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Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis Nigricans- Thick, Dark Velvety Skin (Body folds)

 What is Acanthosis Nigricans?

Acanthosis nigricans is distinguished by dark, dense, velvety skin in body folds and creases.

What can be the probable causes responsible for developing Acanthosis Nigricans?

Acanthosis nigricans can influence usually healthy men and women, or it can be linked with health issues. Some individuals could inherit these. It’s commonest among folks of African lineage.

Obesity, diabetic issues, endocrine disorders, certain medicines specifically hormones such as human growth hormone or oral contraceptives (“the pill”), can additionally trigger acanthosis nigricans.

Gastrointestinal or genitourinary system cancer or lymphoma can be connected with acanthosis nigricans.

Clinical Presentation:

Acanthosis nigricans usually appears gradually and doesn’t trigger any signs other than changes in the skin. Sooner or later, dark, velvety epidermis with creases starts appearing into the armpits, neck, and groin. Often, the palms, lips, soles of the feet, or various other regions on the body can be impacted.



Just by looking at the skin, acanthosis nigricans can be diagnosed. A skin biopsy may be required in unusual situations. Your doctor may ask you to get blood investigations, endoscopy, or x-ray studies to get rid of the possibility for underlying diabetic issues or cancer.

What’s the prognosis?

Acanthosis nigricans often fades if the reason can be seen and addressed.

Treatment for Acanthosis nigricans:

Topical (or systemic) retinoids, topical antibiotics, topical corticosteroids, and keratolytics can be tried for their atrophogenic result. The absolute most efficient therapy is losing weight and exercise to correct the underlying endocrinologic abnormality. The cutaneous changes of acanthosis nigricans perform react to decreased blood insulin levels.

Obesity triggers the insulin resistance, and fat reduction can solve the problem.

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Dr. Rinky Kapoor- Best Dermatologists in Mumbai, India

Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Co-founder of The Esthetic Clinic, is one of the best dermatologists in the world & currently practices in Mumbai, India. Dr. Rinky Kapoor is a Consultant Cosmetic Dermatologist, Cosmetologist & Trichologist at S L Raheja Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, India. Dr. Kapoor is trained at the National Skin Centre, Singapore & at Stanford University, USA. A celebrity skin doctor, Dr. Rinky Kapoor has won many honors such as “Best Dermatologist Mumbai”, “Top 10 Cosmetologist India”, etc for her evidence based expert dermatology care, affordable & reliable skin care, hair care & nail care …Read more

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