Acanthosis Nigricans refers to a condition which occurs with the skin in the body folds and creases turning thick, blackish and velvety. The condition mostly occurs in the armpits, groin and neck but sometimes it may affect the lips and palms. It can also occur in the soles of the feet.
Acanthosis Nigricans naturally raises concern for the look of the skin, though there are some steps for lightening the area of the skin affected by this condition.
Acanthosis Nigricans can be identified from the change in the look of the skin. The skin changes occur gradually for several months or even years. In rare cases the condition causes itchy feeling on the affected area of the skin.
What causes Acanthosis Nigricans?
Acanthosis Nigricans may occur with the rise in the level of insulin either because of type 2 diabetes or excessive body weight. The additional level of insulin may activate the skin cells resulting in the change of its condition and appearance.
Acanthosis Nigricans is also considered to be hereditary. This means that a person with family history of Acanthosis Nigricans can also suffer this condition at some point of his or her life.
Acanthosis Nigricans may also occur due to human growth hormone and other medications like oral pills for contraception. If niacin is taken in large doses it can trigger Acanthosis Nigricans.
Tumors and endocrinal defects may also be associated with Acanthosis Nigricans. In rare cases it is liked with some types of cancer.
Although exact treatment for Acanthosis Nigricans is not available, yet the treatment of diabetes, obesity and other underlying conditions may help restore the original skin color to some extent.
However, if you have gained so much of weight you must lose the extra pound so as to reduce the symptom of Acanthosis Nigricans. Sometimes change in diet proves to be beneficial.
In case you are worried about the look of your skin you must see a doctor or skin specialist who can prescribe a cream or lotion containing tretinoin or other modified vitamin A products for lightening the affected portion of your skin.
Your doctor may also prescribe isotretinoin or other oral medications besides recommending fish oil supplements. The skin thickness can also be reduced with the help of dermabrasion or laser therapy.