see also Seborrhoeic Keratosis
These small domed, pedunculated or plate-like growths are histologically similar to Seborrhoeic Keratosis (q.v.) and, like these, tend to increase in size and number with
age. They are very common on adults with
very dark skin, tending to form in clusters or chains on the face, neck, upper back
and chest. It is estimated that up to one-third of people
with Type VI skin are affected.
While the exact cause is unknown, there is a strong likelihood of a hereditary factor
and there is some suggestion that they are caused by a developmental defect within the hair
follicles. Women are more likely to be affected than men. The
lesions are benign and no treatment is necessary unless for cosmetic reasons.
If removal is desired, the precision
afforded by advanced electrolysis can normally remove each individual papule without
damaging the surrounding skin. It should be noted that a limited number of lesions can be treated in a single session so a course of treatments is usually required which will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra