Fordyce’s Spots

This condition affects the surface of the skin of the penis (and other areas of the body).

Fordyce's Spots
An example of typical Fordyce's Spots on the Penis

Usually found around the shaft, and most commonly around the base of the shaft, Fordyce’s Spots appear as an off-white rounded spot or bump that is more evident when erect. They are approximately 2-5mm in diameter and often form in groups.
While the cause is not know, it is known that these are harmless and that they are not contagious.
It is believed that up to 90% of men have Fordyce’s Spots on their dick.

In some cases, men feel embarrassed about the appearance of their penis if Fordyce’s Spots are large in number or very apparent. It can often cause issues of self-confidence and worries over sexual health.

While treatment is not actually required, there are many products and treatments that can help.

Tretinoin Gel or Cream helps to reduce their appearance and it is reported that continued use can remove them completely. Although, in all cases they are likely to reappear once treatment is stopped. Tretinoin can only be supplied under prescription in the UK.

Products containing Accutane can also help, although finding such products in the UK can be difficult and costly.

Standard Acne treatments have been reported to help in removing Fordyce’s Spots, although this is largely trial and error.

Some men use a mild skin peel treatment (a TCA chemical peel is sometimes prescribed by doctors), although many skin treatments available on the open market are not considered suitable for genital use. Care must always be taken in the use of any cosmetic product or skin treatment which is aggressive in nature, especially when applied to a highly sensitive area of the body.

Modern laser treatment may also assist in removal of Fordyce’s Spots.

Trying to remove them by popping or scratching is NOT recommended! In many cases this can lead to tiny spots resembling blackheads, which are far more visible and much harder to treat or remove. In more extreme cases, attempting to remove them in this manner may also result in scarring of the surface of the penis.

In all cases, we would always recommend that you visit your doctor if you have any doubts. Your doctor can identify a condition, its severity, and recommend treatment if necessary.