Causes of White Bumps on Your Penis

White bumps on penis, also called whiteheads may appear as small pimples, pearly penile papules or Fordyce spots. In some cases, white bumps on penis may require treatment if it is caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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Whiteheads or bumps commonly appear on the face, back, chest, but they can also occur on the penis, on the base of the penis.

When a pore gets blocked with the natural oil of the skin called sebum, along with sweat, dead skin, or other debris, it can causes whiteheads to appear. Most times, these spots are harmless, and may go away on their own and should not cause any major discomfort.

Possible Causes of White Bumps on Penis

It is possible to wrongly identify white bumps on or around the penis with something else. These bumps could be a sign of an underlying health condition that necessitates urgent treatment to avoid complications.

Possible causes for bumps on the penis include:

Fordyce spots

Fordyce spots can develop in different parts of the body. They are small, yellow-white bumps that are commonly found on the lips or inside the cheek, but may also develop around the head or shaft of the penis.

Fordyce spots may be mistaken for a symptom of a STD, but are usually harmless and are without symptoms.

Pearly penile papules

These are small, fleshy bumps that usually develop in rows around the head of the penis. Scientists aren’t exactly certain as to what these pearly papules, but they have no other symptoms and are harmless.

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Ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs can form in any area where hair grows. When a hair grows back into its follicle, it is called ingrown hairs. They cause red bumps that are itchy and can be painful but are not serious.

Most ingrown hairs will resolve on their own, but sometimes they can become infected. Ingrown hairs can be removed from its follicle with a sterilized pin or tweezers before applying an antibacterial cream.

Tyson glands

These are small normal sebaceous glands that can develop on either side of the elastic tissue (frenulum) that links the foreskin to the head of the penis.

Skin tags

Skin tags are small, soft skin growths that are commonly found in middle-aged males. They are harmless and pose no threat.

Molluscum contagiosum

These are small clusters of firm bumps that develop on the skin. It is a highly contagious skin infection with lumps that have a small dimple in the middle.

They can sometimes be itchy and can develop on or around the penis. Though this skin infection can resolve on its own, but it may also require treatment using creams or gels.

White spots or Bumps Caused By STDs

Some spots or bumps that develop on the penis are caused by a sexually transmitted diseases and will definitely require treatment. These include:

Genital warts

Genital warts are caused by STD. They may appear as small, flesh-white bumps that grow on the shaft or head or the penis, or under the foreskin. Genital warts occurs after a person has come into contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Genital warts can go on its own without treatment, but may require treatment in some cases. Genital warts may be treated using a cream to destroy the wart tissue, undergoing cryotherapy to freeze the wart off.


Syphilis is a STD caused by contact with the bacterium Treponema pallidum. This bacterial infection can cause white or red ulcers to form on or around the penis. Syphilis requires treatment, which is often a single shot or a short course of antibiotics.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes are a STD caused by contact with the herpes simplex virus (HSV). They can cause grey-white sores to form on or around the penis. They are a STD that is caused by coming into contact with the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

These sores can be itchy and may spread to other areas of the body. They are treated using antiviral medication, but the virus cannot be cured.

Treatments for White Bumps on Penis

Whiteheads caused by acne do not require medical treatments. Whiteheads on the penis can be treated using the following methods:

  • avoid touching the area to stop whiteheads from spreading
  • regularly wash the area to prevent bacteria and oil from accumulating
  • Don’t pop whiteheads open, to prevent irritation and scarring
  • use over-the-counter (OTC) medication that reduce bacteria and excess oil

Some OTC acne medications contain chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or exfoliants. The skin of the penis is very delicate, so anyone who notices irritation should stop using the treatment.

Home remedies for White Bumps on Penis

  • Tea tree oil: This oil contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can help to reduce whiteheads.
  • Witch hazel: Witch hazel is a plant extract which may act as a cleanser to clean out pores and reduce whiteheads.

Other effective home remedies include apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. However, these shouldn’t be used on the penis because of their acidic nature. If you must use it, dilute properly.

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