“Right around when I turned 28, I started to notice what I thought were tiny black moles popping up on my cheeks and around my eyes. As a beauty editor who is proudly obsessed with my skin-care routine, I’m always keeping an eye on new spots, whether it’s an acne scar or a skin tag, and figuring out how to get rid of them. But even after months of using vitamin C, which many dermatologists recommend as an effective treatment for dark spots, these moles wouldn’t go away.
When I described the spots to a dermatologist, he said that these were likely something called dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN), a benign skin condition common in African Americans and those with darker skin tones that usually runs in families. Come to think of it, I realized, both my mom and grandma have similar spots scattered on their cheeks. It helped to get a name for the spots that were slowly appearing all over my face, and I was glad to learn that the condition was harmless. But I still wanted to know if there was an easy way to remove these spots or if I was stuck with them for life, so I asked some more dermatologists to tell me all they knew about DPN.” Click here to read more.