As of March 20, 2020 we are no longer seeing patients in our office due to COVID-19. We are happy to continue caring for you during these uncertain times. We are now offering remote appointments for new and established patients although we will no longer be able to see you in person. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.
Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that causes some areas of the skin to darken and thicken. This condition is not harmful but it is sometimes an indicator of other health problems such as pre-diabetes. Obesity is the primary cause of this skin condition.
Acanthosis nigricans may form on the armpits, neck, upper back, groin area, elbows, knees, knuckles, belly button, woman’s breasts, face, and female genitalia. It may take a while to form, ranging from months to years.
Anyone can get this skin condition but risk factors include obesity, Native American, African, Caribbean, or Hispanic descent, and family with history of acanthosis nigricans.
Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Acanthosis nigricans.
Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.