The medical term is Hirsuties coronae glandis or they are also called hirsutoid papillomas. These papules white bumps are harmless but they can be sensitive. They are found more on younger men and can start at a very young age.
PPP are generally located usually on the ridge of the glans of the male genital organs. They can appear in rows of small, white, pearly or flesh-colored, and are smooth. They can range in size from 1 mm to 3 mm. The size and shape can vary also. The papules are more common in uncircumcised men than they are found on circumcised men. They can appear on any male and ethnic background. Also, with aging and circumcision they seem to regress. These white papules are very common and have been estimated to be in a quarter of adult men. One thing to realize is that you are not alone. There are others with this condition and it is not hopeless.
A young boy even at the age of 11 can have pearl penile papules forming on their male organ. This can be very frightening to a young guy at this age. I have 2 sons of my own, and I would definitely inform them there could be a possibility that they might get them. At least this way they would not hide them thinking they have cancer or some other disease.
Teenagers are also very vulnerable, and when they get these they think they have contacted some form of sexually transmitted disease, or if they have not had sex then they know something is wrong with them and they usually hide this condition for years even from parents, doctors, and friends. It is very important that you discuss this condition with your teenager and discuss it whether they are male or female. It will help the male understand what might be going on in their body.
There are many different treatments for pearly penile papules. Some have tried oils such as tree tea oil, castor oil, and eucalyptus oil. Some men have tried vitamin A and vitamin E too. Some have used mud mask and even an oatmeal mask. Talcum powder and Epsom salt has also been tried. Men have tried to remove them in the privacy of their own home and this has led to no positive results only a very painful recovery. I have not heard of any of these remedies curing pearly penile papules.