Fordyce spots may be the cause for panic to many merely because these spots are located on the most noticeable part of our face, our lips. However, if their somewhat disturbing appearance is put aside, Fordyce spots are regarded as a small and harmless dermatological condition. They cause no pain and there is a zero chance for you to transmit them to someone. Below we give you more details about this skin condition and some effective ways to put an end to it.
What are Fordyce spots and what causes them?
Fordyce spots can be located on one or both of your lips or in some cases even on your genitals. Men are slightly more likely to have condition than women. The spots start appearing on the sides first and then make their way to the middle. The Fordyce spots are in fact the sebaceous glands. These glands lubricate the skin and hair follicles but when they appear on an area where there is no hair follicle to lubricate they are found as Fordyce spots. Although these posts are present since child birth they may start to appear as small bumps due to hormonal changes during puberty.
Fordyce spots are a very common condition and hit around 70 percent of the population during some point of their lives. As above mentioned, the cause is usually hormonal imbalance and luckily this condition is not transmittable nor dangerous. None the less, consulting your dermatologist is a must before approaching this in your own way. You must get your doctor’s opinion first to make sure that you are dealing with Fordyce spots not some other more severe disease.
How to get rid of Fordyce spots
These spots just disappear naturally with time and no treatment is required but if they are ruining your appearance and you just want them gone as soon as possible, you are at the right place. Bellow, we have listed some natural treatments that will strip you from these problems.
Ginger is not only a standard among home remedies it is also very effective in getting rid of these spots mostly because if its antihistamine properties. Ginger decreases the production of extra sebum, which is the exact cause of Fordyce spots.
If you cannot find ginger extract in your local market or on the internet, here is how to prepare it at home:
Take 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a handful of ginger and put it in a small mixer. Blend until the ginger is fully broken down and then add 200 ml of water.
Transfer this mixture in a clear mason jar and cover it with airtight lid. Leave it exposed to sun for a week. After a week has passed transfer the liquid into another container.
If you are using ginger oil take only too drops and apply with a cotton pad. Repeat this every night before you go to bed for a week and wash it off in the morning.
- Argan oil
This oil is commonly used as a moisturizer because it is quickly absorbed in the skin and doesn’t leave it oily after application. Argan oil is rich with linoleic acid and works in the way that it takes out the extra serum from the pores and with this enables your skin to get back to its true nature.
Use 2 drops of argan oil rub them on your fingers until you feel a warmth and then apply directly on the Fordyce spots. Do this for a week and you will witness effect.
- Garlic and lemon
For this recipe you will need 1-2 tablespoon od lemon juice and 2 cloves of garlic. Put them in a blender and process until it is completely blended. Then add 200 ml of water and mix again. Apply this with a cotton pad on the infected area and leave it overnight. Clean it in the morning with warm water. Go on with this process for two weeks.
- Coconut oil
Rub a few drops of coconut oil on the spots daily and if you want to enhance the effect add lavender oil to it.
Keep it clean
When dealing with this type of problems doctors usually advice not to use cosmetics products because they irritate the skin and disturb the pores. But if you must, use only products labeled as noncomedogenic.
To prevent any further bacterial-infection clean the area by washing it with mild soap 2-3 times a day.