Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (also known as DPN) is brown/black coloured bumps, usually present on the face, neck and upper part of the body. These bumps typically affect those of African origin, but sometimes can affect Hispanic and Asian people too. DPN can also sometimes be present on the top part of the eyelids. 

DPN usually presents itself to the body by first appearing on the face. Many decades later it may then spread to other body parts, but mainly the upper torso together with the face and neck. The bumps are unpleasant visually and can notably affect the psyche of an individual. However, the bumps are totally harmless, and there is no such danger of their transformation into skin cancer. Statistically, over one third of the black population in North America are affected by Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN). 

DPN is typically present in women more than in men. If one is concerned over these bumps, it would be wise to explore treatment locally. However, should you not get very far with this approach, then we here at Renew Skin and Health Clinic will be willing to lend a helping hand. As you will see in the following videos, Dr Jha likes to vaporise some of these unsightly bumps as a patch test to see how is the result going to be as there is a massive risk of hypo (skin becomes lighter at the treated area) or hyper pigmentation (skin becomes darker at the treated area). Once the client is happy with the outcome of the patch test then Dr Jha would generally proceed with laser vaporisation of these unwanted skin blemishes. Usually this happens before the left ear on the neck (if some of the DPN symptoms are present there). What happens then is the doctor would wait for 3-6 weeks, before beginning the actual treatment, which may take up to 2-3 hours, depending on the severity. Usually, on most occasions, one treatment is generally required. 

 The procedure to remove DPN is usually pain-free and done after the application of a numbing cream (topical anaesthesia). We at Renew Skin & Health Clinic, look after clients from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Leicester, Gloucester, Cardiff, Glasgow, etc. as these specialised services are not widely available in the UK. If you suffer from DPN, a suggested approach would be to take some close up images of your face/ neck areas as applicable. You may then send these images to our specialist doctor by WhatsApp call skin specialist uk on 07866 715 815 for a swift consultation. Alternatively, you may email these images to Upon receiving these images, our specialist doctor, Dr Jha, will assess the situation speedily and get back to you. 

It may be useful to view our ‘before and after’ images of DPN treatment on African skin, please see these set out below. Alternatively, there will be a few videos upon the conclusion of this article, whereby Dr Jha will provide you with a full insight into the whole process that may be involved in your case, if you are looking at treating DPN (Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra) at any clinic. With regards to treatment at our clinic, there will be consultations fees of £100.00. The actual cost of DPN procedure itself can vary from anywhere between £600.00 up to £3000.00, depending upon the severity.

Before After Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra Treatment