Hello, I was wondering if Fordyce Spots are by any chance hereditary?
Despite the fact that the medical community has not yet accurately identified the causes of Fordyce Spots, it is generally believed that there is usually an underlying genetic predisposition. Fordyce Spots, also referred to as Fordyce’s Spots, are small, white sebaceous glands that may appear around the shaft of the penis, the female vulva, the vermilion border or the interior of the mouth. Since the Fordyce sebaceous glands do not possess any hair follicles, the body’s natural oil, or sebum, continues to build-up until it forms one of these dome-shaped spots. Normally, the hair follicle acts as an outlet for the body’s production of sebum, but in such cases, the oil is simply trapped beneath the skin.
While there is still only speculation connecting Fordyce Spots with any hereditary condition, we do know that they are not sexually transmitted, they are not caused by any virus or by a lack of hygiene.