What is Acanthosis Nigricans?
Acanthosis nigricans (AN) is a skin disorder in which there is darker, thick, velvety skin in body folds and creases.
What causes Acanthosis Nigricans?
Acanthosis Nigricans is caused by an underlying process that also causes significant weight gain and increases the risk of diabetes called insulin resistance.
What are the risk factors for Acanthosis Nigricans?
Having a diet high in unrefined carbohydrates is a big risk factor for Acanthosis that is associated with obesity and insulin resistance. Certain other endocrine problems such as hypothyroidism, acromegaly, Cushing’s disease may also be associated with Acanthosis.
What are the different types of Acanthosis?
Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) can be classified as the following types based on the underlying cause.
Type I – familial
Type II – endocrine
Type III – obesity and pseudoacanthosis nigricans
Type IV – drug-related
Type V –malignancy related
Type VI –Acral acanthotic anomaly
How is Acanthosis Nigricans diagnosed?
Acanthosis nigricans is typically diagnosed clinically. Rarely, a biopsy might be required.
Can Acanthois Nigricans lead development of skin tags or chordons?
In some people, acanthosis nigricans can lead to small outgrowths of skin called skin tags or chordons.
Can W8MD help me with acanthosis or skin tags?
Yes, at W8MD, we address not only acanthosis and insulin resistance that causes it, but we can also freeze off the skin tags and most insurances cover removal of these unsightly skin tags.