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What is smegma?

Mar 30, 2022

What is smegma?

Smegma is a white, thick, and sticky secretion that collects underneath the penile foreskin. The tiny glands present in the penis produce smegma to maintain lubrication in the area. While it's normal for smegma to form if accumulated for long can cause health issues.

 Common causes of Smegma in men

Smegma will form despite how often you clean it, as it's a natural phenomenon. However, the problem begins when smegma accumulation is ignored and not cleaned and washed regularly, it begins to smell and becomes a breeding ground for microorganisms. 

A heads up for all the men who don't clean their penis regularly, if the smegma begins to build up for a long time, causing microorganisms to grow, it can cause the tip of your penis to swell and hurt and result in serious health issues.

Symptoms to help you identify the excessive accumulation of smegma

  • Your foreskin may get stiff, and you may find it hard to retract or pull back your foreskin
  • In some cases, the tip of the penis may start swelling up, looking red and painful 

The swelling and redness of the penile tip {glans} and the foreskin is a medical condition called Balanoposthitis. In most men, the smegma accumulates between the glans and the foreskin. 

In such cases, it's best not to make any delay in seeking medical help. 

Even though smegma is not entirely responsible for cancers in the genitalia, it may significantly raise cancer risk. Therefore, one must clean and maintain foreskin hygiene to improve overall health.

How to avoid excessive accumulation of smegma? 

The best way to get rid of unwanted smegma is to clean the genitalia regularly. Making certain changes in your intimate care regime can help reduce smegma accumulation and minimize the growth of microorganisms and bacteria in the intimate areas. 

Adopting a few necessary changes in your shower routine will help control excessive smegma accumulation easily. Keeping it unnoticed is not the best option and the genitalia needs to be cleaned regularly, pulling the foreskin back and gently washing it. 

You can, fortunately, clean your penis in these simple, easy steps.

  • Try to pull back the foreskin of your penis with gentle hands, don't try using a sharp tool to scrape any build up as it might cause further infection. If it's hard to pull, avoid being harsh or putting pressure. 
  • Once you've pulled back the foreskin, wash it using mild soap and lukewarm water. Avoid rubbing it harshly with a cloth or harmful chemicals. If the smegma has hardened too much, try softening it using oil first.
  • After washing off all the soap, gently dry the area using a soft cloth or towel. 
  • Repeat this routine daily, and you'll be able to see the results for yourself. 

Smegma accumulation is not a severe health condition. However, if you continue to have it after multiple days of regular washing, it may be a sign of a bigger problem, and you should consider seeking medical help. The symptoms you are experiencing could be from infection and require extra medical attention and care.


A great alternative to mild or regular soaps is easy-to-use intimate hygiene wash and wipes from SVISH! These are specifically designed for the "men" who want to be clean and fresh while having fun. 

You know the drill by now - pull back, wash, rinse and pat dry using Intimate Hygiene Kit for Men from Svish.