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Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra


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Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a unique skin condition seen primarily in persons of color. It appears as small, dark bumps and most commonly affects the face, neck, chest, and back.

Dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN) is a skin condition made up of many small, benign skin lesions on the face that closely simulate seborrheic keratoses, a skin condition generally presenting itself on dark-skinned individuals such as African American skin and ethnic skin.

The cause of dermatosis papulosa nigra is uncertain. There is a strong genetic basis for the dark skin disorder, and oftentimes the lesions can be seen in several members of the same family. Under the microscope, the lesions are a type of keratosis that is harmless.

Dermatosis papulosa nigra is not a skin cancer, and it will not turn into a skin cancer.

The skin condition Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is chronic, with new lesions appearing over time, as people age. Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman are two famous celebrity people with this common skin condition.

Generally speaking, no treatment is necessary other than for cosmetic concerns. Such as if you'd like to have them removed because they bother you about how you look. In certain circumstances, if the lesions are symptomatic (painful, inflamed, itchy, or catch on clothing), the lesions can be treated via a minor in-office surgical procedure to take care of them.

At Crutchfield Dermatology we take a great deal of pride in our very effective Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra treatments. We use state-of-the-art equipment and treatments for our patients.

Dr. Charles Crutchfield is a board certified dermatologist in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School (1994) and a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Charles Crutchfield has had some very extensive training in the treatment of the skin disorder Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra, including topical medications and surgical approaches to treatment.

Dr. Crutchfield will carefully evaluate your condition and design a custom dermatosis papulosa nigra treatment program that is just right for you, just as we did for our patients pictured below.

Treatment Performance
Dr. Crutchfield performs all Botox Cosmetic and Restylane/Perlane and Juvederm treatments personally. For other cosmetic treatments, such as Pixel laser treatments, Lipodissolve Ultra, AFT light treatments, he may provide a combined treatment with his highly trained staff or have a skilled staff member perform the treatment(s)completely.

If you have any questions feel free to discuss this with Dr. Crutchfield at the time of consultation.

Dr. Crutchfield offers a money back guarantee for the treatment of the frown lines in the glabella (only) with a combination of Botox Cosmetic and Restylane if a patient uses the treatment amounts that he recommends.

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