Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN)

What is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN)?

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (also known as DPN) is characterized by small brown or black spots that are on the skin around the cheekbones and eyes. The dark spots may also be found on other areas of the face, neck, chest, and back. The spots may be flat or hang off the skin like a skin tag.

What are the symptoms of Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra?

DPN may be itchy, irritating, or cosmetically undesired. This condition occurs most frequently in dark-skinned people. Women are more likely to develop this condition than men.

What is the cause of dermatosis papulosa nigra?

The cause of dermatosis papulosa nigra is unknown.

How is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra treated?

Although dermatosis papulosa nigra is not a dangerous condition, some patients choose to have the spots removed for cosmetic reasons. Treatment may not be able to completely remove spots, the goal of treatment should be to minimize the appearance of spots rather than to remove them completely.

Non- surgical treatment options for dermatosis papulosa nigra include dermabrasion, and laser removal. Special care must be taken when treating skin of color patients with dermatosis papulosa nigra because of the increased likelihood of developing scarring and coloration problems.

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