Fordyce spots (also called “sabaceous glands”) are often mistaken for genital warts by guys who wake up one morning and suddenly discover some little bumps on their penis that weren’t there before.
First of all, don’t freak out. A guy can not have fordyce spots for many years and then all of a sudden wake up and have some. It happens very often to guys all over the world, except it’s not something most people talk about (for obvious reasons.) About 30% of guys will get fordyce spots in their lifetime.
Every month, I get at least several emails from guys who have mistaken fordyce spots for genital warts and it’s really messing with their mind.
Usually all it takes are some simple picture comparisons with what you have to determine the facts. So below I’m going to post some fordyce spots pictures for men and also give you some guidelines for how fordyce spots behave.
Fordyce spots typically form in a pattern similar to the photo above – along the underside and side of the penis.
This and the photo below are great examples of how fordyce spots look like little skin-colored goose bumps
Although it is pretty rare, fordyce spots CAN form on the head of the penis.
Here are the general “rules” about fordyce spots that might help you narrow it down:
- the most common area they form is on the penis shaft (or rarely, the head or scrotum area) and usually kind of on the underside moreso than the top
- they look like goose bumps (small and skin colored) and maybe a little whiteish if you stretch the skin
- about 30% of all guys have them and you can get them later in life like what you may have just experienced (I’ve had them since I was very young and they’ve gotten less noticeable in recent years)
- there’s not much you can do about fordyce spots – I think there is a laser procedure for extremely bad ones but for the normal guy this is not a smart thing to do
- usually only the guy who has them can even notice them – most girls and other people who might look down there aren’t going to notice them
- It is also possible for women to get little fordyce spot bumps around the vulva area (they look similar to male spots but I do not have any photos of them at this time)
- Fordyce spots can also appear around the mouth or even in the pocket of skin underneath the eye
Having these things does not mean anything is wrong with you. It just means some glands under the skin have sortof “poked up” a little higher than usual, causing bumps to be visible on the skin.
Realizing what these things on you really are will take the stress and pressure off of thinking you have an STD when in fact this is really harmless. Bottom line is if you have a normal case of fordyce spots, just don’t worry about it.
For more comparisons and to see what REAL genital warts look like, check out my page of genital warts pictures.