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Dark patches on neck or Acanthosis Nigricans can be cured!

These dark patches are caused by a metabolic condition
These dark patches are not –
  • Dirt
  • Sweat
  • Allergy to chain
  • Hyperpigmentation

Dark patches on neck, face and underarms are not to be left unattended. It is medically termed Acanthosis Nigricans. Insulin resistance / Obesity / Irregular menstrual cycles (PCOS) are some of the known cause for such dark patches.

Dark patches on neck

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Who's at risk?

Acanthosis Nigricans can affect individuals of any age, including children and those of any ethnic background. Males and females are equally affected by Acanthosis Nigricans equally.

People who are commonly affected by Acanthosis Nigricans (it appears as dark patches in the neck, face, armpit and knuckles)

  • Overweight or obese people
  • Women with irregular menstrual cycles (PCOD)
  • People with Insulin resistance

Acanthosis Nigricans Signs and Symptoms:

Dark Patches on:

Acanthosis Nigricans Signs and Symptoms

Treatments and Guidelines :

The underlying cause of Acanthosis Nigricans must be treated


DOs :

  • Consult a Dermatologist.
  • Eat healthy food.
  • Lifestyle changes along – Food habits & physical activity


  • Don't go to parlour and bleach
  • Don't use scrubs
  • Don't use over the counter skin lightening creams

Before & After

There is nothing to fear in Acanthosis Nigricans


What causes the dark thick patches/ lines on neck?

Usually this is considered as dirt or allergy or pigmentation. But it is none of these. This condition is called Acanthosis Nigricans and can be caused due to any one of the following –

  • Insulin resistance
  • PCOS (Poly cystic ovary syndrome )- Women with irregular menstrual cycle
  • Obesity

Is the dark lines-dirt or allergy or pigmentation

No! its none of the above. It's a skin condition caused to any one of the following reasons -

  • Insulin resistance
  • PCOS (Poly cystic ovary syndrome )- Women with irregular menstrual cycle
  • Obesity

Where in the body can this be present ?

Mostly dark patches develop around the neck.(behind and on the sides of neck)
Dark patches may also be present in armpits, face, knuckles and groins.

Whats the difference between Melasma and Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis Nigrcans

  1. Mostly present in obese people
  2. Usually present behind the neck
  3. Almost equally present in males and females
  4. Can be completely cured


  1. Is not confined to obese people
  2. Usually present in sun exposed areas like face
  3. More prevalent in Females
  4. Can only be managed but not cured

How do you remove the dark patches behind the neck?

As already mentioned, that it is a not accumulated dirt or sweat, it is a condition that is caused to due one of the above-mentioned underlying causes. Nothing topical like scrubs or creams is going to help. One must seek medical help to get cured.

Can it be completely cured?

Acanthosis Nigricans can completely cured after diagnosis of the underlying condition

Is there any home remedy for Acanthosis Nigricans?

There is no home remedy for Acanthosis Nigricans. One should seek medical help



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