What Are the Common Causes of Flaky Scrotum Skin?

N. Madison
N. Madison

The presence of flaky skin on one's scrotum can prove alarming, but it's often caused by something relatively minor. For instance, some people may develop this symptom because of a yeast infection that affects the skin in this area or because the skin has been in contact with an irritant. Sometimes skin conditions such as eczema are at fault. Additionally, some men are simply prone to skin that becomes overly dry and flaky.

Flaky scrotum skin is typically caused by something relatively minor and not cause for alarm.
Flaky scrotum skin is typically caused by something relatively minor and not cause for alarm.

One of the possible causes of flaky scrotum skin is a yeast infection. Often, when a man has a genital yeast infection, it causes redness, flaking, and even a bumpy sort of rash on his penis. Sometimes this spreads to affect the scrotum as well. Yeast infections are typically caused by an infection with a fungus called Candida that thrives in areas that are dark and moist, such as the area inside a person's underwear. Treatment of this condition often involves using topical antifungal ointments.

A topical application of hydrocortisone cream may help with  itchy, flaky scrotum skin.
A topical application of hydrocortisone cream may help with itchy, flaky scrotum skin.

Another possible cause of flaky scrotum skin is contact dermatitis. This is basically inflammation and irritation of the skin that develops because of contact with some type or irritant. Often, soaps and laundry detergents are at fault when a man develops contact dermatitis in this area. Products that have a lot of fragrance and added coloring frequently are the culprits, though some men prove more sensitive than others, so a reaction can happen with any product. Additionally, lotions and some types of absorbent powders may irritate this sensitive skin as well.

Some laundry detergents can cause skin reactions.
Some laundry detergents can cause skin reactions.

A man who has a skin condition called eczema may also deal with flaky scrotum skin from time to time. Eczema is a skin condition marked by inflamed, roughened skin that can flake and peel. The skin in the area affected by this condition is typically very dry looking, and normal moisturizers often fail to help. Eczema is not contagious, however, and often seems to run in families. Some of the treatment options for eczema include topical creams, oral allergy medications, and sometimes antibiotics if an infection develops.

Using certain soaps can cause flaky scrotum skin.
Using certain soaps can cause flaky scrotum skin.

It is important to note that some people develop flaky scrotum skin not because they have a skin condition or an infection but because they are prone to extreme skin dryness. For such individuals, increasing fluid intake and avoiding hot baths, which can further dry the skin, may help. Some people may also find applying a topical treatment called hydrocortisone cream helpful for dealing with very dry skin and the accompanying irritation.

A man is more likely to develop a yeast infection if he has recently finished a course of antibiotics.
A man is more likely to develop a yeast infection if he has recently finished a course of antibiotics.
N. Madison
N. Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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Lotrimin spray? OMG I tried that once on my flaky balls. Won’t ever again. Ran around screaming balls on fire!!!!!


I agree with Ivan83 for bad laundry detergent. What works for me is the Gold Bond Foot Cream. It took only 4 days and the redness and flaky skin went away.


@anon992625: This sounds like what my husband had a few weeks ago. He tried everything he could think of, but what finally did the trick was Lotrimin spray.

He said it burned like crazy the first couple of days he used it, but the redness and flaking gradually diminished. He used it faithfully, twice a day for two weeks, and everything has healed completely. By his request, I looked at everything before and after, and I can tell you that stuff worked. It's about four dollars a can.

He keeps himself clean, too. Cleanliness isn't always the issue. Sometimes, it's just a warm, moist environment. Good luck!


I've recently discovered my foreskin is itchier than usual so on closer inspection, I discovered it to be quite red and also my scrotal sac is dry and flaky. I consider myself of high hygiene so I'm getting a little concerned, so is there anyone with similar issues and any advice that doesn't involve rubbing salt in the wound?


I have had the same issue for years now. It is directly related to a few issues. 1 Yeast infection. So I would stop eating any foods containing yeast additives. 2. Stress is a huge cause.

I went to a dermatologist, and he gave me a shot of Kenalog, which takes about seven days to stop the itching. And he prescribed Triamclnolone Nystantin Cream, which works wonders. Also change your laundry detergent to one without perfumes. Hope this helped you guys.


People, I had the exact same thing for almost five months. I read threads and threads and nobody has a solution then someone posted something about aloe vera. I was in the supermarket last month so I just decided to buy vaseline aloe vera lotion. I used it once and nothing happened so I forgot about it.

Two weeks ago I just decided to apply the lotion on the affected areas every day after having a shower. After a few days I saw the area affected was now really small. I was so excited I kept at it and now it's completely cleared up. I think aloe vera is also a solution. I just don't know whether it will come back when I stop but aloe vera lotion works perfect. The flaky irritated skin which was even turning pinkish red is now completely back to normal.


I had the same issue, I tried using cortisone cream, tinactin, lotrimin, alcohol, etc. One day out of desperation and willing to try anything I found some cream my son was prescribed for his eczema called Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment USP" and after using it twice a day for four days, the situation on my scrotum cleared up.

I suffered with this issue for almost 18 months, and it was gone after four days. From time to time if I start getting an itch down there, I apply the ointment and it goes away. Hope this helps. Good luck to all.


@sunnySkys - That makes a lot of sense.

I have to say I feel really bad for men that develop this condition. I have eczema myself, and I don't think I would care to have it on such a sensitive area. It feels bad enough when it's just on my leg!

Also, I think it's probably more embarrassing for men to develop skin problems in this area than anywhere else on the body!


A lot of people don't know this, but women and men can pass yeast infections back and forth to one another. If a woman gets a yeast infection and then has intercourse with her partner, she can give him the infection also. Most people think yeast infections are only a problem for women, but that's just not true.

I would urge ladies with yeast infections to tell their partners to watch out for symptoms like dry, flaky skin. That way the man can get treated and avoid passing it back to his partner!


This happened to me once because of a bad laundry detergent I got when I was in Europe. Unfortunately, my scrotum was not the only place I developed flaky skin. I also got it on my back and legs.

I was pretty baffled by it when I first broke out. Nothing like that had ever happened to me. I was actually only able to figure out the cause once I got rid of that laundry soap and switched to a different one. The condition cleared up pretty quickly after that.


I had this happen to me once after a long camping and hiking trip. I was able to treat it just my washing the area thoroughly and putting some lotion on it for a few days.

I think it was caused by all the walking and the dirty conditions. Basically, I think I got pretty badly chaffed down there and had to pay the price. But it was a fun trip, injuries aside.

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