Dermatosis papulosanigra, or DPN as it may be called, is a benign growthmostly seen on people with darker skin. These growths are commonly characterized by small, dark papules on the face, neck, and chest.
Symptoms & Appearance
DPNs usually presents as small black or dark brown papules that can protrude from the skin or be roundand flat. They can range in size from 1 to several millimeters. Over time, the bumps can become rougher and wart-like, or even appear like skin tags. There is usually a genetic predisposition and their number increases as the person ages.
Since they are benign, no treatment is necessary. However, some people choose to remove them for cosmetic reasons.
Some common options for removal include:
- Curettage – Scraping away the bumps with a small scalpel-like instrument.
- Electrocautery – Involves using a small probe with an electric current to burn away the bumps.
- Cryosurgery – Freezing off the bumps using liquid nitrogen.
For more information on these skin growths or to schedule an appointment, be sure to contact Nova Dermatology today.