Elective Treatment of Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

A Review of Treatment Modalities

Mimi Tran, MD; Vincent Richer, MD, FRCPC, FAAD


Skin Therapy Letter. 2020;25(4):1-5. 

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This literature review demonstrates that, in many ways, the large number of treatment options for DPN reported is a direct reflection of the absence of consensus regarding the best option. The few studies comparing treatment modalities head-to-head point to comparable efficacy, but more favorable satisfaction/tolerance using KTP laser when compared to electrodessication. As the body of evidence grows, we look forward to seeing expanding options and increased safety in the treatment of conditions that are common on skin of color, such as DPN.