At the first sight of bumps or sores on the penis, it is natural for all kinds of unpleasant thoughts to come to mind, as guys think back to their last sexual partner and wonder if they’ve picked up some kind of contagious social disease. The good news is that in many cases, there is a less worrying reason and the bad news is that if a guy has to worry about an STD it’s definitely time to start using protection.
Penis pimples (yes, acne affects the penis, too), bumps and pustules, which can be mistaken for genital warts and other more serious issues, have a benign cause in many cases and can be treated easily using over-the-counter lotions, cleansers and penis vitamins and minerals.
What causes blemishes and bumps on the penis skin?
· Penis Pimples – Just when guys think they’ve got a handle on the acne thing and have neutralized the blemishes that tend to appear on the face, chest and back, it turns out that pimples can occur on the penis, too. Penis acne generally consists of small, red or white bumps and most often appear around the base of the penis, although they can also show up on the head or shaft.
Like other types of acne, penis pimples are the result of bacteria in the follicles of the skin, causing inflammation and filling the follicles with a pus-like substance. Aside from being an unattractive feature, penis pimples are not actually dangerous and cannot be transmitted to a partner.
· Pearly Penile Papules – Penis bumps on the crown or under the foreskin. For uncircumcised men in particular it is not unusual to encounter small, firm, flesh-colored bumps on or around the glans and under the foreskin that may resemble a string of bubbles. These are naturally occurring and are generally nothing to worry about although they can be mistaken for genital warts. Men who are worried about a skin condition of the penis should seek medical advice without delay.
How to get rid of penis pimples
Like acne on other parts of the body, penis pimples can be stubborn but in general, over-the-counter remedies such as salicylic acid will eventually do the trick. In addition, because pimples are caused by bacteria, keeping the skin clean and dry is important. Nourishing the skin of the penis and genital area with skin-friendly vitamins and minerals can also boost the body’s natural immune function and may speed the healing process.
While it can be tempting to try to pop blemishes on the penis, especially when they are red and inflamed, this is rarely a good idea. Pus can be expressed from pimples in this way, but this will not work on penile papules, and in any case, popping and pricking the blemishes can result in scarring and can cause further infection.
How to prevent unsightly penis blemishes
While not all breakouts can be prevented (hormones are a factor in the tendency to develop acne), guys can take measures to reduce the appearance of these unsightly penile zits. For instance, shaving the pubic area can cause ingrown hairs and irritation which may lead to a crop of acne. Instead try using a hair trimmer or scissors which may be easier on the skin. For guys who must shave, a new, sharp razor is the best bet.
Secondly, keeping the area clean and dry is necessary as bacteria tend to thrive in warm, moist areas. Treating the skin with natural anti-bacterial solutions such as vitamin A (or retinol, a common acne treatment and preventive) may help to keep acne away. Moisturizing the skin can prevent the drying which can cause irritation of the follicles, leading to inflammation and acne breakouts.
A specialized penis health crème (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) which is applied directly to the penis skin may help to provide the right combination of nutrients and moisturizers that are needed to keep the skin in balance, minimize the presence of harmful bacteria, and maintain clear, attractive skin.