Frequently Asked Questions

What are Fordyce spots?

When do they develop and who gets them?

How do I distinguish between Fordyce spots and Pearly Penile Papules?

Why doesn’t your treatment contain Tretinoin or Isotretinoin (Accutane®)?

Can I use your treatment on my lips?

How safe is the product?

When the spots have cleared will I need to continue using the treatment?

How does the treatment penetrate the skin?

Do you deliver internationally?

How much does delivery cost?

How long will delivery take?

Is my order discreetly packaged?

What types of payment do you accept?

How secure is my payment?

What are Fordyce spots?

Fordyce spots, is a condition that presents itself on the skin. They are small, elevated yellowish-white bumps and can show up as a single sebaceous prominence or else can be clustered in groups of many. It is a benign dermatological condition that does not present any medical harm to the patient. However, despite it not being dangerous, many people who have the condition are often left feeling embarrassed and worried about the condition.

When do they develop and who gets them?

Fordyce spots are a common dermatological condition. They are essentially just a sebaceous prominence. This means that there is simply an overgrowth of the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are small glands that produce oil and are present on virtually all areas of the skin, excluding the palms and soles.

How do I distinguish between Fordyce spots and Pearly Penile Papules?

Dermatological conditions that occur on the genitals are often difficult to distinguish from one another. Two such conditions are Fordyce spots and Pearly Penile Papules. Both are dermatological conditions affecting the genitals. Fordyce spots are a sebaceous prominence, meaning that they are both found near and are an extension of this type of sweat gland. Pearly Penile Papules, not associated with sebaceous glands, are simply skin outgrowths. Both conditions are benign and do not present health concerns. They are also considered to possibly be genetic but as of now the exact cause of the conditions is unknown.

Although reports of color vary, it is typically reported that Fordyce spots tend to be yellowish-white in color, while pearly penile papules have a whiter appearance. It should be noted that both can also be classified as flesh colored. Both conditions are found on the male genitals. Fordyce spots are only located on the shaft and scrotum of the penis and do not appear on the head. Pearly Penile Papules are found on the rim or head of the penis and sometimes around the sides of the frenulum. In addition to location of the bumps, the two conditions also differ in the amount that they protrude. A Fordyce spot, also referred to as a sebaceous prominence, is located completely under the surface of the skin while pearly penile papules tend to appear more like a skin tag.

Both Fordyce spots and Pearly Penile Papules can be found on the male genitals and both exhibit themselves as raised bumps. Although differing slightly in both color and prominence, the two conditions can appear quite similar. Particularly when reading descriptions of the two conditions, a patient will most likely have a difficult time discerning between the two. However, as neither a sebaceous prominence nor a Pearly Penile Papule present a major medical problem, and neither are transmittable, distinguishing between the two is most likely not a major concern.

More commonly reported, Fordyce spots are estimated to appear in ninety percent of the male population. However, reports of Pearly Penile Papules range anywhere from eight to forty-eight percent depending on the population. One reason for the large range is that circumcision may lower the incidence of Pearly Penile Papules. However, as a sebaceous prominence is never located on the head of the penis, circumcision does affect this condition. Although there are a few inherent differences between Fordyce spots and Pearly Penile Papules, both conditions present a cosmetic issue that can be psychologically difficult to deal with and can cause significant embarrassment for the patient. Our formula primarily deals with the elimination of Fordyce spots, however it can also help reduce the size of Penile Papules with the removal of excess oils.

Why doesn’t your treatment contain Tretinoin or Isotretinoin (Accutane®)?

We made an active decision not to use either Tretinoin or Isotretinoin (Accutane®) as after research neither was an effective or attractive treatment for Fordyce Condition.

Tretinoin is used in some high-dose acne treatments and is an acid form of vitamin A, it has some unfortunate side effects such as creating red sores on the skin.

Isotretinoin or ‘Accutane’ is a medication and is often used in chemotherapy. It is also used for very severe acne, however when treatment stops, symptoms return. There have been few reported successes with ‘Accutane’ for Fordyce Spot treatment, and we felt it unwise to use such a strong treatment which causes a number of side effects:

Dryness of skin, lips and mucous membranes, skin fragility, skin peeling, rash, flushing, nose bleeds, dry eyes, eye irritation, conjunctivitis, reduced tolerance to contact lenses, hyperlipidaemia, raised liver enzymes, permanent thin skin, headaches, permanent hair thinning (This could start or continue after treatment), cataracts and erectile dysfunction.

As an alternative we have opted to use Vitamin E Acetate, a vitamin E supplement to reduce the toxicity of this high-dose retinoid without reducing its active properties.

Can I use your treatment on my lips?

Yes. Our treatment was specifically designed to combat Fordyce spots located anywhere on the body. We would suggest using a regular lip balm such as Carmex or Blistex in conjunction with our treatment to maintain hydration.

How safe is the product?

Our treatment developed by CUSKIN is dermatologically and clinically tested. In all trials it has proven safe for use on sensitive skin.

CUSKIN, the manufacturer are regulated by the Korea Industrial Technology Association (KOITA) and Korean International Trade Association (KITA).

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When the spots have cleared will I need to continue using the treatment?

Once you are happy with the results and stop using the treatment, a once or twice weekly application may be needed to maintain clear skin.

How does the treatment penetrate the skin?

Our treatment penetrates active ingredients deep into the skin quickly and safely using nano-liposome technology, directly acting upon the sebaceous gland.

Fordyce-Spots-Liposome-StructureA nano-liposome is a minute sphere consisting of dozens of nanometers*. A 360° protective wall is built using lecithin, one of the components of skin, and an empty space is made in the centre for the functional ingredients to be released. When it touches the skin the liposome is deposited in the dermis layer, its active ingredients are then released and penetrate the skin and sebaceous glands.

* 1 Nanometer = 1/1000000000meter, this is equivalent to 1/100000 of the thickness of a human hair.

Fordyce-Spots-Liposome-FluorescentIn this experiment fluorescent light appears only on the area in which interferon-gamma exists. The bright fluorescent light appears on the epidermis area only when general cosmetics are applied, but fluorescent light appears on all areas of the skin from epidermis layer to dermis layer. This demonstrates how excellent the skin penetration of the nano-liposome is, as well as its exceptional ability to penetrate the dermis layer with the active ingredients found in our treatment, Tocopherol, Vitamin E Acetate and Regu-Seb.

Do you deliver internationally?

Yes, please select the “International Customers” payment button on the purchase page. Shipping costs are included in the sale price.

How much does delivery cost?

Free, it is included in the sale price.

How long will delivery take?

All orders received before 3pm on a working day will usually be dispatched same day.

EU shipping takes up to 5 working days. US shipping will take around two weeks. Worldwide shipping to outer zones such as Australia, South Africa etc. will take around 10 working days, but can take longer.

Is my order discreetly packaged?

All orders are packaged and shipped discreetly without any indication of contents or our company name on the outside.

What types of payment do you accept?

Currently we accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and payments through PayPal. At this time we only accept payments online so we will not be able to accept a P.O., invoice you, or take an order over the phone.

How secure is my payment?

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