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Doctor insights on: Dark Circle Areola

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I noticed my areolas are becoming darker the past couple of weeks. What can cause this?

I noticed my areolas are becoming darker the past couple of weeks. What can cause this?

? Hormones: Some of the drugs can cause this change especially female hormones like estrogen excess.
You are taking too many pills...perhaps your doctor can help you cut down on some of them. ...Read more

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The areola is the dark ...Read more


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I have a thin line around my areolas that is a bit darker than the rest of it. Is that normal?

Areola line: Yes. But would ask other women in family to see if they have it as well. Google areola pigmentation and look at images. Tends to get darker during after pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dark brown patches around both areolas - looks like a stain, is a bit dry, is itchy sometimes. Its grown slightly over past two nights. What's up?

Dark brown patches around both areolas - looks like a stain, is a bit dry, is itchy sometimes. Its grown slightly over past two nights. What's up?

For your eyes only: Yep! That is a James Bond movie reference, that answers your question. My eyesight through this computer screen will not allow me to see London, England and your breast problem to identify the cause. Please go see a MD there who can very well see what the problem is. ...Read more

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Can your areolas get darker before your period?

Can your areolas get darker before your period?

Not typically: The darkening of the areolar areas of your skin do not typically get darker related to your cycle. I would not say that this could never happen, but it is not typical.

The main time that we see this happen is in pregnancy. Could you be pregnant?

Regardless of the cause, it is not a sign of underlying problems in almost all cases.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Darker breast skin under the areola? Any way to lighten it?

Darker breast skin under the areola? Any way to lighten it?

Tretinoin: Results will vary but retinoids used for acne such as retin a (tretinoin) differin etc will gradually peel skin and lighten dark area. This does peel and it is drying. Use every other day if necessary. ...Read more

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Why is one areola darker then the other?

Not sure: Often there maybe subtle or more obvious differences on one side of the body that may not have any explanation except we are born that way" nature can't be always perfect " ...Read more

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Areolas getting darker, should I be worried?

Areola: If both breasts areola the same, probably just increased pigmentation. If it is asymmetrical, see your doctor. ...Read more

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One areola is dark, tender, and enlarged?

One areola is dark, tender, and enlarged?

Breast surgeon: I will see a breast surgeon, it may be normal but better safe than sorry to make sure there is no infection of site ...Read more

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Dark patches on areola does it mean im pregnant?

Positive test?: If there is not a positive pregnancy test then dark areola are not diagnostic for the same. Areolar pigmentation can occur for reasons other than pregnancy especially in non white individuals. ...Read more

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Can ladies get dark ring around areolas before period?

Dark areola: Dark circles around areola are there in some ladies. Every individual is different. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to make the areola and the nipple darker?

They will: Darken naturally with breast feeding & pregnancy. The color can be enhanced by a cosmetic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dark spots on areola but not pregnant. What could this be?

Probably normal: This is probably nomal. If they are new then see your gyn or dermatologist. ...Read more

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My areolas are very dark today! ! 4 days before period is due. What is up with that!?!

My areolas are very dark today! ! 4 days before period is due. What is up with that!?!

Hormone influence: It is due to the influence of changing levels of hormones depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. The color, size and appearance can change over the long term as we age as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm on fertilaid an Trying to chart my way threw I am on cd 20 with about five days of lotion like discharge and my areolas are darker, bigger, an swolle?

I'm on fertilaid an Trying to chart my way threw I am on cd 20 with about five days of lotion like discharge and my areolas are darker, bigger, an swolle?

Not FDA approved: Fertilaid is a vitamin, mineral and herbal supplement that purports to enhance fertility in men and women. There is NO, and I mean NO, scientific evidence that it does anything other than enhance the bottom line of those who sell it to you. On the other hand, it doesn't PREVENT pregnancy. So, if you are having "pregnancy-like" symptoms, by all means, do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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A few days ago a pimple-looking thing appeared on my left areola. It's painless when I touch it and there seems to be a dark dot in the middle of it. It's been concerning me as an 18-year-old male. Could you give me any advice what it could be?

A few days ago a pimple-looking thing appeared on my left areola. It's painless when I touch it and there seems to be a dark dot in the middle of it. It's been concerning me as an 18-year-old male. Could you give me any advice what it could be?

Blackhead?: The simplest answer is a comedone, or pimple, that is fairly easy to treat, other pissibilities would best be handled by a skilled dermatologist, my differential would include inclusion cyst, skin cancer, and possibly infected mole. I would go see your dermatologist to get the best results snd treatment ...Read more

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Can your areola get darker even when your not pregnant?

Possibly: If it is both breasts, I wouldn't worry, but if it is only one breast, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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My areola got darker 9 days before period. Can I be pregnant..

My areola got darker 9 days before period. Can I be pregnant..

Hard to guess: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed. ...Read more

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Dark spot above my areolas to the edge of it & surrounds each in a semi circle way, getting thinner as it goes farther away from the top; bruise-like?

Sexual activity?: How long have these marks been there? Did they show up after sexual foreplay? There are many unusual skin marks that can result from it. Pregnancy will also change the color and size of the aureolas. ...Read more

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What causes nipples to get darker...like a dark reddish purple color. Just the nipple not the areola?

What causes nipples to get darker...like a dark reddish purple color. Just the nipple not the areola?

Purple nipples: Nipples may darken or change colors in to hormone changes during premenstrual time frame, period, pregnancy & menopause. ...Read more

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Are white skin colored spots not bumps on the areola normal at age14? Also areolas getting darker at 14?

Normal: Montgomery glands of the areolae can sometimes form cysts (white bumps). And yes it is normal for areolae to become darker after puberty (and especially with pregnancy). ...Read more