The skin on the penis is complex and can be divided into three distinctive zones, shaft skin, outer foreskin and inner foreskin. Each functions in a different way to provide protection and stimulation. During circumcision much of the outer and inner foreskin is removed leaving the glans (head of the penis) unprotected and the penis without a considerable part of its stimulatory apparatus.

At birth the inner foreskin and the glans are fused together. They separate gradually and spontaneously throughout childhood. One study found that 50% of boys at age 10 still could not fully retract their foreskins due to adhesion to the glans. Circumcision prior to separation of the foreskin and glans requires the foreskin to be torn away resulting in trauma and scaring of the glans. Scarring on the glans contributes to reduced sensitivity and loss of sexual functionality in adults.

The importance of the inner and outer foreskin during erection and intercourse has been underplayed by the pro-circumcision lobby. The photographs below (based on the work of John A. Erickson) show the extent of the motion of (Jarrod's) penile skin. In many uncut men their entire penis is covered by inner and outer foreskin when fully retracted. Circumcision removes all but a small part of this. Inner and outer foreskin also contain apparatus called the XX band which is a sensory band connected to the frenulum and is responsible for an enormous amount sensory pleasure.

What Restoration can and can't do
restore physical protection of the glans  
reverse thickening of the glans  
improve sexual pleasure  
restore a natural aesthetic  
reverse scaring of the glans  
restore the frenar bands  
restore the function of the frenulum  




Jarrod has a CI-7 foreskin (see "Coverage Index" page) and is delighted to demonstrate the extent of its movement. NewForeskin would like to thank him for his contribution.

The two external penile skin zones on Jarrod's penis are visible in this photograph; shaft skin (1) which is the zone between his body and the first line, and the outer foreskin (2) which is the zone between the first line and the opening. The shaft and outer foreskin protect the highly sensitive and sensuous parts of the penis. This shaft skin similar in many ways to the skin on most other soft parts of the body (examples include the inner forearm and under the bicep). The shaft skin is the least sensitive surface on the penis.

As Jarrod manually retracts his foreskin his glans and the inner foreskin (3) starts to become visible.

The outer foreskin (2) is very elastic and has elongated considerably compared to the photo above simply in response to Jarrod retracting it.

As Jarrod retracts further, his inner foreskin (3) reveals most of his glans and corona.

These areas are kept moist by the body to prevent the very thin skin (mucosa) from drying out. (This moisture makes them glisten in the photo).

Almost all of Jarrod's penis is covered by outer (2) and inner (3) foreskin. His glans, corona and sulcus are visible.

Some men are unable to retract their foreskins beyond this point due to their frenulum (see the photo 2 down from this one) which gathers the foreskin on the underside of the penis and attaches to the base of the glans. Tighter fitting frenulum limit the movement of the foreskin of some men (see photo below). The frenulum is attached to one of the most sensuous parts of the penis and many men consider it to be their most sensitive point.

With the foreskin fully retracted the shaft of Jarrod's penis is now completely covered with inner (3) and outer (2) foreskin. The less sensitive shaft skin is now hardly visible. and the most sensitive areas of the penis (glans, corona, frenulum, and inner foreskin) are fully exposed. During intercourse these highly sensitive areas are in full contact with the sex partner's inner lining to create and heighten sexual pleasure.

It's worth considering that almost all of the penile skin visible. in this photo would be removed if Jarrod was to be circumcised.

Jarrod's frenulum does not unduly restrict the movement of his foreskin unlike the man in the photo on the right.



The skin on my glans is softer and more sensuous now than it's ever been. Circumcision removed my foreskin, the natural organ designed to protect my glans. As a result my glans became drier and was exposed to constant abrasion. My body had to come up with another way of protecting my glans. It's only option was to thicken the skin on my glans. The thicker skin enabled it to better withstand exposure to the air and abrasion, but this new protection came at a huge cost: the ability of my glans to feel sexual stimulation in the way it was designed to. When I restored my foreskin the skin on my glans started to return to how Mother Nature intended.

Before I restored the skin on my glans was just like the skin on any other soft part of my body - like under my bicep for example. It just seemed like an ordinary, normal, everyday bit of skin on my body. I never had a problem with directly applying towels or wash cloths to it, or sleeping naked. Really, it didn't seem to be that special a part of the body at all.

Gradually as my foreskin grew I started to think differently. Day by day the skin on my glans started to change. It was no longer being subjected to the constant abrasion of clothes, bed sheets, wash cloths or towels. My glans didn't need thick skin to protect it anymore so gradually it was becoming softer and more sensuous.

It was a similar situation to when people get callouses on the palms of their hands. They are caused by some sort of ongoing abrasion, like lifting weights or maybe when you were a kid, mowing lawns for a summer job. If callouses develop it's not such a big deal because once you stop the abrasion that's causing them they reduce and eventually disappear completely. You're not stuck with them for life. You can buy lifting gloves to work out in and your palms will become softer again, or when the summer's over and there are no more lawns to mow the callouses slowly disappear. The skin on my penis responded in exactly the same way. Remove the source of abrasion and it gets softer again.

The skin on my glans used to resemble that on the glans of the penises in the graphic above. Natural penises tend to have very soft skin on their glans as can be seen in the graphic below.

My new foreskin is protecting my glans from abrasion and that has reversed much of the thickening process that occurred after my circumcision. As the skin on my glans became thinner and softer my levels of sexual pleasure radically increased.

My glans is able to feel so much more and get so much more pleasure now. It's like the difference you feel between having sex with a condom on and having sex with no condom. The new level of sensitivity of my glans is like removing a condom. That thick layer of skin I used to have on my penis was preventing me from enjoying my full potential for sexual pleasure.

My lovemaking has changed. Before I restored my foreskin I needed to indulge in some pretty heavy duty pounding to create enough pleasure to get me off. Sometimes I needed the tightness and abrasion of my hand to finish the job.

Now every stroke and every movement has it's own pleasure. I can take as long or as quick as I want and I can climax every time with no other help. I can match my level of pleasure to that of my partner and we can climax together every time. Restoring my foreskin has made me a better lover and we both have better sex lives as a result.

I have been asked whether the greater sensitivity leads to premature ejaculation. Absolutely not. Men who suffer premature ejaculation can seek treatment for it and shouldn't get it confused with levels of sexual pleasure or glans sensitivity.

But there is a downside - those clothes and towels that didn't used to bother me seem like sandpaper on my glans these days. And getting an erection while wearing clothes can be a little uncomfortable. My foreskin moves back and exposes my glans to the abrasion of my Y-fronts.

But I wouldn't go back for anything



For a discussion on penile skin thickness and how that effects the Retainers Paul used, go to "Retainer sizing" on the main menu or click here.


The experience of foreskin restoration discussed on this website is that of Paul Sherriff. Paul does not hold medical qualifications and nothing on this website should be taken as medical advice. He is willing to share his experience however if you decide to restore your own foreskin based on his experience, or using the same equipment he used, you do so at your own risk.

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