Dark Neck? Does it seem dirty?

You might have scrubbed dark neck a hundred times or even more, but it still seems like you haven’t taken a shower for weeks. We understand how it feels. But worry not, because the issue is not on the outside, but on the inside.

Yes! The problem may appear on the skin, but it is caused by cells inside the body. This condition is called “Acanthosis Nigricans”.

This condition on the neck is due to the accumulation of extra skin cells. The main reason for accumulation of extra skin cells is hormonal imbalance, specifically the hormone that regulates blood glucose level. When this fails to lower the blood glucose level, the body produces more of it.

Besides the neck, the skin on other body folds like underarms, groin, elbows and knuckles might also get affected.

Lack of exercise, obesity and junk food are the main reasons for hormonal imbalance. Anyone who isn’t leading a healthy lifestyle is at risk. It’s even seen in children who are 8-10 years old.

Acanthosis Nigricans is a condition which makes people prone to diabetes which is an irreversible disease. So whenever you see people with dark patches on their skin, educate them that it is not dirt and ask them not to ignore the issue. Encourage them to visit a dermatologist immediately. Only a dermatologist can identify if the patches are “Acanthosis Nigricans” or just dark pigmentation and can treat it accordingly.