Fordyce spots, known as Fordyce granules, are visible sebaceous glands that are present in most individuals and they appear on the genitals and/or on the face and oral cavity. You can identify them as small, raised, pale, painless, white or red spots or bumps of 1 to 3 mm in diameter that may appear on the labia, the scrotum, shaft of the penis or on the inner surface and vermilion border of the lips.
At Renew Skin and Health Clinic you can find out if the sebaceous glands on your skin are normal adnexal structures of the dermis. Keep in mind that these may also be found ectopically within the mouth, where they are referred to as Oral Fordyce Granules or ectopic sebaceous glands. On the foreskin, they are called Tyson's glands, not to be confused with hirsuties coronae glandis. When seen as a streak of individual glands along the interface between the skin of the lip and the vermilion border, the terms Fox–Fordyce disease and Fordyce's condition have been used.
Patients can observe that on the shaft of the penis, Fordyce spots are more visible when the skin is stretched, and may only be noticeable during an erection, but the spots can also appear on the skin of the scrotum. It’s best to book a professional dermatological consultation at Renew Skin & Health Clinic where the most experienced specialists will examine you and set a proper diagnostic.
Do not be alarmed if the oral Fordyce granules from your skin may appear as rice-like granules, white or yellow-white in color. The Fordyce sports are known to be painless papules, or small bumps, about 1–3 mm in their greatest dimension. The most common area is along the line between the vermilion border and the oral mucosa of the upper lip, or inside the cheeks, often bilaterally in the commissural region. Some patients will have hundreds of granules while most have only one or two.
It may be difficult to determine whether or not to diagnose the lesion as sebaceous hyperplasia or sebaceous adenoma, because occasionally, several adjacent glands will coalesce into a larger cauliflower-like cluster similar to sebaceous hyperplasia of the skin. For some people with Fordyce spots, the glands express a thick, chalky discharge when squeezed, therefore it is best for people to appeal to our Renew Skin & Health Clinic cosmetic specialists if worried that they may have skin cancer, Herpes or another serious and health-threatening condition only to find out that what they suffer from is merely an aesthetic problem.
Fordyce spots represent a natural occurrence on the body, so they are not associated with any disease or illness, nor are they infectious. No treatment is required, unless the individual has cosmetic concerns, for which you can talk about with a cosmetic specialist at Renew Skin & Health Clinic and you will receive suitable advice and Fordyce spots removal treatment recommendations.