Vaginal Fordyce spots
Many women suffer from Fordyce spots on and around the genital area, on the vagina or vulva. Their appearance is fairly unsightly, giving the appearance of suffering from a sexually transmitted disease rather than Fordyce spots. Vaginas can become affected by small groups or lines of white or yellow spots or pimples known as Fordyce spots. Labial Fordyce spots cause distress and concern to female sufferers, as they worry over what other people, particularly their potential sexual partners, might think about the spot’s medical explanation.
What are Fordyce spots?
Fordyce spots are unsightly white pimples or spots that are present on the labia in and women. Some sufferers also find they get Fordyce spots on the lips or around the mouth area. Fordyce spots are named after the famous dermatologist John Addison Fordyce, who first discovered them.
Fordyce spots on the vagina and labia are completely harmless and are not contagious in any way. However, the incidence and degree of Fordyce spots on and around the vulva varies widely from person to person.
Fordyce spots on the vagina
Fordyce spots on the vagina take the form of small (around 1–2mm in diameter) yellow-white spots in the vaginal labia area – on and near the lips of the vagina. 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 condition is known as sebaceous hyperplasia and it is very common.
Fordyce spots on the vagina are present from birth, but usually become prominent for the first time around puberty and often persist throughout a woman’s lifetime. However, the incidence of Fordyce spots has been known to decrease as women get older, with fewer Fordyce spots appearing on the labia in later years.
Normally, if you get Fordyce spots on your vagina or vulva, you will not experience any pain or irritation. Fordyce spots on the vagina are asymptomatic, which means they simply appear without any other problem or symptom developing. However, if you attempt an inappropriate treatment for Fordyce spots on your vaginal lips, you may find that itching or irritation occurs.
Do you have Fordyce spots on your vagina?
To discover whether you have Fordyce spots on your vagina, carefully examine the genital area, including the lips around the vagina, and check for small yellow or white spots, granules, pimples or dots on your skin. You may also find slight prominence, or bumps in the skin where the spots are found.
As previously explained, there should be no pain or irritation associated with your Fordyce spots unless you have attempted a treatment that is inappropriate. If you have any itching or discomfort from a vaginal condition, you should consult your doctor, as the problem may be something different from Fordyce spots on the labia.
Always remember that self-examination is not a substitute for a professional medical exam. If you are in any doubt over whether you actually have Fordyce spots on your vagina or another, more serious condition, consult your doctor.
Treating Fordyce spots on the vagina or vulva
Fordyce spots on the vagina or vulva are harmless and there is no pressing medical reason to seek treatment. However, the appearance of Fordyce spots on and around the vaginal labia can be embarrassing or distressing to sufferers, and prompt them to try and find a cure. Fortunately, there is a product on the market that can help to reduce the appearance of vaginal Fordyce spots, greatly improving sufferers’ self-confidence by lessening the visual impact of the Fordyce spots on and around their labia.
The key to treating Fordyce spots in the female genital area is to reduce the amount of sebum (grease) in the skin in and around the area. The Anti-Sebum treatment has been specially developed by leading dermatology firm CU-skin Cosmeceuticals to treat Fordyce spots in all areas of the body, including the vagina and vulva.
To find out more about the Anti-Sebum therapy for Fordyce spots, visit our page on Fordyce spot treatment. It includes 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 in the labial area.