose…Literally

On the flip-side of compression is a totally aired-out, free-range situation that every penis needs to experience each day. It gives the penile skin some much-needed air, reduces sweating and moisture than can attract bacteria and lead to dry skin (chafing’s older brother), and frees the funk. A few good ways to do this is taking a warm shower, and taking some time to just air dry. A lot of men sleep in the nude at night to give the big guy some air and a little freedom to stretch out. It’s also a relaxing, feel-good treat.

Penis Chafing Prevention Tip #5: Soften the Skin

A perfect way to keep penis chafing at bay is by having soft, supple skin. All it takes is a little smart moisturizing. After showering, let the penis air dry. Once dried, use a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) on the penis. This cream includes Shea butter and vitamin E to give a man with silky, flexible skin. It also contains additional ingredients specifically selected to protect the extremely delicate penile skin such as L-Carnitine, which guards against peripheral nerve damage triggered by friction. This particular cream also includes vitamin C, an essential component of collagen, which promotes elasticity and protects against dryness and tears. Use once or twice each day for best results.