Fordyce Spots on lips

How do I go about scheduling a appointment? I have already been to a couple of dermatologist, and have been diagnosed with Fordyce Spots. I have a doctors appointment on the 14th of this month, and hopefully I can get some answers, but wanted to ask here to try my luck. Thank you.


F, California

Fordyce spots (sometimes referred to as Fordyce granules) are small bumps that can develop on the face or genital area. It's still not fully understood what causes Fordyce spots, but it’s believed that natural hormonal changes in the body can make them more visible. Fordyce spots are totally harmless, but they can impact a person's appearance, so I completely understand your concern.  

The good news is that there are many possible treatment options for Fordyce spots. For example, your doctor may recommend micro-punch surgery, which involves using a pen-like device to remove tissue without leaving a scar.

Alternatively, your physician may opt to use laser therapy such as a pulsed dye laser or CO2 laser. Your doctor will be able to help you with any remaining unanswered questions at your upcoming appointment.

Fordyce spots are tiny yellow, flesh-colored or white spots that can appear on certain parts of the body, including the lips, cheeks, and genital area.

As your dermatologist may have mentioned, a Fordyce spot is an ectopic sebaceous gland, a type of sebaceous gland that develops without a hair follicle. Fordyce spots are present in some form in the vast majority of the adult population, though they may be more common among people with oily skin. They are completely benign and are not related to any type of transmitted disease.

While Fordyce spots are harmless and often fade to become less visible over time, many people seek treatment to address cosmetic concerns. There are a few different techniques that your doctor may recommend based on your needs. This includes carbon dioxide laser treatment, micro-punch surgery, topical treatments, oral isotretinoin, and more.

You may find various home remedies online (such as apple cider vinegar), but be warned that there is no scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of these treatments.