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.