Does this sound familiar? A guy is ready to move things in a relationship to a bedtime level. He steps out of his trousers and boxers, proud to be unveiling his manhood - and also unveils an overpowering penis odor that impresses his date in all the wrong ways. Yes, penis odor is one of the most common penis health issues, even for many men who wash their equipment regularly. There can be many causes, but interestingly enough, one of those causes is dry skin.

Dry skin & penis odor

At first glance, the idea of dry skin causing penis odor seems counterintuitive. After all, we know that often penis odor is a problem because of all the sweat (and, more importantly, the bacteria that break down sweat) that accumulates in the penile area.

The penis itself tends to generate heat when it is aroused, but the organ also heats up because of all the hair that typically surrounds it and because it is typically kept beneath two heat-creating layers of clothing. With all that heat comes sweat, making for a very moist penis.

So how does the penis skin get dry? And why does that dryness bring about odor?

As many women know (and hence their frequent use of moisturizing lotions and creams), skin is kept moist by the natural oils the body produces. These trap moisture in the skin, keeping it healthy. When a person sweats, they lose some of those oils - and the more sweat in one area, the more oil loss. Without that layer of oily protection, the skin is exposed, vulnerable and can quickly dry out. And that often happens to the skin on and around the penis. It can result in penis skin that is flaky or cracked, and vulnerable to cuts and ruptures.

That’s where the odor problem comes in. In addition to visible cracks, dry skin has a multitude of microscopic cracks that we really can’t see - but which bacteria can spot right away. They provide bacteria with a place to nestle down and set up a home. And with the bacteria comes the odor.

Fighting it

So what are some steps a guy can take to keep his penis skin nice and moisturized so that he can keep penis odor at bay?

1) Wash it frequently - but gently. Every guy’s skin is different and so there’s no hard and fast rule on how often a man should shower. And sometimes the penis may need more washing than the rest of the body. A dude needs to figure out what is appropriate for him - and may need to occasionally "sponge off" the member in addition to regularly showering. But wash it gently. Don’t use soaps or cleansers with harsh chemicals - or with fragrances. It may seem that the fragrances would help disguise odor, but they often harm the skin and may dry it out. Towel dry the penis by patting it rather than rubbing it.

2) Air it out. The penis needs fresh air like all other body parts. Guys who live alone (or with understanding roommates or partners) should try to be naked a few hours every day. Sometimes just sleeping in the buff is the easiest way to air the manhood out.

Use a moisturizing penis health crème. Fight dry skin and the resulting penis odor by daily applying a top drawer penis health crème ( health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) after washing. For best results, pick a crème that contains both a high-end emollient (such as Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E) to create a "moisture lock" to keep oils in. It also helps if the crème contains alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant that discourages free radicals and the damaging oxidative stress they can cause to sensitive penis skin.