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Is There A Way To Comepletly Get Rid Of Acanthosis Nigracans
Treat cause: Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition usually due to Insulin resistance. Many conditions have been associated with it including genetics, obesity, diabetes, thyroid problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, certain medications and rarely cancer. It sometimes fades and can even disappear if the underlying cause can be corrected, but it's usually permanent. ...Read more
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I have acanthosis nigricans and do not have diaibites or anything etc. I'm not overweight. So how can I get rid of it? Why do I have it?
Acanthosis: You should see a pediatric endocrinologist. You will need a workup for pcos. ...Read more
I have acanthosis nigricans and wondering if there is there any lotion in the market I can buy to help get rid darkened skin?
Not really: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it;s often very difficult to treat the texture & discoloration. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! If it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Some lasers and prescription creams may help. It also may get better when the underlying cause is addressed (e.g. Diabetes is treated). ...Read more
I've lost 30 kg but still overweight and have acanthosis nigricans. My neck has become light but can I completely get rid of it if I loose more weight?
I am not sure: I don't think weight loss alone will get rid of this condition --. ...Read more
How can I get rid of the skin on my bikini that look just like acanthosis? I am very very pale white (first shade makeup foundation)
Several ways: First you should see a dermatologist to confirm it really is acanthosis nigricans. Then, you want to figure out what may be contributing, as it appears often treating a contributing condition can help lighten it's appearance - whether it be weight, diabetes, thyroid related. Otherwise topical retinoids, dermabrasion and laser therapies are also possible treatment options. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Hi. My neck is darker than the rest of my body. It isn't obesity or acanthosis nigricans. Is there any way I can rid of it? I feel uncomfortable.
Sign of Health Risk: Acanthosis nigricans is a darker pigmentation that is often seen along the sides of the neck. The skin may also have a roughened texture. Acanthosis nigricans can be an important clue that a person is at higher risk than normal for diabetes. If you have this, ask your doctor to help you reduce your risk for diabetes. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more
Yes over time: Try losing weight, if the acanthosis nigricans is caused by obesity, dropping the excess pounds can help regulate Insulin levels, and thereby cause the dark skin around the neck to fade. Cutting back on your carbs intake while increasing physical exercise can often help you lose weight. If the acanthosis nigricans is caused by diabetes, reducing your carbs, no sugar, no soda. Control bloodsugar. ...Read more
Reduce insulin resis: Usually it means you have metabolic syndrome, meaning you're overweight and Insulin resistant - with a high probability of developing diabetes in the future, particularly if you have a positive family history. Diet, exercise, weight loss, education and possibly medication (? Metformin), would be things to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Hard to treat: Acanthosis nigricans is a velvety darkening of the skin typically around the base of the neck and in the arm pits. Typically it is associated with a problem called Insulin resistance. It is typically associated with obesity, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome. Treatment usually involves weight loss and treating Insulin resistance. ...Read more
Possibly: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it's often very difficult to treat. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! If it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Some lasers and prescription creams may help. Most importantly, the underlying cause needs to be identified and treated, as this can sometimes "cure" the skin changes as well! ...Read more
A velvety, dark patch of skin can form on most areas on the body, including the:
Back of the neck.
Groin area (especially in skin folds and creases).
Woman’s breasts (beneath).
Less often, a patch can form on the lips, mouth, eyelids, palms of the hands, bottoms of the feet, and nipples. ...Read more
Yes: Acanthosis nigricans could be a sign of obesity related Insulin resistance which is also seen in people with type 2 diabetes. Some medications like growth hormones or birth control pills can also cause acanthosis nigricans. With weight loss and control of diabetes and blood sugar, a lot of times the condition resolves. ...Read more
Possibly: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it's often very difficult to treat. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! If it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Most important, the underlying cause (such as obesity) needs to be identified and treated, as this can sometimes "cure" the skin. Otherwise, some lasers and prescription creams can help. ...Read more
Maybe: Acanthosis nigricans are a sign of Insulin resistance and if you have not already been checked by a doctor for diabetes you should do that. Being overweight/obese contributes significantly to Insulin resistance and diabetes which in turn are the most common cause of acanthosis nigricans. While you may not like how they look, the bigger threats are the invisible ones resulting from extra weight. ...Read more
Low carb: Try to go on a low carb eating plan. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and healthy fats such as olive oil. Try to stay within your calorie range and avoid processed carbs like white flour and sugar containing drinks, they will increase your blood sugar and worsen your sugar management. A high fiber diet with plenty of vegetables is a great way to start your new eating program ...Read more
Insulin resistance: Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition most commonly associated with obesity and Insulin resistance. In men, obesity can contribute to low testosterone and hypogonadism. In women it is associated with polycystic ovaries and infertility. So the link to hypogonadism is through Insulin resistance, not directly from the skin condition. ...Read more