They are small, brown or black bumps that are sometimes mistaken for moles. It is felt that a combination of heredity, ageing and exposure to the sun are factors in the development of DPNs.

Signs and symptoms

  • Numerous 1–5 mm firm, smooth and raised dark brown to black bumps occur on the cheeks and forehead. These bumps may also appear on the neck and trunk.
  • Mild – less than 10 spots Moderate – 10 to 50 spots
  • Severe – more than 50 spots

In Office treatment:

Since DPNs are non-cancerous, they do not have to be treated. They do, however, increase in number and size as women/men mature and it is for these reasons that many women want them treated.

At Skin Renewal, DPN s are successfully removed with the small spot size 3mm of the long pulsed Nd: YAG laser. This procedure is generally well tolerated and healing generally occurs within one week. Side effects of removal may include light or black skin discolourations which usually fade rapidly especially if the skin is pretreated with a skin lightening agent. Any laser that has a spot size smaller than the actual size of the dark spot (such as the Cutera Nd: YAG laser) that has to be treated can be safely treated in skin of colour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Normally in dark skin types (namely 5’s and 6’s), we often encounter the formation of DPN on the face, often found around the eyes. These appear as small raised lesions that can be described as small warts or small “moles”, and they are much darker than the rest of the skin, giving the skin an uneven look. They are also quite commonly referred to as “Morgan Freeman” spots. Unfortunately there is no cream or product that will take these away. We have to remove these by means of a laser therapy. If you have other areas where the skin is “discoloured” or hyper-pigmented there are many products that can be used to help you treat that particular problem. However, it is important to use the appropriate product for your type of pigmentation, and we need to have a good look at your skin to ensure that we prescribe the most appropriate product for you. This will be determined by the darkness of the pigmentation as well as the depth of the pigmentation. Some pigmented areas may even require special treatments if the pigment is sitting very deep in the skin. If the pigment is sitting in the superficial layers of the skin, it is normally easier to treat. The problem is that we need to have you in front of us so that the proper analysis with Woods Lamps etc can be done. 


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Reviewed on 8 September 2014 by SM from Skin Renewal Bedfordview

The overall experience is both painful and very good. In terms of the pain factor of the laser treatment. However I am happy with the results so far, skin is healing nicely. The therapist is wonderful, very friendly, keeps me distracted from the pain.

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