Tips For Using Testosterone Gel

Posted on: 30 April 2020

Testosterone gel provides a fast, convenient way to supplement your testosterone levels and fight symptoms like lost muscle mass, low libido, and low energy levels. However, the process of applying the gel can take a little getting used to. In order to avoid side effects and get the most out of your treatment, make sure you follow these tips during use.

Wash your hands before and after applying the gel.

Testosterone gel contains a carrier — a compound that essentially "opens" your pores so that the testosterone is more easily absorbed. The challenge here is that if anything else is on your hands, such as some leftover cleaning products, that might also enter your pores, which is not healthy. So make sure you wash your hands well, using plain soap and water, before applying the gel. Also, wash your hands well again after applying the gel. This second wash prevents you from spreading the testosterone gel to anyone else you might come into contact with.

Apply in a thin layer across a larger portion of the body.

Your doctor will tell you where on your body it is best to apply the testosterone gel. In most cases, you'll be told to apply it on your shoulders, upper arms, and belly areas. When applying to these areas, make sure you spread the gel out over the entire area. This will allow it to dry faster so that you're less likely to have any rub off on clothing. Do wait to put clothing on until the gel is dry. Remember, any gel that gets absorbed into clothing is not getting absorbed into your skin, so you won't be getting the full dose.

Avoid areas where your skin is dry or injured.

If you have a scrape or a patch of dry skin on your body, do not apply the gel to that area. Just go around it, or avoid that particular application site until the area heals. (For example, if you have a scrape on the left shoulder, just don't apply any gel to your left shoulder; apply it all to the right shoulder and other application sites.) Applying the gel to an injured area will sting, and it won't get properly absorbed through injured skin.

If you follow the tips above, you should have greater success with testosterone gel therapy. Reach out to your doctor to learn more about testosterone gel products like testosterone AndroGel.