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Changing colours of the penis

It is normal for the head of the penis (glans) to change colour. Often it is quite red when aroused, and a more purple colour at other times. This is because the skin of the glans has lots of tiny blood vessels near its surface, so the colour just represents the changes in blood flow. If the skin is sore and itchy as well as red, or looks abnormal in any other way, you might have balanitis, for which you should see your doctor.
 

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Tuesday, August 2nd 2011

 

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Posted by Optional on 15/09/2014 at 11:56

I am a fair skinned guy but the colour of my groin area (penis and scrotum) is at least 10 times darker than my rest of body. I always keep my genital area clean and hygenic, yet i am having this problem. Pls suggest..

Posted by Optional on 19/03/2014 at 04:44

I have a question im 15 & i have these small white bumps around the egde of my penis head. & my penis head is like a purple/blue color & @ the edge its like a pink/red color pls help im really scared it been like this for about a year now

Posted by Optional on 01/03/2014 at 04:48

Dr i almost white person but my penis is black how can remove this black colour

Posted by Optional on 17/02/2014 at 06:03

The tip of my penis looks dirty around the pee hole, but it's not because it doesn't go away no matter how hard I scrub or however I wash it. When I have an erection it's harder to see, but it's still there. I'm not circumcised, so the "dirty looks like it begins where the flesh ends when it roles onto the head, like a dirty circle at the tip... Could you explain this please?

Posted by Anonymous on 06/02/2014 at 05:04

I have a white ring of skin round the neck of my penis. It is not itching or painful but instead gradually tightening making ir difficult to retract foreskin. When foreskin does retract the ring is like an elastic band cutting off circulation. Plus the white marks of this band of skin are highly noticable. Possible diagnosis?

Posted by optional on 09/01/2014 at 06:33

Hi I have wrinkle or line on penies and testes and it is too dark from last 2 months and on the head of Pennie there is black colour spot Pls help I am worrying about this

Posted by Optional on 18/11/2013 at 02:40

Hi. I have purple and a little brown yellow patch under the head of the penis.Pls help!

Posted by Optional on 16/11/2013 at 09:34

Hey doctor my partner has a purple penis actually everything looks purple and it hurts him so much that his pain goes all the way to his stomach what can this be?

Posted by Optional on 18/10/2013 at 11:57

hi i have a little changing in the color of the top of my penis and its become more brown,is this normale or should worry about this???

Posted by Anonymous on 12/10/2013 at 12:47

Hi The inside of my penis is a bit black Is this an issue?

Posted by john on 15/08/2013 at 03:47

I've had one brown spot on the head of my penis for a while it appears to be a mole it has recently started to branch out or change shape and I'm starting to notice lighter spots forming. What is it what should I do?

Posted by Optional on 05/07/2013 at 07:12

About a year ago my husbands penis began loosing its colorization on the head. He is Hispanic and the head was all brown. Now most of the skin is white, yes I mean really white with spots of the original brown color. He is not circumsized. What could this possibly mean?

Posted by Naren on 12/06/2013 at 03:43

My penni is very black. But i am very white. My wife dont like that. What can i do for that?

Posted by Optional on 22/05/2013 at 08:45

hey doc i am a person with dark complexion.i am having now a white pigmentation in some portion of my male organ. what to do?

Posted by joeeee on 08/05/2013 at 09:59

I kinda having promblems my penis is a brown colure at the top but under it is ok what's this mean... I also found that 1 tescile is bigger than the other and fell more lumpy... I also do seem do get out a lot of sprem what is the promblem here

Posted by devin on 02/05/2013 at 02:26

my penis had a small red spot on it then later it turned brown and when i touched it it hurt and its sensetive is this normal

Posted by Optional on 26/04/2013 at 08:59

My son is all ways had is penis purple and painful when he pulls the skin back it is normal or not thank you.

Posted by Mick on 15/04/2013 at 01:31

have white patch under the skin on the head of penis.. really worried an need advise its not sore or itchy

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2013 at 05:26

Plz help me,I am years old And I masturbate daily and my body is of skin colour but my penis is of black colour,is this because of puberty? Will my penis become normal after passing through the age of puberty ? Or how it can be normal because it is very embarrising...plz help :(

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2013 at 12:10

My glan changed color into yellow which is really terrifying me. Also my penis is a bit black. Is it related to masturbation?? Please help.

Posted by Optional on 23/02/2013 at 01:43

For about 3yrs I've seen 4 doctors about my unknown condition. I have flat pink spots directly under the head of my penis. They are slowly spreading underneath the head. In the center of these pink blotches there is a pin sized bump. I was Initally told it was an allergic reaction, or vitiligo. By doc#1. I was then told by doc #2 "I don't know" I saw a dermatologist who peformed cryotherapy then prescribed vergens cream, which did nothing at all. I went to doc#4 and was told it might b pearly papules. Which I do have but this definitely is not that. Can anybody help me, it has lowered my self esteem amongst other things...

Posted by manjeeth on 21/02/2013 at 02:33

When i was in 20 age my penis colour has changed to white colour and it had spread much.plz can u give me the solution.

Posted by Optional on 21/02/2013 at 11:51

My penis head is light purple and there is like a sort of ring around the bottom near the foreskin that is a really dark purple whats up with it?

Posted by Jan on 02/02/2013 at 08:25

Hi my partner has a purple/blue penis and he's too shy to ask his dr about it. Its very dark purple and its been that way for a couple of months now and I cant seem to find an answer to help him. It doesnt hurt, itch ect

Posted by Optional on 03/01/2013 at 06:35

My head of my penis is lighter purple/darker pink but the bottom of the head is like dark purple Is this normal or not

Posted by Optional on 30/11/2012 at 06:28

My head of penis is black and the rest is brown

Posted by Rahul on 08/11/2012 at 01:35

There is red part on uthera when i touch it its so sensitive

Posted by Optional on 08/11/2012 at 01:53

hi my penis head become pale. but before it will be full red...

Posted by nepz on 03/11/2012 at 01:10

My penis head change in colourvto yellowish black and started etching always .

Posted by Optional on 29/10/2012 at 10:18

I have a green brown patch of skin on the side of my penis,in the middle kind of area,it doesn't itch or even feel like its there,it is only visible and cannot be felt.what does this mean?

Posted by Optional on 26/09/2012 at 06:15

The shaft of my penis is like dry, it's got skin on it that's white & peeling. It also feels rough at the tip. What's wrong?

Posted by Optional on 25/09/2012 at 04:55

I stopped having sex for the past 7 years and I have small brown spots, I don't have any pain. I consulted by GP and he advised that it is a mole only and nothing to worry. He asked me whether I had sex with somebody else apart from my wife I said even with my wife I don't have sex for 7 years. Please advise me the remedy

Posted by Optional on 21/09/2012 at 09:37

Around the neck and head of my penis there it like pink and redish color rash it looks kinda scaly. What does it mean and is it bad?

Posted by dev on 14/09/2012 at 11:36

my penis glans has became black from 3years .is there any problem ?

Posted by Optional on 11/09/2012 at 06:56

Is it normal for the penis glans to wrinkle with age.

Posted by Optional on 09/09/2012 at 04:18

The head of my penis changed its color to white in circle with no pain or discomfort, its being so for the last 1 year. It has not spreaded during that time. Please suggest can be the problem.

Posted by Optional on 09/09/2012 at 12:06

is there relation between masturbation and penis color

Posted by Optional on 05/09/2012 at 02:49

Hey doc the urethral opening on my penis is Rosey pink and tender and I have a slight burning in that area only when I pee,however it doesn't hurt unless I use the bathroom. What could it be?

Posted by Adam on 29/08/2012 at 02:32

I sometimes(maybe 4 times in last 8 months for 2-3 days at a time) have a discharge in yellow/white colour in my underwear. I know its coming from under my foreskin and not my urethra as i have inspected and found alot of yellow/white stuff under my skin. The rim of my helmet gets a little itchy around this time too and my penis just feels constantly wet. Does this sound like an STI or maybe something else like yeast or balanitis?? Thanks

Posted by Optional on 28/08/2012 at 11:08

i found a vain on my bell end have you eny imformation of what it might be, it dosent move it grows when i get an arrection i was hopeing it was nothing bad

Posted by embarrassingproblems.com on 28/08/2012 at 05:36

To Optional on 24/08/2012 - please see our section on red, sore, itchy penis: www.embarrassingproblems.com/problem/penis-problems/penis-red-sore-itchy ; also our section on jock itch: www.embarrassingproblems.com/problem/jock-itch

Posted by Optional on 24/08/2012 at 11:01

my penies itches very badly expecially at night,the testis and its under also itches,what is the problem

Posted by Optional on 23/08/2012 at 06:15

Due to masterbation my glans penis has become black also does over masturbation 5 times a week cause any trouble

Posted by Optional on 17/08/2012 at 01:49

i have a dark brown patch on my glands please help me on how i can get rid of it

Posted by RJF on 15/08/2012 at 05:05

LAST 4 MONTHS MY PENIS HEAD IS EXTREMELY SENSITIVE TO THE TOUCH AND WHEN I URINATE IT FEELS LIKE THERE IS A CLOSING OF THE TIP AS MY URINE FEELS LIKE IT IS NO GOING OUT FAST ENOUGH AND THE TIP OF MY PENIS FEELS LIKE IT MAY BLOW UP. HELP PLEASE.

Posted by nana on 09/08/2012 at 08:09

Hi doc,I am 23 yr old black male and developed these few rash on my glan. they aren't itchy but freaks me out because it's been there for years.. I started masturbating at 13 and use any substance to enable me masturbate. these rashes are tiny and are visible when I try expanding my glan with my fingers. how can I get rid of it?

Posted by Optional on 03/08/2012 at 02:58

the end of my sons penis is black and he has a lot of forskin what is this

Posted by Optional on 17/07/2012 at 07:01

After having sex I get a purple patch which nearly covers the head of my penis . But starts to go away with in hours . Why is that happening .

Posted by Optional /() on 09/07/2012 at 08:38

Hey doc I got tiny pale red parts toward my shaft I'm thinking it's to do with the blood vessels etc it don't itch and isn't sore the parts aren't huge just noticeable whatcould it be

Posted by Optional on 25/06/2012 at 02:12

i have one little red dot close to the head of my penis i have had it for a long while what do i do

Posted by Optional on 17/06/2012 at 06:05

Hi im 15 years old now since like 6 months ago the side of my penis head is blue when i get an erection and it looks really weird i never had it before since 6 months please help me this really ignores me

Posted by O on 13/06/2012 at 04:45

What happen if it purple and can't feel it?

Posted by Optional on 06/06/2012 at 11:06

i have a brown patch on the under side of my penis and i keep getting itching at the top what could this be

Posted by _ghost_ on 31/05/2012 at 02:57

Hi im 14 and im not circumsized and like i was pulling back the foreskin of my penis so i can clean it better and i noticed that the tip of my penis is like a grey/silver color and i dont know if its normal. Also like the hole at the tip is like a rose color. Please help!

Posted by Optional on 14/05/2012 at 12:41

Hi, I'm 20years old and have had the same partner for nearly 5years. She was my first and I was her's. Recently I've noticed my penishead has become very sore and sensitive, I put this down to how many times we have sex a week (on average 4times a week) on saturday (12th may) I noticed my penishead under the foreskin had turnt white. With what look like little holes. I'm very concerned about this! And I'm to embarrassed to go to the doctors. If anybody knows how to treat or get rid of this. Ill very much appreciate it you're advice! Thanks.

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2012 at 02:31

I have recently become a father to a gorgeous little boy but am increasingly becoming concerned he isn't mine. I'm white as is mum, but I recently found out she had slept with a black man just one week before me. Our son has light skin but his penis and testi are very dark, is this normal for a white/white baby or is this signs of a mixed race baby?

Posted by umm on 27/04/2012 at 01:41

my body colour is quite fair but my penis and testis r too dark and look so bad and ugly. i dnt have any itching or inflaming but these organs changed colour since i even dnt remember or maybe when i entered my puberty. a quick and easy solution plzzzzzzzz

Posted by Optional on 04/04/2012 at 09:34

im on hrt patches, have been for a couple of years. this sort of coincides with my hu sbands penis becoming inflamed and itchy not long after we have intercourse. could the hrt be causing it. my husband has had many tests done and still no answers

Posted by Mahesh on 23/03/2012 at 05:53

I am diabetic. On the glan of my penis veins are looking bluish balck making it look more ugly. Some times the glan looks clean without any bluish black marks. Except this problem there is no pain at the glan. Probalbly due to diabetis there is lot of itching around the circumference of the foreskin which becomes unbearable till it is heavly rubbed.Sometimes i rub the skin so much that blood may start emitting from the skin.Is it somthing to do with nuropathy started at the penis. I am getting terribly worried due to these two problems. Will some one specialized give me some remidy for my problems

Posted by Optional on 23/03/2012 at 01:44

my penis and testis is dark, tell me how can the color be changed to white.

Posted by Optional on 21/03/2012 at 05:50

hi im a parent of a 15yr old he has come to me wit a problem he says that the top of his penis turns blue sometimes red and its itchy is this normal or should it be check?

Posted by justneedsinfo on 18/03/2012 at 10:03

Look I have a color change of peach to tan on my penis, its not on the head but its on the part before it, I I used to get boners without thinking to hard, now I try to get busy with my girl and I don't become hard.... I need to know if I have a blood problem or an erectoral dysfunction.

Posted by hlpOptional on 14/03/2012 at 12:36

help i dont know if i have a penis infection but the very front of my penis is turning white blue and purple and im freaking out i havent had sex but i tend to masterbate somtimes but pla help me

Posted by Optional on 28/02/2012 at 10:29

Hi , I'm 14 and a virgin. A few days ago I noticed a tiny growth on the tip of my penis, it hurt at first and now dose not. It was Grau at first and is now a scab/ mOle looking thing that us indented into my skin. I'm really scared because my dad had a malignant mole on his back. If anyone knows anything please help!!!!!!!

Posted by Mommy of twins on 17/02/2012 at 12:36

Hi my son is 16 mo old and the head of his penis is blue and he has been grabbing at it a lot Is that Normal or should I get it checked out?

Posted by Optional on 12/02/2012 at 08:19

well my the head of my penis is turning like a purple/ blue color and im scared if i may a penis infection i havent had sex or nothin plz help!

Posted by Optional on 10/02/2012 at 11:17

Hey, this is the first time i've seen people writing problems that are actually similar to mine. I'm 16 and the underside of my penis head has become much darker grey/purple sometimes even dark green in the last 2-3 months. I noticed it after i got hit in that region in a football game 2 weeks after, but i'd also had sexual intercourse about a month or so before that. I've noticed a vein has appeared aswell on the head of my penis in the darker area which made me think maybe it's something to do with the blood? I've been panicing thinking its symptoms of penile cancer but i understand thats mostly for over 50's but you can't be too sure. What should i do?

Posted by john on 29/01/2012 at 05:14

hi dr. Iam john i have a problem in panis colour my panis cap is white and back side is black pls sgqn me.

Posted by Optional on 25/01/2012 at 06:39

i have problem on my penies.some small changes in the colour over the skin from last 6 years.but no pain or nothin.please advice

Posted by hi friend on 23/11/2011 at 09:11

hello dr my head of my penis is red, shiny,purple at the bottom and little bits of my bell end are hanging off how could i cure this?

Posted by Optional on 08/11/2011 at 07:20

Tip of my penis is coming dark in colour and wrinkles are come on it. Is it any kind of fungus. What should i do?

Posted by Optional on 08/11/2011 at 05:29

my penis change colour when i sex with my partner my penis head skin is damage and white water allways coming from my penis

Posted by Anonymous on 08/10/2011 at 12:36

Does anyone know anything about the brown/blue spot on the head of the penis? Seems like alot of people has the same problem as me, i am 14 and i want to know If it's a risk of cancer of any kind. Please help.

Posted by Henry on 04/10/2011 at 09:11

Hi, the bottom half of the head of my penis has...turned purpleish, I am not sure what's happening to it. Please help. Thanks.

Posted by Guest on 29/09/2011 at 11:32

Hi, ever since i could remeber the whole of my penis head was white! ive been looking for the same type of stuff over the net but couldnt find it which is making me worry. Im 14 years old. Also my foreskin is quite tight unless i loosen it by pulling it slowly. Thanks.

Posted by Optional on 23/09/2011 at 07:17

Hello, After recieving oral sex, i have recently noticed a purple/brown mark on the shaft of my penis roughly half an inch below the head of my penis. The mark is smooth and as yet does not come off the skin. This mark was noticed roughly a day and a half after recieving the oral sex. Although i cannot be assured if the mark did not appear straight after the oral sex as it is on the underside of the penis. I am experiencing no other symptoms. I have been to a local clinic and they have failed to assure me what it could be. The consultant said there is a slight chance it could be a wart but thought the mark was more likely to be caused by friction or roughness. Has anyone get any other ideas? Thanks

Posted by Optional on 18/09/2011 at 07:57

Under the head of my penis I have a quarter size mark thats purple and bluish. It burns after sex, and I am worried about it. I have yet to see a doctor but am planning on it soon. Its been there for a little over a year but is just now starting to bother me. Please help!

Posted by danny on 14/09/2011 at 01:24

i have this brown mark spot thing in the middle of my penius is it anay think to be worried about i also had a yellow headspot on my penius wich i poeped and it heeld up nicely

Posted by vivek on 08/08/2011 at 02:17

i have habit of masturbation twice a day since 15,now some part of penis is ripped and got white in color.how can get rid of this problem ..help me

Posted by SJ on 19/06/2011 at 08:20

I have brown patches with some spots on my penis head, and i have vitiligo for the past one year, and am getting true colour in white areas, but my penis head is half circular portion from tip to middle is in brown colour and rest of the area is in rose colour, will it lead any risk in my life, and also in my sexual life, i doesnt feel any itchy, rashes or pain, its just like a mole in my penis. Please do help me??

Posted by Optional on 01/04/2011 at 01:36

Hi im a white male and my penis is very itchy and looks to be wrinkled on the head of it, it is normaly pink in coloour but more whitish atm, and smells a bit, had oral sex about 2 days ago

Posted by Optional on 31/03/2011 at 12:39

I have twin boys they are 3 my one son they both are cicumsized but when he gets erected were they had cut the tip to cirumsize him turns like a dark red and purple and it iritates him is that normal

Posted by calum on 30/03/2011 at 09:40

im 14 years old , and part of my penis at the tip is a geyish(sometimes a bit purple) but i asked my bro and he said dont worry about it , can anyone tell me if this is normall

Posted by T on 25/03/2011 at 07:49

i'm 22 years old and my penis is always darker than my skin as long as i remember, but for the last two months ,in some places its getting white pinckish (only the half top part) and i feel the skin is being more sensetive day after day, really appreciate any advise , thnks

Posted by Optional on 02/02/2011 at 04:09

I had kidney stone problem, my penis are hard and color s chaging,I need suggestion.

Posted by Optional on 02/01/2011 at 05:54

Lower tip of my penis has dark brown color on both sides.i want to know what the problem might be.

Posted by Samaritan on 05/12/2010 at 05:10

Hi I have this problem for a long time. I got circumsised at a young age. the problem is my penis is black but the glans is permanently pink. Please help because its affecting my self esteem really bad especially when it comes to matters of sex.

Posted by Optional on 02/12/2010 at 08:59

I am 24 year old sexually active male. About a year ago I noticed a small white mark on my glans right in the center. The really weird thing is that the white mark would not always be there and if I touched it while it was there it would go away. It seemed as though there wants blood getting to the spot until I touched it. Now it is there more often and there seems to be newer spots with the same symptoms, but no pain or anything. There is no raised spot or bump which is why I haven't gone to a dr, but why are there sporatic white marks on my glans? Maybe it is some type of hpv or something worse which is what has me worrying. Please help!

Posted by arya on 18/08/2010 at 06:17

hi,i have dark brown spots on the head of my penis(glans),they are really dark brown oddly shaped,not raised and not painful,ijust wondered if they are some kind of pigment change,i have had them for at least 8 years and they have not caused any discomfort at all,i have noticed more over the years,but would like to know more about them,hope you can help,steve

Posted by steve on 11/08/2010 at 03:28

hi,i have dark brown spots on the head of my penis,they are really dark brown oddly shaped,not raised and not painful,they seem to fade a bit when i get erect,just wondered if they are some kind of pigment change,i have had them for at least 15 years and they have not caused any discomfort at all,i have noticed more over the years,but would like to know more about them,hope you can help,steve.

Posted by Optional on 08/05/2010 at 04:17

im a black man who happens to be a little light in colour but here is whats bothering me. my penis is black in colour bt the glans is rly pink in colour. Not only when i have an erection but permanty pink.Is it a problem or itzjust how i am

Posted by optional on 23/04/2010 at 09:22

Hey My penis has about an inch of red stretched out skin after the head. It does not affect anything, and all the functions of the penis are completely normal. When i don't have an erection the skin is slightly discolored and very stretched out and loose in that area. When i do have an erection it is pink and smoother than the other parts of the skin. I have had this for about three years. The reasons for want to fix it is purely out of vanity. I have never had sex. I believe it is due to constant stretching of the skin, but i want to get rid of it. Thankyou for any help offered.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2010 at 08:04

I have what looks like bumps on the neck of my penis and a red part of exess skin on the tip but it doesn't hurt so I don't get it checked by the doctor but it looks bad and my penis strangly small when not erect but when erect it gets slightly bigger. Is my penis still growing or has it stopped and what are the bumps could they just be cellulite?

Posted by Anonymous on 04/02/2010 at 07:18

I am a fair skinned guy but the colour of my groin area (penis and scrotum) is at least 10 times darker than my rest of body. I always keep my genital area clean and hygenic, yet i am having this problem. Pls suggest

Posted by biggy on 25/12/2009 at 09:10

im 22 ive noticed a dark mark on the tip of my penis about 2 months ago doctors says nothing to worry about but i cant seem to help it any1 else had this problem

Posted by cizza on 17/12/2009 at 07:17

im 13 and i have littel whitish lumps on my penis glan. not the ons near the bottem i know what they are but near the midal i get littel whitish bumps. i went to the dr and he said its normal but u couldent realy see them at that time . pz help from cizza

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