Drug-induced acanthosis nigricans (Dark neck)


So I have this dark neck issue and I always thought it was the residuals of creams, ointments etc that i have used in the past that caused this. I tried various scrubs and I never manage to get rid of it. I’ve had comments that I was dirty and don’t wash my neck properly Crying face

There has been times where I’ve nearly scrubbed my neck to a bleeding point and STILL this dark patch or ring is around my neck. I have asked doctors, derms and specialists about this and they told me not to worry about it and one even said “oh your skin renews every three months so it will go away soon”. But I've had it for like over 10 years, it hasn’t “RENEWED”…???!!!………………………………… Then they change subject or your consultation time is up dear, we’ll monitor it and have another look at it at the next consultation.

Doesn’t this sound familiar in the allopathic medical community…. ANYWAYs…

I also used to have dark underarm pits and groin/inner thigh area (excuse me, TMI ) but this is considered as the same syndrome. I finally bloody researched about it. I found out it a condition called acanthosis nigricans and is drug induced (in my case). Guess what drug??!! Thinking smile STEROIDS!!

Dermnet NZ has a good general information page on acanthosis nigricans if anyone wants to read more: http://dermnetnz.org/systemic/acanthosis-nigricans.html

Acanthosis nigricans can be caused by several conditions and obviously my one is drug induced. There are benign and malignant acanthosis nigricans so if you have dark patches on your skin do get it checked out just to rule out anything risky.

My acanthosis nigricans is obviously improving, I don’t have dark patches under my arms and groin/inner thigh area anymore. i only have it on my neck. I’m sure it will go away one day with the TSW process Open-mouthed smile

In the meantime, I found some natural remedies online that I might try out.

Natural Remedies scrubs to reduce Dark Neck (acanthosis nigricans)

I just picked out a few easy to find ingredients in the kitchen ones, for more remedies go to the original source site: http://homeremediesforlife.com/dark-neck/:

1. Honey and lemon
Lemon and honey is always considered as an excellent combination for treating various skin ailments and dark neck is one among them. Try this process regularly to completely get rid of the problem.
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Take a lemon and squeeze it to extract its juice
  • Add few drops of this lemon juice to honey
  • Stir it well and apply this mixture all over the neck area
  • Leave it for few minutes till it get dried completely
  • Then rinse it water and follow up this process regularly to get more effective results in short span of time.

2. Baking soda
Baking soda is a good natural exfoliant that effectively helps to remove the dark patchy skin that was caused due to hyper – pigmentation. This baking soda – water process is a proven effective process in cleaning the skin and removing the darkness on the applied area of the skin.
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Take a small bowl and pour baking soda into it
  • Then add sufficient amount of water to it
  • Mix it well to make it like fine thick paste
  • Apply this paste on the neck thoroughly and allow it to sit for about 15 – 20 minutes
  • After the paste has dried completely on the skin then wash it with water
  • Repeat this daily for a week or two till you get rid of the darkness on the neck area and then follow this twice a week to enhance your neck complexion to get perfectly matched with the face.

3. Oats and tomato pulp
Oats will remove the dirt and dead skin cells while tomato pulp will help to lighten up the skin with its natural bleaching properties. This combinational process will definitely help to get rid of the dark neck problem.
  • Oats (Coarsely ground)
  • Tomato pulp
  • Water
  • Moisturizer
  • Small bowl
  • Take coarsely ground oats powder in a bowl
  • Add sufficient tomato pulp and mix it well to make it like fine paste like consistency.
  • Apply this paste on the entire neck region and massage it for few minutes
  • Let it sit for about 15 – 30 minutes and then wet your fingers a little and start rubbing the neck gently in circular motions.
  • This process will have exfoliating effect on the skin that removes the dead skin cells from this dark neck.
  • Scrub this for about 5 – 7 minutes and wash it with water and pat dry the skin
  • After that, apply some moisturizer on the neck and gently massage it to moisture the area properly.
  • Continue doing this scrub for 2 – 3 times a week depending on the intensity of the darkness or dark patchy skin on the neck.

    Hope this post was useful for some. I’ll let you know how these remedies work for me later.

    Happy healing everyone!



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