If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Whiteheads and other small, white bumps on the penis are common and usually harmless. White bumps on the penis may be pimples caused by acne , pearly penile papules, or bumps called Fordyce spots. However, white spots can also be caused by some sexually transmitted diseases STDs and may require treatment. This article will look at some possible causes and treatments of whiteheads and other bumps on the penis.
What are Fordyce spots? Fordyce spots are whitish-yellow bumps that can occur on the edge of your lips or inside your cheeks. The spots, also called Fordyce granules or Fordyce glands, are enlarged oil glands. They are completely normal, harmless, and painless. According to a case report published in Clinical Case Reports and Reviews journal, they occur in 70 to 80 percent of adults. Oil glands, called sebaceous glands, are usually associated with hair follicles. Fordyce spots appear on your skin where no hair is present.
New lesions appear, previous lesions increase in size No or minimal change Normal variants Pearly penile papules Pearly penile papules PPPs are tiny lumps seen in neat rows around the corona of the glans penis Figure 1. They can occur as a single row, or in multiple orderly rings encircling the corona. PPPs are numerous, uniform, symmetrical and dome shaped, and vary from 1 to 3 mm in length. Histologically, PPPs resemble angiokeratomas.
View All Back To Top Sebaceous hyperplasia is a very common condition that causes small bumps on the skin. The bumps are most often skin-colored, but can also take on a white to slightly yellow tint. The surface of the bumps can be smooth, or slightly uneven and coarse. Symptoms We have tiny glands underneath the surface of the skin called sebaceous glands. These glands are found everywhere, except for the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.