Myths and Facts about Acanthosis Nigricans

March 16,2021


Myths and Facts about Acanthosis Nigricans

What is acanthosis nigricans?

Acanthosis Nigricans is a common skin pigmentation disorder. The most common signs of this medical condition are dark skin patches with a thick, velvety discoloration. The affected skin areas may have itching or an odour.

These patches may occur on body folds and other areas, such as:

¬∑         Neck

¬∑         Armpits

¬∑         Groin

¬∑         Knuckles

¬∑         Knees

¬∑         Lips

¬∑         Elbows

¬∑         Palms

¬∑         Soles of the feet

Acanthosis nigricans may be a signal for a much severe health problem, such as prediabetes. The right treatment focus on finding the root cause of the problem and resolve the medical condition. The skin patches tend to go away after successfully treatment of the problem.

Who are At Risk?

Acanthosis Nigricans (Dark Neck) can affect individuals of any age and it can be of any ethnic background. Males and Females are equally affected by this skin disorder.

Acanthosis Nigricans commonly affects people who are:

¬∑         Overweight or obese

¬∑         People with Insulin resistance

¬∑         Women with irregular menstrual cycles

 Treatments and Guidelines

The primary cause of Acanthosis Nigricans must get the right treatment.

Let’s have a look at its do’s & don’ts


¬∑         Consult a Dermatologist

¬∑         Eat healthy diet

¬∑         Go for a regular physical workout


¬∑         Don't go to parlour and bleach

¬∑         Don't use skin lightening creams

¬∑         Don't use scrubs

Some Myths and facts

1.       What causes the dark thick patches/ lines on neck?

Myth: People often consider this as dirt, allergy or pigmentation. It is none of these.

Fact: This medical condition is Acanthosis Nigricans and it can be caused due to one of the following

¬∑         Insulin resistance

¬∑         Women with irregular menstrual cycle (PCOS)

¬∑         Obesity

It is advised to visit your dermatologist to get the right treatment.


2.       Where in the body can this be present?

Myth: The dark patches appear only on behind and sides of the neck.

Fact: In addition to neck, it may also be present on face, armpits, groins and knuckles.


3.       Are the dark lines-dirt, allergy or pigmentation?

Myth: Dark lines are considered as dirt, allergy or pigmentation, which is not true.

Fact: No. It is Acanthosis Nigricans, a skin condition which is characterized by areas of dark, velvety patches on body folds and other areas.


4.       How do you remove the dark patches behind the neck?

Myth: It is an accumulated dirt or sweat, which will go away by applying scrubs or creams. This is not true.

Fact: These dark patches are called as Acanthosis Nigricans and to get the cure of this condition, you must seek medical help.


5.       Is there any home remedy for Acanthosis Nigricans?

Myth: People usually try home remedies for treatment of this condition.

Fact: There is no home remedy available for Acanthosis Nigricans. You are advised to seek medical help to get the cure.


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