Skin Problems With Obesity

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A common skin problem that accompanies obesity is called acanthuses nigricans, and this causes the skin to become thick and grow skin tags. Learn more about the unsightly skin condition of acanthuses nigricans with help from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video on skin care and dermatology.

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Hello I'm Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, board certified dermatologist and author of Six Weeks to Sensational Skin. This clip is about skin problems in obesity. When we as dermatologist see someone who has an obesity problem a common thing that we will notice in their skin is a condition that has a funny Latin name, and it's called acanthuses nigricans, and this is velvety kind of texture to the skin, especially in the flectual areas. So commonly this would be on the neck, under the arms, and in area of creases. This becomes a kind of unsightly condition because the skin becomes thickened almost like a little blackish velvet carpet, and typically on the top of this plaque of thickened skin there can be the onset or out growth of skin tags, and unfortunately there is not very good treatment for the acanthosis nigricans if you remain obese. So, that's one great reason to get your weight under control. This is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo in Miami.

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