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Blackheads - What is the best way to treat blackheads on the foreskin of the penis?

What is the best way to treat blackheads when they show up on the foreskin of the penis? Obviously the skin is too sensitive to squeeze the blackhead out, but it seems like a bad idea to just leave it in there keeping the pore blocked. Is there a treatment for this?

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Although blackheads are not common on the penis, they can occur and can be difficult to treat due to the sensitive nature of the skin there. The doctors who are well qualified to discuss this issue with you include your primary care doctor and your dermatologist. Blackheads are caused when pores in the skin become mostly clogged open by dead skin and other debris. Therefore the treatment requires removing this debris. Blackheads can occur anywhere on the body, including the penis and foreskin, and the treatment is essentially the same there although it is best to avoid the harsher chemical treatments. On sensitive areas of the skin, such as the foreskin, usually the best approach to blackheads is to steam the area of skin to open up the pores and then to apply a gentle exfoliating treatment. Here, one possibility would be a microbead preparation, to avoid harsh chemicals. Gentle massaging of the area will loosen the dead skin and allow the pores to open back up. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular skin condition will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit with your primary care doctor if symptoms persist might be advised.

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