Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
What Is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra?
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.
What It Looks Like
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.
What Causes DPN?
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.
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Is This Skin Cancer?
Dermatosis papulosa nigra is not a skin cancer, and it will not turn into a skin cancer.
Will It Go Away With Time?
No. 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.
Do I Have To Get Treatment?
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.
About Dr. Charles Crutchfield
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.Schedule an appointment today. Our goal is to make you look good and feel great with beautiful skin.
Patient TestimonialsFor the past six months, I have visited Crutchfield Dermatology. I am extremely happy and satisfied with the receptionist's and nurses for their kind hospitality. Not forgetting Dr. Crutchfield for taking extreme care of my face removing DPN's. Once again, thanks. I have recommended several of my friends to Dr. Crutchfield.
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Eagan, MN 55123 USA
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