Acne tends to be thought of as a condition of the face, or upper body but wherever you have hair follicles, acne can develop.
Pores on the penis can clog in the same way others do, causing acne to appear, often where the base of the penis joins the scrotum. Blackheads are quite common, although other forms such as whiteheads, or raised red bumps are not unknown.
Acne being caused by poor hygiene is largely a myth but sweat, hair friction and close fitting clothing are factors to consider in the groin area.
They can add to a condition which may resolve and is not medically threatening, yet can be in other ways. The psychological effects could be significant, bringing anxiety to the extent where activities from sports, to sexual contact are avoided.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Penile acne can be confused with other conditions, such as ingrowing hairs, sexually transmitted diseases can also bring similar symptoms. Accurate diagnosis is important, although for acne is normally straightforward.
An appointment with a consultant dermatologist should be all that is needed to establish the type and extent of acne. A treatment plan can then be created and put into action, to match your needs.
As images show before and after treatment, removing acne on the penis is perfectly feasible.
Topical treatments may be sufficient but you should be careful with over the counter options. The skin on your penis is thinner and more sensitive than on other areas, standard products may be unsuitable and irritating.
Antibiotics are a possibility, along with oral medication designed to reduce oil production from the sebaceous glands. Laser, or light based therapies are a state of the art alternative and may be helpful.
The key is to tailor treatment for penile acne to individual symptoms and see the condition cleared. Prompt treatment also helps to avoid scarring, which is unusual in the genital area but not unknown.
Care At Our London Clinic
Advice is critical to good medical treatment and will be readily available. This could range from avoiding harsh body washes, or soaps, to a range of lifestyle considerations, along with any personal medical concerns.
Acne in the genital region is not rare and deserves the same level of care as in any area, perhaps more so. This can a little painful, or irritating, or quite benign but is always an unwanted sight.
Contact the team at our North London clinic at any time for advice on acne and wider male dermatology conditions, or to arrange an appointment with a consultant.