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Struggling to understand what’s behind your discoloured, dark, or black neck? If so, let us tell you that there can be many factors that can cause the condition. You should know that our skin is very sensitive, so whenever there is a change in the weather, diet, or skin care routine, the skin reacts accordingly. Therefore, if your skin around the neck is getting darker or black, it is because your body may be experiencing changes.
Dark patches or pigmentation around the neck is not a cause for poor hygiene only, nor is it something that can always be cured with home remedies. Actually, to get rid of this condition, you need to go to its root cause. And for that, you will need a dermatologist, who can explain well about dark neck and how to get rid of it.
Recently, popular dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad, shared an Instagram post to share the possible causes of dark neck. And guess what? She gives us some amazing solutions too! Come, let us find out!
Let us understand the potential reasons/causes why you have the dark neck, according to Dr Sharad:
Dark skin around the neck can be due to a disorder called Acanthosis Nigricans. It is a condition characterized by an area of dark, velvety hyperpigmentation of the skin. And this condition can be hereditary (passed on to a child by their parents) or a part of a genetic syndrome.
Obesity and endocrine disorder are common causes of darkening of the skin mostly on the neck and armpit.
A dark neck is a sign of having too much insulin in your blood. If you notice any symptoms, it is essential to test your blood sugar and promptly seek a diabetologist’s advice.
Women with PCOS have higher levels of the hormone, insulin, in their blood. Higher levels of insulin can sometimes cause patches of darkened skin on the back of the neck, under the arms, and in the groin area.
Dark patches on the skin in the back of the neck are often a sign of prediabetes.
Acanthosis Nigricans condition that causes dark patches is usually associated with medical conditions that you have such as thyroid or weight gain. And these conditions can lead to the darkening of your skin.
Yes, you can be allergic to some products so before applying any product you should always apply a new product to a small area or a test patch first and wait for 24 hours at least to ensure they’re not allergic to your skin.
Lichen planus pigmentosus (LPP) is a chronic pigmentation disorder that shows diffuse or reticulated hyperpigmented, dark brown macules on the sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck, and other flexural folds.
Well, to get rid of dark neck follow, these tips shared by Dr Sharad:
1. Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
2. Maintain Body Mass Index ≤ 24. It is a healthy range indicating that based on your weight and height, you are not overweight or obese.
3. Keep the neck clean
4. Do not over-exfoliate
5. Get your hormones checked
6. Treat the underlying condition
7. Use lactic acid-based creams/lotions
8. Avoid spraying perfumes on the skin
9. Do not rub the skin
10. Do not forget your sunscreen
Follow these tips and you’ll see positive results soon.