Intimate grooming isn’t just important for women, it should also be a top priority for men. A man’s intimate area has to be kept clean and cared for just as much as a woman’s. But what exactly do men have to do concerning male grooming? How often should men clean their intimate area and do they need a special intimate washing lotion?
Intimate male grooming – how and how often?
Cleaning your intimate area and changing your underwear should be part of every man’s daily routine – and by intimate area, we mean the penis, testicles and anus. These should be cleaned once a day with warm water. The best way to do this is in the shower.
No special intimate washing lotion is required for this. However, you should use a washing lotion that is pH-neutral/pH-balanced and does not contain soap, fragrances or alcohol. Any washing lotion that meets these requirements can also be used to clean the rest of your body.
The right intimate male grooming
To clean the penis properly, pull back the foreskin, taking special care when you do this. The skin under the foreskin should then be cleaned thoroughly with water. You do not need to use washing lotion for this. However, it does have to be done thoroughly to prevent smegma forming under the foreskin on the head of the penis. Smegma is made up of urine, sweat, excretions from the sebaceous glands, bacteria and skin cells. Washing the penis every day prevents this substance from forming. If smegma is present, however, this is a sign that the penis hasn’t been cleaned under the foreskin for some time and can also lead to unpleasant odours forming. But it’s not just about the smell, irregular cleaning and the accumulation of smegma may cause the head of the penis to become inflamed. All of which makes cleaning under the foreskin a particularly important part of the male grooming routine.
If a penis has been circumcised, the foreskin will have been removed, greatly reducing the chance of smegma forming. Nevertheless, circumcised men should still pay close attention to their intimate grooming. After all, bacteria can still make themselves at home on a circumcised penis, which is why your intimate area should be cleaned on a daily basis even if you have been circumcised.
Intimate male grooming isn’t just about the penis, however. The scrotum and anus also have to be cleaned. To do this, simply lather washing lotion thoroughly on these areas and rinse with warm water.
Intimate male grooming doesn’t just help protect against inflammation, it can also flag up any changes in your intimate area. If it becomes increasingly difficult to pull back the foreskin, for example, this could be an indication of tight foreskin developing. Other changes might also become apparent during your intimate male grooming routine such as unusual discharge or a lump – all issues that should be reported to a doctor. While women regularly have check-ups with a gynaecologist, very few men visit a urologist on a regular basis. Yet men are just as susceptible to sexual diseases as women and therefore should take just as much care of their intimate area and consult a doctor if they notice any changes.
What not to do in your intimate male grooming routine
While there are many things that men should do in terms of intimate grooming, there are also practices that should be avoided. Urinating incorrectly, for example, is one of these. To reduce the amount of bacteria under the foreskin, the foreskin should always be pulled back when urinating. Also avoid using soap to clean your intimate area as this can be painful if it enters your urethra. Dirty towels are also a no-go. The towels you use to dry your intimate area should be changed at least once a week, or ideally every couple of days. And although everyone should really know this, it is also extremely important to use a separate towel for your intimate area than the one you use for your head and face. All you really need to do is gently dab the area dry with a soft, clean towel. Try not to rub your intimate area dry as this can irritate the skin. Also steer clear of underwear that cannot be washed at 60 degrees. Intimate sprays should also be avoided. Most of these contain fragrances and could therefore even irritate the skin – so steer clear of these too.
Hair removal for men
Today, intimate shaving is part of the daily grooming routine of 70 percent of all men. Whereas women frequently wax or epilate their intimate area, the majority of men still usually choose a classic wet shave. Unfortunately, this can often irritate the skin and cause razor burn and so the following factors should be taken into consideration:
- Always use a fresh blade.
- It’s often a good idea to briefly soak the hair in warm water as this makes them easier to shave.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth.
- Dab your intimate area dry with a soft towel. Do not rub it dry as this may further irritate skin that is already sensitive from shaving.
- If you use care products after shaving, make sure they do not contain any fragrances or alcohol. Our pjur med AFTER SHAVE spray is free from perfume and alcohol. It contains aloe vera and provitamin B5, both of which can calm and care for your skin after shaving.
- Do not shave too frequently. If you wait until the hairs are a couple of millimetres long, this will reduce the risk of skin irritation and razor burn.
Intimate grooming and care should be standard procedure for men too and an integral part of their daily routine. For many men this doesn’t just include thorough cleaning but hair removal too.