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Named after dermatologist John Fordyce, Fordyce spots or Fordyce granules are relatively common in men and to a lesser extent in women, however the degree of the condition varies widely. They start to appear in Puberty and persist through life, though have been known to reduce with age.

Fordyce spots are harmless small yellow-white spots found on the lips and genitalia, both the penis in men and the vulva in women. They are caused by sebaceous hyperplasia, a kind of overgrowth of the lubricating glands, which keep the skin from drying out and cracking.

Fordyce Spots ExamplesVarious examples of Fordyce spots

Sebacious GlandSebaceous Gland with Follicle

Men are understandably concerned when they notice spots on the penis, they are frequently worried they may have a sexually transmitted disease or some form of cancer. They may equally be worried about the appearance of their penis and what their sexual partner might think of it. Spots on and around the mouth have also proven to cause anxiety. The Spots however are not infectious and are a natural occurrence on the body.

Due to the intimate nature of the lesions, Fordyce spots have been known to cause an avoidance of intimacy or sexual activity and can lead some sufferers into depression.

CU-skin™ have produced an Anti-Sebum formula aimed specifically at treating Fordyce spots using active natural ingredients to reduce sebum productivity from within the overactive sebaceous gland itself. Click to find out more about our Fordyce spots treatment.

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. Our formula can also help to improve the cosmetic appearance of papules through the removal of excess oils.

Please Note: examining your own body is no substitute to professional examination by a doctor.

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