For every problem, there is a solution. At least that is what I have learned through my 33 years of life. But this certainly wasn’t a problem in itself, it was a confidence killer. Naturally, not a lot of men like to talk about it and I was one of them.
I remember my girlfriend at the time, about to give me the pleasure of a bj early in the morning when I was asleep then she suddenly woke me up to ask what those tiny bumps on my shaft were. I was embarrassed to tell her but I really didn’t have to be. She just seemed so worried and I regretted not telling her about it earlier. Did I have to? Probably not but this experience taught me that it is possible that a certain number of women have no clue about these bumps. Similarly, a fair number of men have no clue what they are.
Imagine how embarrassing it was to start explaining that it wasn’t an STD after being woken up from a good night sleep. I know there are so many other men who don’t care, especially if it’s something so harmless without any risky health effects but for those who do like myself,
Without further ado
Ever heard of pearly penile papules also known as PPP?
The name might not sound familiar but if you have/had them, you might have noticed the bumps shown in the picture below on your shaft.
Pearly penile papules are small dome-shaped to filiform skin-colored papules that typically are located on the sulcus or corona of the glans penis. In simple terms, they are found on the head of the penis. Commonly, pearly penile papules are arranged circumferentially in one or several rows and often are wrongly assumed to be a sexually transmitted disease. ( STD). They are NOT.
let’s look at what these bumps are:
- Typically these bumps are closely spaced around the outskirt of the penile head
- They either form on the outer edge of the penile head (the corona) or right under it (the sulcus)
- Pearly penile papules can be flesh-colored or white
- Their size can vary from 1mm to 3mm (about the size of a pen tip) and they usually form in rows of 1 to 3
- They are found in almost half of all men and tend to be more common in uncircumcised males
Please Note: Pearly penile papules can also be found in circumcised men.
What causes Pearly Penile Papules?
The cause is still a mystery. Many thought the moisture underneath the skin of uncircumcised man would normally cause them but that has since been proven wrong.
Dermatologists believe it’s partially related to your genes and partially because of your hormones. Clinical evidence suggests that people who develop pearly penile papules have a genetic predisposition to forming them.
However, the genes that trigger papule formation are only activated once your testosterone levels get past a certain tipping point. This is why most people tend to develop them around puberty when a male’s testosterone production spikes for the first time in his life.
Unfortunately, once pearly penile papules form, they remain there for life… that is unless you have them treated properly. Remember the treatment is not necessary unless if it has hit hard on your confidence levels and you don’t want to have those awkward moments of your sexual partner asking you those dreaded questions.
I chose to keep my foreskin because it’s all natural and apparently the sensation from having sexual intercourse is way better. Trust me, I have gotten this info from men who chose to get circumcised at an older age. I was pretty close to doing that myself but I like researching before jumping into a life altering decision.
Why are pearly penile papules so difficult to get rid of?
Most home remedies that are touted as pearly penile papule cures use harsh methods in hopes of either scrubbing them down or drying them out or even freezing them away until they’re gone.
Not only is this brute force approach extremely dangerous, research shows it simply doesn’t work.
Most remedies don’t consider the unique physiology of your penile skin and don’t take into account what your papules are made up of on the inside.
- You can’t get rid of your papules by physically disintegrating them (you’ll be left with scars)
- Pearly penile papules are nothing like genital warts, skin tags, acne or any other condition that causes skin bumps.
- They certainly can’t be eliminated using off-the-shelf products meant for other skin conditions such as acne treatments, wart removers, iodine, cryotherapy, toothpaste method, etc. (these products are not meant to be applied to the delicate penile mucosa)
The truth is, pearly penile papules are highly sensitive structures that are easily irritated by most oils, creams, and pastes. Their sensitivity makes them especially prone to inflammation, scarring, and permanent injury.
Remember, the penile tissue is truly unique compared to normal skin. So before you decide to put anything on your penis (even if it is a natural remedy), beware that it takes very little to permanently damage your glans.
To understand why most remedies fail to get rid of pearly penile papules, you’ll have to take a closer look at what’s inside them…
So what’s really inside your pearly penile papules?
In medical terms, pearly penile papules are known as Angiofibromas. This term explains everything you need to know about pearly penile papules, including why getting rid of them is so difficult and what the best way to treat them is.
So let’s break it down…
…and this is exactly why getting rid of pearly penile papules is so difficult.
Means that pearly penile papules have blood vessels inside them.
These blood vessels are fragile and are easily damaged.
Damage to these delicate blood vessels can trigger inflammation & cause penile tissue scarring.
Means that pearly penile papules also have dense fibrous tissue inside them.
This fibrotic tissue is clumped up into a tough mass that is difficult to breakdown.
Getting to these fibrotic clumps is not easy because it requires you to go deep past the delicate penile surface.
In essence, pearly penile papules are tough fibrotic clumps surrounded by fragile blood vessels. What’s even worse is that these fibrotic clumps are also guarded by the sensitive penile surface on top.
This creates a dilemma
On one hand you want to get to the tough fibrous tissue deep inside each papule and break it down effectively
On the other hand you want to do this without damaging the delicate blood vessels below or irritating the sensitive penile surface above
Simply put, your treatment approach has to be both
Tough & Gentle
It has to be tough on the fibrotic clumps
and gentle on both the blood vessels & the penile surface
A difficult balance to achieve.
And this is why most remedies fail: That is dermatologists
The biggest flaw with most PPP home remedies is that they recommend using harsh substances in hopes of wearing down the papules from the outside-in.
However, since these substances rarely go past the papule surface, the fibrotic clumps present in the deeper layers often remain untouched and the penile bumps remain visible.
On the other hand, if these harsh substances do somehow burrow through the top surface and reach the deeper layers, they often trigger an inflammatory response that can permanently scar your glans (penile head).
Remember, glans scarring can result in a permanent loss of penile sensation – a problem that even laser treatments can’t fix.
The cure for Pearly Penile Papules – (small bumps around penis)
The 3pp gel is your best choice if you want to avoid the costly laser treatment.
You can rest assured I did more than my fair share of research and trials on this subject.
This was triggered by that uncomfortable question from my ex-girlfriend. I wanted to get rid of them so badly. I found so many different kinds of suggested treatments online.
There’s plenty of people selling you ridiculous remedies. In some instances, all you will be doing would be risking your manhood.
There’s also the toothpaste methodology which I just couldn’t get myself to try. Laser surgery is the most effective treatment but the cost is way too steep for an average Joe like me. There is no way I could have paid out 2k+ to get rid of them.
So if you truly want to be papule-free and don’t want to risk permanent penile injury, you need to choose a treatment that is designed to carefully balance the breakdown of the fibrotic clumps while also keeping the inflammation down.
It makes me happy that finally, the 3P Gel is the first PPP product that does exactly this.