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Facial Acanthosis Nigricans – An Overview


Acanthosis nigricans is a skin disorder which leads to velvety, light brown to black markings and patches on the skin which includes the neck, face, armpits, groin, and under the breasts.

75% of children with children with type 2 diabetes develop this condition.[1]

- Medical diagnosis is required
- Diagnostic tests may be required
- Can be acute or chronic
- Treatable by medical professionals

This skin condition is usually the result of these medical conditions:
- Obesity
- Insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes
- Certain drugs
- Hormonal disorder
- Cancer

Facial Acanthosis affects the facial skin of the affected individuals. This is a common skin disease among the African descents.

Ages affected:
The median age of onset of this skin disorder is usually in people aged 30 to 38 years old.


The only symptoms experienced in this skin disorder are changes on the skin. These include:
- Dark thickened velvety patches on the skin
- Affected skin may have an odor or foul smell


These self-care measures can help to treat facial acanthosis nigricans:
- Losing weight
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Keep your diabetes in check

Medical treatments:
The doctors may prescribe the following cosmetic treatments:
- Topical retinoids
- Oral acne medications
- Prescription creams to lighten the marks
- Dermabrasion procedure
- Laser therapy


A board-certified dermatologist can help treat this condition effectively. We at mfine are here to help you get the best treatment for all health problems. Get in touch with us to get the best treatment under the specialist for a holistic treatment plan to get faster recovery.

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