Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence)

Many men may think they have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) when they see penis pimples, however may have a condition called Sebaceous Prominence (but also known as Fordyce Spots). These penis pimples are generally caused by over active skin glands. The sebaceous glands secrete too much puss which causes pores to become blocked forming little white bumps under the skin. The bumps may appear on the penis shaft and scrotum, but also on the lips of your face.

Sebaceous Prominence Penis Shaft

Fordyce spots should not be confused with pearly penile papules which look very similar. Pearly penile papules are visible around the glands of the penis.

Women may also have sebaceous prominence pimples on the labia of the vagina too which have the same characteristics to the pimples for a man.

Associated Symptoms of Sebaceous Prominence:

  • Generally 1 to 3mm in size.
  • White pimples/whiteheads/bumps/lumps found mainly on the base or shaft of penis.
  • Can be found in small numbers 1-5 or in abundance, occasionally in rows.
  • Sometimes individual spots become red,inlfamed or swollen.
  • When some spots squeezed white puss comes out and the spot is then gone or white spot and small amounts of blood and spot remains.
  • Pimples become more visible when penis is erect.
  • Pimples look like hair follicle glands.

Because sebaceous prominence is not life threatening or a large market demand, there is no medically backed cure, although patients of the disease have tried finding their own alternative methods to help reduce the effects.

Treatments for Sebaceous Prominence

The various treatments available for penis pimples includes gels and surgical removal. The Sebaceous Prominence forums used to be a good source of information for suffers of the pimples, however due masses of spam, the community boards were removed.
Some members tried squeezing out the sebaceous glands with tweezers and even tried using a surgical knife to cut them out. I personally would not recommend either of those! It could lead to scarring of the penis and even worse if you slip and cut yourself.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are said to be the most effective method to remove and prevent Fordyce Spots returning. Laser treatment is more costly than gels, however longer term, the stress and pimple free gains outweigh the pricing.

Laser Pulse Dye Treatment

One recommendation is the use of laser pulse dye treatments. This type of treatment is available on the NHS, but unfortunately doesn’t cover sebaceous prominence. Having private treatment appears to be the only feasible solution.

Hyfrecation

A hyfrecator is low-powered medical device used in electro-surgery. The electrical pulses are used to destroy tissue and can even stop bleeding during surgery.

Q-switched lasers

Q-switching was first proposed in 1958 by Gordon Gould and first demonstrated in 1961-1962 in a ruby laser. It is generally known as a giant pulse formation which outputs a high gigawatt peak power laser beam. The Q-switching means that lower repetition rates of pulses are needed because each pulse consists of a higher energy.
This type of laser treatment is generally used for removing tattoos and has been a potential method to remove penis pimples too.

Sexual Health

Penis pimples are not harmful, however they can cause lots of stress to men who suffer from them. I have created a sexual health section on MaleVue to help with the various cases that affect mens sexual health on a day to day basis. Sebaceous Prominence is just one of many.

This article was posted on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 and is filed under health & well being, Miscellaneous. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

19 Comment about Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence)

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: John February 27th, 2012
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I am so relieved after reading this. Was so scared for months. I can relax know thank you

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: mak December 17th, 2010
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This shit ruined my life from 14 to 19 years old,, i would never get a blowjob!!
and was just a nervous wreck when it come to having sex with a girl, (incase she noticed)

But finally and very nervously i went to see the dick doctor!!
she very quickly told me there was nothing to worry about and many people have the same worrys!

From that day my sexuall confidence went threw the roof!!

Never be afraid to see the doctor about penis problems,, its an everyday thing for them!!

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: buddy boy September 3rd, 2010
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GOD IM SO RELEAVED READING THIS..thank you!!..i been so paranoid and worried for the past 4 months thinkin i had an STD are genital waarts..i already had it in my head that i was infected by someone that had a std virus..cause i had sex with a couple girls and never used a condom..but that was in 2006 and 2007 and nothing ever poped out since this year in april ,i started noticing small pimple goosebump like spot on my shaft of my penis..and when i eract i can see the bumps more..it really pisses me off that i got these..i been embarssed to get with a chick now since i had this.im affriad she would think its a std and never talk to me and let everyone know i have a virus..BUT THAT WAS BEFORE I READ THIS SITE AND LEARNED what it really was..now i can relaxxx and move on from this nightmare of have a virus on my dick…and everyone that had left feedback here..i FEEL YOUR pain and sorrow of having these pimple,goosebump spot on ur dick,it can make u go insane thinking ur infected..im glad i researched this site and now atleast i dont have to worrey andd suffer thinking i have somthing…

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: Very Annoyed August 30th, 2010
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Hi, i’m 21 years old, and i have had these bumps on my penis for about 6-7 years now… They started slowly at the bottom, and worked their way up from the shaft, up to almost the head… i poped one of them a while back, and instead of going away it got bigger… i guess the question is, has anyone figured out a way to get rid of these annoying little pimples? Cream? Treatment? Surgery? I am really annoying and sick of these little bastards… Please Advice

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: Nikki August 29th, 2010
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My boyfriend has this and I don’t care. It’s not disgusting or gross. I’m still gonna suck him off either way because it makes him feel good.

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: the DUDE August 27th, 2010
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word. i get laid n get head all the time no chicks ever said anything or cared…dont worry bout it…wrap it up n keep on keepin on fellas

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: randy jackson August 18th, 2010
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Wow, so glad i read this i worried everyday thinking i had herpes or warts but was so scared to go get checked cause if you did end up having herpes the whole doctors office would know. So glad i dont have to worry hope they make a cream so i dont have these stupid bumps ofcourse a girl is going to think its a std so it sucks cause its going to be hard to do anything! least its not a std though fellas!

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: A Person July 2nd, 2010
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So glad. It fits the description perfectly. I was scared as hell for a while. Whew!!!

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: austin June 18th, 2010
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OMG get these things off of me i,ve had these things sense i was 10 nd im 17 now, and close to having sex but im gunna drop it cos of these stupid things aaaahhh!! i hate it help plssssssss…but atleast its no HIV shit ha but i would luv to get rid of them..now!

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: Brian Sams May 19th, 2010
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I have had these since i was 12 yrs old and I am now 15. I was very worried I had an STD or something but now I am relieved. But still I would like to get rid of them somehow. I have been scared to get involved with a girl because I do not want her to notice these and they’r kind of embarassing. Is there any way to get rid of them?

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: codey May 19th, 2010
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AHH yes!i thought i had herpes or somethin but should i still see a doctor?what cremes should i use,should i pop the zits?and would a chick stilll give head?

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: the truth May 10th, 2010
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my girlfriend wont put out now because this pimple shit on my daisk. thank god its not a fucking STD.

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: Thank god May 6th, 2010
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Thank god im a teen and i have it but iv never done any thing sexual i thought it was genital warts and really started to worry but thank u i feel so relieved. I am only 14 and iv had it forever. But again thank u

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: Nick April 26th, 2010
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I thought I had an STD for the longest time. I was embarrased about them but after i read this i am not worried anymore. I dont recommend trying to pop them because more of them will form. Its just a relief to know its common.

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: Casie March 15th, 2010
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My husband has this. It doesn’t gross me out or anything. Actually, knowing that it is not an std really helped with our relationship. I have learned that a lot with this also have hair follicle issues all over their body. Guys, look at it like this, when erect you can feel the bumps, look at it as added pleasure for the girl. Sounds gross but its a part of life you can’t get around.

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: juggalo January 25th, 2010
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This helped so much i had no idea i thought i had some std or genitail warts but basicly wat theyre saying is you sweat more than most people do down there n there are creams to reduce tha bumps mmfwcl

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: b-rad January 20th, 2010
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and i was scared i had san std i wouldnt let any girls give me head cause when erect you can feel/see the small bumps

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: Mike July 2nd, 2009
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@Jesus – I think you may need to consider what “pimple” really means. Google is your friend, http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=define%3A+pimple&btnG=Google+Search&meta=&aq=f&oq=

* a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne

* A pimple is a result of a blockage of the skin’s pore. It can be a pustule or papule.

You may also wish to consider what Wikipedia has to offer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimple). I know Wiki is not a 100% reliable source due to the open source freedom state but the general consensus amongst users is that the term “pimple” is appropriate within the context that it is being used.

- Mike.

Penis Pimples (Fordyce Spots & Sebaceous Prominence) by: Jesus July 1st, 2009
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First of all, these are not pimples. Calling them “penis pimples” is both disgusting and misleading.

Second, it’s not a disease, it’s merely a glandular phenomena.

And last, it cannot be cured, so grow a pair and get over it. It’s only a big deal in your own mind.

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