4 Treatment Options for Pearly Penile Papules


Reproductive systems are as sensitive as they’re precious, considering the gravity of their purpose. After all, they’re the reason behind society’s growing population. However, the ‘process’ of increasing population growth tends to be long-winded, especially with partners who aren’t interested in going about it clinically. In that case, other elements are included before achieving sexual intercourse.

One of these elements involves aesthetics. Because as much as some people would deny they’re not in it for the looks, the vanity tends to rear its head. And as mentioned earlier, reproductive systems are sensitive; their appearance may alter whether from stimulation or health conditions. So, while women are visibly more conscious of how they look down there, the same can be said for men, especially if they have abnormal lumps all over their penis.

What Are Pearly Penile Papules?

Unfortunately, there are multiple reasons for men to have lumps across their main reproductive organs. Some come from natural causes, while others are sexually transmitted.

Pearly penile papules (PPP) are a common condition that appears as a row or two of small, translucent growths around the head of the penis. Hence, where it got described as ‘pearly.’

Despite how terrifying it may seem, PPP is the last thing you’d expect as cancerous or infectious. With experts still unclear about it, it’s hard to pinpoint its cause. However, some have deduced it’s a result of an overgrowth of collagen, dilated blood vessels, or fibroblasts. It means it’s normal for PPP to grow in the private parts of males. Although, it’s speculated that uncircumcised male subjects have a higher possibility of PPP than their counterpart.

How To Treat Pearly Penile Papules

Although they won’t cause any health risks, they might turn off your partner when they see those lumps. Fortunately, there are multiple treatment options available for this condition, which you can read more here.

1. Natural Solutions

Waiting for your pearly penile papules to go away as you age is always on the table, considering they’re naturally occurring and not extremely risky. But if you can’t wait that long, turning to do-it-yourself methods can likely help you remove them. However, be extremely mindful that many of the substances you’ll use should be all-natural. Otherwise, you might irritate them—or worse, cause scarring.

Therefore, it’s best to avoid over-the-counter wart treatments. Instead, use natural oils for straightforward removal. Tea tree oil and castor oil are both easy to get your hands on due to how common they are in one’s household. However, you won’t find them near a kitchen since they’re typically used for skin problems and alleviating other ailments. Instead, look for them in your medicine cabinet or beauty products shelf. If not found, purchase them in the nearest drugstore.

On the other hand, using a toothbrush on your reproductive organ might sound unorthodox. But once you research more, you’ll find out that PPP came from excess tissue. Although toothpaste isn’t meant to be a quick-acting solution, your choice of toothpaste would affect the removal. White toothpaste is highly recommended since it contains fluoride, which plays a significant role in treating PPP.

2. Carbon Dioxide Lasers

Undergoing carbon dioxide laser surgery is considered the best, most technologically advanced treatment for PPP removal. However, that sentiment is double-edged. Because it’s so advanced, the result of this procedure depends on the surgeon’s expertise. After all, using extremely high heat from a laser to evaporate the affected tissue doesn’t sound completely safe when described.

3. Excision Surgery

Removing the penile papules with a scalpel and anesthetic cream might be what you expect once you hear ‘PPP’ and ‘treatment’ together. After all, it’s most certainly far more ‘old-fashioned’ when up against carbon dioxide lasers. But you can’t deny its effectiveness when cutting off several papules each session for a more thorough sweep. And it helps that this is probably one of the most affordable medical treatment options for PPP. 

4. Cryotherapy

Whereas carbon dioxide laser surgery utilizes extreme heat, cryotherapy uses the cold to your advantage. Much like with high temperatures, extreme cold can destroy foreign tissues, such as papules. Liquid nitrogen is used to ‘burn off’ these tissues and freeze the affected area so they’ll disappear. However, considering extreme temperatures are at play here, there may be complications, such as loss of sensation or blisters. But it’s almost impossible to separate pain from the procedure since you’re forcibly removing tissues from a sensitive organ. Remember to look for a reliable surgeon who can do this procedure well.

Are They Effective?

Considering pearly penile papules aren’t as serious as cancer or any other sexually transmitted disease, treating this condition would be a breeze. However, since your main reproductive organ is involved, being careful doesn’t hurt. Ensure you do your research when considering medical treatment. The same applies to natural remedies. Once handled properly, the rest of the treatment and healing can go smoothly.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.