Most men are not well-informed about pearly penile papules (PPP). There are several myths about this condition. It is important to correct these common misconceptions and understand the facts about PPP. Dr. Groff wants to help men better understand the truths surrounding this skin condition so that men can make an educated decision whether or not to treat their pearly penile papules.





  • PPP are a common, “normal variant” to the male anatomy
  • PPP are usually between 1 mm to 3 mm each in size
  • PPP are flesh colored or white small domed shaped bumps that look like skin tags
  • PPP can appear in one or several rows around the rim and underside of the tip of the penis
  • PPP are a common skin condition effecting 25-30% of all men.
  • PPP are harmless, painless, and no treatment is necessary
  • PPP have no symptoms except for the appearance of the papules on the penis
  • PPP are benign growths and will not develop into cancerous growths if not treated
  • PPP is generally seen in men who are in their twenties and thirties
  • PPP are more prevalent in men who are not circumcised
  • PPP can be treated quickly, safely, and effectively with carbon dioxide CO2 laser




  • PPP is a highly contagious disease
  • PPP will spread to other areas of the penis if not treated
  • PPP are a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • PPP are caused by an infection
  • PPP are genital warts
  • PPP are related to the human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • PPP are pimple like growths on the shaft of the penis or on the scrotum
  • PPP are related to sexual activity and poor personal hygiene
  • PPP can be removed by having a circumcision
  • PPP are the result of sexual promiscuity
  • PPP can be effectively treated with home remedies, topical creams, or wart treatments