I’m so happy that you wrote me. Did you know that I lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh once for 2 months and volunteered at the cholera hospital there? It was quite a few years ago though. 🙂 I loved being there, especially the people in Bangladesh.
First though …let’s talk about what you said about hating your body. I think many young women (and some older women) from time to time have these thoughts. So first, you’re normal in having some of these thoughts. But …I do think we women have to fight against the ways our cultures give us these images of our bodies in advertising that don’t really fit most of us. Try if you can, to find a way to love your body, even as you’re working on improving certain things.
You’re describing darker areas your skin fold areas including your neck. Do you have access to a doctor there? If you do, please see her because you are very likely describing a medical condition and you will need her help. First, there are several hormone related conditions that can cause this. For example, there is a condition called acanthosis nigricans that can cause darkening and a texture change that is related to blood sugar problems and weight.
What to do while you are waiting to see the doctor:
- Just wash gently with a gentle soap, dry and put some lotion or natural oil on your skin
- Don’t scrub! It actually makes this problem worse because the skin perceives an injury and makes more pigment.
- If you haven’t been tested for diabetes or prediabetes, please get tested and talk to the doctor about your skin.
- Have your periods started and are they regular? If not, please mention that to your doctor also.
- Make sure clothing isn’t too tight. Again, rubbing on the areas tends to make pigment worse.
- Stretch marks can just be a normal part of growing, or can be a sign of a problem. Please see a doctor/nurse.
I hope this helps and warm wishes to you,
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