Acanthosis nigricans, a skin condition characterized by areas of dark, velvety discoloration, most often appears in body folds and creases in the armpits, groin, and neck. Other areas where acanthosis nigricans can form are the:

  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Knuckles
  • Belly Button
  • Woman’s breasts (beneath)
  • Face
  • Female genitalia
  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Eyelids, Palms of the hands, Bottoms of the feet
  • Nipples

The affected skin will become thickened. This skin condition has the following signs and symptoms:

  • Brown or black discoloration on the skin
  • The discolored skin may feel velvety and thicker than the surrounding skin
  • Skin tags may form on the darkened skin
  • The discolored skin may itch
  • The skin can have a bad odor.

These skin changes often occur in those who are obese or who have diabetes. Dr. Jenson and Dr. Edwards may recommend treatment for skin discoloration in Orem, Utah. Our dermatologists may use creams, ointments, and gels to lighten the skin color. Laser treatments can be used to reduce skin thickness. Odor and discomfort can be decreased by applying antibiotics to the skin and using antibacterial soaps. Retinoids in pill form can help clear your skin.

We encourage you to contact Kraig Jenson, PC, Dermatology Center to learn more and to schedule an appointment.