Discovering black specks or dots on your nipple in the absence of pregnancy (which can cause this appearance) can be quite alarming.

First make sure that your nipples are clean.

It’s always possible for black specks on nipples to be particles of dark colored clothing or actual dirt.

Otherwise, where can black or dark specks on one’s nipples come from?

“There are no known mechanisms for this in our conventional medical model, but a possible mechanism can be postulated using traditional Chinese medicine,” says Mylaine Riobe, MD, founder of Riobe Institute of Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Riobe, who’s board certified in OB/GYN and integrative medicine, is the author of “The Answer to Cancer.”

She explains, “The two principle energy organs running through the breasts are the stomach and liver channels, so abnormalities in these systems may lead to black specks on the nipples.

“These specks are not usually a sign of disease. However, it’s important to assure that these skin changes are not a precancerous or cancerous skin lesion. Have your doctor evaluate this.”

Any time you have unexplained black or dark dots or specks on any skin-like portion of your body including the breast, you should be checked for melanoma by a dermatologist.

Dr. Riobe has helped thousands of patients overcome difficult illnesses by addressing root causes, not just masking symptoms. She has over 15 years’ experience using integrative techniques to treat diverse patients.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 

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