Now that we know the causes of BXO, we can create a routine to start healing.
What we’ve learned from the medical research so far is that BXO is caused by continued contact with urine, which causes the skin to become inflamed and deteriorate over time (read this page if you haven’t already to learn about the BXO causes and studies).
So how do we cure it?
Note: If you’re BXO has progressed to a very late stage (maybe your urethral opening has closed up or your foreskin has become so tight you cannot even retract it, the home remedies below might be too late to help. Of course you can still use them wherever possible, but I would highly suggest seeing a urologist to discuss what the appropriate treatment will be).
Step 1: Preventing urine contact at all costs
The only time your penis glans and foreskin should be in contact with urine is while you’re using the bathroom.
After you’re done, you should clean the penis religiously.
Use a damp piece of toilet paper or cloth and wipe your penis down, then pat it dry.
Because urine contact is the root cause (source), you must avoid it with a vengeance.
Be extremely strict about this. It might be cumbersome, but it is simple, takes only a minute, and is completely free.
Is that small inconvenience not worth your penis health?
Step 2: Use a steroid cream
I don’t recommend using steroid creams or anything synthetic over the long term. However, if you’re skin is particularly flared up at the time you’re diagnosed, using a steroid cream for a few weeks can really help settle the skin down so you can treat it properly.
I used a steroid cream 3 times a day for about a week before starting on natural treatments, which I’ll detail below. These are all treatments I added progressively over time as I learned more about the condition.
Step 3: Circumcise yourself (kind of)
One good way to get the benefits of a circumcision without actually circumcising yourself is to keep your foreskin retracted as often as possible.
I used to go the whole day with my foreskin retracted, so the penis glans was fully exposed and able to dry out thoroughly. This greatly speeds up the shedding of dead skin, which is what we want.
Of course it can be a little bit uncomfortable to keep the foreskin retracted during exercise or whenever you’re moving around a lot, but whenever you’re stationary such as at work or watching TV, retract the foreskin to simulate a circumcision.
This is the best position for the skin to heal.
Step 4: Natural treatments that heal BXO skin
The crux of your treatment starts here. The skin needs to be encouraged to regenerate.
How do we know the skin is regenerating? Because old skin will peel off, and new skin will start to develop underneath.
This peeling is what you’re looking for. If you’ve had BXO for a while, you’re going to have many layers of BXO skin that require peeling away. But stick with the treatment and eventually you’ll have nice, fresh, healthy pink skin underneath. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Our job therefore is to encourage peeling. Luckily there are many natural treatments that do this. I’ve tested several during my BXO journey and below I’ll outline what I think are the best ones.
If you apply tea tree oil to your skin neat (meaning, not mixed with anything else) the skin will turn red and peel away. Try this on somewhere safe, like your wrist. What that means is, it works!
But the penis skin is much more sensitive than the rest of our skin. Therefore it’s much better to mix tea tree oil with something else.
I started of mixing tea tree oil with coconut oil, but I learned that it doesn’t really soak into the skin that well. If you’re keeping your glans exposed like I described above, most of the coconut oil just ends up on your underwear which obviously doesn’t help us.
Therefore I started mixing the tea tree oil with a basic moisturizing cream, as that is absorbed by the skin in just a few minutes. This was far more effective and I got some good results with this.
Aloe vera is a wonder plant that has been used for many generations to rejuvenate skin. By using a pure aloe vera gel you can help heal any irritated skin and also encourage new skin to generate.
I used aloe vera only sparingly, maybe once or twice a week, but it was a good treatment to keep in the rotation, particularly when you wanted to give your penis a rest and not treat it with something too harsh for a few days.
Definitely keep this in your arsenal – it’s very helpful. I like to use an aloe vera gel – have been using this one for several months now and love it.
I held off using Creme Complete for quite a few months as even though they state it works well against BXO on their website, the price can be quite prohibitive (it’s about $50 for a small jar).
However, I eventually ended up buying it and it really did work great. In fact, when I first used it overnight and kept the foreskin pulled back during my sleep, I woke up to find a huge peel going on. It was the biggest peel I’d ever seen so I kept the glans completely dry for a day and let it all flake off.
Since then this has been the number one tool in my arsenal to get the skin to peel. The jar actually lasts a really long time, in fact I still haven’t finished it after one full year (you only need to use a tiny bit).
If it’s in your budget, definitely get some Creme Complete – it gives pretty great results. You can buy it on Amazon here.
I found this suggestion on a blog about BXO (I can’t seem to find it again), so I ordered a small bottle to try out. It’s supposedly a plant that’s renowned for healing damaged skin, but I didn’t notice any major results with it. However it could be something worth trying if the above aren’t giving you the results you need.
I used this comfrey extract, which was good and not too pricey.
How to use these treatments:
That’s quite a few different treatments, so you might be wondering how to use them. For me, I like to cycle them.
I would use Creme Complete about 4-5 days a week, then hit it with some tea tree oil, and finally aloe vera for one or two nights. Remember you can use several treatments per day – for example you can apply some creme complete in the morning, some tea tree oil in the afternoon, finally put some aloe vera after showering at night and then reapply Creme Complete before you go to sleep.
This cycling of treatments seems to have the best results, maybe because the skin is constantly reacting to various different ingredients. However, in the end it’s up to you how to use them – just make sure you’re treating it consistently. Like I said before, progress takes time with BXO, so make sure you’re disciplined.
Step 5: Let the skin peel
I still remember seeing the skin peel for the first time, and it was such a refreshing feeling. There was dry scaly skin peeling off, and I just new intuitively this was a good thing. I went online to scour through different blog and forums, and people were saying the same thing. When BXO skin peels off, it’s a sign of healing.
Why is this?
Well, over time your skin has been damaged. As the body heals, it needs to shed these damaged skin cells to make way for the new, healthy skin underneath. Some people need to peel for 6 months of even a couple of years before they’ve peeled enough to reverse all the skin damage. But peeling can definitely be seen as a small victory and a step in the right direction.
The trick here is to let the skin peel on its own. Do not start peeling away the skin yourself as soon as you see it flaking. All that’s going to do is expose raw skin and that will slow your progress more than anything. BXO skin is already tight and scarred, you do not want to make that any worse. Let the skin peel naturally – it can be hard, but that is how you’ll make the fastest progress.
Step 6: Heal any broken skin with honey
I remember many years ago I had a deep wound that I was worried would leave a scar. I was told to use a honey wound gel as it would completely prevent scarring. I was skeptical but it actually worked – the wound healed up extremely quickly with no scarring at all.
If you experience any broken skin on the penis glans or foreskin, I highly recommend treating it with a honey or salve to prevent any scarring. Broken skin is common with BXO, so it’s essential that you heal this up as soon as possible so it doesn’t upend your healing. The honey product I’ve been using is a manuka honey ointment, which is a special antibacterial honey from Australia. It’s excellent and I highly recommend it. You can get it here on Amazon.
Step 7: Rinse and repeat
That’s really all there is to it. Simple right?
Yet while it might be simple, the journey to healing BXO is long and slow. Don’t be discouraged. As long as your BXO is not super advanced you do not need a circumcision and you do not need to use steroid creams for the rest of your life. BXO skin heals just like any other skin. Again, it takes time, maybe this journey back to health might take six months, maybe two years, but as long as you’re diligent there’s a good chance you get there. At the very least, give it a try for a few months before resorting to circumcision. There’s a good chance you can avoid that with the right treatment.
Best of luck and wishing you back to good health soon 🙂
I am not a doctor or medical professional. This advice is based on my own personal experience, and I only share it here in the hope of helping someone else. You should not take this as medical advice and you should definitely do your own research before making a decision. Any questions, just leave them below, I’ll do my best to answer as soon as I can. Best of luck!!