Regardless of the attention that men give to the condition of their skin in general, the penis is almost always a cause for concern; the average man could draw a map of his package with his eyes closed. As a result, it is not surprising that the appearance of anything unusual – from dryness to bumps to red spots or acne – can turn into a source for anxiety.
While a discolored penis is generally nothing to worry about, there are a variety of issues that can change the appearance of the penis skin. Understanding the possible causes of penile discoloration can ease men’s worry about minor variations in pigmentation and to know when they should seek medical attention for their penis health.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
It is not uncommon for men, especially those with darker skin, to have some variations in coloration; in fact, for men of all races, it is normal for the penis to be a slightly different color than the skin on the rest of the body. When darker skin seems to appear suddenly or over a short period of time, it is natural for men to worry. One possible explanation for the occurrence of darker skin is a condition known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is simply an over-production of melanin in the affected area.
This condition typically follows an injury to the skin; irritation from aggressive masturbation or sex is a likely cause for PIH of the penis. A penis affected by PIH may have areas of skin that appear darker brown, or bluish or gray. While this may cause some social embarrassment, it is not contagious and generally fades over time. Treatment with retinol (vitamin A), laser resurfacing, or microdermabrasion may be helpful in reducing the discoloration.
Bruising of the penis following an injury can cause the skin in the affected area to darken or to take on a purple, blue or even greenish appearance. A minor penis injury followed by bruising may not be a cause for concern, but a sudden blow to the member or impact during intercourse could result in a penile fracture and should be treated immediately to prevent long-term complications.
A red, blotchy appearance or visible blood vessels under the skin’s surface may also result from penile injury. The discoloration will generally fade as the injury heals, but any discomfort or pain accompanying these symptoms is a sign that medical attention may be needed.
In some individuals, areas of skin on the body, including the penis, may fade in color of over time until they become almost completely white. The cause for this is not yet known, but it is not a cause for concern except as a cosmetic issue.
When to get help for discolored penis skin
Men who experience any of the following symptoms along with discolored penis skin should seek a professional medical opinion:
- Itching or burning;
- Scaly, patchy skin or unusual sores;
Even when there is nothing to worry about, seeing a qualified urologist or dermatologist can help to ease men’s concerns about their penis. While it may feel awkward for some men to talk to a doctor about these issues, trained medical professionals have seen it all before and are there to help.
Self-care for men with discolored penis skin
Establishing a daily care regimen for the penis can also help to rejuvenate the penile skin and improve its overall appearance. Washing with a mild cleanser and rinsing thoroughly can help to remove dead skin cells and accumulated body fluids that increase the risk of irritation and infection; and applying an all-natural penis nutrient cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) that is enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers can help to slough away dead skin cells and allow for the growth of new, healthy skin.