When a penis rash develops, a man may become a little panicky. There are many things that can cause a penis rash, some of which are a bit scary, but one of the most common culprits is - believe it or not - the wrong clothing choice. That’s right; a guy’s wardrobe can be a significant contributing factor to that itchy redness on the manhood. For that reason, guys need to expand the parameters of their penis care to include issues related to clothing choice and upkeep.

Textile contact dermatitis

Rashes that develop as a result of clothing are often classified as "textile contact dermatitis." When a penis rash develops due in whole or in part to clothing options, it generally is due to one or more of these factors:

- The texture of the fabric.

- Non-fabric components such as buttons, zippers, etc.

- Chemicals used in the creation of the clothing.

- Chemicals used in the cleaning of the clothing.

- Heat generated by the wearing of the clothing.


The first thing to be aware of is how sensitive penis skin really is. It tends to be very thin, so that the nerve endings that cause pleasurable sensations are more readily available for stimulation. Because of this, it is also more readily prone to irritation and allergic reactions than many other parts of the body.

When that thin penis skin comes into contact with fabrics that are rough, it can create a degree of friction that is unpleasant. This is especially true when a man goes commando and wears trousers but no underwear. Underwear, being typically made of a soft, gentle cotton-based fabric, helps to form a barrier against direct contact with rough fabric. However, the penis (especially when erect) can slip through openings in the underwear and rub up against the trousers directly. In some cases, trouser fabric can be so rough that even a layer of underwear does not provide adequate protection from irritation.

Buttons, zippers, etc.

This is again more often a problem when a man dispenses with underwear. When the penis rubs against metal, especially rough zippers, there is potential for irritation.


Often, manufacturers will use chemicals of various kinds when creating clothing. This can come about due to coloring, providing a specific texture or other reasons. Furthermore, many laundry detergents contain harsh chemicals that are anathema to delicate penis skin. Chemical reactions often occur even when there is a layer of protection afforded by underwear. There is little a person can do to avoid chemicals used in the creation of clothing; however, a man is advised to choose detergents that are as free of excess chemicals and fragrances as possible. In addition, it is important to wash all new clothes - both pants and undergarments - before wearing them in order to remove any residual chemicals left from the manufacturing process.


During summer, especially, heat causes sweating which in turns leads to a bacterial accumulation and a subsequent development of a penis rash. In addition, when sweat evaporates, it can take with it some of the body oils that keep the skin moist, creating dry skin that is more prone to rashes. Wearing light clothing and changing clothes frequently can help with this issue. It is also helpful to "air out" the penis by spending time naked when possible.

Even taking the steps suggested above may not be enough to ward off penis rash from clothing, especially during the hot summer days. For this reason, a daily application of a first class penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) is crucial. A crème with a combination of hydrators, such as shea butter (a high end emollient) and vitamin E, is a big help in keeping the skin moist in a healthy manner. These hydrators also are soothing to a penis rash and can reduce the itchiness that often accompanies rashing. Because of the role bacteria plays in rashes, using a crème with vitamin A is also essential. This vitamin has strong anti-bacterial properties that attack bad bacteria, helping to alleviate the rash while at the same time attacking common penis odors.