Fordyce spots are the sebaceous glands that are responsible for lubricating the hair follicles but they don’t have hair. They appear in different areas of our body such as the lips (mainly the upper lips), scrotum and shaft of the penis in men, and labia minora in women. It is considered a common problem and they do not necessarily need any form of intervention unless it is affecting one’s day to day life especially their psychology and self-esteem. The treatment of this condition is not widely available across the globe and only a handful of centres across the world offer their treatment. They appear as yellowish white spots on the upper lip and as previously mentioned, they do not necessarily require treatment. They are generally very hard to treat but certain modern lasers may help to improve the condition. One may however need repeated treatment sessions to see visible improvements.
Should I be worried about my Fordyce Spots?
As these spots are simply sebaceous glands with no hair follicles, it means they can be generally left alone, so long as they are not accompanied by itching, bleeding or the appearance of new spots. These spots can be mistakenly identified as pearly penile papules (PPP) or as a Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI) if they appear on the genitals. Fordyce spots tend to affect the psyche of an individual due to their appalling appearance. In such a case, treatment of these spots may be a suitable option.
What are effective treatments of Fordyce spots?
Upon deciding on which treatment to take, it is important to be mindful of the anticipated results.
At Renew Skin & Health Clinic, you will be seen and treated by Dr. Jha, who has been treating all types of Fordyce spots for a number of years. Dr. Jha says “They are a stubborn problem and they are hard to treat and complete removal of Fordyce spots, are virtually impossible. However, the appearance improves to a certain degree following their treatments”.
Dr. Jha treats lip Fordyce spots differently and Fordyce spots on other parts of the body (Labia Minora/ Shaft of Penis) in a very different way.
If you suffer from Fordyce spots, as the issue is of a sensitive nature, our advice would be to seek help directly from our specialists. You can call the clinic on 01926 422 454 (9AM-9PM) to speak to Dr. Jha, subject to his availability. Please be aware that our clinic is located in Leamington Spa, and as far as we know, there are no other clinics in the UK, offering this treatment currently. You may however explore this for yourself, should you wish to do so. We have clients regularly coming to us form various parts of UK such as Birmingham, Coventry, Worcester, Oxford, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Leicester, Nottingham, London, Northampton, Luton, Bedford and so many other places to have their Fordyce spots treated.