All About Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN)

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra Treatment

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra also known as DPN is a health condition which is a development of small dark or brown bumps and usually occurs in the facial area. The condition usually starts to occur during teenage and developed as the year goes by. This skin disease commonly occurs in African-American but people with fairer skin can also develop the disease. The small dark bumps usually occur in the facial area especially upper cheeks, chest, neck, and also back. Studies believe that the condition is another variant of a medical condition which is known as Seborrheic Kerastase because if the bumps are examined under a microscope, there is no difference between those two conditions.


The cause

The main cause of Dermatosis papulosa nigra is still not clear. However, dermatologists believe in one possible cause which is pilosebaceous follicle that does not properly develop. Besides, the condition is also linked to genetically inherited as the study shows that 40-50% of DPN patients have the same issue runs in the family.

The symptom

As aforementioned above that this skin condition is 35% affects the African-American; however, the disease can also be found in dark skinned Asians. In addition, the disease tends to affect women than man in general. The general symptom of the disease usually appears for the first time during teenage and gradually develops with age. There is no evidence of crusting, scaling, or even ulceration in the condition. It indeed not causes any serious symptom so far; it is just not pleasant to see.

The treatment

This skin condition is relatively harmless and usually, do not require certain treatment. But, in case it is needed, there are some natural dermatosis papulosa nigra removal options available as well as surgery includes laser, cryotherapy, and also curettage. Surgery will be required if the condition causes skin discoloration, postoperative scarring, or formation of keloids.

Castor oil – castor oil is believed to effectively reduce the appearance of the black bumps. You just need to use some castor oil and apply it on the affected area with a little massage for about two or three times a day.

Garlic – garlic is also shown to effectively treat the lesions as well as reduce the appearance. You only need to crush a clove of garlic and then apply it on the affected area. Cover it with a bandage.

Banana – banana peel is believed to have a good effect on the skin wellbeing. It can be used as a mask and also an effective treatment for DPN. You will need to use the white part of the banana peel which is the inside part. Place the banana peel in the affected area until it touches the skin. Cover it with a bandage and leave the banana peel for couple hours.

Vitamin tablets – vitamin C is known as a powerful vitamin to enhance the skin complexion. This can also be applied to the skin to reduce the lesions. You will need to crush vitamin C tablet and then apply it over the affected area and cover it with a bandage.