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Top 4 Darkened Skin on the Face Causes

  1. 1.Hemochromatosis

    Hemochromatosis is a disease in which too much iron builds up in the body. This can be hereditary or caused by another condition like liver failure.

    You should visit your primary care physician for diagnostic blood tests (too look at your iron stores). Depending on severity, your treatment could range from watchful waiting to lifestyle changes to donating blood to reduce the iron levels.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), joint pain, decreased sex drive, frequent urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Folate (Vitamin) Deficiency

    Folic acid (folate) is a vitamin that is needed to make new cells in the body, including red blood cells which carry oxygen through the blood and into various tissues throughout the body. Folate deficiency refers to a condition when there is not enough folic acid in the body, and can lead to symptoms such as tiredness, low energy, faintness, and difficulty breathing.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by taking a tablet of folic acid (folate) each day. Folic acid is also naturally occurring in foods such as spinach, sprouts, broccoli, green beans, peas, chickpeas, brown rice, kidney, liver, and potatoes. Eating more of these foods can help with symptoms as well.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, nausea or vomiting, irritability, diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with folate (vitamin) deficiency:
    abdominal swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  3. 3.Adrenoleukodystrophy

    Adrenoleukodystrophy describes a family of closely related inherited disorders of fat metabolism. It is a condition that is passed down from parent to child and affects mostly males. People affected with the disease cannot break down certain large fats, which accumulate in the nervous system, adrenal gland, and testes as a result, disrupting normal activity.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will perform a blood test to rule in the diagnosis. Since this is a genetic condition, no cure is available, but steroids can be used if the adrenal gland is not making enough of its own.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, hearing loss, feeling confused and not making sense while talking, vomiting, general weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Acanthosis Nigricans

    Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition in which areas of dark, velvety discoloration appear in body folds and creases, such as armpits, the groin area, and the neck area. The skin changes of acanthosis nigricans usually occur in people who have diabetes or are obese.

    Since acanthosis nigricans usually indicates an underlying condition, you should probably visit your doctor eventually to discuss your health and potential ways to manage the condition. Sometimes, topical medications may be used in treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin that is darker than it used to be, darkened skin over the neck, constant skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with acanthosis nigricans:
    skin that is darker than it used to be
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Darkened Skin on the Face

  • Q.Lie down on your right side and have someone press deeply under your left rib cage (on the border between the back and stomach). Do you feel a large lump right below your lowest left rib that isn't normally there?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you noticed a decrease in your libido or sex drive?
  • Q.Have someone press on the upper right corner of your abdomen (see picture). Does this person feel a large lump coming from under your rib cage?

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Darkened Skin on the Face Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced darkened skin on the face were most often matched with:

    • 40% Hemochromatosis
    • 40% Folate (Vitamin) Deficiency
    • 20% Adrenoleukodystrophy

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