Did you ever notice a dark skin patch on your neck, armpit, or under your breasts? If your answer is ‘Yes’, then read on to know more about the dark patch that appeared on your body and what causes it.

The condition that causes dark patches is called acanthosis nigricans. These dark patches appear in skin creases, like neck, armpits, knuckles, face and even groin areas. In the darkened areas, the skin becomes thicker than usual and has a texture similar to that of velvet.

If you are wondering what causes these dark rings around your neck, it is neither the dirt, sweat or hyperpigmentation as you think nor an infection in your skin. It is a sign that your body is producing extra insulin that it cannot use well and that your blood has become resistant to insulin. This condition appears suddenly, but it is not contagious. It is more common in people who are overweight and in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

No amount of bleach or scrubs or umpteenth visits to parlour will help you to get back to your normal skin. Visiting your dermatologist is the only solution that can help you to bring back your skin to normal. With an appropriate treatment from a dermatologist, Acanthosis Nigricans can be treated in 4-6 months.

It is not a serious condition to worry about but it can question your confidence at times. So make sure to treat it as soon as you’re encountered with it. Remember the skin is the biggest organ of our body, and it can speak too, through various signs and symptoms. Once it does, ensure to listen to it and respond accordingly.