Fordyce spots (sometimes known as ‘Fordyce granules’ or ‘Sebaceous Prominence’) are small yellow-white spots found on the lips and genitalia, both the penis in men and the vulva in women. Named after the distinguished American dermatologist John Addison
Fordyce, the spots are completely harmless and non-contagious. They affect both men and women, although men seem to suffer more often. However, the incidence and degree of Fordyce spots varies widely.

The lesions often appear for the first time around puberty and often persist throughout the sufferer’s lifetime. However, their incidence has been known to decrease with age.

Fordyce spots are caused by a condition called sebaceous hyperplasia. In this condition the lubricating or sebaceous glands, which keep the skin from drying out and cracking, develop a kind of overgrowth.

Fordyce spot concerns

Men are understandably very concerned when they first notice Fordyce spots on the penis. They are often worried they may have a sexually transmitted disease, or even some sort of cancer. On a personal level, they are usually worried about the penis’s appearance, and what their sexual partner might think.

For both sexes, theses spots in the genital area can lead to sufferers avoiding intimacy or sexual activity, which in turn can cause depression.

Fordyce spots on and around the mouth also cause anxiety and concern in both sexes. As with genital Fordyce spots, sufferers naturally worry that their spotted mouth area will lead others to think they have a sexually transmitted disease.

Fordyce spot treatments

The Anti-Sebum treatment has been specially developed by CUSKIN labs to treat Fordyce spots. It uses active natural ingredients to reduce sebum productivity from within the overactive sebaceous gland itself. Click here to find out more about our treatment.

Important notes

Fordyce spots are not to be confused with Hirsuties Papillaris Genitalis, or ‘pearly penile papules’, which are flesh-coloured lesions around the corona or head of the penis. These lesions typically persist throughout life; however, they can become less prominent with age. Anti-Sebum can also help to improve the cosmetic appearance of penile papules by removing of excess oils.

Examining your own body is not a substitute for a professional medical examination. If you are in any doubt about whether you are actually suffering from this condition, consult your doctor.