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Lip Bumps: Fordyce Spots, Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Fordyce spots are small white, yellowish, or skin-colored spots or bumps that can appear on the lips, p.enis, scrotum and vulva. 

These small spots, which appear just under the skin, are completely harmless and they are not contagious.

However, having a lot of Fordyce spots around the lips or genitals can make a person feel very self-conscious. Because of that, many people look for ways to get rid of Fordyce spots.

Fordyce spots are also called Fordyce granules or sebaceous prominence and they are named after an American dermatologist, John Addison Fordyce, who was the first to describe them in medical literature.
Fordyce Spots Can Appear on Lips and Private Parts 

Fordyce spots can range in size from 1 mm to 3 mm and they can be just a single spot or be in large groups or clusters of spots. Usually, you can see the spots or granules better when you stretch the skin.

Causes and symptoms of Fordyce Spots
It is not known what causes Fordyce spots to appear but it’s estimated that around 90% of all adults have these harmless spots and they are common in both males and females.

Fordyce spots are similar to sebaceous glands only without the hair follicles. Sebaceous glands are found in most areas of the skin and produce sebum, an oily substance to keep the skin moist and waterproof.

Dermatologist, Dr. Amanda Oakley says that sebaceous glands are called Fordyce spots when found on the lips and genitals and Tyson glands when found on the foreskin.2

According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the symptoms of Fordyce spots on the lips are usually granules that appear along the border of the lip, but they can also appear in the lip itself and inside the cheeks.

On the genitals, the small bumps can appear on the shaft of the penis or scrotum and in women, on the labia. Usually, there are no other symptoms of Fordyce spots, other than that sometimes the spots can be itchy.

Clusters of Fordyce spots on the lips and genitals can cause stress and anxiety in people because others can mistake them for a sign of a sexually transmitted disease. Therefore many people want to know how to remove Fordyce spots quickly.

Fordyce Spots – treatment
Generally, doctors don’t recommend removing Fordyce spots and they don’t recommend treatment for the spots.

Also, you shouldn’t try to get rid of Fordyce spots by picking or squeezing them because this can cause the spots to become infected and leave the skin irritated. With some people, the spots may go away without any treatment at all.

Natural remedies 
Some of the natural Fordyce spots cures that are mentioned in other sites are coconut oil, jojoba oil, oatmeal, aloe vera, turmeric and apple cider vinegar.

One of the best ways to help reduce the appearance of Fordyce spots is to look after your body. Dermatologist, Dr. Angelica Giron recommends eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet and to take good care of your skin.

This will cause the body to produce less sebum and you may notice that Fordyce spots become less noticeable. You should also maintain good oral and physical hygiene. - Online Sources 


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