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Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

What is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra? Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is a condition that presents as small brown or black bumps, usually on the face.  These are benign lesions that most often appear on skin of color.  35% of African Americans have Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra.  There is a strong genetic link to Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN); more than 50% of patients with DPN have other family members with DPN.  It is much more common in women than men. Is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra dangerous? No, DPN are benign lesions.  They may be cosmetically undesirable to some people, but they are not worrisome lesions and do not need to be addressed for any medical reason. Do children have Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra? It is very rare to see DPN in children younger than 7 years old.  It is generally a disease of adults and increases in incidence as patients get older. Is there any way to prevent DPN lesions?  Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra are mostly genetically linked; there is no way to prevent the lesions from presenting on the face.  The lesions do not go away without treatment and they tend to increase in number as the person ages. How can DPN be removed? There are many options for the removal of DPN lesions, including electrodessication, cryosurgery and curettage.  Topical anesthetic (numbing cream) is applied prior to the treatment, if necessary.

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