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What Are White Spots On The Lips?
People may sometimes have small white spots on their lips and are mostly found on the edges of lips or inside the cheeks are known as Fordyce spots. White spots are also known as Fordyce glands or Fordyce granules. These are tiny (1 to 2 millimeters) visible sebaceous, or oil-producing, glands of our body. They are normal, painless, non-infectious, and do not cause any itching. The condition occurs in over 60% of adults. White patches or white spots on lips may be a sign of lip cancer.
What Are The Symptoms Of White Spots On The Lips?
White spots are small, pale bumps or spots with a diameter in the range of 1-3 mm. Patients may experience single white spots or in clusters. They become more pronounced when a person becomes older. White spots do not cause pain or itching. It doesn’t transfer from one person to another. Some men with White spots may wonder whether they have any cancer, but these are often harmless. People may also have white spots on lips under the skin.
What Causes White Spots On Lips?
White spots are tiny between 1-3 mm in diameter. They are only noticeable in a few people. Men are at increased risk for white spots than women. The causes of White spots include;
Though White spots can appear at any age. They are more likely to occur at puberty or middle adulthood. It might be due to the increased oil production of oil glands at these ages. It further explains why infants seldom have visible White spots.
2. Greasy Skin
Peoples with greasy/oily skin in nature are more likely to have noticeable White spots than peoples with dry skin. It might be because people with greasy/oily skin produce more skin oil. So, they are more prone to have enlarged oil glands hence noticeable White spots.
3. Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer may also cause white spots. Peoples with colorectal cancers have more chances of noticeable White spots.
4. Rheumatic Disorders
People with rheumatic disorders may develop white spots as they grow older
Home Remedies For White Spots On Lips
A concoction of Garlic flakes with water and lemon juice with an empty stomach may reduce white spots. Garlic possesses antibacterial properties.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple Cider Vinegar has astringent and antibacterial properties. A mixture of ACV and water in equal proportions, applied on the spots twice a week, can reduce White spots. The astringent property of ACV acts as a toner and balances the oil and sebum levels in your skin.
3. Coconut Oil
Applying coconut oil along with a few drops of lavender oil may reduce White spots. That is because coconut oil moisturizes the skin, which may have gone dry because of extra sebum production, thus causing the White spots.
4. Jojoba And Argan Oil
Mix Jojoba oil and Argan oil in equal proportion and apply then rinse after 10 min. The jojoba oil is rich in vitamin E. It nourishes the skin and reduces the size of enlarged pores. It decreases the excess sebum secretion. Argan oil also supports reducing the oil secretion levels of the skin.
Methods To Treat White Spots On The Lips
It is not necessary to treat White spots for your health. They are harmless and common. If White spots are not bothering you, they can be left aside. If you do not like your White spots or find them ugly, you may consider a few effective cosmetic treatments.
Some dermatologists offer laser treatments to remove the spots and prevent them from appearing back, but these treatments may leave scars. The doctor may also recommend short-term treatment with oral isotretinoin. The doctor may also remove the spots through Micro-punch surgery. In this technique, the doctor uses a pen-like device to remove the spots after punching the skin.