Penile Fordyce spots
Many men suffer from Fordyce spots on and around their penises, usually along the shaft of the penis, around the base of the penis or on the testicles. (Rarely, they can occur on the head of the penis, in which case they are called Tyson’s Glands.) Their appearance is fairly unsightly, giving the appearance of suffering from a sexually transmitted disease rather than Fordyce spots. Penises can become affected by small groups or lines of white or yellow spots or pimples that are known as Fordyce spots. Fordyce spots on the penis can cause real distress and concern to men, as they worry over what other people who see the spot’s, particularly potential sexual partners, might think about the medical explanation.
What are Fordyce spots?
Fordyce spots are small white pimples or spots that can appear on and around the penis or on the testicles. Some sufferers also find they get Fordyce spots on the lips or around the mouth area. Fordyce spots are named after the well-known dermatologist John Fordyce, who discovered them.
Fordyce spots on the penis are totally harmless and are not contagious at all. However, the incidence and degree of Fordyce spots on and around the penis varies widely from person to person.
Fordyce spots on the penis
Fordyce spots on the penis take the form of small (around 1–2mm in diameter) yellow-white spots in the genital area – on the shaft of the penis and the testicles, and sometimes beneath the foreskin, if present. Normally, sebaceous glands secrete oils that keep the skin moisturised. Sometimes, a problem arises with ectopic sebaceous glands – an abnormally large number of sebaceous glands in certain areas. This causes the appearance of small white spots or pimples. This proper name for this condition sebaceous hyperplasia and it is very common in men.
Although present from birth, Fordyce spots on the penis usually appear for the first time around puberty and often persist throughout the lifetime of male sufferers. However, the incidence of Fordyce spots has been known to decrease as men get older, with fewer Fordyce spots appearing on the penis in later life.
In most cases, if you get Fordyce spots on your penis, you will not experience any pain or irritation. Fordyce spots on the penis are asymptomatic, which simply means they will appear without any other problems or symptoms developing at the same time. However, if you attempt an inappropriate treatment for Fordyce spots on your penis, you may find that itching or irritation occurs. So think carefully before choosing a remedy for the spots.
Do you have Fordyce spots on your penis?
To discover whether you have Fordyce spots on your penis, carefully examine the shaft and under-foreskin areas and the testicles, checking for small yellow or white spots, granules, pimples or dots on the skin. You may also find that the spots are slightly prominent, and that small bumps can be felt.
As previously explained, there should be no pain or irritation associated with your Fordyce spots unless you have attempted an inappropriate treatment. If you have any itching or discomfort from a penile Fordyce spot condition, you should consult your doctor, as the problem may be something completely different. If you suspect that you may actually have a sexually transmitted disease, see your doctor as soon as possible.
It’s essential to remember that self-examination cannot substitute for a professional medical examination. If you are unsure over whether you actually have Fordyce spots on your penis or another, more serious condition, you should immediately consult your doctor.
Treating Fordyce spots on the penis
Fordyce spots on the penis are harmless and there is no pressing medical reason to seek treatment. However, the appearance of Fordyce spots on and around the penis can be distressing, worrying or embarrassing to sufferers, and prompt them to try and find a cure. Fortunately, there is a product available that can help to reduce the appearance of penile Fordyce spots, greatly improving sufferers’ self-confidence by lessening the visual impact of the Fordyce spots on and around their penis.
The key to treating Fordyce spots in the male genital area is to reduce the amount of sebum (grease) being produced in the skin of the penis. Anti-Sebum is a treatment that has been specially developed by leading dermatology firm CUSKIN Cosmeceuticals to treat Fordyce spots in every area of the body, including the penis and around the mouth.
To learn more about the Anti-Sebum therapy for penile Fordyce spots, please visit our treatment page. You will find more information about the product, including how to use it and when you can expect to see improvement in the appearance of your Fordyce spots on your penis.