What is the white dot on my lip?


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According to WebMD, Fordyce spots are white dots that sometimes show up on lips. This condition sometimes occurs when the skin's sebaceous -- oil producing -- glands extend onto the lips.

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WebMD states that the existence of the sebaceous glands in the lips is often unknown until the dots appear. In addition, Fordyce spots are not dangerous and there is no treatment for the condition.

The University of California, Santa Barbara, indicates that the bumps appear when oil in the sebaceous glands becomes blocked. The lip spots are sometimes mistaken for a sexually transmitted disease although the condition is not linked to sexual behavior.

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