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Understanding DPNs, Skin Tags, and Seborrheic Keratosis: Causes & Treatment

Dermatological conditions such as DPNs (Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra), skin tags, and seborrheic keratosis are common benign skin growths that can occur in individuals of all ages. While these growths are typically harmless, they can cause cosmetic concerns or discomfort. In this article, we will delve into what DPNs, skin tags, and seborrheic keratosis are, why they occur, who is susceptible to them, prevention methods, when to seek medical attention, available treatment options, the benefits of RF ablation and CO2 laser, post-removal aftercare, amongst others.

What are DPNs, Skin Tags, and Seborrheic Keratosis?

  • DPNs: Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra are small, dark brown or black papules that typically appear on the face and neck, particularly among individuals with darker skin types

  • Skin Tags: Skin tags are small, soft, and often flesh-colored growths that protrude from the skin. They can be found in various areas of the body, commonly in skin folds or areas with friction.

  • Seborrheic Keratosis: Seborrheic keratosis are non-cancerous growths that usually have a waxy or scaly appearance. They can range in color from light tan to dark brown and can be found on the face, chest, back, or other body parts.

Why do we get Skin Tags?

The precise causes of DPNs, skin tags, and seborrheic keratosis are not fully understood. However, there are several factors that may contribute to their development, including genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, friction, and aging. These growths can affect individuals of all ages and skin types.

Can Skin Tags be Prevented?

While it may not be possible to prevent the development of DPNs, skin tags, or seborrheic keratosis entirely, some preventive measures can be taken:

  • Maintain good skin hygiene.

  • Avoid excessive friction or irritation.

  • Protect your skin from sun damage. 

  • Regularly examine your skin for any changes or new growths.

For seborrheic keratosis, it is advisable to seek medical attention if you notice any changes in size, color, or texture, as well as if the growth becomes symptomatic or starts to bleed. An annual skin check-up is recommended to monitor any potential changes.

How to remove Skin Tags?

Ray & Rio's Speciality Clinic offers effective treatment options for removing DPNs, skin tags, and seborrheic keratosis, including:

  • RF Ablation: Radiofrequency ablation uses high-frequency electrical currents to remove the growths without causing damage to the surrounding skin. It is a non-invasive procedure that typically requires minimal downtime and provides excellent cosmetic outcomes.

  • CO2 Laser: CO2 laser treatment can precisely target and vaporise the growths, resulting in minimal scarring and quick healing.

The benefits of these treatments include minimal discomfort, shorter procedure times, and effective removal of the growths while preserving the natural appearance of the skin.

What is the After care after mole Removal?

After removal of DPNs, skin tags, or seborrheic keratosis, it is important to follow these aftercare instructions:

  • Keep the treated area clean and dry.

  • Apply any prescribed ointments or creams as directed.

  • Protect the area from excessive sun exposure and use sunscreen.

  • Avoid picking or scratching at the treated area.

  • Attend follow-up appointments as scheduled.

Why Choose Ray & Rio's Speciality Clinic for Skin Tag Removal:

Ray & Rio's Speciality Clinic, led by Dr. Annie Flora, is a trusted choice for the removal of DPNs, skin tags, and seborrheic keratosis due to several key factors:

  • Expert Dermatologist: Dr. Annie Flora brings over 13 years of experience and expertise in dermatology, ensuring high-quality care and treatment.

  • Advanced Techniques: The clinic utilises advanced technologies such as RF ablation and CO2 laser for precise and effective removal of the growths.

  • Personalized Approach: Each patient receives a customized treatment plan based on their unique needs and the characteristics of their specific growths.

  • Comprehensive Care: The clinic provides comprehensive pre-treatment evaluations, post-treatment follow-up, and guidance for optimal healing and minimal scarring.


DPNs, skin tags, and seborrheic keratosis are common benign skin growths that can be effectively removed for cosmetic or medical reasons. Ray & Rio's Speciality Clinic, led by Dr. Annie Flora, offers advanced treatment options with minimal discomfort and excellent cosmetic outcomes. If you have concerns about these skin growths, consult with the experts at Ray & Rio's to receive personalised care and achieve the desired results.

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