By msann Latest Reply 2010-07-14 13:01:38 -0500
Started 2010-07-09 22:15:05 -0500

hey guys do anyone out there have dark elbows from diabetes, if you do let me know, and how do you lighten them up, and they are so dry, thanks

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DCgirl4u 2010-07-14 13:01:38 -0500 Report

I too suffer from acanthosis. not only are my elbows dark but my neck, armpits and stomach are as well. I hate it because as most doctors say there seems to be no cure aside from weight loss. I do not consider myself extrmely overweight at 180 but have a really hard time losing any weight. I have almost given up on the acanthosis going away which saddens me. I tend to stay covered up. I wear turtlenecks all year round and only look in a mirror when it is absolutely necessary which is almost never. I feel I need to keep the acanthosis away from others as they will not understand and take it as poor hygiene. Anyone else out there going through anything similar????

Sweetrthnhuny 2010-07-10 03:57:40 -0500 Report

I have dry skin in general and it doesn't help that I live in the desert. But I use vasiline on them twice a day and this helps drastically. I also exfoliate daily. Hope this helps.

MAYS 2010-07-10 00:06:48 -0500 Report

The condition that you are referring to is called acanthosis nigricans.

It normally develops in those individuals who suffer from severe insulin resistance.


People with a severe form of insulin resistance may have dark patches of skin, usually on the back of the neck. Sometimes people have a dark ring around their neck. Other possible sites for dark patches include elbows, knees, knuckles, and armpits.

If you are interested in trying to remove the dark patches on the elbows associated with everyday life, click the link below:



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