Picture this: A guy is pumped because he thinks he will introduce his bedroom to a new playmate tonight. While getting into the shower before his date, he notices with dismay that his manhood has become afflicted with unsightly member bumps. It’s not a situation any dude wants to encounter. Not only is he likely to worry about what this means for his male organ health, but the appearance of these member bumps is likely to discourage his new partner from wanting to get to know him. Clearly he wants to find out the cause of these unwelcome visitors to his manhood. The possibilities are many, and they include a condition known as keratosis pilaris.
What is keratosis pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris has one of those names that makes it sound far worse (and far more serious) than it actually is. The condition is more colloquially referred to as “chicken skin” or sometimes as having goosebumps. Both nicknames come from the physical appearance of the condition.
This common skin condition manifests as tiny bumps, usually quite a few spread out over an area of skin. The bumps often are mistaken for pimples, as they are very similar in appearance. The skin that surrounds the bumps is often dry and may sometimes be scaly. The bumps tend to get worse when weather is dry (and so are typically worse during the winter than in the summer).
But what are these bumps? They are clumps of a substance called keratin. This is a naturally-occurring protein useful in protecting the skin from outside substances and helping prevent it from getting infected. These keratin clumps typically form around hair follicles.
Although keratosis pilaris most often occurs on the arms or legs, it can occur elsewhere on the body – including the member. Though most often on the base of the shaft, it can spread upward and at times even reaches the head. It also can commonly be found on the sacks. (And just for the record, the rear is a fairly common place for the bumps as well.)
The good news is that keratosis pilaris is generally found in people in their teens and early 20s and in most cases disappears by the time a person turns 30. Further good news is that this is a very benign condition; there’s no pain, itching or discomfort involved with it. Its only drawback is that some people consider it unattractive.
The bad news is that there’s not really anything a guy can do to make it disappear. The clumps tend to stay around until they are ready to go away. However, a man can help to make them less obvious by treating the dry skin around them. Making sure that skin is well moisturized can disguise the member bumps, usually to the point where a person must get up close to even notice them.
They also are not contagious, so there is no need to worry about passing them on to any potential partners.
Treating the member bumps caused by keratosis pilaris can be made substantially easier by daily application of a top drawer male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Since the goal is to keep the manhood skin well moisturized, the chosen crème needs to contain both a high-end emollient (such as Shea butter) and an effective, natural hydrating agent (such as vitamin E). This combination helps seal in moisturizing oils. The skin will also benefit if the crème contains alpha lipoic acid. A potent antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid strengthens male member skin by removing the threat of oxidative stress free radicals can pose.
Visit http://www.menshealthfirst.com for additional information on most common male organ health issues, tips on improving manhood sensitivity and what to do to maintain a healthy member. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous websites.