Penis Bumps: Could It Be Acne?
Embarrassing and unsightly, pimples and acne anywhere on the body are common problems that men and women often deal with throughout their life. But when penis acne occurs, often the harsh chemicals used for keeping facial blemishes at bay are too strong for use on the delicate penis skin. But that doesn’t mean that men have to accept an acne-prone member. While penis acne can certainly be a cause for embarrassment, it’s easy to treat, and generally speaking, a normal problem for a healthy man.
Is it acne or something worse?
First, it’s essential to determine whether the irritation occurring is truly acne or something more benign. If you’re socially active, it’s important to make sure you’re not actually dealing with a sexually transmitted disease, which can often look very similar to pimples. Acne on the penis will typically contain a small amount of pus, feel tender to the touch and feel like a hardened bump.
However, if the irritation is oozing pus, growing into a widespread rash or changing size, shape or texture, it may be a sign that you’re dealing with something more serious than penis acne, In this case, be sure to visit a medical professional for screening.
Why am I getting penile acne?
There are many reasons why some men experience penile acne and others don’t. Often, and especially in the case of those experiencing puberty, acne can be caused by unstable hormone levels. If your acne is being caused by this, you’re likely to be experiencing acne in other parts of the body as well, including most commonly the face and back. Unfortunately, in this situation, time is the best medicine as most hormonal imbalances fix themselves on their own.
However, if your groin is one of the only body parts experiencing acne, the cause it likely due to hygiene and environment – both of which are easy to fix. If you’re prone to pimples, it’s important to never skip showers, especially if you live in a humid climate. Acne is caused by a pore clogged by dead skin, oil and bacteria. Regular bathing is usually enough to keep the penis pores clean.
Another common cause of penile acne can be as simple as having oily skin. Those who experience oily skin are more likely to develop acne anywhere on their bodies, but especially areas that are typically covered by clothing like the back and crotch because the skin will struggle to breathe. In this case, it’s especially important to bathe regularly, as well as opt for breathable, loose fabrics. Switching to boxers from briefs in some cases can be enough to relieve the penis area from acne if it’s being caused by oil-prone skin.
Whatever your penis acne is being caused by, it’s critically importantly not to “pop” the pimples that are occurring. Squeezing and popping penis bumps can often result in infections as well as a spreading of bacteria, potentially leading to even more acne. It’s also not important not to use your go-to facial products on the delicate penis skin. Common over the counter acne treatment, like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, are usually too harsh for the private area and their use could lead to rashes and itchiness. If the discomfort caused by your penis acne is too much to wait out, consider contacting a dermatologist for professional drainage or removal.