How can dark skin patches in my underarms and groin area be treated?

Q. How can dark skin patches in my underarms and groin area be treated?

Answered by
Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 25, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 12, 2023

Hello doctor,

My height is 5'97" and my weight is 191.80 Ibs. I am a fair-skinned person. I have dark skin patches on my elbows, neck, underarms, groin area, and on the buttocks. I have been aware of this condition for the last six years. I was thinking there was nothing serious. I also have dark circles under my eyes and some unusual pigmentation on my face with acne. Tests for diabetes were negative and the Insulin test was normal too. My father also suffers from the same condition. Kindly advise me as to what should I do.



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Your concern is that of pseudoacanthosis nigricans. This may be due to any of the following reasons:

  1. Hereditary.
  2. Obesity.
  3. Hypothyroidism.
  4. Insulin resistance.
  5. Psychiatric medications.
  6. Asthma or steroid medication.
  7. Idiopathic conditions.

There is nothing serious.

Thank you doctor,

Is a cure available? Can I get my original skin color back? How can I confirm what is causing this?



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There is treatment available for pseudoacanthosis nigricans. I suggest you do the following:

  1. I suggest you try Canthex Capsule (Alpha lipoic acid, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, and Zinc Sulphate) twice daily after food for three months along with Grazia UP Cream (Hydroquinone, Mometasone Topical, and Tretinoin Topical) twice daily in the affected areas. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicines with their consent.
  2. You can plan for Pixel laser sessions as well.

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