What is Acanthosis Nigricans?

Some people develop darkened and thickened skin around joints and body folds like neck, armpits, elbows and knees. This is called Acanthosis Nigricans. The skin usually stays soft, which is why the word “velvety” is often used to describe the symptoms of Acanthosis Nigricans.

What causes Acanthosis Nigricans?

People who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop Acanthosis Nigricans. Certain hormonal medications can also cause it. Acanthosis Nigricans is found in people who have type 2 diabetes or those who are at a greater risk of getting diabetes.

How is Acanthosis Nigricans treated?

By itself Acanthosis Nigricans is not harmful or contagious. Many people who have it have no other symptoms and are otherwise healthy. Often, Acanthosis Nigricans can be a sign of diabetes or other medical conditions. In such cases superficially treating the pigmentation may not yield the desired results, finding and treating the health problem is necessary. Therefore in cases with diabetes or obesity, getting sugar levels and weight under control can help to clear up the pigmentation.