With its frequent exposure to severe temperatures, the sun, beauty products and harsh fabrics, the skin of the neck can easily be damaged or irritated. Changes in the skin can occur on the front, sides or back of your neck. Often related to an underlying medical affliction, dark, rough skin around the neck can be attributed to a variety of factors.
As ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate the skin of your neck, they damage the layer of collagen that holds the skin cells together. As a result, wrinkles develop. As sun exposure continues, the outer layer of your skin begins to develop sun spots and dark discolorations in the exposed areas. If the sun damage continues, your skin can develop a dark, rough and leathery look and texture. Once the skin is damaged, it can not heal itself. Avoid damage from the sun by avoiding exposure; Cover your skin with clothes or applying a layer of sunscreen.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, occurs only in women, and is a hormonal imbalance. According to the Center for the Health of Young Women in the United States, PCOS affects almost one in 10 women. Patients with the affliction have an imbalance of hormones in the brain and in the ovaries. What happens, in general, is that surplus hormones, which include luteinizing hormone and insulin, cause excessive production of estrogen, progesterone and androgen testosterone. The common symptoms of affliction include irregular menstrual cycles, excess body hair, acne, weight gain and dark skin sections in the neck, armpits and thighs, caused by excess insulin. The treatment for PCOS includes regular exercise,
Associated with underlying medical afflictions that increase insulin levels, acanthosis pigmentosa is a skin affliction that produces thick, dark, velvety skin. In general, the disorder affects only the skin of the crotch, the armpits and the neck. Excess insulin causes skin cells to produce unusual changes. Excessive insulin levels are often associated with obesity, diabetes, endocrine disorders and certain medications. Treatment for acanthosis pigmentosa includes resolving the underlying medical condition, which may involve losing weight or altering your diet.
Also called ‘atopic dermatitis’, eczema is a chronic inflammation of the skin. Although it occurs most commonly in the hands, feet and knees, eczema can also develop around the elbow or eyes and in the ankles, wrists, chest and neck. According to ClínicaMayo.com, the exact cause of eczema has remained unknown until December 2010 inclusive. However, it is believed that the combination of dry skin and a failing immune system initiates an episode of eczema. Symptoms include colored sections of itchy reds, or elevated brown-gray lumps that can drip small amounts of fluid when scratched. Often, the affected skin becomes thick, rough and / or scaly. Treatments for eczema include medicated lotions, medications,
Before trying to treat dark and / or rough skin around the neck, consult your doctor. In many cases, the treatment depends largely on the cause of the changes in the skin. However, moisturizing lotions, vitamin E, fish oil and creams containing vitamin A are known for their effect of lightening and / or softening the skin.