Let’s first be clear…

Anyone telling you that your pearly penile papules are related to any disease is lying to you but so is anyone that claims that your papules are absolutely harmless.

While we have always known that pearly penile papules are fairly common, only recently are we beginning to discover how damaging they can be to your sex life, your social life and your overall happiness.

Here are 7 ways pearly penile papules can really harm you

Potential sexual partners may mistake them for a sexually transmitted disease

This is by far the biggest concern pearly penile papule sufferers have and research has confirmed that these fears are indeed based on reality.

According to a The Global Pearly Penile Papule Awareness Survey, 3 out of 4 people wrongly identify pearly penile papules as an STD and most confess that they would be highly reluctant to get intimate with someone that has papules.

It’s true, we live in a hyper-vigilant culture where men and women are repeatedly told to watch out for sexually transmitted diseases. At an increasingly early age, both boys and girls are made aware of how common and dangerous STDs are and that the only way to be absolutely safe is to practice abstinence (avoid sex).

Because of this, venerophobia, which is the fear of catching STDs, is at an all time high and climbing. And while this kind of extreme caution helps prevent STDs among the general public, PPP sufferers are the one unique group of people that are most hurt by it.

Just consider some of the STD’s that cause lesions (bumps) similar to pearly penile papules and it becomes clear why the average person is scared of them:

  • Genital herpesAn incurable STD that affects 1 out of every 6 people between the age of 15 and 50. It certainly doesn’t help that genital herpes lesions look very much like pearly penile papules and these lesions tend to occur in the middle of active flare-ups when the herpes sufferer is most contagious.
  • HPVAnother sexually transmitted disease that is so common that it infects 1 out of 4 human beings. It often causes warts that look similar to pearly penile papules to the untrained eye. Since HPV is the most common cause of both penile cancer and cervical cancer, it is easy to see why someone that confuses your papules for HPV may want to steer clear of them.
  • SyphilisAnother STD that can produce raised painless bumps on the penis. It is almost twice as common in men than women and can increase a person’s risk of contracting HIV by 5 times fold. Again, here is a disease that can do irreparable damage to the brain and heart and can easily be confused with pearly penile papules.

These are just 3 examples among many STDs that are often confused with pearly penile papules. One can almost understand why someone greeted by raised penile lesions may be afraid of them and may not be convinced by your verbal reassurances.

And if you think it’s just the general public that mistakes PPP for sexually transmitted diseases, think again…

Just imagine… If trained doctors and PPP sufferers can confuse pearly penile papules for a sexually transmitted disease, how can one blame the average person?

Indeed, the biggest problem with pearly penile papules isn’t that they are actually dangerous, it’s that people think they are dangerous.
And that’s usually enough to devastate a person’s life.

This is why it is far better to simply treat your papules and eliminate them as a cause of concern for both you and your potential partner than fighting the uphill battle of constantly reassuring others.


People may think you have poor personal hygiene

According to the PPP Global Awareness Survey, this is the second most common misapprehension the general public has about pearly penile papules.

When first greeted by the sight of penile papules, many people think that they are either dried up smegma (penile discharge) or some form of penile acne. This is why one of the most commonly attempted treatments for PPP is either vigorously scrubbing them or applying acne spot treatments directly on the papules. Unfortunately, not only are these treatment methods ineffective, they often leave the penile surface severely irritated or even scarred.


Your partner may simply find them unappealing and be turned off by them

Research now suggests that even partners of PPP sufferers rate penises with papules lower on an attractiveness scale than non-papular penises.

Yes, even if you convince someone that your papules are harmless, you may not be able to convince them that they are appealing. This can end up affecting the quality of intimacy others share with you.

Without a doubt, it is quite difficult to change one’s ideals of attractiveness. What’s even worse is that most people don’t openly share their true feelings about their partner’s papules in fears that it might hurt them. However, during anonymous surveys most partners of PPP sufferers agree that the absence of papules would definitely go a long way in bed.

Essentially, because people aren’t used to seeing pearly penile papules, they instinctively find them odd or unattractive and this can affect their level of sexual excitement towards you.


It can affect your sexual performance

Simply knowing that most people are turned off by pearly penile papules can often be enough to affect one’s self confidence. PPP sufferers frequently report feeling shy and anxious in intimate situations and in extreme cases this sexual anxiety can even lead to psychologically driven impotence.

For many PPP sufferers, the fear of being judged or ridiculed often feeds into their fears of not being able to perform in bed. This leads to a vicious domino effect where even the slightest insecurity or worrying thought can instantly make your fears of underperforming during sex a self fulfilling prophecy.

Unfortunately, when some PPP sufferers do brave their insecurities and raise these concerns with their doctors, they are usually told to simply reassure their partner. This advice ignores two big things. First, this is an uncomfortable conversation that most people don’t really want to have with their partners and second, research suggests that these verbal reassurances don’t even work.


PPP can make it difficult to get into relationships

The harmful effects of pearly penile papules often set in long before the sufferer gets into an intimate situation. The fear of how a potential partner might perceive your papules makes some PPP sufferers avoid social situations that may even remotely turn intimate.

This isn’t just avoiding sex because you fear being judged. This is avoiding close relationships altogether just because things may turn sexual – something that is far more harmful because it has the capacity to not just devastate your sex life but also your social life.

What’s worse is that most PPP sufferers are unaware that they do this subconsciously as a defense mechanism to prevent their feelings from being hurt. Ironically, this behavior ends up pushing the PPP sufferer into social isolation where they constantly feel deprived of love and intimacy.

Yes, the dangers of PPP can stretch way beyond the walls of your bedroom and deep into your everyday life.


Your papules can grow worse over time

The process of fibrogenesis that leads to the development of PPP doesn’t just stop when your papules first appear. In fact, pearly penile papules are known to keep growing well into old age. That’s because PPP formation is fueled in part by testosterone. As long as your body keeps making testosterone, the papule formation process can keep going as well.

  • This can mean that your existing papules could grow larger in size
  • Or you could see more papules forming where the penile skin was once smooth

In either case, the appearance of your glans could get increasingly affected to the point where the penis becomes extremely disfigured.

This is the reason why PPP sufferers that undergo laser therapy often see their papules grow back within a few months. Many laser treatment patients end up requiring ongoing laser sessions just to keep their new papule growth in check.

This is also why superficially treating the problem rarely brings permanent results. Remember, if you truly want to cure your PPP, it is it is crucial to not just safely eliminate your existing papules but also stop the formation of new ones.


Your PPP treatment itself can make your papules look worse

Imagine finally taking the courageous step of treating your papules only to see them get scarred and discolored from your treatment. This happens to thousands of PPP sufferers each year that rely on remedies that come highly recommended on the internet.

Indeed, there is no shortage of PPP treatment advice online. Much of this advice comes from PPP sufferers themselves that have desperately tried to get rid of their papules using all sorts of methods, including…

  • Over-the-counter products (creams, oils, pastes, etc.)
  • Common household goods (like bleach, ammonia, etc.)
  • Unconventional methods (for eg. needling them or waxing them off!)

Unfortunately, most of these home treatment methods are born out of pure hunches and are based on outright faulty logic.

Here’s an example…

Some people reason that pearly penile papules look like acne. After all, they’re both kind of bumps on our skin, so doesn’t it stand to reason that acne treatments should also shrivel up penile papules the way they shrink pimples?

It almost makes logical sense, right? And what’s the worst that could happen? Acne treatments are sold over-the-counter, so the potential damage they could cause should be fairly limited. Yes?

Now before you even consider trying this treatment approach, beware that you could severely damage your penile tissue using this seemingly harmless treatment method.

Here’s why…

The active ingredient in most acne treatments, Salicylic Acid, is a keratolytic. That means it is designed for the mechanical removal of the top layer of your skin. While this action is helpful if you have acne or warts, it is extremely harmful to your penis, which has an exposed mucosal surface. Since your papules lack the tough epidermal layer of dead skin cells found elsewhere on your skin, acne treatments can literally ulcerate the surface of your penis leading to a scar – something that looks far worse than papules.

Remember, your papules have a truly unique physiology and none of the over-the-counter products that are often recommended as PPP cures are designed with this unique physiology in mind. So before you decide to try any PPP treatment method (including ours), always do your homework and check if any consideration has been give to the unique penile tissue physiology.

Your glans is too sensitive a tissue to put through unpredictable tests of trial and error. Your papules are far too delicate to trust an internet stranger over, especially considering that you may have to live with the results for the rest of your life. You only get one chance at properly treating your papules so make sure it counts.

Next, let’s take a look at our in-depth review of all popular PPP treatments recommended online and see which ones are effective and which ones can lead to disastrous results.