Bumps on Face (DPN)

Lucere's DPN Treatment

Bumps on Face, medically known as Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN), are just as the name suggests – multiple, tiny bumps (1-5 mm in diameter) that grow on the face and neck. These bumps can be dark brown or black and are usually smooth and firm. 

These bumps are typically harmless, but many individuals do not like the presence of them on their face and neck. As the leading dermatology clinic in Edmonton, Lucere has the solution to help with bumps on the face (DPN).

Benefits of Lucere's DPN Treatment:

  • Reduce the appearance of bumps on your face 
  • Improve self-esteem and restore confidence 

Treatment Time

30 minutes to 1 hour

Discomfort Level




Recovery Time

0-4 days (some swelling and/or bruising)

Treatments & Results

Results: You will see results immediately, but it takes a full 2 weeks for better results and 4-6 weeks for optimal results. Regular treatments are recommended to maintain and enhance your results. This also helps to prevent more lines & wrinkles from forming and/or deepening.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN)?

Bumps on the face, medically knows as Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) are small bumps about 1-5 mm in diameter found on the face and neck (though they can occur on the chest and back). These bumps are typically firm and smooth, with dark brown or black coloration.

Can anyone get Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) or Bumps on Face?

Bumps on the face (DPN) commonly affects people of color, specifically with a Fitzpatrick skin phototype 4, 5 or 6. In terms of gender, females are affected by DPN more frequently than males, although this condition can affect both genders. It is common for DPN to begin in adolescence, with the size and number of lesions increasing with age. 

What is the cause of Bumps on Face or DPN?

The papules that are created from Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) are identical to small seborrhoeic keratoses. 40-50% of clients have a family history of the condition and it is likely a genetic factor that plays a role in bumps on the face. The medical community believes the condition to be caused from a naevoid developmental defect of the hair follicle. 

What are the clinical features of Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN)?

Bumps on the face (DPN) are mainly found on the cheeks and forehead, but can also be found on the neck, chest and upper back. These papules are typically symptomless, and client’s mainly regard them as unsightly. Crusting, scaling and ulceration do not occur with this condition.

How is this condition diagnosed?

Testing is not needed to diagnose DPN clinically. However, a Board-Certified Dermatologist should analyze your skin just to be certain this is the condition you have, or if you would need further testing and a skin biopsy.

Where can I treat Bumps on Face or DPN in Edmonton?

As the leading dermatology and laser clinic in Edmonton, Lucere is proud to offer professional DPN treatments to our clients. Dr. Zaki Taher is a Board-Certified Dermatologist who specializes in Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Surgery, and our expert team is specially selected to work alongside him.  

Our staff is experienced and highly trained in advanced cosmetic dermatology techniques and technologies. To determine the right treatment for you, book a complimentary consultation today!

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