Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

DPN Description:

  • DPN is a harmless skin condition affecting up to one to third of blacks.
  • It consists of dark small multiple small papules (lumps) on the face.


  • DPN is a harmless condition and no treatment is generally indicated unless lesions are cosmetically undesirable.

Treatment options include:

  • Snip Excision.
  • Cauterization - involves using heat by the electrical probe.
  • Cryotherapy - apply liquid nitrogen to the lesions.
  • Laser Therapy.


  • After removal discoloration and scarring can result.