Fordyce Spots – Symptoms & Treatment
A common skin condition called Fordyce spots can appear in both genders, usually on the shaft of the penis, scrotum, vulva, on the vermilion border of the lips or on the eyelids. Also known as Fordyce’s spots, Sebaceous Prominence or Fordyce granules, these bumps can affect up to 95% of the population and can grow to be of about 5 mm. They are small, painless, slightly elevated papules or spots that can be pale red, yellowish, white or skin-coloured, a type of ectopic sebaceous gland.
Another way to describe Fordyce spots on the genitalia in both genders would be blood vessels that have been abnormally dilated and that are covered by thickened skin.Because of their appearance, Fordyce spots can cause distress to most people and seriously affect their social and love life. Even though this is a harmless and painless skin disorder, presenting no symptoms and being far from contagious, infectious or cancerous, Fordyce spots can be removed for cosmetic reasons because they have nothing to do with sexually transmitted diseases either.
Should I be worried about my Fordyce Spots?
As long as there is no change in appearance, itching or bleeding, or appearance of new spots, you can leave them alone as they are mere sebaceous glands with no hair follicles. If they are on your genitals, you may mistake them as pearly penile papules or STI. They do impact the bearer psychologically due to the unappealing appearance. In such cases, it becomes important to opt for treatment.
What are effective treatments of Fordyce spots?
When opting for a treatment, it becomes important to be aware of the expected results. Some treatments do treat the spots but they leave a scar on the treated area. You can choose to have treatment from many of these options;
Topical ointment:Although it sounds attractive but till to date there is no concrete solution with topical ointments or creams.
Laser treatment:CO2 laser treatment for Fordyce spots has been considered as most successful treatment so far. The precise beam of the laser makes sure that it targets only the spots irrespective of the size and vaporises it to a skin surface level. It is very important for the laser operator to vaporise it precisely to the surface and not deep enough to create craters. At Renew Skin and Health Clinic, our clinical lead makes sure that he himself takes the charge of the process, it being a critical treatment. This procedure is painless as it is performed under the effect of local anaesthesia.
Micro-punch surgery:In this process, a pen-style scalpel is used to puncture the glands. You may call it as an invasive process. With the involvement of scalpel there is significant risk of scarring. There are however almost zero chances of recurrence.
Renew Skin and Health Clinic offers number of methods for Fordyce spots treatment but geared differently for different types of Fordyce spots on the body. Book in your specialist consultation here or call at 01926 422 454 to know more about the treatment or speak to our doctor.