Fordyce Spots on Lips

Fordyce spots on the lips are common findings in general population. Although Fordyce spots on lips are usually harmless and do not required any treatment, many people seem to suffer from emotional stress and anxiety.

Clinically, Fordyce spots present as small, painless, slightly elevated, white or yellowish papules that can be seen on the lips and other areas like Fordyce spots on penis ( shaft or  glans of penis), labia of female, and inside the cheeks. They are common in men and women of all ages. They may appear in a group or as a solitary lesion.

Fordyce spots are a variant of sebaceous glands. As sebaceous glands are always associated with a hair follicle, these Fordyce spots are sebaceous glands without hair follicles.

How to get rid of Fordyce spots (Fordyce spots treatment)

Although, Fordyce spots on lips are harmless and do not require any treatment, it can cause significant cosmetic concern for individuals. One should avoid squeezing the spots. Several treatment options are widely being used which consist of electrodessication, laser treatment with Co2 lasers and Pulse Dye Lasers. Though current techniques have shown successive results, there is still a chance of scarring from lasers.

Fordyce spots on the lips are common in general population and are non-cancerous. No treatment is advised, but if your Fordyce spots become irritated and itchy, consult your dermatologist for further evaluation.

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Comments

  1. i’ve heard somewhere that Fordyce spots on the lips can sometime be removed by using regular lipstick. is it true ? anyone tried it?

  2. SO HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THESE THEN!!!! WITHOUT SPENDING HUNDREDS AT A DERMO?!?! THEY ARE GROSS AND I FEEL IT’S ALL ANYONE IS LOOKING AT ONE MY FACE!

  3. Apparently i have read on forums using blistex lip medex.

  4. Help me! Pls says:

    I have recently noticed white spots on my lips. Do you guys know if they’ll stop or will they keep on spreading as the years go by? I read on the Internet that accessive oil is what causes them to grow. Is that true? I also heard blistex helps. Please get back at me!

  5. I see it when I stretch my upper lip near the mirror. went to CVS earlier to get tretinoin based on looking at the net. Couldn’t find it then there was abreva for cold sores but I felt it wasn’t sores. I’m just afraid if they grow and show if i dont do anything about it

  6. Doctor Ross says:

    These spots on the lips can be removed much simpler than a doctor would recommend, because he wants to charge you a ton of money. I suppose a chemical peel could work, but I would try my method instead. You will need a medium sized syringe needle and a pair of fingernail clippers. Isolate the spots one at a time, stick the syringe in at the edge of the spot, and pull the white thing out. You will see that it is not a gland as many quacks claim. The white thing will come to the surface, but will not detach itself, so you need to clip it off with the fingernail clippers. It is painless; if you feel pain while clipping, you are cutting too much skin; just focus on getting the white thing out. It may take months to remove all of them, but your lips will not scar so dont worry. Start with the bigger ones first, then when you get your technique down, you can remove the smaller ones, which are a little harder to pop out.

  7. I’ve had them on my lips forever. Just tonight I tried to pop one just to see how easy it would be. I had to squeeze a little harder than a pimple, but it barely hurt and popped! The white stuff came out and that was it. I did all of the larger ones and the clusters of tiny ones I just squeezed around and most of them “popped.” My lip is a little swollen from squeezing, but not painful at all. I put a little antibiotic ointment to prevent infection just in case. Hoping they don’t come back, but if they do, I’ll just pop them again!

  8. I been having fordyce spot on my lip for about a while and it just sucks I been depress for about 6months but now moving on I kno soon I’ll get rid of these so I just gotta keep my head up and still live a normal fun life.

  9. BluSmile says:

    This is a great article in spreading awareness of this skin condition. Yes – I called it a skin condition even though doctors and dermatologists do not like to acknowledge this as a skin problem. I agree that there are other far more debilitating diseases, but this skin condition, when it is severe, can be debilitating to a person’s mental, emotional, and physical health.
    I hope that more dermatologists conduct deeper research on this condition and try to come up with a treatment that actually works. I hope more doctors really consider this to be a real problem.
    Before a derma says that this is normal and there is no treatment necessary, they should consider the person who looks constantly in the mirror while the FS slowly or rapidly encroach on his/her lips, the reaction of the person who does not have FS on their lips towards someone who does (a look of disgust on their faces), or how about a person who has watched his/her friends avoid physical contact (nonchalantly) for fear of FS being contagious or they think it’s some disease, or strangers avoiding physical contact such as the cashier at the supermarket who, at all costs, will avoid touching your hand when giving you your change back, or when people look at you, and then they do a double-take on your lips and stare, probably thinking, what kind of disease this person has?

    So many young teens and adults seek dermatological solutions to treat their acne and other skin conditions, what makes you think FS is any different? Fordyce Spots are far worse.

  10. I am only 18 years old and I’m just starting get these. I try to talk to my family about it but my mom just yells at me and tells me not to worry about it, and that she can’t see it. but can look in the mirror and see them fine, and their beginning to get worse. I’ve been to the dermatologist and they just gave me atralin which is a .05 tetonin gel. it’s not helping at all. in the post above they explained how someone with these would feel in society, and honestly I can’t live like that. I’m self concise as it is and If they get worse I won’t be able to get a job, a girlfriend, or honestly leave my house knowing other people would see it and be disgusted. I’ve become extremely depressed latley about the fact that they’re getting worse and I don’t want to live like this anymore can someone please tell me my best option. (type of treatments or just kill my self kind of thing)

  11. Hey randy, don’t be in such stressed, its nothing to worry about. They usually develop sometimes in our life and in most cases are stable. I’ve seen many peoples who developed in in their 20’ties and after 10 years are still stable or not increased in number (some have decreased). If its bothering you u might consult a dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon and get it removed by lasers…

  12. J Rickard says:

    I had this problem really bad for over twenty years. I had a mustache which helped a little bit. I had a cosmetic tattoo specialist camouflage them. She was amazing and only cost about $300. I wish I had done this a very long time ago. Do not go to a tattoo artist. You need a good cosmetic tattoo specialist.

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