The appearance of one’s male organ skin can be very important to a man, impacting how he feels about his manhood. When vitiligo causes patchy discoloration, it can cause psychological discomfort.
By John Dugan
For many men, their manhood is a big source of pride, so maintaining proper male organ health and ensuring a good looking member is crucial. When issues involving male organ skin occur, it can be a source of significant concern. Male organ rash, redness, bumps, extreme curvature and other issues that affect the appearance of the member may strike a blow at a man’s self-esteem. So when male organ skin color fades or “bleaches out,” a man wants to know what is causing it and what he can do to fix it. In many cases, that fading may be caused by a condition known as vitiligo.
In some instances, male organ skin color changes can be normal. For example, particularly in light-skinned men, the member often becomes redder when it is firm, a result of the increased blood flow and heat that occur during the tumescence process. Men who frequent clothing-optional beaches will often see a natural color progression as the manhood tans and as the tan fades. And rough handling of the male organ and excess friction may in some cases produce temporarily lighter skin, as an old layer of skin is rubbed away to reveal “newer” skin beneath.
And in other cases, male organ skin color change may be related to vitiligo.
Most people who have heard of vitiligo know the name because the late pop star Michael Jackson was said to have suffered from it. Vitiligo occurs when the skin loses melanocytes, cells that produce melanin, which affect color production in the skin, hair and eyes. It may also occur if the melanocytes are present but not functioning properly.
Scientists are still unclear about why a person may develop vitiligo, but there are several suspected causes:
It may be hereditary, something that is passed on from a father and/or mother.
It may be triggered by an outside factor such as sunburn or stress.
An autoimmune situation may develop, in which the immune system itself attacks the melanocytes.
Vitiligo is not a dangerous condition, but people who contract it carry a higher risk of complications like hearing loss, inflammation of the iris and sunburn. More often, they may experience psychological distress – and this can be especially true for men with vitiligo on the manhood who attach a great deal of importance to the physical appearance of their male organ.
The effects of vitiligo can be treated in several ways. In some cases, anti-inflammatory corticosteroids may be able to re-pigment portions of affected skin, although this change can take a long time to become visible. Various forms of laser therapy and light therapy are sometimes effective, although their use on the member requires special care and consideration. Vitamin D is often recommended, applied topically.
Often, however, a man will find that even after treatment he still has visible patches of vitiligo on his male organ. In such cases, a man is advised to learn to live with the fact that portions of his member are “patchy.” The manhood itself still functions normally and is healthy; it is merely the appearance that has changed.