Are you a part of the thousands of people currently dealing with fordyce spots? This planet is full of painful, contagious and permanent diseases -luckily these little bumps and spots aren’t even close to being one of them. Lets take a closer look at what they are and how to get rid of this white bumps on our skin.
What exactly are Fordyce Spots?
Fordyce Spots are a version of the sebaceous gland, the glands that produce a water resistant oil and are commonly associated with skin bumps at the base of hair follicles. Fordyce spots are present in up to 95% of all adults. For most people, these white bumps can lower their self-esteem because they appear on key areas of our body. This hairless sebaceous prominence can sometimes look concerning, especially when the bumps become visible on your lips or reproductive organs, but are not a serious medical condition.
These appears as white spots on the lip and/or genitalia and can become irritated during sexual activity, they are not sexually transmitted and are solely caused by the glands naturally occurring oils getting blocked inside the gland and forming a bump. This is a purely dermatological condition.
Fordyce Spots are NOT:
- A sexually transmitted disease.
- A contagious or infectious disease.
- Painful or Itchy.
Frequent Questions On Fordyce Spots:
Can Fordyce Spots Become Infected?
Fordyce spots can become irritated and swell up under some circumstances; this may cause damage to the surface of the skin and can allow for an infection to take hold. This isn’t necessarily unique to the spot, as it is the same type of infection that would occur in any wound. The same treatments and preventative measures apply.
Can Fordyce Spots Become Irritated?
Just like with the infection, in some rare cases, a Fordyce spot may become inflamed. Taking antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs along with ointments like Neosporin is usually prescribed if the problem persists or becomes worse.
Can Fordyce Spots Get Bigger?
Fordyce spots may grow earlier in life, and appear visibly usually during puberty. Past their initial outset the spots themselves rarely change unless under the circumstances just described. If you have a place that is clearly growing and is not due to inflammation or infection, consult a doctor immediately.
Sometimes Fordyce spots will become inflamed due to irritation or infection if the skin is broken. Treat these areas for inflammation, but watch for any suspicious growth. Fordyce spots aren’t inherently dangerous; we are only warding away from ignoring odd growths.
Preventing White Spots On Lips
Either before, or once the spots clear up, it’s important you understand what methods and means you can take to keep Fordyce Spots away. There is no single Fordyce Spot treatment, rather a series of steps you can take to prevent and reduce them.
Proper hygiene is super effective in preventing the buildup of the oils that clog the glands and cause spots. You should wash at risk areas like your upper lip and genitals thoroughly. In the next section, we will be talking about some lotions and natural oils you can apply that will help get an antibacterial soap that can unclog pores.
Another important factor to prevent white spots on lips is your diet. Getting adequate vitamins on a daily basis ensures your body is functioning correctly, and every moving piece has all the fuel it needs. We will be covering foods that can boost vital vitamins and nutrients that will not only help reduce current bumps but can assist in preventing them as well.
Get Rid of Fordyce Spots With Home Remedies
Though there is no Fordyce Spot cure, there are a number of natural home remedies and natural remedies we will cover that can help you treat Fordyce spots naturally. We will also talk about some dietary boosts you can try along with treatments and surgeries that are available if nothing else seems to work and you simply must remove the spots.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
I’m under the personal belief that this item shows up in over half of all home remedies for literally everything. Seriously, you want to make a gnat trap? Use apple cider vinegar. High Cholesterol?, treating Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus?, A sore throat? Yep, apple cider vinegar cures exist.
So how does this strangely helpful substance come into play with Fordyce spots? Dilute a couple of tablespoons of the stuff in a glass of water and use it topically on the problem areas a few times a week. You can apply it using a cotton ball to ensure an even application. Reduce usage if you begin to notice irritation or burning sensations caused by the vinegar.
This mixture can also be drunk for its effects as well apparently.
2. Stay Hydrated
Coconut oil helps out due to its moisturizing effects, but why take that extra step? Keeping your body properly hydrated not only ensures it stays relatively moisturized, but it also provides crucial support for the functions that ward off infections and germs that initially create Fordyce spots.
Most individuals get nowhere near the recommended daily amount of water, which is 2 liters -or half a gallon.
Making sure you stay hydrated will assist almost every other function in your body, including its ability to regulate oils and operate the immune system.
3. Aloe Vera Gel and Turmeric
Aloe Vera is a very common plant and provides countless benefits in addition to keeping the areas it is applied to moisturized. You should be able to find aloe vera plants, or aloe vera gel, virtually anywhere.
Turmeric is a bright yellow powder made from turmeric rhizomes and is found in a multitude of Indian dishes. The powder provides a strong anti-inflammatory property and tastes pretty swell too.
Turmeric can be harsh on the skin, so mixing it together with aloe vera provides a soothing and healing ointment that directly delivers a host of benefits to the skin in the applied area.
4. Improve Your Diet
One of the best ways to prevent and reduce Fordyce spots is by making sure you are ingesting all of the vitamins your body needs to maintain a healthy and vigorous immune system. A good diet will also control a number of oils your body produces as well as how effectively it deals with subsequent issues like Fordyce spots.
I personally hate asparagus, but if you can stomach the stuff, more power to you. It’s chock full of vitamins and nutrients that maintain metabolic consistency. The folic acid it contains is an important part of a balanced and healthy diet.
Broccoli is packed full of Vitamin C, more so than even oranges. Though they aren’t quite as tasty. Vitamin C is one of the essential parts of a healthy immune boosting diet.
Five out of the six essential vitamins needed for a healthy system, and healthy skin, are crammed into those little leaves of spinach. Adding this as a regular addition to your meals is a quick shortcut to making sure your body has what it needs for the day.
Like with the Broccoli, citrus fruits are full of vitamin C and other nutrients that keep you looking and feeling healthy. Lemon concentrate can also be used as an antibacterial substance. Ingest these fruits as a boost to your immune system, or add the citrus juices to some water and apply topically.
Both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, a teaspoon of chopped garlic can be well worth the lasting effect on your breath. It will aid in digestion and in strengthening your skin cells against bacterial growth that can cause irritation and inflammation.
5. Essential Oils and Washes
Another super substance that appears as a cure for every type of ailment from fat burning to hormone balancing. Coconut oil will moisturize the area, possibly aiding in its reduction. This can be especially useful if you have sensitive skin that reacts negatively to harsh treatments or chemicals.
The abundance of coconut oil in stores today and its uses for not only this problem but many others, as well as cooking recipes, make this a general must buy.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil will soothe your skin and prevents bacteria from developing. Use a cotton ball or paper towel and pat some of the oil to the affected area. Many people claim this has a clear effect, even if only in the short term.
This oil comes from the seed of the Jojoba plant and is found in many herbal remedies from the natives in the southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. It is used as everything from makeup remover to a facial moisturizer. Applying this oil to your skin will ensure it is conditioned and healthy as can be in order to prevent and reduce Fordyce spots.
Benzoin is another topical option for reducing and eliminating infection and irritation. It’s not the nicest to your skin -but if your skin is irritated and at risk for infection, a diluted benzoin oil applied to the area can help your body fight back.
Organic honey is useful on skin irritations and for its antibacterial effect. You can also mix it with any of the other oils to create a more easily applied substance. Use honey to soothe and cleanse your skin post treatment.
Oatmeal baths go way back when it comes to treating inflammation and itchiness. This will not cure Fordyce spots, but can be used after treatments to soothe and relax the skin. Get a little less than a cup of oatmeal and fill a bath with warm water (add buttermilk and Epsom salts for that extra soothing and added breakfast feel) wait until the bath is cold enough to enter and soak the area that is aggravating you.
6. When Natural Remedies Fail
Remember, this is a cosmetic issue more than a health issue and any procedures are purely for aesthetic reasons except for maybe some extreme cases.
Cryosurgery freezes areas of your skin in order to remove things like moles, though more it has begun to be used in the realm of plastic surgery as well. Though this will eliminate the spots, it can damage the tissue surrounding the area as well.
If freezing isn’t your thing, what about vaporizing them with lasers?
Don’t these treatments seem a little bit like Bond villain tropes? Anyways…
This procedure usually uses a carbon dioxide laser to remove the Fordyce spots. They may also vibrate the area at a specific frequency in order to drastically dehydrate the bumps.