A lot of us have something like this – dark skin at the back of our necks or on our armpits or legs or arses or on the general badoinkodoink regions.
Lets face it, we are all a bit ashamed of these because we feel that it projects bad hygiene on our parts. (Its also because it has been hammered into us that being black or dirk is bad – being fair is the ultimate objective and that being fair somehow makes us more beautiful and superior).
I recently saw this post on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DXN.ca/posts/580706745403485
Health alert This is not dirty, or developed for lack of hygiene!! In this brand is known as Acanthosis-Nigricans. You can go on the neck, face, forehead, armpits, between the legs and other body parts. It is a Mark On The Skin That Signals High Insulin Levels in the body. It tends to be confused with a smudge of dirt or grime but this actually indicates that the body is resisting the insulin produced by the body. As a result, the pancreas produces more insulin and eventually you could get to develop diabetes (Type 2). May disappear with simple lifestyle changes of life and a moderate weight reduction (in many cases). If you know someone, adults and children that present this, remember that a detection in time can prevent diabetes.
Naturally, being a bid of a nerd, I researched it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthosis_nigricans
Of course, its much more complicated and serious than what Facebook tells us.
But here’s the thing – its a result of bodily secretions, its like a diseases and it has got diddly squat to hygiene, as is mistakenly believed.
So no point scrubbing furiously or spreading oodles of fairness cream. Just get a blood test done and check it if it has something to do with your pancreas and insulin.
An early detection of diabetes and a resultant dietary modifications/medications will make your life so much better.
I have got personal stakes in this. I have these dark marks on the back of my neck – have had these since I was 8,9 years old.
I know that its not hygiene related for two reason.
1. Hours and hours of scrubbing
2. Well, my mother had me tested.
When I was wee, and when these first came out, she dragged me to a skin specialist who probed, prodded and did all those testing and diagnosed that its coming from inside the body, not dirt or grime.
When I was in school, some silly asses would try to tease me about it.
Well I pitied those fools and ate their tiffins.
I am the original living breathing “my mother had me tested” boy. Suck it Sheldon.