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Dark Skin on my neck

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 22, 2006
  • 05:06 AM

Ok, ive been to doctors but they dont seem to know how to fix the issue. (just to keep in mind, i am am over weight girl) on the back of my neck the skin color is darker than the rest of the neck, same applies to my under arm and under my brests, and the folding of my arms, what could be the cause for it. i could have said being overweight is the issue, but i have seen other people bigger than me that dont have this problem. would any1 know the solution to this problem if so, let me know thanks!

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  • Try scrubbing those dark parts with GREEN ALCOHOL....I find that works for me, though it does not remove completely but sure makes a difference. Give it a try and let me know :)ya I am agree with it.
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  • I am so glad to have read this. I was told that I shouldn't see a dermatologist but an endocrinologist. I too suffer from diabetes (type2). I was doing so well at one point when I was walking everyday and stop eating meat, but then I stopped and ended up gaining the weight back and of course my skin became darker. It felt like my energy went from high to low. I tried the creams, scrubs, even abrasive cleaners, nothing works. I've been told that i just have to live with it!
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  • maybe its dark spots that come from Tinea Versicolor
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  • It could be a few different things in which folks have mentioned already. Acanthosis Nigricans is a very real possibility that this condition could be it, but not necessarily it. Insulin Resistance is a common factor in PCOS & Acanthosis Nigricans, but neither one is "Pre-Diabetic" as someone in the before posts have stated. Acanthosis Nigricans can hit anyone, people assume it's "Pre-Diabetic" because the first thing you think of is Diabetes when it comes to Insulin in general.There are different types of Acanthosis Nigricans, however because you said you are overweight my first suggestion is to start eating healthy, exercising for at least 45 minutes a day (min 5 days a week) to drop weight. You may see a difference if you cut out your sugars. I have the darkening skin in my groin area, under my arms and on the back of my neck. When I'm watching what I eat and watching my sugar, my neck doesn't darkening but the other two places remain. I have so far lost 65lbs and am on the path of trying to figure out what exactly I need to do. If losing weight doesn't remove it all then I am going to be taking another step to getting it removed etc.With the discoloring of the skin it's not saying you have PCOS, but it is a symptom of PCOS. however with PCOS there is no exact way to diagnosis this, as there is no tests designed for it. I have PCOS and the way they test you is by eliminating anything else it could be. So essentially you could have both PCOS & Acanthosis Nigricans in which taking the birth control or medicine that your doctor subscribes won't necessarily get rid of the discoloring of the skin.If you want an immediate fix I would suggest cutting out sugars and going to your doctor and asking about cream to lighten your skin- otherwise the above will be a good first step into resolving the issue.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2010
    • 05:02 AM
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  • the best results are to rub green alcohol on ur neck as my friend duz that but im nt allowed so i use olive oil (warm) and sugar and rub it round and round until the sugar dissolves and i also drink lukewarm water boiled with cinemon powder and addedd honey which is helpful but creams and other rubbish dont work nor do doctors helpbut i still need more tips!! fast pleaseeeethank u:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2010
    • 00:31 PM
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  • Ok so I to have or should say had the same problem with dark skin under my breast and in my groin area. I was just diagnosed with PCOS and was put Metformin for high blood sugar. I don't believe that I am over weight. I weight 150 I'm not skinny but not obese. Once I started taking the meds for the high blood sugar the dark skin went away and I've only been taking it for alittle over a month. I too thought it was because I had put on alittle weight, but I know people who are alot heavier then my self and don't have it. Well I hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2010
    • 02:03 PM
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  • For those that are healthy weight and have this problem I found many things that will work. 1. Eat fresh beef with the fat. This sounds unhealthy but it works for me. Haven't done this for awhile because the cholesterol levels would go sky high. Pork or chicken doesn't work though.2. Get some excercise and sweaty. I'm thinking the problem is blood circulation and helps speed exfoliation in that area. For me it's less pronounced in the summer but the neck gets worse in the fall when its colder. Taking hot showers and saunas seems to help.3. Eat avocados. This seems to be my solution along with #2. I don't know what nutrients are in there but its great for this problem. The neck feels softer and its easier to ex-foliate in an hot shower by just scrapping the (dead skin?) with your nails.Anybody else have any good ideas? I think its an issue with dry skin and retarded or slowing of dead skin trying to shed.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2010
    • 08:40 AM
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  • I had this very same problem 3 or 4 years ago. I am 17 now, and was about 14 or so when it was diagnosed as Acanthosis nigricans linked to Insulin Resistance and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The problem with the mixture of different disorders was it became extremely hard to lose weight (which seems to be the only solution on this forum -.-"). I had to be put on a Glucophage medication called Metformin, and have been on it for 2-3 years. It has helped substantially, except for the weight issue, which only caused me to lose 15 kg in 6 months. I was then placed on an anorexic medication called Meridia (which has since been discontinued in Canada and the UK...), which allowed me to then lose about 25-30 kg in the same amount of time. This medication, along with the Medformin and a fitness class was phenominal for my condition, the brown areas started lightening and i even began getting regular periods again. However, after the discontinuation of the Meridia, and the loss of fitness, I have been maintaining weight and have not had any periods at all. I am not giving up hope and plan to find another way to help my condition.Hope my story has helped :)~Arly
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2010
    • 04:32 AM
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  • I didn't listen about this skin disease before :confused: :confused:
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2010
    • 02:14 PM
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  • It may be PCOS, I've been diagnosed with it for a year now, and those were the symptoms I went to the doctors with. (it has been said that doctors often miss this diagnosis and put it off simply as you eat too much - not true, I would almost starve myself in grade school and they still said I overate. 6 doctors didn't figure it out for me)What I was suggested by my specialist was; steady excersize, and a low fat, low starch, low sugar diet. (it sounds horrible, but it's really not so bad when you get used to it)I was also told that there is a specific threshold for each female with PCOS, where if you loose weight to a certain point, the condition would naturally go away on it's own. (the diet really helps with that, I lost about 10 pounds naturally, and it has not returned) And just a point to loosing weight- it's 70% diet 30% excersize. So instead of forcing yourself to go to the gym for 3 hours every day, cut as much starch(like potatoes) out if your diet and eat whole grains instead of white bread.As for a quick fix for the marks... Maybe a stretch mark solution would work, they are pretty expensive, but depending on what you choose they really do work, and last a while. I don't suggest coverup - it makes it look worse, I've tried. Hope this helps :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 8, 2011
    • 03:35 PM
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  • I have a same problem. In the age of 11 yrs it started black around my neck . What should i do??? I have scrubbed with a scrubber.
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  • what alcohol based scrubs can u find in the uk.. i m desperate.. can you find it in boots or maybe a website...??Just a regular Rubbing alcohol that is over the counter at the pharmecy, its by the witch hazel and peroxide
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  • i also have this but its only on the bk of my neck and inbetween my breast. im not very overweight so idk what could be causing it i dont wear any necklies either. i'm on birth control so could it b that or diabetes?
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  • I'm glad I found this forum! I am 28 years old and have two deep horizontal lines/creases around my neck and darker skin around the bottom of my neck all the way around. I hate my neck. I feel it is so ugly. I also have dark skin under my left armpit. My knees, elbows and top of my feet are also darker. I also have big red pores all over my legs, butt, upper arm and now it moved to my shoulder back too. I also have a condition called Keratosis Pilaris (KP). I know this is a forum for dark skin but I was wondering if anyone else has other skin conditions along with dark patches. I have been reading all the other posts and yes I am female 5'6" and 220lbs. I also love sugar and need to keep eating it so i don't get dizzy and shaky. People just say you need to exfoliate. But no amount of scrubbing will help:( I hate all my skin conditions and just wish I had perfect clean skin.
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  • i have a problem with my neck being darker than the rest of my body and on my armpits. it embarrasing but i am not overweight so i dont think that is the cause. reading all the possibilities im afraid to have diabetes. i am pregnant right now so i get routine chek ups and blood tests but everything comes out fine. i didnt develop this during pregnancy i had it before but i am not overwieght i am average . wierd. i read applying alcohol or cucumber helps. im barely trying them out so hopefully thils works if not im going to buy that cream to lighten my skin.
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  • I agree with what so many of the other posters said.. if you have dark skin patches get yourself checked for polycystic ovulation syndrome (PCOS). I myself have PCOS and my gyno looked over my body and under my breasts (common spot she said) for those dark patches as they are very common with PCOS, this is due to acanthosis nigricans. http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/acanthosis-nigricans/DS00653/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print There is a photo of Acanthosis nigricans under someones arm at http://dynamicnaturesite.blogspot.com/2010/11/skin-discoloration-pictures.html but I disagree with what one poster said about their not being any tests for PCOS. Their should be abnormalities showing up on tests for a diagnoses of PCOS to be made, without these a diagnoses shouldnt be given. With PCOS they look for hormone abnormalities via blood tests .. often high testosterone is present or signs of it eg excessive hair growth (with my PCOS I have an imbalance with my hormones of FSH and LH). They also do an ultrasound looking for polycystic ovaries. The insulin resistance or hyperinsulinemia which usually occurs in PCOS is often called prediabetes as it will often lead to diabetes if ignored. Insulin resistance is tested by a 2 hr Glucose Tolerance test in which the insulin levels are also asked to be included. PCOS is the biggest cause of infertily in females and is quite common. ...................... I'm glad I found this forum! I am 28 years old and have two deep horizontal lines/creases around my neck and darker skin around the bottom of my neck all the way around. I hate my neck. I feel it is so ugly. I also have dark skin under my left armpit. My knees, elbows and top of my feet are also darker. I also have big red pores all over my legs, butt, upper arm and now it moved to my shoulder back too. I also have a condition called Keratosis Pilaris (KP). I know this is a forum for dark skin but I was wondering if anyone else has other skin conditions along with dark patches. I have been reading all the other posts and yes I am female 5'6" and 220lbs. I also love sugar and need to keep eating it so i don't get dizzy and shaky. People just say you need to exfoliate. But no amount of scrubbing will help:( I hate all my skin conditions and just wish I had perfect clean skin. It may be PCOS. With the insulin issues of PCOS there can also be hypoglycemia... which could be why you need sugar sometimes and get dizzy and shaky if you get get it. Be aware thou that simple sugars arent the best way to treat hypoglycemia if that is your issue as it gives a quick sugar boost and then it drops fast again sending one again into low sugar issues. Its best to treat hypoglycemia with frequent meals of complex carbs.............. Addisons disease can cause dark skin patches Low cortisol eg Addisons disease (not at all common but a serious issue) can cause dark skin patches esp in the creases and places like the tops of feet. There is a photo online somewhere I saw recently of someone with cortisol issue who had a dark skin under armpit due to it. Addisons disease can be fatal and often isnt picked up until someone is having a life threatening attack due to it and even then its diagnoses may be missed "With Addison’s disease, skin all over the body can gradually darken or bronze, a condition known as hyperpigmentation. Developing over a period of weeks, the hyperpigmentation can resemble a suntan. Areas of skin exposed to sun darken more (my note.. tops of feet is a common place to darken in this disorder), but unexposed areas also darken. Skin covering bony knobs like knees, elbows, knuckles, toes and forehead tends to darken more, as do skin folds and scars. " http://www.livestrong.com/article/162213-about-addisons-disease-and-skin-pigment/
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  • I have these same problems. I recently went to see a doctor for it and got my results back. I remembered this post and decided to post my results. It's definely acanthosis nigrican. Even though, I don't have diabetes, I am overweight.
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  • I have seen this before with my neice she is overwight as well. We have seen countless doctors becauseof this and the only thing that we have found that works to remove the darker skin is scrubbing with alcohol does it hurt when you use the achol on your neck i cant belive im writng this but i have a DARK NECK
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  • I have the same problem with that and i am kina over weight! But my friend is WAYYY bigger than me and she does not have that problem!But the other day Me and my cuzn were in my room and she told me " Lets try to take off that black thing around ur neck"&& Then she got Hydrogen Peroxide Solution && a piece ofcotton and started cleaning it.! It hurts But beauty is pain ;]Then after doing that! My neck was not THAT black but still kind of darkish!And right now im still cleaning it with that and it is helping alot! Hope this helped
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  • I had this problem for 3 years when I gained alot of weight. No one knew the answer to what it really was. I tried everything already mentioned above, none of it took mine away. Then one day when I was taking a shower, I decided to try my face cleanser on my neck, I just rubbed it on and let it stay there while I washed the rest of my body. When I got out of the shower and looked in the mirror I wanted to cry. The dark was almost gone....with no scrubbing. It was from a make-up company called "Sheercover". The product is called "Conditioning Cleanser". I think it cost about $12.00, pricey but well worth it. So anyway, I put it on for the next 4 days in the shower and wa-la, it was all gone. From that day forward I made sure I washed my neck with regular soap and a wash cloth. In retrospect, I think it was caused from extra sweatting from the weight and the normal dust that is all around us just accumulated in the sweat and sweat glands. Of course there was a little fold in my neck from gaining weight, which meant I had to wash it better than I ever did, but I didn't know that until I had a problem I couldn't get rid of for 3years. Good luck.Oh I bought that cleanser online. :)
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