Why Are My Balls Dry and Wrinkled All the Time?

Here’s another guy problem many of us go through, and that is dry and wrinkled balls.

Why are my balls dry and wrinkled? It might look harmless, and it usually is. But dry and wrinkled testicular skin can be a matter of concern as it might be one of the early symptoms of some major underlying health problem(s).

This article will discuss various types of dry and wrinkled testes, possible medical reasons behind them, and last but definitely not the least important thing; remedies that might help with the situation. Read on if you have been through or going through the same problem.

Why Do Your Balls Get Dry and Wrinkled?

Several physiological and environmental factors might cause your balls to become dry and wrinkled. The human body is susceptible to the environment.

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Whether you notice it or not, your body will surely react to changes in weather, climate, temperature, and other factors. Here are some possible reasons behind dry and wrinkled balls.

Fluctuating Temperature 

There’s this tiny muscle called tunica dartos in your testicles that may contract in response to sudden drops in the outside temperature. This contraction often causes your scrotal skin to wrinkle up.

The muscle does this so that less surface area might lose heat. This is not a health issue but rather a muscular reaction that can happen in any part of the body.

Aging Can be a Cause as Well 

As you grow older, the skin over your testes starts to wrinkle up as a part of the aging process.

Even though the testes within that skin remain the same shape and size, the outer layer may appear to have shrunken or disfigured. Again, this is natural and normal and nothing to worry about.

Just watch out to see if you notice any sudden pain or discomfort that might cause concern..

See If You Have Scrotal Eczema or Not

Scrotal Eczema is a skin disease. It can cause your testicles to become dry and scaly. The exact cause of scrotal Eczema, like any other eczema type, is still unknown. However, several reasons can trigger it.

For example, it can occur from lice, skin infections, allergies, and even stress and anxiety. If that’s not enough, scrotal Eczema can be a genetic disorder and run in the family.

This is the one condition among the above that requires medical attention and can be controlled through proper medication and a healthy lifestyle.

Why Are My Balls Dry and Wrinkled? Remedies for Dry and Wrinkled Balls

Whatever the reason behind dry and wrinkled balls may be, nature always has the answers. Here are some natural home remedies you can try that will give you relief from dry and wrinkled testicles.

Applying Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel has tons of health benefits and has been used as a natural skincare solution for ages. Surprise, this magic herb can also help with dry and wrinkled balls.

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Studies have recently shown that aloe vera has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help your skin eliminate bacteria and fungi that cause infections.

The gel also helps smoothen and soothe wrinkled and dry skin.

Eating Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal is a particular type of oatmeal preparation that is specially designed to bring out skin healing properties from regular oatmeal.

This is done by boiling oats to extract their skin healing properties. Then the liquid can be used as a lotion to improve skin conditions such as scaling, roughness, and dryness.

Try Applying Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar on Skin

This is a concoction that is known to heal skin conditions and has been used for centuries. However, this needs to be used with caution, since it’s an acidic substance

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Make sure to dilute it enough so that the acidity is reduced to a level that can be tolerated by sensitive skin. Otherwise, it can trigger the skin dryness and itchiness, or even worsen it. You need to be very careful while using this. 

Bathing In Lukewarm Water

Not just when you have a skin condition, but lukewarm baths are the best way to wash regularly. The water should not be too cold or too hot.

Just the perfect degree of warmth to match your body temperature. I’d have a better effect if you could gently scrub the affected area on your skin using mild soaps. But don’t stay in the water for too long so your skin can’t breathe.

An ideal therapeutic bath in lukewarm water should last 10 to 15 minutes, as approved by the National Eczema Association of the USA. 

What If It’s Scrotal Eczema? Things You Can Do

In case it is a case of scrotal eczema, there are ways through which you can treat the condition and recover back to everyday life. However, since scrotal eczema, like any other kind of eczema, is a skin condition, there is no specific cure for it.

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However, some symptomatic treatments and measures can be taken to minimize the severity. Let’s look at them side-by-side. 

SymptomHome Remedies
ItchinessOne of the most foolproof ways of treating itchiness is using a cool compress. After that, try wearing cotton undergarments that are breathable and don’t cause your skin any further irritation. 
Burning Irritation And RednessThis might be caused by that itchiness, or an after-effect of itching. What happens is, the skin in that particular area becomes sore and dry, causing the burning sensation. The best way to treat this is by applying moisturizer to the affected area and rub gently, spreading the moisturizer evenly throughout the entire affected area. Also, be careful while choosing soaps for cleansing the area. Use only mild soaps with a very low soap content, and wash properly.
Discomfort ‘Down There’Discomfort is usually caused by inflammation in the affected area. The easiest and safest way to treat this is antihistamines. If even that doesn’t work, try taking corticosteroids to lessen the discomfort. Of course, upon consulting a doctor.
BlistersBlisters can last for as long as 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the spread of it. A recent study has shown positive results of applying coconut oil to the affected area. Coconut oil itself has its own medicinal values. For this benefit, you have to make sure that the coconut oil is extra-virgin, and you’re good to go.

To Sum It Up

Studies and research have not yet found any connection between dry and wrinkled testicles and some serious health condition(s). Suppose you see any lump or swelling in the balls, followed by pain and firmness. In that case, that can be an early indication of testicular cancer. But other than that, it’s nothing to worry about.

It’s just a minor inconvenience that can cause significant irritation. The best way to treat this is through lifestyle changes and home remedies. I Hope this article helps you fight this annoying little guy problem.

Dr. Omair Ansar, MBBS, MSc

Dr. Omair Ansar, MBBS, MSc

Dr. Omair is a skilled medical doctor with a degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Baqai Medical University. In 2018, he completed a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Management with distinction from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK. With 9 years of clinical and non-clinical experience, Dr. Omair has gained hands-on experience and extensive knowledge in the medical field. He is currently working in a multinational healthcare organization in Saudi Arabia where his primary responsibility is to train doctors, pharmacists, and nurses about the most updated clinical guidelines as well as conduct case discussions with various specialties to ensure patient safety and satisfaction. Dr. Omair is also an exceptional medical reviewer with expertise in the field of healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and nutrition as well as medical insurance. He has years of experience in writing and reviewing medical articles.

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