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Question (06/09/2011):

Title: Do more of these spots, Fordyce's angiokeratoma, come out? .

Do more of these spots, Fordyce's angiokeratoma, come out?

I only seem to have 2 and I wanted to see if I should expect more, I'm only 24 years of age



Dear Edgar,

Fordyce's spots , sometime called Fordyce's angiokeratoma, are tiny, painless, white or yellow spots, sizes 1 to 3 mm in diameter, which may appear in the trunk of the penis, in the scrotum, vulva, in the facial angle of the mouth, inside the mouth or in the coronal ridge of the penis, the latter called pearly papules.

Fordyce's spots are common in men and women of all ages. These whitish lumps are called Fordyce spots in honor of the American dermatologist John Addison Fordyce, who was the first person to investigate them.

Fordyce's spots are a form of ectopic sebaceous glands.

They are neither malignant nor infectious, many young people go to the doctor concerned about the possibility of contracting a disease or sexually transmitted infections, however Fordyce's spots have no relationship or affect sexual activities, taking only a cosmetic impact.


Although treatment is not necessary, people can choose to apply tretinoin gel or cream to affected areas each day.

Tretinoin gel can reverse time and prevent worsening. For best results with tretinoin it can be used together with alpha hydroxy acids, agents commonly used to treat acne.

Jojoba oil, Tocopherol and Argania extract have also been associated with successful treatment of Fordyce's spots.

Treatments with vaporizers as CO2 laser or electrodessication have been used with some success in reducing the occurrence of this condition if they are of cosmetic concern.

However, most doctors consider this a normal physiological phenomenon and advise against treatment.

Sometimes the doctor may prescribe TCA chemical peels, although as soon as you stop the treatment Fordyce' spot return status.

Diathermy or liquid nitrogen freezing can also sometimes be used to remove the condition

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