I Have Acanthosis Nigricans

A Acanthosis Nigricans anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Acanthosis Nigricans. You're not alone. 77 People

    I am 21 years and I have been living with

    acanthosis for 12 years. My family used to tell me that I do not bath properly because of the dark patch on my neck, between my thighs and under my armpits. My aunt used to scub me until my neck burn. Children at school used to tease me and say ''I am wearing a necklace''. I was...
    BrendaM12 BrendaM12
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 23, 2015

    I Have Acanthosis Nigricans.

    I'm a 15 year old girl and I have had AN since I was nine. I have had it since I was 9 and it's gotten worse. I have it on my arm pits, neck, between my chest, and my inner thighs. I don't really know why i have AN since I'm not overweight. I'm 125 pounds and 5'2. I think one of...
    LifeSucks14 LifeSucks14
    18-21, F
    Apr 18, 2013

    Stay Strong! My Life With An

      My story starts when I was in 4 th grade I was a bit chubby and thought nothing of it Till I noticed that I had dark patches in my neck and armpits ! I thought it was dirt and soo did my mom so we started scrubbing away but it never improved I just thought it was because I...
    Yupilovekimchi Yupilovekimchi
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jan 3, 2013

    The Best Cure For Acanthosis Nigricans--positive Up Beat-who The Hell Cares Attitude!

    Lets face it..I have had this condition all my life. It has produced a lot of embarassing moments, a lot of teasing as to being a dirty girl, and a lot of issues that I am filthy. Truth is, I have a skin disorder, one that there is nothing i can do with it. I am on birth control...
    moonlightheart moonlightheart
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Oct 7, 2010

    I Am Not Dirty!

    I have AN and so does my mum. I have PCOD or PCOS whatever you want to call it, as well as being a little pudgy and having a family history of diabetes. As a result I have skin that I can only describe as repulsive. The back of my neck and my underarms are the worst effected...
    Snitzel Snitzel
    18-21, F
    8 Responses Dec 12, 2010

    Acanthosis Nigricans

    I never wear a sleeveless shirt. Worried that people might see my black armpit. I am always jealous at those beautiful armpit....people can just walk around and raise their arm..but not me.... My inner thighs are also pretty dark color. I am not overweight nor fat...Just average...
    tutueeyore tutueeyore
    2 Responses Jun 27, 2009

    Don't let AN stop you!!!

    Yes, I'm one of the many that have AN. It all started with a darker ring around my neck when i was about 9. My mom thought it was dirt so she tried using the these alcohol swabs but the darkness never went away. I stayed like that for a few years till I hit 13 when looks started...
    MistressCrystalDom MistressCrystalDom
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 17, 2013

    Go Away Acanthosis Nigricans

    I'm a 16yr old junior living in Yuma,AZ . I think i first started noticing i had AN when i was in Middle School. Back then i just had it on my neck NOW I have them on my neck, inner thighs, between my breasts, and kind of on my elbows and knees. In the beginning when i didn't...
    KassOrtiz KassOrtiz
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Feb 6, 2012

    I Hate It So Much..:(

    well i am 19 now and have acanthosis nigricans or "acan-ann" as my parents call it...coz my name is ann.. it started in my neck when i was about 12 years old... but it never bothered me.. because now thinking about it, it was very mild and noone could actually came near me and...
    ann137 ann137
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Feb 21, 2012


    I'm wondering if anyone else experiences this....but it rubs off on my clothes particularly if I sweat. I have a white button down shirt and while of course the collar will get dirty...I'm pretty sure that the AN comes off on it because on my work out clothes another white shirt...
    winterrosa winterrosa
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 10, 2013

    Alright You Guys

    I would have never guessed there was a group for this on here. I used to have the same issues with pigment until I did some self diagnosing (after the usual harassing at school, of course). I had it bad too when I was much younger, but there is a way to clear it by at least 75...
    Infinite9 Infinite9
    70+, F
    Dec 18, 2011

    Acanthosis Nigricans

    I think I have acanthosis nigricans. I've been overweight since childhood, and i have developed dark underarms, inner thighs and waistline, and a little discoloration in the neck.  I haven't seen a doctor yet.  I've been exercising for the past few months and have lost...
    pollyana pollyana
    Jun 6, 2009

    Made My Life Misserable

    I am an 19 year old girl now who has been living with AN for almost 10 years now. I am a white female, not obese, there is nothing wrong with my insulin levels either. I had all the basic test with AN done and they can't find one thing wrong. When I was at the Doctors a few years...
    KellyAnne1211 KellyAnne1211
    2 Responses Dec 17, 2012

    I Have It

    I have had acanthosis nigricans for about 11 years now. My mother was the first person to notice it. When I was 12, she would spend hours every night scrubbing my neck. She thought it was dirt. I grew my hair very long and I never wear it up. The thought of anyone seeing the...
    Supersweet86 Supersweet86
    22-25, F
    5 Responses May 12, 2010

    Don't Let It Control Your Life !

    I started with the dark patches in Grade 7. My parents just thought I wasn't showering properly, so my mom bought exfoliant and would scrub it until it would lighten a little bit ... then it would come back a couple days later. We then thought it was dry skin so we tried some...
    ANFighter ANFighter
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 18, 2013

    It all started when I was in 3rd

    or 4th standard. I have been struggling with obesity from the 1st standard but Acanthosis Nigricans(Lets call it AN) started developing in 3rd or 4th. At that time I had no idea that it was a medical condition. A dark ring started to develop around my neck. (It normally happens...
    HarshadaA HarshadaA
    Jul 15, 2014

    I Have Closed My Doors

    I am approaching my 30s and have suffered from AN almost all my life as far as I remember. I have it on my neck, underarms, elbows and groin and a little bit between my breasts and lower back. I am pretty sure I have it on my chin but its extremely light. I am overweight but have...
    cheermeupnow cheermeupnow
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 9, 2012

    My Story.

    I was first diagnosed with AN at age 13.  Before that, my mom noticed the darkness on my neck and she would force me to get in the bathtub and she would scrub me for hours trying to get rid of it.  We finally went to the doctor.  He looked at my neck, went off somewhere, and...
    asiansprinkles1 asiansprinkles1
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 2, 2011

    Why Me?

    I don't remember at what age "AN" became apart of my life but I do remember my mom and I in the bathroom trying to scrub it off daily. She was convinced it was dirt and scolded me constantly for not taking a bath properly, yet her methods never worked either. Not one single...
    Bianca90 Bianca90
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 7, 2012

    In 2010/2011 I started to notice my skin

    darkening on my neck, under my arms and in between my legs. My parents always thought it was just dirt, so they used to scrub anything and everything on it to see if it would go. But it didn't. My cousin thought someone had done something to me because I was too ashamed to even...
    Kirstyj19 Kirstyj19
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 10, 2016

    Is It Anybody Else Out There?

    I was diagnosed with 'AN' over ten years ago.  The doctor who performed this diagnostic test told me that the only way to rid my self of this condition was to lose weight.  I have since researched this subject and found ways of overcoming 'AN'.  Is there...
    stephensmn stephensmn
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Jul 21, 2008

    Im Living With It

    I am a Senior at Dooly County high. I too have "AN". I am a beautiful young lady and i used to cry and people use to tease me. They would say that my neck was "black" or da it was "rusty". I used to take heed to those kind of things. But now...
    ksmithatsowega ksmithatsowega
    2 Responses May 27, 2009

    No One Ever Sees The Inner Me..

    I've been living with acanthus nigericans for 27 years now. It didn't used to bother me , I had accepted myself and I had friends, family, and a husband who accepts me for me. Recently, I don't know why but the A.N. has been getting worse, it's to the point where I hate to look...
    nativeluv83 nativeluv83
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 27, 2010

    Hello everyone! I was diagnosed with acanthosis

    nigricans last year and I hate it!!! Is there anyone else out there who suffers from this skin disorder?
    lonelygurl3 lonelygurl3
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 27, 2014

    I Have It, I Wish I Didn't...

    It started out as a few spots here and there, but now it's spread to my back, tummy, arms, legs and chest. It makes me really uncomfortable and I hate changing for gym class! I thought I was the only one, but I don't like saying it, but I'm glad there's people out there who...
    ThatGirlNextDoor1 ThatGirlNextDoor1
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 6, 2012

    What Has Helped Me!

    Hello everyone! I wrote my story on here not to long ago called "Made My Life Miserable". I have struggled with AN for my whole ten age life. It really is horrible. I have decided to go on a diet to lose a few pounds and look good for spring break. I am on the South Beach Diet...
    KellyAnne1211 KellyAnne1211
    Feb 25, 2013

    AN And Me

    It all started when I was in 5th or 6th grade. My parents noticed a dark ring around my neck and told me to scrub it or people would make fun of me for being dirty. I scrubbed for a long time until my neck was all red, but the ring would not go away. In the 6th grade I entered a...
    4 Responses Feb 3, 2013

    I know I have them. I have them on my neck,

    under breast, stomach and starting to get it in the middle of the arm. I never been diagnosed with it. I know I have the . I seen pictures. I think this is the 1st time I diagnosed myself on the Internet.
    manotham manotham
    18-21, F
    Dec 23, 2014
    deleted deleted
    Jul 3, 2015

    Living With An In High School!

    I am going into grade 10 this year and have AN. I feel like I am the only one in my city who has it and it's scary thinking people might judge me or stare when I'm changing for gym. I'm hoping that the person I fall in love with will except me for who I am and what I look like. I...
    PeppyPepper PeppyPepper
    3 Responses Sep 1, 2011

    Eww An Skin..but It Just Might Be A Blessing

    I cannot recall when I first started developing this that I just learned is called (Acanthosis Nigricans). I do remember however that is was around 5th or 6th grade when I first noticed the darkening and that no one else seem to have it (besides my sister and one of my friends...
    leyash2007 leyash2007
    Feb 29, 2012

    I Hate It

    I am currently a junior in high school, and have had AN since 8th grade. it was originally diagnosed has tinea versicolor. i had been treating it for that for 3 years, until recently went to a dermotologist and they said it was AN. So i took blood tests, i took many, and they...
    iwishitwasgone iwishitwasgone
    4 Responses Sep 30, 2010

    I'm 17 and have had it

    for 2 years on my knees, elbows, underarms and worse on my groin! I'm so so so upset about it as it is inherited so I have no idea how to get rid of it. I am watching all my friends get boyfriends and fall in love and it's hit me that I will never have that, I will never have a...
    ParisLeia ParisLeia
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 30, 2015
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