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Why do pimples appear on the glans

by Alivia Nyhan
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The skin of the penis, whether it is the foreskin or the glans, is one of the most sensitive in the entire body. This sensitivity encourages lesions such as pimples to appear. It is a prevalent condition, which can be caused by many different problems, and which generally does not pose any health problems.

However, it is essential to pay attention to other symptoms that could help us to distinguish the cause of their appearance. In the following FastlyHealarticle, we will explain why pimples appear on the glans and how to remove them, talking about all their causes, other similar symptoms, and how they should be treated.

Granites on the crown of the glans

First of all, it should be noted that pimples on the glans are common, so it is not necessary to worry excessively if they appear. They usually appear during adolescence. However, up to the age of 40, they may continue to appear. Be that as it may, a quick visit to the doctor can help you clear up doubts and clarify whether a treatment should be followed to eradicate them or not.

One of the most common causes, and benign, are pearly bumps on the glans, some pimples on the crown of the glans that do not represent any health problem.

Pápulas pervades

They are small lumps located on the glans’ crown, which have a whitish, shiny skin color and are completely normal. They do not appear due to an infection. They are part of the anatomy of the penis. In some cases, they are present since childhood, while in others, they develop with age; whatever the case, they are not a medical problem. In any case, they can represent an aesthetic problem if they reach a specific size.


Since they are not a disease, infection, or malignant condition, no treatment is required to eliminate them. However, since some men see them as an aesthetic problem and may feel insecure, they can be surgically removed using a CO2 laser. They should never be burst or removed by yourself, and you could cause serious injuries, wounds, or even infections. Below you can see photos of the pearly papules on the glans penis.

Fordyce pimples on the glans

The Fordyce grains in the glans, also known as Fordyce spots, are small bumps yellowish or white that can appear at the base of the penis, scrotum, and other body areas such as lips, nose, or mouth. They are benign and do not represent any health problem, they are usually present from a very young age, but they increase in size with the years, especially from adolescence.

Blocked sebaceous glands cause Fordyce pimples on the glans without presenting any other symptoms beyond their appearance. However, as well as pearly papules, if their presence is an aesthetic problem, they can be eliminated by laser technique or small interventions by a specialist.

Itchy bumps on the glans due to yeast balanitis

When we talk about balanitis, we refer to inflammation of the glans. However, this inflammation can have many different causes. When the origin is in excessive growth of candida yeast, we call it candidal balanitis, a condition that can cause itchy pimples on the glans.

Other symptoms of this condition are:

  • Rash with white and red dots.
  • Itching
  • Ardor.
  • Secretions
  • Discomfort when having intercourse.

In general, candidiasis in men appears after having sex with a woman with candidiasis. However, it can also occur due to diabetes, consuming a lot of sugar, or when the man has low defenses.


The treatment of candidal balanitis should be the application of antifungals, either orally or topically, depending on the case and what the doctor says. Also, you should refrain from having sex until the infection clears.

On the other hand, you must maintain strict genital hygiene, a balanced diet, and use a condom when having sex.

Pimples on the glans due to STD

The penis, in general, and the glans, in particular, are where most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) tend to act. In general, these will be accompanied by other symptoms, so below, we will explain what the main STDs that cause pimples on the glans are:

Genital warts

Genital warts are the physical manifestation of the human papillomavirus. This virus is spread through contact with another infected person during sexual intercourse. They are shaped like small cauliflowers, and their size can be variable. Generally, in the case of men, they appear on the glans, scrotum, groin, or anus.

In the case of HPV, it is essential to treat it quickly to prevent even the appearance of warts. If we consider that the virus cannot disappear permanently, it is necessary to follow the treatment to avoid the injuries it causes. In the following FastlyHealarticle, we discuss human papilloma in men: symptoms and treatment.

Genital herpes

It is not one but two types of a virus; herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. This infection may pass without symptoms. However, these are painful blisters on the glans, scrotum, anus, or buttocks when it does. On the other hand, its symptoms also sun:

  • Fever.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Swollen glands.
  • Discomfort.

As with HPV, genital herpes has no cure, but that does not mean there is no treatment. The administration of retroviral is necessary to control the appearance of its outbreaks and reduce the intensity of its symptoms.


This sexually transmitted infection can also cause pimples to appear on the glans if it comes into contact with an affected area of ​​the infected person. This infection causes the appearance of small blisters of a color like that of the glans and that in the center to have a white point. It is essential to visit the doctor if one of these mollusks is detected to start treatment and prevent them from growing through the penis.

Psoriasis on the glans

Psoriasis is another dermatological condition that can cause the appearance of grains in the glans. This is a chronic disease, which has no cure and can occur in different areas of the body, and in men, it can also affect the glans. Its symptoms include:

  • Red spots on the glans.
  • The appearance of cracks.
  • Itching
  • Erection problems.

Although there is no treatment to eradicate psoriasis, specific treatments can help control its outbreaks and keep the skin hydrated. In addition, a condom should be used to avoid friction and subsequent inflammation.

Pimples after relationships

If you get pimples after having sex, it can be due to two different causes. On the one hand, it can be a sexually transmitted disease, as we have explained previously, although it rarely appears before 24 hours. We will explain the other possible cause below:

In some cases, when there is a lot of friction, Either due to little lubrication or because there has been a very abrupt penetration, it can end up causing inflammationirritation, and even the appearance of pimples on the glans. But not only when having sex, it is possible that these symptoms also appear when the man masturbates excessively, either in quantity or force. These symptoms usually disappear with withdrawal and after a few days.


Pimples on the glans: other causes

In addition to everything we have already mentioned, other conditions can manifest through pimples on the glans. However, the logical thing is that they appear together with other symptoms that will have a higher prevalence. Hardly any of the following diseases will manifest only through pimples on the penis:

  • Sarna.
  • Allergic reaction, mainly due to the use of soaps that are too aggressive for the skin.
  • Lichen planus.
  • Poor intimate hygiene.

This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor if you present any condition or discomfort.

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