Q. How can dark patches on the cheeks be treated?

Answered by
Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 13, 2017

Hello doctor,

My 21-year-old cousin whose height is 181 cm and weight 120 kg has dark patches on his cheeks. Photos are attached. The patient had already consulted a doctor regarding this year ago. The doctor had suggested that it might be acanthosis nigricans and suggested cholesterol evaluation. The darkness has reduced now but not totally gone. Please see the test results and kindly advice treatment.

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity)

Yes, it can be acanthosis nigricans.

But does he have similar pigmentation over the nape of the neck, groin area, and armpits?

His serum cholesterol levels are raised. He also is overweight.

There is a deficiency of vitamin D and B12.

I would like to know what creams has he applied?

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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Thank you doctor,

Yes, he has similar patches on the neck also. Since last one year, he has not used any medicines.

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I suggest you apply Glyco 6 (Glycolic acid) cream over dark patches at bedtime and sunscreen in morning.

With the reduction in weight, pigmentation also will reduce.

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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