There are many reasons why a man may find lumps in his erection. However, if that ‘lump’ appears to be hard, less sensitive to the touch, and sizeable, it may be a callus. Calluses are a thickened and hardened part of the skin or soft tissue. They are yellow or pale in color. They feel clumpy but surprisingly are not as sensitive to the touch as you might think. They are usually larger than lumps or skin tags and do not appear to have defined borders. They are nothing to get excited about and can be easily treated (spoiler: time is the only remedy) and prevented.
Calluses on the penis? Let’s talk about causes, treatment and prevention
There aren’t many ways to get a penile callus, but here are a few to consider:
1) Rubbing or Friction – Whether due to sex or too tight pants, rubbing and friction can harden the skin, giving rise to a callus. Runners are at high risk for calluses, as 10-mile mornings can equate to a lot of skin-to-skin or skin-to-spandex time.
Treatment and prevention: When a callus appears on the penis, a man cannot just “remove” it. Unlike foot calluses that can build up and still be functional, a penile callus requires the man to kneel on all activities of the adjacent penis until the skin sloughs off and disappears. For those who suffer from prolonged sexual performance, please use lubricant and sparingly in the future. For the others, carefully consider the fabrics that rub against the penis and make the appropriate adjustments. Also, make sure there is not too much compression or constriction. Runners should also use a product like Runner’s Glide on any part of the body where friction occurs.
2) “Death Grip” – These calluses are specifically formed due to excessive masturbation. This affects uncircumcised men more than men cut due to the presence of the foreskin.
Treatment and prevention: Take some time off from self-pleasure and the callus will eventually fade on its own. Like, some serious free time. Men suffering from Death Grip need to give the penis time and space (like a clingy girlfriend) to relax and return to stasis. Only then can a man hope to regain sensation (but keep in mind that some damage may be permanent). Be sure to use a lube in the future (off the shelf or something natural like coconut oil if you believe the hype on Reddit). Also, practice moderation with your own pleasure.
3) Pressure – Men who put a lot of pressure on their penises (physically, not emotionally) may also be susceptible to penile calluses. Cyclists often experience a problem due to bicycle seats and long-distance walks. However, a man doesn’t have to be an athlete to experience this; Men who spend long hours with a laptop on their lap may also find a callus on their penis as a result.
Treatment and prevention: As with the previous two treatments, time off the penis is a crucial first step in getting rid of the callus. For athletes such as cyclists, consider both cycling gear and clothing; maybe a padded seat or padded shorts can help. For laptops, limit lap time and get a laptop table.
Other advice for men with penile calluses
While men do get calluses on their penis, in addition to preventing them, they may choose to use a specifically formulated penis health cream. (Health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven to be safe and gentle on the skin) to moisturize and soften the penis. Packed with effective vitamins, minerals and amino acids, these creams protect against callus makers like peripheral nerve damage and stimulate collagen production leading to new, healthy skin. The base of shea butter and vitamin E also provides a natural and nourishing environment for the skin to heal and regain its suppleness.