Pearly penile papules, also commonly known as PPPs, are reckoned to affect some 20-30% of men at some time in their lives, especially those who are younger or who have not been circumcised.
These smooth, small white spots are dome-shaped, rarely measure more than 3mm across and frequently look like a string of pearls, since they’re often seen in rows.
It’s important to stress that, while no-one really knows what causes this condition, PPPs won’t do you any harm. As well as being non-painful, they cause no irritation and are not infectious – equally they are not a STI and are not caused by poor personal hygiene.
However, purely for cosmetic reasons, and to boost both the condition of their skin and self-confidence, many men who find the spots unsightly decide to look in to the removal of pearly penile papules, and there are a number of options available.
Natural remedies are regularly discussed online, including treatment with things like iodine and toothpaste, or tea tree oil, lemon juice, castor oil, Aloe Vera and eucalyptus. However, while being very cheap, these methods can dry out the skin excessively, and there are no guarantees that a home-based treatment will be successful – nor are any of the above ideas scientifically proven.
C02 laser treatment
Medical options for PPPs include Co2 laser treatment. This works by focusing a Co2 laser beam on each papule individually to remove the protrusions. The treatment offers a number of benefits, including a complete lack of any scarring or discomfort. It’s not a complicated medical procedure, but non-invasive and non-surgical, leaving no scars so there is virtually no risk of infection. What’s more, it’s highly effective, offering complete removal, and so quick it can be done in a lunch hour. No recovery time is needed, and any mild discomfort passes after two days maximum. Generally, though, sexual activity should be avoided for up to 12 days while the skin recovers.
Co2 laser treatment is not the only way to treat this skin condition. For example, a hifrecater can also be used, and this can be just as effective, not to mention cheaper.
Discuss all the options for PPP removal at Pearly Penile Papules Centre. Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the clinic direct on 020 3095 0001