May not be full on diabetes, but just a hormonal imbalance that causes isulin resistence.
If you notice, you will see alot of obese people with dark cheeks or dark necks and that's b/c usually those that are extremely obese are diabetic or insulin resistant. Remember how Big Boy the LA radio personality looked? And then Big Pun had those dark cheeks too.
Not saying that you're obese b/c I know you're not lol. But a person can be diabetic/insulin resistant w/o being obese. I always wondered why people seemed to "blacken" in certain areas. Then w/my PCOS, I found out 1st hand how/why. I actually thought my beautician had given me a chemical burn on the back of my neck w/a relaxer! LOL!
This is IMPORTANT!!! What you are describing is a sign of serious medical condition!!!
Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that is associated with insulin resistance. It looks like the skin is dirty, and may be confused with poor hygiene.
Acanthosis nigricans (EH-can-THO-sis NI-greh-cans) is a skin disorder characterized by abnormally increased coloration (hyperpigmentation) and "velvety" thickening (hyperkeratosis) of the skin, particularly of skin fold regions. It is often described as dark patches of skin, frequently on the back of the neck. Sometimes people get a dark ring around their neck. Other possible sites for these dark patches include elbows, knees, knuckles, and armpits. Acanthosis is associated with insulin resistance and pre-diabetes, and with polycystic ovary syndrome. Acanthosis nigricans will improve or resolve with treatment of the underlying disorder.
Shoot, y'all have scared me into going to the doctor now too. My neck is a much darker colour than my face and body but it has been this was for the past ten years or so. And it is noticeable cause I have gotten comments before. And I am also overweight. I just thought I wasn't washing my neck enough when I was younger. Can you go to a normal doctor or do you have to go to a dermatologist?
Ok so months ago I bought this ambi face wash to get rid of the blemishes that I have and wasn't completely thinking when I started using it because my whole face started getting lighter and I was not using it on my neck!!! Needless to say my neck was then 3..4 shades lighter than my face. So I started using the ambi face wash on just my neck. I bought some fair and lovely and mixed it with fair and white whitener serum and it totally worked. I even started using it on my hands ( I forget to use sunscreen) and the sun is always hitting my hands when I'm driving. Wasn't cute.
So if it indeed is not a medical condition. Buy some ambi, fair and lovely, and the fair and white serum. Wasdh your neck twice a day with the ambi face wash and use the mixture every night before you go to bed. You should start seeing a difference within a month or so.
One of biggest misconception people have about type 2 diabetes is only the overweight can get the disease. Not true, you can be at your ideal weight and still be pre/diabetic certainly if diabetes run in your family/bad diet. My DR favorite saying "Skinny doesn't equal healthy."
Signs of Diabetes
weight gain or loss
diarrhea or constipation
sweet breathe or taste in mouth
tingling in hands or feet
constant need to urinate
bruises take longer to heal
loss of appetite or extreme hunger
Diabetes is a silent killer. Some get the symptoms and some doesn't
You cold be healthy one minute and sick the next.
Watching your carbs is very important if you have a family history. See your doctor and get check often.