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hi darkening of the neck is a common

complaint in our population it is very

important to first understand the cause

and why it's occurring before we go

ahead with treatment so in this video

I'll be telling you what are the causes

for darkening in the neck what

treatments we can give and also certain

home remedies that you can do in order

to lighten the pigmentation on your neck

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the causes for darkening of the neck the

most common causes acanthosis nigricans

he can ptosis nigricans is a condition

where there is insulin resistance

meaning that the body is not able to

take up the insulin that is being

produced by the pancreas then what

happens is that their pancreas starts to

make even more insulin so what does

insulin does is it thickens the skin so

because the skin is thickened it also

tends to become darker and appear more

velvety and darker in color

they can also be appearance of multiple

skin tags such as the neck the armpit

and the groin area and sometimes even

under the breast so if you have

thickening and darkening of skin in the

neck underarms in your groin area and

also on the sides of the forehead then

you will have to rule out it can ptosis

nigricans second common causes friction

if you have a habit of very thick chains

while sleeping or during the day that

can also rub the skin and lead to

darkening in the area also if you wear

shirts which have collars which are very

stiff and starched they can also rub

against the back of your neck and lead

to darkening of the skin over time

darkening can also occur if you are

overweight okay so because the two

surfaces of your neck are rubbing

against each other

there can be thickening and darkening of

this area so you want to make sure that

you are well within your normal weight

you can know if you're overweight by

calculating BMI which is body mass

index so it has to be below 25 okay so

if you're above 25 then you are

overweight the formula for calculating

body mass index is dividing your weight

in kilograms by height in meters squared

so the number that you get should be

below 25 also sun exposure and tanning

can lead to darkening of the skin and

the neck area especially if you ride a

bike or keep a short haircut or you're a

woman who ties her hair up then this

area gets exposed to the Sun so this can

also lead to darkening of the skin in

this area there's a condition called

lichen planus pigmentosa s' in which

there is darkening of the skin where

there is sleep blue kind of pigmentation

on the face mainly on the sides of the

face and which can extend to the neck

and the upper chest as well so even in

this condition you can see dark spots on

the neck area certain eczema can also

lead to darkening of the neck there's a

condition called atopic dermatitis in

which there is dryness and thickening

and darkening of the skin in area such

as the under eye the neck and in front

of your elbows and behind your knees

this area can be darker and thicker so

even eczema can lead to darkening of the

neck darkening of the neck can also

occur due to intake of any kind of

medicines such as tetracycline or any

kind of anti malarial medicine can also

lead to darkness

so how do we prevent this from occurring

first and foremost you have to keep your

weight under check okay so you have to

know how much your body mass index is

and try to keep it under 25 so you have

to go for regular exercise follow a

healthy diet try to cut down on your

sugar intake your carbohydrate intake

try to increase your fiber and protein

intake and this will help in reducing

your weight also you must exercise at

least for half an hour every day you

will notice that once you reduce weight

the darkling in the neck area does tend

to lighten over time make sure you do

not wear any kind of thick chains before

you go to bed okay so you want to remove

all your jewelry before you sleep also


you want to wear clothes which do not

tug against your neck so try to avoid

wearing any kind of t-shirt with collars

which can rub against your neck you can

wear an open neck t-shirt made of a soft

material so that it feels more

comfortable and does not rub against

your neck do not try to scrum this area

this has occurred because of friction so

you do want to scrub it people feel that

because they make us dark and they

really try to scrub it or use a loofah

and you know scrub this area that it can

be clean absolutely not you're only

going to enjoy your skin and which will

lead to more darkening over time so

please do not scrub this area whenever

you wash your neck you want to be very

gentle first lather of soap and very

gentle run it across your neck like how

you would wash any body part so you

don't want to really rub on a tag on it

or use any kind of loofah or any kind of

scrubber in this area which will only

irritate and worsen the condition

remember to always use a sunscreen even

on your neck neck is a neglected area

whenever we apply sunscreen we applied

mainly on the face and maybe in the

front of the neck but never on the nape

of our neck and on the back so make sure

that you apply sunscreen especially if

you ride a bike or you keep a short

haircut then this area does get exposed

to the Sun so you have to make sure that

you apply a liberal amount of sunscreen

on this area so how do we treat if you

have dark neck so first we need to find

the underlying cause so how we approach

a patient darkening of the neck is that

first we look at their body weight and

calculate the BMI if it is on the higher

side then we want to suggest weight

reduction if there is darkening and

thickening of the skin and the area of

the neck as well as in the armpits and

the groin and under the breast or the

size of the forehead then we have to

rule out you can ptosis nigricans so we

have to do fasting and post prandial

insulin levels and fasting at post

prandial blood sugar level this means

that we check your insulin

sugar level both while fasting that is

before take a breakfast and two hours

after your meal once we look at these

levels we'll be able to rule out the

presence of insulin resistance so if you

do have insulin resistance then you may

have to take metformin tablet depending

upon your weight so we give metformin

tablet about 500 milligrams twice a day

this has to be taken after meals so if

you have technique and darkling in your

body folds please visit your

dermatologist or an endocrinologist for

evaluation and to rule out insulin


what creams can be used to lighten the

neck we can use any cream which contains

glycolic acid if you have a thick neck

with folds then I suggest that you go

for a glycolic acid in a lower

percentage that is about six percent and

use it only once or twice in a week

whenever you apply glycolic acid in such

body folds it tends to remain there for

a longer time and also there is

occlusion right so the glycolic acid

collects in the body fold this can lead

to irritation and redness sometimes so

you want to make sure that you apply a

very small quantity and apply it only

once or twice in a week if you have only

slight dark knee then we could also use

creams such as by luma or Koji with

ultra these creams tend to lighten the

skin and your neck area we can also use

d melon cream which contains glycolic

acid 10% so this cream has to be applied

on the neck area at night only twice in

a week we have a full review on D melon

cream you can click on the iCard to

watch so what home remedies can be done

to reduce the darkening of the neck

remember that home remedies are not

going to treat the underlying condition

so we should need to always first find

the cause and then Willie will be able

to give an effective treatment so if you

do not find any cause and it seems

constitutional then you can go for

certain home remedies so it will only

lighten your neck to a certain extent

you can use Upton paste which is a paste

made with gram flour cored turmeric and

you can add honey to it this mixture you

can apply

Iria leave it on for about 20 minutes

and wash it off and apply a moisturizer

after that gram flour will help in

exfoliating the skin turmeric will stain

the skin slightly yellow and this will

reduce the appearance of dark nee a

gourd is also good lightening agent so

this will help in lighten your dark neck

you can also use just a mixture of cord

and lemon be very careful whenever you

apply lemon to the skin as lemon can

sensitize your skin to sunrays okay so

whenever you use any kind of home

remedies containing lemon you want to

use it when you know that you're not

going to be going out in the Sun or out

in harsh sun for at least two days so

you can take 3 tbsp of curd add 2 or 3

drops of lemon to it and just drop this

mixture on your neck leave it on for

about 20-25 minutes and wash it off with

cold water you can also apply potato

juice potato is a good skin lightening

agent so you can greet a potato

squeeze it take out the juice and you

can apply it on your neck leave it on

overnight and you can wash it off in the

morning this has to be done regularly

for about a month before you can see

results there you go a detailed video on

causes and treatment for darkening of

the neck remember that we have to find

the cause before we go ahead with

treatment okay so only once we find why

you getting darkening in the neck area

can be effectively treated I hope you

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