Skincare | Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra Removal

Wednesday, 16 July 2014



This post has been in the pipeline for some time but I've been reluctant to post this as the look of my skin has been a sensitive issue for me. During my teenage years I struggled with terrible bouts of acne and this really knocked my confidence as a person. My spots have calmed down dramatically in the last few years but it's taken me some time to be happy with the look of my skin. Apart from monthly breakouts my main skin concern is the Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) on my face and neck. You may have noticed it in some of my pictures - DPN is the appearance of round brown, almost black, spots which look a little like moles or skin tags. As I've got older the number of them have increased and I eventually decided to get them removed.

Unfortunately there isn't a huge amount of information on DPN online and less so on where to get it removed in the UK, which is mostly what prompted me to post this. You can get it removed at Absolute Aesthetics so I met with Vicki Smith, Aesthetic Practitioner, at their London clinic in the beginning of March this year. She confirmed that I had DPN which could be removed with Advanced Electrolysis.

I had my treatment on Friday 21 March and opted for one 30 minute session (£130). You can vary the length of the treatment from 15 to 45 minutes. Most of my DPN was treated apart from the smaller ones above my eyes and around my temples. My cheeks were numbed with anaesthetic and here there was no pain but other parts of my face felt uncomfortable during the process, especially my jaw line and under eye area.

Straight after the treatment my face was very red, scabby and puffy. I looked horrible. After the treatment it was suggested to avoid makeup and stay out of the sun. It took about 3 days for the redness to subside and the small scabs gradually fell off over the next week. I was left with no scarring, and most of my DPN had been removed with the exception of the bigger ones which reduced in size and faded in colour.


It's been several months since I had the treatment and overall it worked really well. Initially I thought I wouldn't get this treatment done again because I rarely have a few days of down time to allow my skin to heal. However, seeing how much clearer my skin looks has had me toying with the idea of going back to Absolute Aesthetics to remove the remaining DPN. It wasn't until I compiled all the pictures together that I realised how successful the treatment was! I'm feeling a lot more positive about my skin finally and I'm at least wearing less makeup, though I haven't abandoned it completely...yet.

Have you had any skin treatments before? 

Lesley x

29 comments:

  1. The treatment is amazing, from all your great pictures you wouldn't know. Thanks for this information, it's a very timely post as a friend of my has DPN and was also looking into treatment, I'll definitely send her your post

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  2. I am so glad i came here to read about DPN . i also battle with acne from time to time and i have DPN around my neck region. Even though it doesn't give me so much worries I am relieved to know that its normal and it has nothing to do with my medication. I like the results you got from your treatment and I wouldnt have known you had any blemishes because you always look pretty and flawless in most of your pics. Great post dear and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Uzo, yes it's definitely a common problem! It's usually benign and there's no medical issues. People usually get them removed for cosmetic reasons - as I did! Thank you x

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  3. I think your skin has always looked great in all pictures you ve posted. But of course now i see the difference in the picture. The smide show wS very fast but the difference is clear.

    I also have those spots on my torso and had one or two in My face. The face ones i took away with Apple cider vinegsr. Very Easy meth

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    1. thod. You can check on you tube.
      But the treatment you have had seems super!

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    2. Thank you Lisa. My skin isn't that bad at the moment, but where I had acne for some time as a teenager it made me very critical of my skin. I will definitely check out the apple cider vinegar method and try it on my remaining DPN x

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  4. You take the best selfie photos so I would have never guess. The treatment is certainly worth it as I can see a big difference. You have gorgeous skin thou.

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  5. Hi. Only started reading your blog yesterday after stumbling across it by accident. I'm not usually one for these type of things but your modesty, honesty and direct approach is refreshing! You're one of my current inspirations in learning to love myself so thanks :) Keep up the good work and you truly are gorgeous despite any insecurities you may have! Shirleen x

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    1. Thank you, that's really lovely of you to say so x

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  6. Great improvement. I never noticed the DPN, just thought you had light freckles. Does the treatment stop the tags from regrowing?

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    1. Thank you Neo. It doesn't stop them from growing, only removes them unfortunately x

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  7. photos & results are stunning
    love them
    stylebyndidi

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  8. Your results rock. You are beautiful, then and now! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  9. Nice! Great results. That is so brave of you- I would be so scared that my skin would not heal right.

    Thank you for sharing these results.

    xx,
    Kuyeek

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    1. I was scared as there was a risk of scaring but thankfully it went okay x

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  10. Just a link for you to read about how you can take the Spots away your self. It works best with the ones that sticks out. The flat ones are harder to totally get rid off. Also, make sure you poke them with a clean needle before. Otherwise the ACV wont get below the surface. I ve done this on many moles. Your face looks very good now bit if you have more on your body.

    http://applecidervinegarmoleremoval.com

    http://www.earthclinic.com/mobile/CURES/moles.html

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I'll definitely look into it x

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  11. Omg, what amazing results. I've noticed I started getting skin tags on my neck but my nan has had them for a number of years. I quite like the look on her but she's never been so keen on them xo

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    1. Thanks LaaLaa. I have a few skin tags too but as they're not on my face they don't really bother me. I guess it's all done to personal preference! x

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  12. I stumbled upon your blog having clicked on a product review of yours. Just had to say, you are absolutely gorgeous!

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  13. hey Lesley, im really considering taking of my dpn's have already gone for consultation at absolute aesthetic but im still scared i need your advice since you have been through it before as my dpns makes me feel depressed. Did u do a patch test before the whole treatment?

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    1. Hey Wendy, sorry for the late reply. I didn't have a patch test, though you can. I just got as much done in one treatment as I knew I wouldn't be able to get time off from work to keep going back. Did the consultation help? x

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