Fordyce spots, also known as Fordyce granules or sebaceous prominence, are small, painless, raised, pale, red, white, or flesh-coloured bumps that can appear on various parts of the body, including the scrotum. They are ectopic sebaceous glands, which means they are sebaceous (oil-producing) glands that have found their way to the surface of the skin rather than being located within hair follicles.
From time to time, men can get these Fordyce spots on the scrotum area as well as penis. Although they cause no harm and are not generally the result of an underlying condition, many men opt for removal. Fordyce spots will not cause any pain to the intimate area either.
It’s crucial to differentiate Fordyce spots from other skin conditions or sexually transmitted infections, as their appearance can sometimes be similar. Fordyce spots are not contagious. If you have concerns about any unusual bumps or changes on your scrotum or elsewhere on your body, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. Our consultant, Mr Richard Viney is a urology surgeon who specialises in the testicular area.
Here are some key characteristics and information about Fordyce spots on the scrotum:
Appearance: Fordyce spots on the scrotum typically appear as tiny, pinpoint-sized, or slightly larger, raised bumps. They can be white, yellowish, or skin-coloured and often appear in clusters.
Very rare, the Fordyce spots can be red and are treated at Eve Clinics by vascular laser.
Location: These spots can develop on the scrotum, as well as other parts of the body such as the lips, shaft of the penis, and inside the cheeks.
Size: Fordyce spots are usually small, ranging from 1 to 3 millimetres in diameter.
Texture: They are typically painless and smooth to the touch. Unlike sexually transmitted infections or other skin conditions, Fordyce spots are not associated with itching, discomfort, or any other symptoms.
Cause: The exact cause of Fordyce spots is not fully understood, but they are believed to be related to the natural variation in sebaceous gland distribution. They are considered a benign and normal variation of skin anatomy.
Fordyce spots on the scrotum can be removed using the SmartXide Touch CO2 laser at our clinic. The CO2 laser emits a concentrated beam of light that vaporises the tissue it comes into contact with. Our practitioner will carefully target and treat each Fordyce spot individually. The laser energy effectively removes the excess sebaceous glands responsible for the spots. The procedure is usually quick, and you may feel some mild discomfort or a sensation of heat during the process. The procedure is non-invasive and will not affect the surrounding skin. Normally it’ll last around 45 minutes depending on the number of spots on your scrotum. It is also a very gentle treatment so will not cause any harm in this delicate area.
Patients will attend a consultation first with Mr Viney. During this consultation, our doctor will examine the area and take a full medical history. He will also look for Fordyce spots on other key areas of the body. During your consultation, you’ll have chance to ask any questions about the procedure, side effects and aftercare you need to follow. Patients will need to have a patch test prior to the treatment to ensure suitability but normally treatment can be carried out on the same day as your consultation.
We can also help if you are concerned with any other irregularities downstairs and can rule out more serious conditions.
After the laser treatment, the treated area may appear a little red, swollen, and possibly have some crusting. This is a normal part of the healing process. We will provide instructions on how to care for the treated area, which may include applying an antibiotic ointment and keeping the area clean. Healing times can vary from person to person, but most individuals can expect the treated area to fully heal within a few weeks or more. During this time, it’s essential to avoid any activities that could irritate or damage the healing skin, such as vigorous rubbing or sexual activity. Dr Viney may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or questions you may have.
While SmartXide Touch CO2 laser treatment is generally safe, it does carry some potential risks, including infection, scarring, changes in pigmentation, or recurrence of Fordyce spots. It’s crucial to follow our post-treatment instructions carefully to minimise these risks.