Each year thousands of PPP sufferers desperately try to eliminate their papules at home using remedies that come highly recommended online. What most of them don’t realize is that thousands of people who try these remedies end up experiencing excruciating pain and permanent injuries from them.
Before you decide to trust your papules to any PPP treatment, take a look at our in-depth review of all popular pearly penile papule remedies to know the true risks of each one. Also if you haven’t already done so, be sure to read the 10 facts every PPP sufferer should know.
This method has gained a lot of popularity recently because it is part of a treatment protocol promoted by some of the top selling PPP ebooks. Basically, this method suggests using a skin drying agent such as toothpaste, mud mask, oatmeal or calamine lotion.
You are first told to apply the drying agent to your papules and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Once the penile surface has dried up, you are instructed to scrub your dried papules with an exfoliating face wash. Finally, you are told to apply a soothing agent, such as aloe vera gel, to subside the inevitable inflammation that you’ll experience from the drying/scrubbing process.
This treatment method was developed based on the assumption that pearly penile papules are the result of excess sebum (oil) trapped under your penile skin. The promoters of this treatment method reason that stripping away the natural oils from your penile skin should technically lead to a natural regression of your papules.
This makes absolutely no sense.
One glaring anatomical fact that this method ignores is that there are no sebaceous glands on your penile head. Your glans (penile head) makes no sebum, let alone excess amounts of it that could possibly get trapped under the surface, making this entire treatment protocol illogical.
Not only is this treatment method based on a flawed understanding of what pearly penile papules really are, it is also extremely dangerous.
Keep in mind that your penile surface lacks the shielding layer of dead skin cells typically found on top of normal skin. To make up for this vulnerability, the body has devoted a rich moisture barrier to your penile surface to protect it from abrasions.
What makes the toothpaste method exceptionally harmful is that it first leaves your penile surface vulnerable to friction, then it asks you to do the very thing that your glans can’t defend against – it asks you to apply friction to your papules by scrubbing them!
This kind of irresponsible advice almost ensures that your penile tissue will experience damage when you try it.
Because this method tricks you into thinking that it’s working even though it’s actually damaging your penile tissue.
What happens during the course of this treatment is that the top layer of your papules begins to wear thin. To the average person this may look like the papules are getting slightly flatter and may even seem like proof that the treatment is working. But what’s really happening is that your penile tissue is being set up for serious injury.
What actually happens is that in the beginning few days of the treatment you simply wear away the surface of your papules. Bear in mind that at this point the fibrotic clumps deep under your papules stay unaffected, so the papule itself remains unchanged. However, the penile surface is now completely defenseless. As you continue with the treatment and go through the process of repeated drying and scrubbing, the penile mucosa gets worn away to the point of being ulcerated.
What follows the initial improvement in the appearance of your papules is a wave of fierce inflammation that is so damaging that it often requires medical treatment. It’s no wonder that each year thousands of PPP sufferers using this method end up abandoning their treatment efforts because of penile tissue injury.
This is another method that has been popularized by PPP ebooks claiming that it is a “fail-safe” way to cure pearly penile papules. The authors of these books recommend that you try common wart treatments to “dissolve away” your papules, just the way these treatments normally disintegrate warts.
Some of the common wart treatments recommended by this method include:
These treatments work on the principle of tissue destruction as a way of quickly getting rid of raised skin lesions such as warts. In other words, these products are literally designed to damage the wart tissue in a controlled way so that when the body tries to heal itself, it simply discards the dead tissue.
There’s no doubt that this method works extremely well for treating warts. However, before you even consider trying wart treatment on your papules, be warned that they can leave your penis severely scarred.
The tissue composition of pearly penile papules is completely different from that of genital warts.
Warts form when the outer layer of your skin becomes fibrous and penile papules form when the inner layer of the penile skin develops fibrotic clumps. This may seem like a small difference but when it comes to treating the problem, it completely changes the equation.
Because warts have tough outer layers, their treatments are purposely designed to be harsh and aggressive in order to break down the fibrous tissue on the outside. However, the outer surface of penile papules is made up of a delicate mucosa that is easily injured - the exact opposite of genital warts. Applying wart treatment to your papules can quickly damage the penile tissue, often resulting in disfiguring scars that look far worse than the papules themselves.
This method uses hair waxing strips or blackhead removal strips in an attempt to peel away the papules from your penile skin.
Many people wrongly think that pearly penile papules are the result of blocked pores and suggest that using tape or anything sticky to literally strip away the “blockages” should open the pores, allowing the debris inside to clear.
There is absolutely no factual basis for this reasoning and like most other methods, this treatment can leave your penile tissue severely damaged.
First, it is crucial to understand that pearly penile papules are not the result of blocked pores. In fact, the penile surface has no pores that can get blocked. Second, it is equally important to note that the surface of the glans is not like normal skin. It is made up of an exposed epithelium similar to the inside of your eyelids and applying anything too hot or sticky to this bare surface can physically strip away this delicate outer lining, resulting in extreme pain and injury.
This method calls for applying duct tape to your papules and keeping the tape on for about a week. You are then instructed to remove the tape, soak the affected area in water and scrub the papules with a nail filer or pumice stone.
This method became popular after research showed it works extremely well for treating warts. It is believed to work by triggering a local immune response in the skin patch that is taped. When the body recognizes the prolonged presence of a foreign substance on the skin surface, it reacts by trying to eliminate that substance by shedding the skin faster. Some also believe it may be the chemicals in duct tape glue that trigger this response.
Unfortunately, the tape method does not work on pearly penile papules.
The reason this method doesn’t work for PPP is because the fibers that make up warts are found on the outer layer of the skin and the fibers that make up pearly penile papules are found deep under the surface. Even if you managed to tape your papules for a long time, the immune response will not lead to a removal of the fibrotic clumps deep inside. In fact, there’s a good chance you will severely irritate the penile surface within hours of attempting this method.
The goal of the tape method is to trigger an immune response in the affected skin. While this is an effective strategy for eliminating warts, this is the last thing you want when treating your papules. Remember, unlike warts, pearly penile papules have a rich supply of blood vessels inside them. This means even minor immune responses can give rise to extreme bouts of inflammation which can spread beyond the individual papules and affect your entire glans (penile head).
This method is based on a popular way of treating skin tags and moles. It involves tying your individual papules tightly with a piece of thread or dental floss to choke off blood flow to them.
Skin banding works on the principle that cutting off blood flow to any soft tissue causes it to necrotize and die. Now to be fair, this is an effective way of treating skin tags. When you tie off the base of a skin tag with thread or dental floss, it does slowly wither away from the lack of blood and oxygen. Since skin tags look similar to papules, many assume that the same method should also work on them. It doesn’t and here’s why…
Remember, while pearly penile papules may look similar to skin tags, anatomically they are quite different from each other. The biggest difference between skin tags and pearly penile papules is that papules have nerves inside them. This is why tying them is such a dangerous idea.
Cutting off blood flow to your papules can quickly lead to nerve cell death. Since these nerves are responsible for penile sensations and play a crucial role during sexual arousal, damage to these nerves from skin banding can lead to a permanent loss of penile sensitivity.
Since pearly penile papules do bear some visual resemblance to acne, many PPP sufferers try to get rid of their papules by using some type of acne treatment (for ex. spot treatments or medicated washes). This is especially common with younger PPP sufferers that have already seen how well acne treatments work and come to rely on them on a regular basis. However as effective as acne products are at keeping the pimples away, you should never ever apply them to your sensitive penile skin.
Though pearly penile papules and acne may look similar on the outside, they are very different on the inside. Simply put, pimples have an oily core and pearly penile papules have a fibrotic core.
Acne happens when the hair follicles on your skin become clogged with dirt and oil. Since this trapped oil has nowhere to go, it begins to pile up under the skin creating a little bump we call a zit or a pimple.
On the other hand, pearly penile papules form when your testosterone levels trigger your genes to form fibrotic clumps under the penile skin.
Notice how this has nothing to do with trapped oils or blocked pores. In fact, the penile surface doesn’t even have hair follicles that could get blocked, making acne treatments pointless.
There are two main types of acne treatments - ones with salicylic acid and ones with benzoyl peroxide. While both are excellent for acne control, they are exceptionally dangerous for your penile skin. Let’s see why...
Acne treatments attempt to treat the problem in 3 main ways...
None of these things are either effective or desired when it comes to eliminating pearly penile papules:
Most importantly, even if these risks were acceptable, you cannot ignore one undeniable fact: Acne treatments don’t eliminate papules. They simply don’t work.
The fibrotic clumps responsible for pearly penile papules reside so deep under the surface that acne treatments just can’t get to them, let alone get rid of them.
When most PPP sufferers first encounter their papules, their initial instinct is to try and gently scratch off the papules like you would a scab. When this method fails to remove them, many turn to actively picking at their papules or squeezing them like one might a blackhead or a pimple.
Though this may seem like a harmless thing to do, there are many reasons why you should never try to manually scrape your papules.
One of the most deceptive features of pearly penile papules is that they are small and painless. Many PPP sufferers think that if they could simply squeeze them hard enough or scratch them deep enough they might be able to either empty their inner fluids or at least separate the papules clear off the underlying skin (like a scab).
Picking, tweezing or scratching them is the equivalent of doing the same thing to your sensitive glans tissue. In fact, the effects of scratching your papules are far worse than you could imagine…
Each one of your papules has blood vessels and nerves inside them. When you agitate your papules by picking at them, you instantly trigger an inflammatory response within the penile tissue. This inflammatory response tends to be especially aggressive because of the rich network of blood vessels inside. Also, because there are also many nerve endings on the glans (penile head), this inflammation can be exceptionally painful as well.
Even worse, the penile tissue is known to be extremely sensitive to inflammation-driven damage because it lacks any of the tough defensive features found on normal skin. This means even brief bouts of inflammation can lead to lasting penile tissue injury and scarring.
Bottom line, even if you get the urge to pick at your papules… don’t do it. It won’t work and will only make things worse.
Not all PPP sufferers impulsively jump onto aggressive treatment options to eliminate their papules. In fact, most realize how delicate their penile tissue really is and start out with some of the gentler solutions that are recommended online. These gentler solutions usually include natural oils and over-the-counter moisturizers that don’t seem to have many of the harsh side effects as some of the other treatment methods mentioned here.
However as you are about to see, just because a product is available over-the-counter or even natural, doesn’t mean it’s effective or even safe for your penile tissue…
Indeed there are some oils that have a proven track record of safety when it comes to penile tissue applications. For example coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil have excellent moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. They are often recommended online for treating PPP because they tend to leave your papules feeling softer.
However, that’s the extent of their benefits.
Unfortunately, despite their moisturizing effects, these oils don’t improve the appearance of your papules because they don’t interact with the fibrotic core in the deeper layers (the main reason why your papules poke out).
In other words, these natural oils aren’t the magic cure they are often claimed to be. Yes, your papules will feel softer but they will still look the same.
Keep in mind, the FDA’s OTC (over-the-counter) designation means that the product is safe only when used as directed and only meant to be used for its specific purpose.
For example, over-the-counter eye drops have been safely used for decades, yet ingesting even a small amount can cause dangerous drops in body temperature, breathing problems, huge fluctuations in blood pressure and can even put a person in a coma. In other words, a fairly safe over-the-counter product can prove toxic when not used as it’s meant to be.
The same dangers apply to OTC products that are not meant for penile tissue application (which is almost all of them)…
For example, most moisturizers, lotions and medicated gels have an alkaline pH to keep harmful bacteria and fungus from growing on them. However, our penile tissue constantly maintains a slightly acidic pH on its surface to keep harmful microbes away. The alkaline pH from these moisturizers, lotions and gels can have a severe disruptive effect on this protective acid mantle layer of the glans, increasing your chances of developing a penile infection.
Similarly, some websites recommend using over-the-counter steroid creams as part of their PPP treatment regimens to keep the inflammation down. However, what they don’t mention is that because your glans lacks the layer of dead skin cells on its surface (like normal skin), these steroids get readily absorbed into your blood stream through the exposed mucosa. This can suppress your adrenal function and even affect your overall hormonal balance.
Also, note how over-the-counter creams, gels and salves always say they are only meant for external use. Most PPP sufferers usually assume that because their papules are found on the outside of the body, they can safely apply these topical products on the penile surface. Remember, even though your glans (penile head) is found on the outside of your body, its composition is similar to the tissue found on the inside of your body.
As a rule of thumb, never apply anything to your papules that you can’t safely apply to the inside of your eyelids. This means most OTC creams, gels and salves should never be used on your papules because they are not made with your unique penile physiology in mind.
Once most PPP sufferers realize that common oils and moisturizers don’t do much to get rid of their papules, they usually turn to a stronger class of oils called essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated volatile extracts of plants. They are traditionally used in cosmetics, perfumes and sometimes even used to treat certain skin conditions (for example fungal infections). Since common oils such as olive oil and coconut oil are too gentle to get the job done, many assume that the more potent essential oils should do the trick and treat their papules.
Some sites advocate applying small amounts of these oils to your papules, allowing their astringent and caustic activity to disintegrate the papules over time. At first it almost makes sense. After all, these oils are extracted from natural sources and they have stronger chemical activity than the gentler oils, so it is possible that they might strike a good balance between safety and effectiveness.
The truth is, applying essential oils to your papules can be dangerous for both your penile tissue and your overall health. Here’s why…
There are 4 main essential oils that are most commonly recommended for treating pearly penile papules:
These particular oils are usually recommended for a few reasons:
However, the one critical fact most PPP sufferers miss is that while these oils are certainly much more potent compared to coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil, they are way too harsh to be applied to the penile surface.
Essential oils are known to be mucosal tissue irritants and can cause severe chemical burns to your glans.
Some counter this argument by suggesting that you shoud dilute these oils with the gentler carrier oils (such as coconut oil) to allow them to exert their therapeutic effect without damaging the penile tissue. There are two problems with this approach:
Even if you were willing to accept these risks, you still can’t ignore one disturbing fact – toxins in these essential oils are easily absorbed through the exposed penile skin where they can begin to exert harmful effects on your body:
Also keep in mind that many of these dangerous side effects have been reported from application of essential oils to normal skin which has an additional layer of dead skin cells to protect itself. The penile surface has no such defensive barrier. Applying these oils to the exposed penile surface makes essential oils especially dangerous because the harmful compounds in them can easily pass into your bloodstream and affect other organs.
This is another method that has been popularized by the same ebooks that also recommend the toothpaste method. It calls for soaking your papules in a 2% iodine tincture solution. Once the tincture evaporates, your papules are left dried and crusty. You are then asked to either physically scrub your dried papules with a nail filer or wash them with a facial scrub. Finally, you are told to apply a moisturizing agent such as aloe vera gel or coconut oil to soothe the irritation from the drying/scrubbing process.
This method was born out of the same flawed reasoning as the toothpaste method. Promoters of this method wrongly suggest that papules form from excess oils being trapped under the penile surface. They propose that drying your papules with iodine tincture gets rid of these excess oils and makes them easier to remove through physical scraping.
Here’s why this method is not only ineffective but also dangerous…
Indeed, heat has many therapeutic uses, such as easing muscular pain and healing tissue injuries. Heat is even used to treat skin conditions like treating boils and acne. It’s no wonder that if you visit any online forum discussing PPP treatments, you are bound to find advice that suggests applying heat to your papules by either soaking them in warm water or using warm compresses.
The main reason why people suggest this method is because it seems safe and also appears to work well on acne and boils. Since pearly penile papules look similar to acne or small boils, many assume that the same treatment method should work on them as well.
It doesn’t work and here’s why…
Both boils and acne have dirt, oils and pus inside them. The application of heat often helps neutralize the bacteria under the skin and helps clear out the toxins by improving blood flow to the affected area.
Pearly penile papules on the other hand have no pus, bacteria or toxins inside them so heating them has no beneficial effect. What they do have inside them are small fibrotic clumps that don’t react to warm compresses at all.
Keep in mind that these fibrotic clumps are so tough that it would take temperatures of close to 200 °F (about 100° Celsius) to break them down. At that high of a temperature you will have burned through the penile surface long before you see any breakdown in the fibrotic clumps under your papules.
In other words, using heat is simply not a practical way to get rid of pearly penile papules.
Remember, penile skin is very similar to the tissue inside our mouth. Its outer surface is composed of an exposed epithelium that lacks the layer of dead skin cells found on normal skin. This means it can be easily injured, especially by heat.
Think about it… How many times have you grabbed a cup of coffee that felt ok to the touch but ended up being too hot for your tongue? It is just as easy to burn your glans (penile head) using heat that seems safe to the touch.
This method calls for using small needles to poke holes into the individual papules in an effort to treat them. In some cases, the PPP sufferer is even told to use hot needles to increase the effectiveness of the method.
People that suggest this method believe that puncturing a papule is similar to having a boil lanced. They assume that draining a papule should allow it to collapse and disappear. This reasoning has no scientific basis. In fact, needling your papules is by far one of the most harmful and painful things you could do to your penile tissue.
Let’s take a look at why this method doesn’t work…
There are 3 main reasons why some mistakenly think poking sharp needles into pearly penile papules helps get rid of them:
When it comes to the severity of risk, needling is probably the most dangerous method mentioned so far. Keep in mind, because our glans (penile head) lacks the protective layer of dead skin cells on top (like normal skin), our body maintains a higher level of immune system surveillance on its surface. This means all it takes is the smallest perceived threat for the penile tissue to launch an aggressive immune response. That often means acute inflammation.
The act of introducing a foreign object into the papule not only instantly triggers an immune attack, it carries with it the serious risk of developing an infection, causing extensive tissue damage and even a permanent scarring of your penis.
Nothing shows the true desperation most PPP sufferers feel about their condition than the extreme lengths to which many are willing to go to get rid of their papules.
Each year there are numerous reports of people ending up in emergency rooms from using strong household chemicals in desperate attempts to treat their pearly penile papules. These chemicals often include things like:
…and other substances normally found under the kitchen sink.
Before you even consider trying any of these substances (even once), please take a look at how devastating the effects of applying them to your penis can be…
To be honest, this method is based more on sheer intuition than any compelling logic. People that attempt to treat their papules with household chemicals don’t do it because it works, they do it because they are truly desperate. It says a lot about the devastation that PPP causes in the sufferer’s life when he is willing to try absolutely anything to get rid of his papules no matter what the risk.
Part of the reason why people even try such a dangerous approach is because there are so many remedies purported online as PPP cures. Usually when a sufferer goes through the exhaustive process of trying one remedy after another without seeing any results, they are often left in a state of absolute hopelessness.
With every treatment attempt come new hopes of a better life and with each failure those hopes are shattered, leaving the sufferer that much more disappointed.
Finally in a state of utter despair, many take matters into their own hands and start believing that the only way to treat their problem is to do something drastic. As a result they often turn to the strongest substances they can find in their vicinity, which usually turns out to be household chemicals. Many assume that these chemicals should theoretically be strong enough to overcome the persistent nature of penile papules and break them down. The hope here is that when the penile tissue finally heals, the papules just won’t be there.
The fact is, applying any of these chemicals to your penile tissue can lead to damage that lasts you a lifetime. It’s true – pearly penile papules are quite resilient and don’t respond to most remedies, but it is absolutely wrong to assume that the solution is to try harsher chemicals.
What most PPP sufferers that try this method don’t realize is that household chemicals are designed for one purpose - to physically breakdown and remove organic matter (stains, dirt, bacteria) from inorganic matter (dishes, kitchen counter, floor). Their function is to literally destroy organic substances by using harsh chemicals. Human tissue is organic matter and an extremely fragile one at that.
The very function of household chemicals requires that it damage things like human tissue. If that’s not reason enough to never expose your sensitive penile tissue to them, here are 3 reasons why household chemicals are the last thing you should ever apply to your papules:
Bottom line, whatever you do, never try to eliminate your papules with progressively stronger substances. Curing pearly penile papules requires a fine balance between being gentle on the penile surface and tough on the fibrotic clumps deep inside.
These methods treat PPP through controlled destruction of your papules. They work by physically vaporizing individual papules using an energy source such as lasers or electricity.
The procedure to remove the papules is usually performed by a doctor who first determines how much energy to deliver into the papules and how deep to deliver this energy into the tissue.
Then the doctor applies an anesthetic cream on the glans and once the area is sufficiently numb he/she makes a pass over each papule, delivering a laser or electric pulse into it. With each pulse the doctor makes sure that the targeted papule is being burnt away. The procedure usually takes about half an hour and is mostly painless.
The patient is then given a soothing ointment to apply to the treated area since it tends to crust and scab over the course of a few weeks. A repeat visit is usually suggested after a month so that the tissue has had time to heal and the doctor can evaluate if further procedures are necessary.
Though these treatments are the result of sound science, they take a brute force approach to treating pearly penile papules. Yes, the fibrotic clumps found under your papules are quite tough but that doesn’t mean the right way to get rid of them is to bombard them with powerful lasers or electricity.
Remember, pearly penile papules are the result of a natural biochemical process that leads to fibrotic clumps forming under the penile skin. The absolute best way to get rid of your papules is to reverse this biochemical process naturally. That is the only reliable way to get a perfectly smooth glans because it solves the problem at a biochemical level. As you’re about to see, lasers and electrodessication don’t always clear out all the fibrotic clumps under your papules and when they do, they can end up causing more damage than necessary.
While laser treatments and electrodessication have certainly brought much needed scientific attention to a long ignored problem, far too often they are painted as perfect cures, which they are certainly not.
Let’s take a look at some of the serious issues with these treatments that are rarely discussed…
Laser and electrodessication treatment have quickly become the gold standard for pearly penile papule removal. Doctor’s have even given demonstrations on national television emphasizing the effectiveness of these treatments. However, like any new therapy, the true risk and cost of the treatment is often revealed after the masses have tried it and shared their side of the story.
As we are now finding out, these treatments have many major issues that most patients are never made aware of:
The biggest problem with laser and electrodessication treatments is that they force you to solve a complex problem within a 30 minute window of a doctor’s visit. When it comes to pearly penile papules, the best treatments are those that put you, the patient, in control. Since visual esthetics are so crucial to end results, no one will pay the keen attention your individual papules need during the treatment process as you will.
With topical gels, if a papule has regressed completely, you can stop treating it and if a papule is persistent, you can continue your therapy. This simply isn’t possible with laser treatments and electrodessication which would require you to keep going back for additional expensive sessions.
Far too often, the dangers and costs of traditional treatments often force most PPP sufferers to simply accept their condition and not treat it. However, as dangerous as trying the wrong treatment can be, not treating your papules can be just as devastating to your psychological, social and sexual life.
Surveys have revealed that the general public holds very inaccurate and negative views about pearly penile papules. These studies have even shown that simply accepting your papules as a natural part of your body or educating your partner (as many suggest) doesn’t really shield you from being judged or being treated unfairly.
The truth is, simply having pearly penile papules puts you at an enormous disadvantage and getting rid of them can make a huge difference in your life.
Remarkably, we’re currently in the midst of an exciting phase in PPP research. Our understanding of what causes pearly penile papules has grown by leaps and bounds and so has our knowledge of how to get rid of them safely and effectively. These new discoveries have lead to the development of a new class of advanced topical products that allow you to stimulate a natural regression of your papules at home without risking any side effects or spending a lot of money.
At the forefront of these advanced therapies is a new product called 3P Gel. It is the first product of its kind that uses a unique dual action therapy to naturally disperse the fibrotic clumps under your papules, leaving your penile surface perfectly smooth. Best of all, it has none of the side effects of the treatment methods discussed above.