Anal bleaching is a practice that involves lightening the skin color around the anus so that it’s more even in pigmentation to the rest of your genital area.
There are many reasons why anal bleaching has become popular. It’s a trend that started off in adult film but has gained widespread acceptance with both celebrities and everyday women. Some people find that they’re uncomfortable with the idea of having a dark anus, and bleaching is a great way to improve self-confidence.
Is anal bleaching safe? Yes. But, as with many cosmetic procedures, there are good ways and bad ways to approach anal bleaching. Doing a bit of research on what to know before anal bleaching is a great way to ensure you get the best results with minimal pain and risk.
So, before you take the plunge into the world of anal bleaching, here are a couple of things you should know before bleaching your anus.
DIY vs. Salon
The most effective way to bleach your anal area is to get it done at a professional salon, where cosmeticians will use either peels or laser treatment to bleach your anal area permanently. This is a pretty expensive option, particularly if you go for the laser treatment. There is also a relatively long recovery time, during which you’ll feel like your anal area has been sunburned, which obviously is pretty unpleasant. However, after three weeks or so, the results are permanent. That said, there still is a bit of upkeep to ensure that the darker pigmentation doesn’t return.
Another more popular option is the do it yourself at home method. There are several lightening creams on the market that can be used for anal bleaching purposes. These vary quite a lot in both price and effectiveness, and you’ll have to do your research to find a cream that works for you. Also, many of these products work by inhibiting melanin production, which means that they may take some time to work and will require regular upkeep.
If you do choose the DIY route and start looking at various creams and serums, make sure you familiarize yourself with the most common active ingredients. While anal bleaching creams are regulated by the FDA in the US, there are still some creams that contain a compound called hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is an excellent skin lightener, but that effectiveness comes at a cost. Hydroquinone is a very harsh chemical that can cause burns and severe irritation and has also been linked to skin cancer. If you see a cream that contains this ingredient, avoid it at all costs.
The most effective alternatives to hydroquinone are alpha arbutin and various alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). These ingredients are usually derived from natural sources and are much gentler on your skin. They may be slightly less effective, but it’s worth it to avoid having a harsh reaction.
Learn more about the ingredients to look for in your anal bleaching cream before you purchase one.
No matter whether you choose a professional procedure or a DIY home treatment, there are some risks to the procedure. The major one, of course, is skin irritation and rashes. Laser treatments are quite harsh as they remove the top layer of your skin, revealing the less-pigmented area below. This will result in skin that’s irritated until it heals over. Skin creams can also produce unexpected side effects, particularly if you’re allergic to one of the active ingredients. Some sensitive skin types react badly to Kojic acid, so make sure you do a skin test before using any anal bleaching cream.
Another risk is the possibility of hyperpigmentation. Some skin types react to damage by producing a lot more melanin, which results in darker patches. This is the opposite of the intended effect. This happens mostly during surgery and not so much with the use of lightening creams.
Your skin rejuvenates itself all the time, meaning that any results you get with an anal bleaching treatment are not permanent. Luckily, there are things that you can do to make sure that the results last as long as possible.
Pigmentation and darkening are usually linked to friction, heat, and sun exposure. Since you’re not likely to be exposing your anus to the sun, the two main areas you should focus on are heat and friction. Avoid laser hair removal or waxing that irritates the skin further, as this may result in hyperpigmentation. Also, avoid exercises that produce friction, like jogging, and also avoid sources of heat like hot baths and hot yoga.
Anal bleaching is a trend that may make no sense to some but is perfect for others. If you’re keen to try it out, make sure that you’re prepared and have done your research beforehand. Being ready and knowing what to expect will help you get the best results possible.