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How do I get rid of dark brown patches on my back? (Beauty query of the day)

Dr Shuba Dharmana answers a query about a woman having dark

Mature Indian womanI am a 50-year-old woman, diabetic and on insulin. I have dark brown patches on my back, below my neck. What cream can I use to get rid of them?
Answered by Dr Shuba Dharmana

This sounds like Acanthosis nigricans although its important to see your dermatologist to rule out other conditions.

Acanthosis Nigricans is strongly linked with diabetes and insulin resistance. It is a condition where there is darkening and thickening of the skin in folds such as neck, armpits, groin etc.

It is also characteristic of problems such as obesity, cushings disease, polycystic ovaries, etc and certain tumours and sometimes medication itself like insulin, steroids etc. Here are some tips to get flawless skin without dark spots and patches.

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In Acanthosis, the underlying problem needs to be corrected. Losing weight if overweight, correcting insulin resistance , diagnosing and treating any underlying condition and stopping the medicine causing it helps.

Cosmetic improvement of the condition can also be done with the help of Peels and Lasers. Here are expert answers to some common beauty queries that people have.

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