Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

What is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra?

dermatosis papulosa nigraDermatosis Papulosa Nigra is a common disorder which develops in adolescence on black and Asian skin, and is identified by smooth, dome shaped, brown to black papules (small lumps) seen mainly on the cheeks, neck and upper chest. The papules can measure between 1mm and 5mm in diameter. They are classed as benign lesions which are totally harmless.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra affects around 35% of black Americans, the actor Morgan Freeman being a classic example. There is a lower frequency of Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra in African Americans with a fairer complexion. It also occurs among dark-skinned Asians and Polynesians, but the exact frequency is unknown. Females are more frequently affected than males.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra usually begins in adolescence. The incidence, number and size of lesions increases with age. Lesions occur mainly on the cheeks and forehead but may also be found on the neck, upper back and chest. Although the papules are not harmful, they may be regarded as unsightly.

The papules are small Seborrhoeic keratosis and are likely to be genetically determined with 40-50% of patients having a family history. It is believed to be due to a naevoid developmental defect of the hair follicle.

Although the real cause of Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is uncertain, it is known that there is a strong genetic basis for this disorder. Often, the lesions can be seen in several members of the same family.

Treatment for Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

We now treat Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra in Winchester. We offer effective non surgical treatment for Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra using advanced cosmetic procedures. Click here to find out more about the treatment>> The treatment removes the unsightly papules permanently and usually only a single treatment is required. Call us today on 01962 809937 for a free consultation.

Treatment is kept superficial to minimize the risk of complications.  We may conduct a patch test on a less visible area first to gauge how well the skin responds prior to any treatment course being agreed upon. (Incorrect treatment can result in increased and/or decreased pigmentation, scarring and keloid formation.)

We have clients who visit us for specialist skin treatments from all over the South of England and beyond. We are one of the few skin clinics to offer Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra treatment in the UK and we are conveniently located on the M3 for travel from London, Bristol, Birmingham, Oxord, Southampton and Portsmouth.  Call us for a free consultation. We can often carry out treatment on the same day as the consultation for those travelling from any UK destination.


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