Fordyce Spots Treatment - How To Treat Fordyce's Spots

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Small yellowish spots presenting on the skin can be a sign of Fordyce's spots. These raised bumps usually showing in the genital area are completely normal. The spots are harmless and can be present under the skin at birth. Some patients worry because they confuse these spots with genital warts or cancer. They have no adverse effect on actual health, but can be detrimental to mental health. Lack of confidence or self-deprecation can be effects. Sometimes affected persons abstain from all sexual activity and become depressed. Fordyce spots treatment options are available for affected patients.

One of the Fordyce spots treatment options is laser therapy. In this option, each bump is targeted by a specific laser action. Carbon dioxide lasers or electro desiccation can be used to remove the spots, but they can also scar quite badly. Pulse dye lasers usually do not scar and are effective but are very expensive. Fordyce's spots can also be removed with liquid nitrogen freezing or diathermy. Doctors typically advise against these treatments because they offer more risk than the condition does. Fordyce's spots pose no health threat, while the aforementioned treatment plans can put the patient at substantial risk.

Trichloroacetic, or TCA, chemical peels are dermatological approaches to skin damage or skin conditions. TCA peels work as a chemical solution that provides a medium-depth peel. This removes the outer layers of the damaged skin to a medium depth. Sometimes patients with Fordyce's spots use TCA peels to self-treat. However, this Fordyce spots treatment can be very painful. It also does not prevent the return of the condition. Rather, as soon as the treatment is finished, the bumps tend to return. There is also a risk of infection or scarring. After a chemical peel, patients should avoid sun exposure.

The least risky of Fordyce spots treatment options is the application of a topical gel or cream that targets the sebaceous gland activity. Fordyce's spots are actually enlarged sebaceous glands. These are natural glands that are usually noticeable at the base of a hair follicle. The Fordyce's spots occur in between hair follicles, usually in the genitals but sometimes in other locations. Topical gels applied to clean, affected areas twice a day can reduce the size of sebaceous glands and decrease the production of sebum, the oily excretion of these glands. When applying this treatment, the patient should coat the affected area with a thin layer of the gel and allow it to absorb entirely for maximum effectiveness.
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Joshua H. Higgins is a marketing manager at, a site offering information and solutions on Fordyce spots treatment.

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This article was published on 2011/01/18