With changing lifestyle everyone wishes to look pleasant and have flawless skin. The skin on the neck is prone to darkening. Generally, women pay more attention to the face and tend to avoid neck which leads to the advent of neck pigmentation. This becomes a matter of embarrassment for women at the time of hair styling or wearing backless dresses.

There can be several causes why your skin would turn dark for instance exposure to sun, hormones or other skin related conditions. If they are not treated well on time; there is a strong possibility of spreading of the patches and they might turn black as well. This will surely aggravate with the passage of time. While most causes of a black neck are not medical emergencies, it is always recommended to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis. The Doctor will diagnose the cause of black neck by asking about your medical history, any changes to medications or lifestyle habits etc.


Because black neck is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying condition, it is important to consult a doctor if you notice a darkening anywhere on your neck. Once a doctor determines the cause of the black neck, he will recommend condition-specific solutions. Treating the underlying condition that’s causing your darkened neck is the key to eliminate and prevent it from recurring. In some cases, the discoloration may resolve when the condition is treated, or in the cases of drug-induced hyperpigmentation, when the medication is stopped. For example, most Acanthosis Nigricans is caused by insulin resistance, which can often be treated with weight loss.
Even if the underlying condition is treated, a long-term or permanent discoloration of the skin may remain, which may make you feel self-conscious. There are several options that may help return skin to its original color. While some may be better for certain skin tones, your doctor or a dermatologist can help determine which may be most effective for you.

Treatment options for the black neck (neck pigmentation) may include the following:

  • Exfoliation
  • Medications including salicylic acid, Retin-A, and alpha hydroxy acids, as well as oral acne medications
  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Treatments

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