When a man looks down and sees penis pimples, he might be more than a little concerned. That’s especially true if the pimples are accompanied by a sore, red penis that might indicate something more than a benign condition. What’s a man to do when he’s facing such a conundrum? Should he simply step up his penis care, or should he go to the doctor to figure out what’s really going on? And if he does choose to ramp up his penis care, is it okay to pop the pimples in an attempt to make them go away faster? Here’s what a man needs to know.

Most penis pimples are benign

Fortunately, a man who looks down to see penis pimples is probably seeing run-of-the-mill acne, the same type that he might develop on his face or back. As he probably already knows, the acne will resolve on its own. Acne like this usually shows up as small white bumps surrounded by a little red coloration, just as he might see on his face. They will often appear near the base of the penis.

Some men might notice penis pimples that appear in a line, almost like a tiny string of pearls right underneath the penis skin. These often appear around the glans. Though they can look rather off-putting for some men, they are nothing to worry about. These "pimples" are actually pearly penile papules, an entirely benign condition that afflict many men at some point in their lives. Since they don’t cause any problems, most doctors don’t recommend doing anything to remove them.

However, it’s important to recognize that sometimes, acne and papules can mimic the look of sexually transmitted diseases. Herpes is one sexually transmitted disease that can mimic the look of penis pimples at first. Therefore, if a man is encountering penis pimples or papules for the first time, it’s a good idea to visit the doctor and get a second opinion on what those really are.

How to handle penis pimples

Many men will be very tempted to simple squeeze penis pimples to get rid of them, but this is actually the last thing he should do. Squeezing or otherwise disturbing penis pimples can push any small infection deeper into the skin, which can result in a broader infection and a painful, red penis.

Rather than popping the pimples, a man should step up his penis care regimen. He should carefully wash the area, taking care to get the areas with the pimples very clean. Then the application of a physician-approved medication that contains salicylic acid is a great idea. This will help reduce the appearance of the pimples and allow them to heal faster. However, because penis skin is so delicate, a guy should never opt to use an over the counter medication for acne until it is approved for use by his physician.

It’s important to note that if the penis pimples are accompanied by an excessively red penis, itching, pain, discharge or other problems, a guy should seek a physician’s attention immediately.

The use of over the counter medication (or prescription, depending upon the situation) can leave the penis skin dry and red. To help relieve that problem, a man can reach for a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Applied on a daily basis to the penis head and shaft, a good crème will contain Shea butter and vitamin E, the better to hydrate the penis skin and ensure it stays supple and smooth. In addition, a guy can look to a wealth of vitamins with antibacterial properties, such as vitamin A, and alpha lipoic acid, which is known for fighting against the free radicals that can make penis skin look old, tired and dull.