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Can skin affected by acanthosis nigricans return to normal? If yes, how so?

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Dr. Paul Kaplowitz
Pediatrics - Endocrinology

In brief: If you lose weight

Usually acanthosis nigricans occurs in overweight and obese individuals and is thought to be due to insulin resistance which in some cases can progress to diabetes.
I have seen it go away or become lighter in people who have lost A LOT of weight (at least 20 lbs) and kept it off. If you have or develop prediabetes and need medication, metformin which decreases insulin production may help.

In brief: If you lose weight

Usually acanthosis nigricans occurs in overweight and obese individuals and is thought to be due to insulin resistance which in some cases can progress to diabetes.
I have seen it go away or become lighter in people who have lost A LOT of weight (at least 20 lbs) and kept it off. If you have or develop prediabetes and need medication, metformin which decreases insulin production may help.
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