As embarrassing as facial acne can be, genital pimples create a whole new brand of discomfort and humiliation, especially in intimate situations. Yet it's important to keep in mind that acne can emerge anywhere on the body, including the genital area, and is relatively common among boys and men. With the right care, you can get rid of these burdensome blemishes for good.
Consult a doctor about the acne on your penis. He will be able to evaluate whether the bumps you notice are, in fact, pimples, or are the sign of infection or a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Make sure to shower regularly, especially just after exercising, as sweat trapped near the genitals can lead to acne outbreaks on the penis.
Use an antibacterial cleanser to thoroughly clean your genitals and rid the area of any acne-causing bacteria.
Wear underwear in breathable fabrics that don't fit too tightly, as tight-fitting clothing can irritate the skin and cause pimples to emerge.
Ask your physician about a prescription cleanser or oral treatment to clear up any acne on your penis that doesn't clear up after following the above steps.
Allow some time for your acne treatment to kick in before you decide to stop using it. Many treatments take a month or longer to yield noticeable results. As with acne anywhere on the body, flushing out bodily toxins can help rid the skin around your penis of bacteria, so make sure to drink plenty of water each day.
Don't wait to see a doctor if you notice penile acne that changes color or size or is painful. If you are sexually active, these could be signs of an STD. Resist the urge to squeeze the pimples on your genitals, since this can actually exacerbate the problem and may leave scars.