How to remove Fordyce spots

What are Fordyce spots?

Fordyce spots are small whitish bumps that can occur on the edge of your lips. They are entirely normal, harmless, and painless and can occur in 70 to 80 percent of adults. In contrast to acne whiteheads that can appear on one side of the lips, Fordyce spots will usually appear symmetrically around the rim of the mouth.

Is it possible to remove Fordyce spots?

Fordyce spots are benign, and there is usually no need to treat them. Don’t pick or squeeze on Fordyce spots. This will no help remove them and can cause infection and even long term scaring.

What are the treatment options for Fordyce spots?

Destroying the spots with electrosurgery (electro needle), laser or chemical peeling agent. Gentler options are using a retinoid cream like this one. These creams can help but will usually take 3-6 months to see a noticeable improvement, and can cause some redness and irritation fo the area.

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