Dr Shardul Soman

Neck Pigmentation

Neck Pigmentation

Black neck is a term used to describe a condition in which the skin on your neck is noticeably darker than the surrounding skin, also referred to as “dark neck.” The change in color may be alarming and make you self-conscience, however, in most cases it isn’t cause for concern nor is it contagious.

In some cases, however, this skin darkening may be a warning sign of something more serious, so it’s important to see a doctor to determine the cause and begin any necessary treatment.

The primary symptom of black neck is a darkening of the skin on the neck. In some cases, the darkening may also affect other areas of your body, most commonly the armpits.

Other symptoms that may accompany it include:

  • thickened skin
  • skin that feels velvety to the touch
  • itchiness

Treating the underlying condition that’s causing your darkened neck is key to eliminating it and preventing it from recurring. In some cases, the discoloration may resolve when the condition is treated, or in the cases of drug-induced hyperpigmentation, when the medication is stopped.

Treatment options for black neck may include the following:

  • exfoliation
  • prescription medications including salicylic acid, Retin-A, and alpha hydroxy acids, as well as oral acne medications
  • chemical peels
  • laser treatments