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Black Neck: Causes, Symptoms And Home Remedies

How To Get Rid Of Dark Neck

Is your neck darker than your face or the rest of the body? Having uneven skin tone around the neck is quite common. It is caused by excessive melanin production in the skin.
While it is harmless, having pigmentation around the neck often makes people self-conscious about their appearance. And there could be various reasons to explain this pigmentation. 
Sometimes it is simply due to neglecting the area and not cleansing it properly which may lead to a buildup of dirt making the skin look darker. Or it may be caused due to underlying medical conditions too.


Causes Of Pigmentation On Neck

  • Sun Exposure:
    When our skin is exposed to UV rays from the sun, it produces melanin as a defence mechanism to protect itself. This makes your skin look darker and leads to tanned skin. Regular exposure to sun rays can make your tan permanent leading to pigmentation.
  • Neglecting Skincare:
    We all are guilty of applying skincare products like moisturisers, scrubs, and face masks only to our faces. The neck is often left ignored. As a result, the skin on the neck turns dry and dull and has dead skin buildup. 
  • Improper Cleansing:
    Failure to cleanse the neck properly can also cause pigmentation on the neck due to the buildup of dirt, sweat, sebum, etc.
  • Medication:
    Dark neck can also be a side effect of certain medications or drugs you may take for an illness. It usually goes away once you stop taking the medication.
  • Diabetes:
    If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, you may develop a skin condition called Acanthosis nigricans. This is a condition where the skin around your neck or armpits turns thick, dark, and velvety.
  • Medical Conditions:
    Apart from diabetes, people with high insulin levels or even hormonal imbalances may develop pigmentation around their neck area.

How To Get Rid Of Dark Neck

  • Cleanse Everyday:
    The first step to removing 
    dark pigmentation around the neck is to keep your neck clean. Removing all debris of dirt will allow skincare products to penetrate your skin better. So while washing your face, make sure you also clean your neck.

How To Clean Neck:

  • Take a small quantity of a gentle face wash or cold-pressed soap and lather it up between your palms. Massage it in circular motions and rinse with water. Make sure to choose a cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin dry.
  • Regular Exfoliation:
    Removing dead skin cells is another important step that will help brighten and reduce 
    dark pigmentation around the neck. Use a scrub that has mild granules and massage it on clean skin. We recommend exfoliating at least 1-2 times a week for a smoother, even-toned neck.
  • Proper Skincare Routine:
    Treat your neck with the same love and care you treat your face and body with. While washing your face, make sure you use the same cleanser on your neck too. After cleansing, apply a toner to hydrate the skin and restore pH balance. Then apply a facial oil to seal all the moisture and keep the skin soft and protected. 1-2 times a week, apply a skin-brightening face pack to reduce 
    dark pigmentation around the neck.
  • Use Brightening Products:
    When choosing skin care products, look for ingredients that are known for their skin brightening properties. For eg: Ingredients such as liquorice root, amla, kakadu plum, rose, etc. help inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for melanin production. Even ingredients rich in polyphenols, Vitamin C, or AHAs can help you 
    get rid of dark neck.
  • Wear Sunscreen:
    To prevent suntan as well as avoid further darkening of the dark neck, it is essential to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. It will help prevent and reduce sun tan and also help prevent further darkening of the neck.
  • Eat A Wholesome Diet:
    Make sure to include a lot of green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, and whole grains in your daily diet. They provide essential nutrients to your skin which helps improve cell turnover rate. Also, limit over-processed foods and drink a lot of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Medical Checkup:
    If home remedies and skin care products don’t work and you have other symptoms such as being overweight, you should consult a medical professional. Conditions like acanthosis nigricans which are caused by underlying health conditions may be hard to reduce with skincare products unless the root cause is treated. So your doctor will help diagnose any medical condition and create a suitable treatment plan. 

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dark Neck:

Several home remedies are available in your kitchen and garden to help you get rid of dark neck. 

  • Rubbing raw potato slices every day can help lighten pigmentation due to the brightening properties of potatoes. 
  • Make a brightening face pack with turmeric, gram flour, and coconut milk. Apply it to the neck daily and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with water.
  • Aloe vera is another great home remedy as it has a compound called aloesin which helps fade pigmentation. Squeeze out fresh juice from the aloe vera leaf and massage it onto your neck. Rinse it with water after 15-20 minutes.
  • Mix oatmeal and crushed rose petals with some water. Apply this one to the area and let it sit for 15 minutes before gently scrubbing it off. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Use cold-pressed oils like olive oil or almond oil to moisturise your neck twice a day.

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FAQs

  1. Do I need a separate cleanser for my neck?
    No, you can use the same cleanser that you use for your face.
  2. Do I need to use sunscreen every day?
    Yes, it is recommended to use sunscreen every day for optimum protection against sun damage.
  3. Is dark neck treatable?
    While reducing pigmentation takes time, it can be reduced in most cases with a consistent skincare routine and home remedies.

REFERENCES –

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4372914/
https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/ras/7/0/7_41/_html/-char/en
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321767#causes
https://www.healthline.com/health/acanthosis-nigricans#_noHeaderPrefixedContent

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