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I have a dark neck and underarms I've tried everything to clear it but nothing works. Is there anything I could use to help it?

I have a dark neck and underarms I've tried everything to clear it but nothing works. Is there anything I could use to help it?

Acanthosis Nigricans: What you are describing is not going to be solved with anything topical. It typically occurs in individuals younger than 40, may be genetically inherited, and is associated with obesity or endocrinopathies - hypothyroidism, acromegaly, polycystic ovary disease, insulin-resistance, or Cushing's disease. See your doctor for exam & potential "treatments" depending on cause. Weight loss often helps. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my dark neck?

How do I get rid of my dark neck?

Need more info...: Cosmetic lightening can be done with topical products such as quinones that target melanin production--but can have detrimental long-term effects. Causes of darker skin on your neck should be looked into--such as acanthosis nigricans which can be a sign of endocrine problems such as diabetes. Identifying and treating the underlying cause is always the best approach. ...Read more

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How to treat dark neck and stretch marks?

How to treat dark neck and stretch marks?

Eval: Treatments: Please see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for evaluation. Possible treatments include fractional laser resurfacing, dermabrasion & medication (i.e., retinoids). ...Read more

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I have a dark neck. How I can get a rid of it. These darks spots starts when I was 14?

I have a dark neck. How I can get a rid of it. These darks spots starts when I was 14?

Recommend: Dermatologic assessment to determine cause and best treatment approach. ...Read more

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Why do I have a dark neck and brown spots on my neck?

Why do I have a dark neck and brown spots on my neck?

Acanthosis nigricans: Acanthosis nigricans can look like a velvety darkening of the neck with thickened skin folds and increased skin tags. This can be seen with obesity and Insulin resistance, so go to a doctor to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for a very dark neck and a very dark bum compared to rest of the body? Thanks.

What are possible causes for a very dark neck and a very dark bum compared to rest of the body? Thanks.

Maybe sugar: If people have darker areas behind neck, in armpits and groin it may be due to acanthosis nigricans which can be due to blood sugar or insulin issues. It would be a good idea to see a pcp to get checked. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tried everything to get rid of dark neck and armpitswhat chemical peel work best and fast!!!!!!! please help?

What to do if I have tried everything to get rid of dark neck and armpitswhat chemical peel work best and fast!!!!!!! please help?

Peel not the answer: Chemical peels generally work well for the face. But for these areas, the effect on pigment is less predictable. Your best bet is seeing a dermatologist for a prescription-strength fading cream containing hydroquinone. ...Read more

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I'm 19yr old girl wid pcos my insulin levels r proper, periods r regular but I hv dark neck, under breasts n bikini line how do I get rid of dark region?

I'm 19yr old girl wid pcos my insulin levels r proper, periods r regular but I hv dark neck, under breasts n bikini line how do I get rid of dark region?

Lower your insulin: You likely have a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans which is caused by Insulin resistance and is common in women with pcos and diabetes. Regardless of your Insulin levels on lab tests, it is still the most likely cause. You need to cut back on carbs, and if overweight lose weight. If you do not see improvement you need to see a hormone or skin doctor. ...Read more

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My right tonsil is swollen no white spots but it looks like a bigger tonsil behind it dark colour neck glands/ear painful can't swallow without pain?

My right tonsil is swollen no white spots but it looks like a bigger tonsil behind it dark colour neck glands/ear painful can't swallow without pain?

Seek medical care: This may be an infection such as a peritonsilar abscess. This is an infection typically of a unilateral tonsil which presents with one sided throat pain radiating to the ear and there may be swollen glands on the side of the infection. Other possibilities could be neoplastic (cancer). ...Read more

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Dark ring around neck? I scrub and clean it daily. Tested negative for diabetes

Dark ring around neck? I scrub and clean it daily. Tested negative for diabetes

Acanthosis nigricans: It sounds like you are describing a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans. This appears as darkened, velvety skin around the base of the neck, also in the axilla. It is typically associated with Insulin resistance. You don't necessarily have to have diabetes, but would be at increased risk for developing diabetes. If you are overweight, weight loss can be helpful to treat it. ...Read more

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I have black neck dark in compare with my another skin. It looks me dirty what should I do for it?

I have black neck dark in compare with my another skin. It looks me dirty what should I do for it?

Dark neck skin: Dark discoloration on neck skin could be from eczema, sun exposure, some inflammatory skin conditions or acanthosis nigricans. Acanthosis nigricans has a velvetty slightly thickened texture compared to normal skin. Neck and underarms are common places. It is associated with Insulin resistance, diabetes, being overweight. There are treatments for these conditions. Please see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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My niece is 18. Had a menstrual cycle ONCE. Sleeps all the time. Overweight. Neck dark on back. PMD says thyroid normal. What is it? 2nd opinion?

My niece is 18. Had a menstrual cycle ONCE. Sleeps all the time. Overweight. Neck dark on back. PMD says thyroid normal. What is it? 2nd opinion?

Acanthosis nigricans: Is the darkness on the back of her neck. She has insulin resistance and PCOS She needs to see an endocrinologist and start treatment for this. She will be unable to lose weight until her insulin resistance is treated. Her periods will not normalize without addressing the hormonal imbalance she has. ...Read more

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What is the best mode of topical treatment (Microdermabrasion/chemical peels) advisable for mild acanthosis nigiricans (neck, dark upper lips etc)?

What is the best mode of topical treatment (Microdermabrasion/chemical peels) advisable for mild acanthosis nigiricans (neck, dark upper lips etc)?

No conclusive agents: Keratolytics and depigmenting creams have shown efficacy in the cosmetic treatment of acanthosis N. The definitive treatment is to find the underlying cause and treat that cause. Examples include tumor, obesity, and drug side effects. A few studies show the efficacy of dermabrasion. You need a Dermatology consult to discuss pros and cons of the various options and to localize the cause. ...Read more

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My skin got really dark during pregnancy (neck, nipples stomach) will it go back to normal?

My skin got really dark during pregnancy (neck, nipples stomach) will it go back to normal?

Yes: Because of the hormonal influence, you get hyperpigmentations in the areas as you mentioned, some times over cheeks also. Will disappear after preganancy ends in matter of few wks to fe months. ...Read more

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Why my neck is darker and oily?

Poikiloderma of civa: Poikiloderma of civatte is probably the condition you are described as seen in the image here. Gentle exfoliation, sunblock, and laser treatments may help. ...Read more

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Half of my neck is darker than the rest of my skin, what causes this?

Half of my neck is darker than the rest of my skin, what causes this?

Uncertain: Some people have darker skin on the side of their body that is next to a window in their car. This could include neck, face or arm (if in short sleeves). So a driver in the US might have darker skin on their left neck/ face. ...Read more

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What can I do to address the dark spots on my neck?

What can I do to address the dark spots on my neck?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more