Categories: Pigmentation disorders

Acanthosis Nigricans

In patients with acanthosis nigricans, the skin becomes thicker. Brown or grayish spots of different sizes emerge in several parts of the body, mainly in the elbows, armpits, neck, and knees. The lesions have a warty appearance and their surface is velvety. 

Acanthosis affects both men and women, mainly dark skin.

Another risk factor in the appearance of the disease is obesity and endocrine problems or diabetes.

The best way to eliminate this disease is by modifying eating habits and implementing healthy changes in daily life. You may find this difficult to achieve, but I assure you that once you start, not only will the patches on your skin disappear, but your entire body will be filled with vital energy.

What causes acanthosis nigricans?

Acanthosis nigricans appears when body cells cannot absorb the insulin secreted by the pancreas. It is a pigmentation disorder whose main cause is hyperinsulinemia. An excessive concentration of active insulin stimulates the proliferation of skin cells.

Also, the consumption of some drugs can produce acanthosis nigricans. For example, oral contraceptives and niacin, 3 systemic corticosteroids, nicotinic acid, estrogen, insulin, pituitary extract, triacinate, methyltestosterone and fusidic acid.

This skin disorder has links with the appearance of lymphomas and some cancers of the genitourinary tract.

Acanthosis Nigricans Symptom

The dermatologist can diagnose acanthosis nigricans by observing the skin. Although in some cases it is necessary to perform a skin biopsy.

If there is no clear which underline disease is in place, the doctor may prescribe blood tests. Among them, blood sugar level test, as well as an endoscopy or x-ray.

Some skin diseases and conditions result in generalized or localized hyperpigmentation (increased skin color), hypopigmentation (reduced skin color), or achromia (absent skin color).

Dermatological treatment.

Since this disease only generates changes in the appearance of the skin, it usually disappears once the cause that causes them is found and treated.

Overweight or obese people are more likely to develop this skin disorder. The disease improves or disappears by losing weight.

Diabetics also manage to reduce the visibility of injuries by controlling diabetes.

The modification of the diet is one of the most effective treatments against acanthosis nigricans. Obese and diabetic patients should incorporate low-calorie foods in their diet and reduce their intake of carbohydrates and sugars. In addition, by intervening on life habits, patients can reduce the risk of long-term vascular complications.

Symptomatic treatments include topical antibiotics, retinoids (topical and systemic), keratolytic and topical corticosteroids with very high potency due to their atrophying effect.

Using moisturizers that contain ammonium lactate can also help improve the appearance of the skin.

Cosmetic acanthosis nigricans treatment.

It is advisable to go to a dermatologist as soon as the first spots on the skin are detected, a symptom of acanthosis nigricans.

Treatments to remove stains or whiten the skin are effective but skin lesions reappear if the Cause remains.

  • Skin lightener creams.
  • Antibacterial Soaps.

Several of these products act directly on the melanocytes, regulating the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for giving skin color. Others, on the other hand, eliminate excess melamine, returning the skin tone to the affected area.

You can Apply it them alone or combined with softeners such as 10% or 30% salicylic acid ointment. The urea at 10% or 40% and the cream Betnovate-N Cream also treat the skin spots of acanthosis nigricans. Demelan is a new whitening cream with excellent results, you may give it a try.

Acanthosis Nigricans Treatment Cream

If you are concerned about the appearance, there are cosmetic treatments that reduce and even the skin tone. The treatments include lightening creams with a high bleaching effect such as hydroquinone, kojic acid and hyaluronic acid.  Some of them can be obtained without the need of medical prescription. Here I let you some examples you can find Amazonzon:

Skin lightener creams for acanthosis nigricans.

2% Hydroquinone Dark Spot Corrector Remover For Face & Melasma Treatment Fade Cream - Contains Vitamin C, Salicylic Acid, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Lactic Acid Peel (1oz)
  • ✅ 2% HYDROQUINONE - Helps brighten and fade dark spots, hyperpigmentation & melasma: The acids gently peel dark spots to reveal brighter skin: This product can be used either once OR twice per day
  • ✅ OUR PROMISE TO YOU - We promise this OTC product will provide effective results within 4 weeks when used as directed: The directions on the product label says "use once or twice daily"
  • ✅ CONSIDERED TO BE MORE effective than other hydroquinone products - Compare to Obagi: the directions on the outer box says "use twice daily or as directed by doctor"
  • ✅ CONTAINS MORE EFFECTIVE ingredients than other brands - This formula contains 2% Hydroquinone, Salicylic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Lactic Acid & Vitamin C: the directions on the insert says "start out by using every other day and working up to daily use"
  • ✅ CONTAINS THE HIGHEST concentration of hydroquinone allowed without a prescription - Use this for 4 weeks and you'll notice you dark spots have faded and your complexion will be much smoother and even toned: Consult images to view these directions for use.

Antibacterial Soap.

Article Name
Acanthosis Nigricans: Cosmetic Treatment with Lightening Cream.
In patients with acanthosis nigricans, the skin becomes thicker. Brown or grayish spots of different sizes emerge in several parts of the body, mainly in the elbows, armpits, neck, and knees. The lesions have a warty appearance and their surface is velvety. 
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Online Skin Clinic
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Dr. M. P. Almaguer

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Dr. M. P. Almaguer
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