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Dermatological conditions that occur on the genitals are often difficult to distinguish from one another. Two such conditions are Fordyce spots and Pearly Penile Papules. Both are dermatological conditions affecting the genitals. Fordyce spots are a sebaceous prominence, meaning that they are both found near and are an extension of this type of sweat gland. Pearly Penile Papules, not associated with sebaceous glands, are simply skin outgrowths. Both conditions are benign and do not present health concerns. They are also considered to possibly be genetic but as of now the exact cause of the conditions is unknown.
Although reports of color vary, it is typically reported that Fordyce spots tend to be yellowish-white in color, while pearly penile papules have a whiter appearance. It should be noted that both can also be classified as flesh colored. Both conditions are found on the male genitals. Fordyce spots are only located on the shaft and scrotum of the penis and do not appear on the head. Pearly Penile Papules are found on the rim or head of the penis and sometimes around the sides of the frenulum. In addition to location of the bumps, the two conditions also differ in the amount that they protrude. A Fordyce spot, also referred to as a sebaceous prominence, is located completely under the surface of the skin while pearly penile papules tend to appear more like a skin tag.
Both Fordyce spots and Pearly Penile Papules can be found on the male genitals and both exhibit themselves as raised bumps. Although differing slightly in both color and prominence, the two conditions can appear quite similar. Particularly when reading descriptions of the two conditions, a patient will most likely have a difficult time discerning between the two. However, as neither a sebaceous prominence nor a Pearly Penile Papule present a major medical problem, and neither are transmittable, distinguishing between the two is most likely not a major concern.
More commonly reported, Fordyce spots are estimated to appear in ninety percent of the male population. However, reports of Pearly Penile Papules range anywhere from eight to forty-eight percent depending on the population. One reason for the large range is that circumcision may lower the incidence of Pearly Penile Papules. However, as a sebaceous prominence is never located on the head of the penis, circumcision does affect this condition. Although there are a few inherent differences between Fordyce spots and Pearly Penile Papules, both conditions present a cosmetic issue that can be psychologically difficult to deal with and can cause significant embarrassment for the patient. Our formula primarily deals with the elimination of Fordyce spots, however it can also help reduce the size of Penile Papules with the removal of excess oils.
Fordyce spots are a common dermatological condition. They are essentially just a sebaceous prominence. This means that there is simply an overgrowth of the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are small glands that produce oil and are present on virtually all areas of the skin, excluding the palms and soles. They are most commonly found in places that hair follicles are present. However, in the case of Fordyce spots, these glands do not contain hair follicles. Often mistaken for other conditions, such as genital warts or even cancer, Fordyce spots are benign. They are essentially just a cosmetic issue, but as they are often mistaken for other, more serious conditions, many patients are interested in ridding themselves of the spots.
Although affecting both men and women, Fordyce spots are more common in men. In fact it is not uncommon to find the spots, also referred to as a sebaceous prominence in almost ninety-percent of the male population. These prominences can present themselves in groups or as single spots. Most often found on the genitals, Fordyce spots are often mistaken for other conditions, most commonly genital warts, or other sexually transmitted diseases. Although not dangerous, many people exhibiting Fordyce spots are embarrassed by the condition. For this reason, many men choose to look into treatment of the condition.
Women are also subject to exhibiting Fordyce spots. Although less common in women, it is still a cosmetic concern that many women would like to eliminate. Although not contagious, as is also the case with men, a sebaceous prominence can often be mistaken by the patient or others as a sexually transmitted disease. Similar to warts, Fordyce spots appear not only on the genitals of both men and women, but can also present themselves on the borders of the lips and the face of both genders.
Not yet showing itself as a major sebaceous prominence, Fordyce spots start out as small papules and are present even at birth. Papules are simply small rounded bumps rising from the skin. Before puberty, these papules are virtually impossible to see. However, once puberty hits, these papules become more prominent as the sebaceous glands begin to work harder. These glands secrete sebum, an oily, waxy substance that plays a major role in the condition. Estimated to be found in seventy to eighty percent of the population, Fordyce spots are a common condition. However, despite being so widespread, it is a condition that is rarely discussed and still carries with it a sense of embarrassment for the patient.
Fordyce spots, is a condition that presents itself on the skin. They are small, elevated yellowish-white bumps and can show up as a single sebaceous prominence or else can be clustered in groups of many. It is a benign dermatological condition that does not present any medical harm to the patient. However, despite it not being dangerous, many people who have the condition are often left feeling embarrassed and worried about the condition. Once other conditions are ruled out by a physician, the patient still might have concerns over the cosmetic aspect of Fordyce spots. The patient also, oftentimes, is left feeling as if he/she is one of the only people with the condition.
Fordyce spots can be found on various places on the body, including the mouth and nipples. Most commonly, however, these sebaceous prominences are found on the genitals. Affecting both men and women, the condition is estimated to affect seventy to eighty percent of the population. More common in men, it has been reported that ninety percent of the male population is affected by Fordyce spots. However, despite the high rate of occurrence, the condition is still relatively unknown to the general public. Because of this fact, a patient exhibiting Fordyce spots might unnecessarily panic about the severity of the condition.
Although resembling a sexually transmitted disease such as genital warts, a Fordyce Spot is simply a sebaceous prominence. This means that there is a raised sebaceous gland present on the skin. Sebaceous glands are found all over the skin’s surface, most notably on areas of the body containing hair follicles. In the case of Fordyce spots, the sebaceous glands do not contain hair follicles, but the glands themselves sometimes end up protruding from the skin. This protrusion is what causes the yellow, little bumps characterizing the condition.
The papules, or little bumps, that lead to Fordyce spots are actually present even at birth. It is upon reaching puberty that a sebaceous prominence, such as a Fordyce Spot, will develop. As Fordyce spots often show up in the genital region of the body, many people with the condition tend to not talk about it openly. Often immediately assuming that the bumps are an indicator of cancer or a sexually transmitted disease, the patient may put off discussing the condition with others, including his/her doctor due to fear and embarrassment. However, there is no need for alarm and concern. Although cosmetically not an ideal condition to have, Fordyce spots are much more common than one realizes.
Our treatment penetrates active ingredients deep into the skin quickly and safely using nano-liposome technology, directly acting upon the sebaceous gland.
A nano-liposome is a minute sphere consisting of dozens of nanometers. A 360° protective wall is built using lecithin, one of the components of skin, and an empty space is made in the centre for the functional ingredients to be released. When it touches the skin the liposome is deposited in the dermis layer, its active ingredients are then released and penetrate the skin and sebaceous glands.
Once you are happy with the results and stop using the treatment, a once or twice weekly application may be needed to maintain clear skin.
Our treatment developed by CUSKIN is dermatologically and clinically tested. In all trials it has proven safe for use on sensitive skin.
CUSKIN, the manufacturer are regulated by the Korea Industrial Technology Association (KOITA) and Korean International Trade Association (KITA).
We made an active decision not to use either Tretinoin or Isotretinoin (Accutane®) as after research neither was an effective or attractive treatment for Fordyce Condition.
Tretinoin is used in some high-dose acne treatments and is an acid form of vitamin A, it has some unfortunate side effects such as creating red sores on the skin.
Isotretinoin or ‘Accutane’ is a medication and is often used in chemotherapy. It is also used for very severe acne, however when treatment stops, symptoms return. There have been few reported successes with ‘Accutane’ for Fordyce Spot treatment, and we felt it unwise to use such a strong treatment which causes a number of side effects:
Dryness of skin, lips and mucous membranes, skin fragility, skin peeling, rash, flushing, nose bleeds, dry eyes, eye irritation, conjunctivitis, reduced tolerance to contact lenses, hyperlipidaemia, raised liver enzymes, permanent thin skin, headaches, permanent hair thinning (This could start or continue after treatment), cataracts and erectile dysfunction.
As an alternative we have opted to use Vitamin E Acetate, a vitamin E supplement to reduce the toxicity of this high-dose retinoid without reducing its active properties.
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