Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra often affects individuals of African, Hispanic or Asian descent. This condition often manifests as lesions on the skin which look like flat or raised moles. They commonly appear under the eyes or on the cheeks. Some people start developing DPN around adolescence. Others will start noticing these bumps later in life, such as the mid-thirties or early forties. Notable celebrities who have these facial moles include: Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby and Maya Angelou.
The good news is that Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra is perfectly harmless. However, many individuals fret when the moles start to increase in number. They also tend to get bigger in size as well.
CAUSES OF DERMATOSA PAPULOSA NIGRA
Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra is considered to be a form of seborrhoeic keratosis which benign growths that often resemble warts or actinic keratosis. The exact causes of Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra moles are not clear. Some people think the condition results from consuming too much sugar. However, many medical experts feel that these lesions are closely tied to genetics. And this may result in the abnormal development of hair follicle units.
TREATING DERMATOSA PAPULOSA NIGRA
Although there are creams and products that claim to get rid of DPN bumps, most medical experts are skeptical about their effectiveness. Hyperpigmentation is a more likely result to occur from using such items.
The best way to get rid of Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra bumps is through a dermatology procedure. Common forms of treatment include: (1)Excision (2)Cryotherapy (3)Electrodessication
Excision involves the use of surgical instruments to remove the moles. This may cause tiny, but cosmetically insignificant scars. In many cases these will eventually go away. Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the tissue so that it falls off. However, there is a relatively high chance of hyperpigmentation from this.
Mild electrodessication is the preferred treatment for most cases of Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra. An electric current is used to cut the targeted tissue so that it can be removed. For raised moles, the current can also close the blood vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen to sustain its growth.
Cosmetic lasers (e.g. Nd:YAG 1064 nm) can be used to heat the melanin of the DPN bumps. This causes the pigment to condense into a mass that can then be broken down and removed by the body. Treatment with a laser will result in a scab that falls away within a few days after the procedure.
Most procedures for getting rid of Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra moles are relatively inexpensive, costing around a few hundred dollars.
The best way to treat this condition is to see a dermatologist as opposed to trying to get rid of the moles yourself.