Fordyce spots are small bumps that can be pale red, white-yellow, or skin-colored, and appear in places on your body. Although they look like something harmless or like an STD, they are not and can be easily treated once you recognize what they are. There is a good chance that they will not go away, which is why it is good that you can take steps to deal with them if they are bothering you.
Fordyce Spots: What are they?
Fordyce spots are harmless, whitish-yellow bumps that can appear on the inside of the cheeks or at the edges of the lips. They also tend to appear on the genitals or scrotum for men and the lips for women. Fordyce spots affect both men and women.
In fact, Fordyce spots are enlarged sebaceous glands. They are therefore completely painless, harmless and normal on the body. According to statistics, they appear in about 70-80% of adults.
These oily or sebaceous glands are associated with hair follicles, but Fordyce spots appear on areas of your skin where there is no hair. In addition, they can develop as scattered or isolated bumps, or promote more clustered development.
Causes of fordyce grains
There are some theories around the real cause of Fordyce spots, however, what is certain is that they are present at birth. However, they are usually not noticeable until puberty, when hormonal changes take place and make them larger.
On the other hand, some suggest that the development of these grains is somewhat related to the development of the hormonal changes themselves. This means that they are not present in the body until the hormones of puberty kick in, causing them to grow.
Complications and problems caused
Although Fordyce is not harmful and does not present any risk in itself, people with a severe manifestation of these spots on the edges of the lips tend to develop a high risk of depression and anxiety. This is usually due to the unpleasant appearance of these grains.
Because the lips are prominent and one of the most visible parts of the body, the appearance of Fordyce in this area can affect people emotionally. On the other hand, people with Fordyce symptoms on their genitals may be embarrassed during sex and even worry about what their partner may be thinking.
It can also be due to the experience of certain spots bleeding as a result of an injury during sex.
How to treat fordyce grains?
Although most doctors advise against treating fordyce seeds, since they are not harmful to the body, there are a few treatments you can take to get rid of them.
- Electrodesiccation: This treatment, also known as carbon dioxide (CO2) laser treatment, is used to make stains less visible to some extent.
- Pulsed dye laser: This is another effective form of laser treatment. Pulsed dye lasers tend to leave the least amount of scarring.
- Micro-punch technique: This is the use of micro-punch surgery to quickly get rid of Fordyce spots in affected areas.