Fordyce spots can often appear on the shaft of the penis, or the underside of the foreskin, particularly in uncircumcised men.
A logical name to choose but Fordyce spots are not spots, they are ectopic (out of place) sebaceous glands, which normally secrete oil for the hair and skin. They can be an issue for women, on the labia, yet are more common in men.
Fordyce spots generally remain small, 2 to 3 mm and are not harmful, contagious, or a sexually transmitted disease. They are nevertheless an aesthetic issue, which can have a significant effect on confidence.
Places they tend to appear, such as the genitals, are personally invasive. The better news is that they are eminently treatable.
Fordyce spots are often present from birth but not easily seen, until adolescence and hormonal changes make them more visible. These small, pale red or white bumps can however be similar to the early stages of other conditions.
Herpes, caused by the herpes simplex virus, genital warts from human papillomavirus, or folliculitis can appear similar. Fordyce spots are more common and stable in appearance but an accurate diagnosis is still important.
From an experienced dermatologist, this will not normally require laboratory tests, or invasive procedures. Once the condition is confirmed, a personal treatment plan can quickly be formulated and put into action.
Treatment & Removal
Varying treatment options exist, including the use of a hyphercater, a needle carrying a low power, high frequency electric current. This can be effective and we offer the choice where patients prefer but laser treatment is a sound option.
The affected area is numbed with a local anaesthetic cream, which takes effect in about 15 minutes. Removal is then carried out using finely targeted CO2 laser treatment, in the hands of a specialist.
Research on this treatment has shown a quick return to normal, with no residual papules and no side effects. This concluded that “The CO2 laser can be considered a safe and effective treatment for patients with Fordyce spots, offering excellent cosmetic results.”
Findings which match our own experience, of a pain free procedure, with little inconvenience following treatment. The area should return to normal within a week or so, with the Fordyce spots no longer there, just a smooth appearance.
Our London Clinic
You may find a variety of “cures” online for Fordyce spots but they are innefective and a few can be dangerous. This is a condition best treated in a dermatology clinic, which specialises in laser use on delicate areas.
In a sense, Fordyce spots are as natural as freckles but notably less attractive and generally in a place on your body which requires a careful approach.
We hope you will visit our London clinic, where you will be made welcome and treated by staff experienced in male dermatology. Wherever you are, please take the time to source treatment which will give you a clear, long lasting result.