Shea butter is a commonly used ingredient in skin and beauty products, but it can be especially beneficial for penis health. This sensitive area is prone to itchiness, dryness, and other inconvenient and uncomfortable sensations. Shea butter is a wonderful ingredient to apply to help moisturize the area and reduce inflammation, dryness and discomfort.

If you’re looking for an all-star ingredient to add to your personal care routine, Shea butter could be the one - especially if you suffer from some of the problems associated with dry skin. Here’s what you need to know about Shea butter and why it’s great for penis health.

Contains Vitamins A and E

Shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E, which have been shown to improve skin health on numerous levels. According to the Shea Institute, these nutrients have been associated with relief from conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, acne, skin allergies, sunburn and frostbite. In short, if you have some kind of skin irritation or discomfort, it’s likely that vitamins A and E will go a long way to soothe and protect the skin.

Rich in Moisture

The ingredients that make up Shea butter are derived from the Shea tree. Interestingly, Shea butter’s moisturizing agents are chemically similar to those produced by the sebaceous glands of the skin, which makes Shea a very natural ingredient to use on human skin. This is great for use in the penis region, as the area can be sensitive. On this area, it’s best to use ingredients like Shea butter that are similar in form and function to the skin’s natural properties.

"Shea Butter’s unparalleled moisturizing property is due to several natural moisturizers present in the cream," says a representative of the Shea Institute. "The moisturizers in Shea Butter are the same moisturizers produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. If you buy the concept that the skin sebaceous glands produce moisturizers for the skin, then it’s no wonder that Shea Butter is such a superior moisturizer."

Extremely Protective

Have you ever smeared Shea butter on your skin before? If you have, you’ll know that it’s incredibly rich and thick-feeling, creating a generous protective barrier on the skin. This is another great reason to use Shea butter near the genital area.

Thick moisturizers like Shea protect the skin by forming a barrier between the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and the surrounding air. When this barrier is put in place, moisture from the skin can’t evaporate into the surrounding air, and air (which can be dry) can’t penetrate the skin’s layers. This creates a sealant of sorts that keeps moisture in and cold, dry air out.

You can see why this is great for men’s health. You may want to apply a layer of a Shea butter-containing moisturizer on a daily basis. It’d be especially beneficial to apply it before swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool or exposing yourself to the elements in a similar way.

Calms Inflammation and Redness

Finally, Shea butter is extremely soothing. If you have any kind of rash, redness, irritation or skin discomfort, Shea may be the answer you’ve been looking for. A 2010 study published in the US National Library of Medicine found that Shea butter’s components - particularly a compound called lupeol cinnamate - reduced inflammation and even prevented skin mutations.

If you have a rash or redness (and you’ve already seen your doctor to ensure that it isn’t a complication of something more serious, such as an STI), you may want to consider using Shea butter to calm the redness and irritation associated with inflammation. Applying a penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) not only brings with it the health benefits of Shea butter, but also those from a whole host of other beneficial skin moisturizers and protective ingredients.