Obesity is an increasingly common health problem worldwide, and its impacts can reach far beyond just weight gain. One physical sign often associated with obesity is a skin change known as acanthosis nigricans.
This condition is a symptom of obesity which can cause some areas of the body to darken and thicken, creating a striking change in the appearance of the skin. Here are some areas of the body that often experience darkening of the skin due to obesity. Let’s recognize the signs!
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Darkening of skin color often appears on the neck of people who are obese. The affected area is the back of the neck and often appears as uneven, rough darkening of the skin.
In some cases, this color change can be very striking and disturb the appearance. Usually discoloration of the neck is usually not accompanied by itching or pain.
2. Skin folds
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Areas under skin folds, such as in the armpits, under the breasts in women, and in the groin, are common places where acanthosis nigricans can appear.
This is caused by excessive skin friction in this area, which triggers chronic inflammation and uneven skin discoloration. This condition is often very uncomfortable, especially when the skin becomes thicker and rougher.
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Elbows are one area that is often affected by acanthosis nigricans or darkening of the skin in people who are obese. Darkening of the elbows usually appears as discoloration of the skin around the elbow crease and can cause the skin to appear darker and rougher than other areas.
These changes can cause a person to feel uncomfortable when wearing short-sleeved clothing or in social situations.
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The skin area around the knees can also experience darkening and thickening due to obesity. The skin folds on the knees are a place where darkening and thickening of the skin often occurs. This discoloration and thickening of the knee can create significant changes in the appearance of the skin and create discomfort.
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Although less common than other areas, darkening can also appear on the face, especially around the eyes, nose and mouth. These discolorations can affect a person’s appearance aesthetically and cause discomfort. This condition often causes concerns about personal appearance.
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