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Fordyce Spots

What are Fordyce spots?

Fordyce spots is a medical condition that is common in both women and men and refers to the white or red bumps or spots that occur on the labia, borders of your lips, or the penis. They are named after John Addison Fordyce, an American dermatologist. Fordyce spots can happen to anyone of any age, gender, or sex but the frequency that they appear increases with age. The elderly are the ones that have the largest number of Fordyce spots. It is also not considered a skin infection because it does not cause any pain nor are there any signs of pus.

Symptoms of Fordyce Spots

The main symptom of fordyce spots is the appearance of tiny spots on the surface of your skin but they do not cause any pain but there are really no symptoms of this medical condition. These spots or bumps are pale in color and approximately one to three millimeters in diameter. All these spots are harmless and people are more concerned about them for cosmetic reasons.

Causes

The cause of developing Fordyce spots is believed to be caused by sebum. Sebum is the natural oil of your skin, and when it gets trapped in the sebaceous gland that does not have hair, it means that there is no way to discharge these natural oil secretions. Your sebaceous glands are the glands that secrete this oily matter which helps to waterproof and lubricate your skin and hair. These sebaceous glands will usually open into a hair follicle which will secrete the sebum up the hair shaft. If the sebum is not discharged, it can cause Fordyce spots.

Treatment

Most of the time when a person has Fordyce spots your dermatologist will advise against treatment, but if the condition is too problematic, the doctor most likely would recommend laser treatment. Using laser treatment for sebaceous prominence has had some success in reducing the spots that are noticeable. The reason that dermatologists advise against treatment is because they will go away on their own. Fordyce spots are self-resolving and benign.

If you do not want to have the expense of laser treatment to get rid of Fordyce spots for cosmetic reasons, you can use Tretinoin cream or gel which your dermatologist can give you a prescription. Using a combination of this cream or gel with an alpha hydroxy acid agent will be more efficient. Your dermatologist can also get rid of Fordyce spots by using cryosurgery which destructs the bumps using cold temperatures such as liquid nitrogen. The only drawback with this treatment is that it could cause nerve or tissue damage to the areas that surround the spots.

There are also some home remedies that you can try like:

  • Including more garlic in your diet
  • Using good personal hygiene to keep from aggravating the spots.
  • Make sure that you are eating a diet that is rich in vitamins A, C, D, E, and K. You can also take B complex to help them resolve quicker.

Are Fordyce Spots contagious?

Fordyce spots are not contagious because it is not an infectious disease that spreads from one individual to another. They are a natural occurrence on your adult skin.

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