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Skin of Color

Keloids (Raised Scars)

A keloid is a type of raised scar that can become thick, rubbery and large. Keloids are much more common in people of color than in people who have fair skin. A keloid may form after a skin injury such as a deep cut or other wound. Some people develop a keloid after surgery. Keloids can also form after getting your ears pierced or from an old acne spot. Some keloids itch. They can even be tender and painful. To ease the discomfort and diminish the appearance of these scars, we offer several treatment options. Treatment may not get rid of the scar, but it can reduce discomfort and the size of the scar. Treatment options include shots to soften and flatten the scar. Scar surgery, Laser treatments and cryotherapy (freezing the scar) can help shrink keloids. Pressure dressing and medicated gels help some patients. Getting a combination of treatment often produces the best result. Dr. Greene and our expert clinical staff can help you choose the best treatment for you.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Most common on the cheeks, dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN) causes clusters of brown or black growths. Many people mistaken DPN for moles or warts. This belief is so common that many people refer to these growths as “fleshy moles". DPN is neither. It is a type of seborrheic keratosis, a non-cancerous skin growth. DPN is most common in women of African descent. Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans also get DPN.