With summer right around the corner, people everywhere are trying hard to get their beach bodies ready for action. After spending the winter bundled up under layer upon layer, everyone is eager to shed the bulk and put on some shorts and flip flops. Gyms are advertising special membership rates for those who want to lose a few pounds before swimsuit season, and salons are offering highlights to give ladies the perfect “sun-kissed” look to their hair. And, while it may not be openly discussed, spas are offering intimate skin bleaching for the ultimate beach body. But, what exactly is skin bleaching, and is it safe?
What Is Intimate Skin Bleaching?
Intimate Skin Bleaching (ISB) is exactly what it sounds like: the bleaching of the skin in intimate areas of the body. Most of these areas are considered private, or intimate, such as the vaginal and anal areas, groin, buttocks, nipples, under the breasts, and inner thighs. But, ISB can also include less private areas such as the underarms, posterior neck (back of the neck), knees, and elbows.
Any of these areas can darken over time and for a variety of reasons. People with olive skin tones are prone to skin darkening in any area where skin folds develop, such as the buttocks, under the breasts, the underarms, or the back of the neck. Aging and hormonal changes, such as those due to pregnancy, can also cause skin darkening. Even repeated shaving and waxing of the pubic area can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin in that region. Some people become very self-conscious about these dark areas, especially in the summertime when so much skin is exposed. Other people feel embarrassed about skin color changes, even when those changes are in the most intimate areas, because they want their sexual partner to see an evenly toned area. Whatever the reason, if you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable about uneven skin tone, even in very private areas, intimate skin bleaching is a way to reverse that discoloration and present an even skin tone to the world.
Is Intimate Skin Bleaching Safe?
Absolutely! While the skin in these areas is very sensitive, professional skin bleaching can be safe as long as a trained professional performs the bleaching and follows appropriate precautions. At SkinTellect, our professionals apply a combination of all-natural bleaching agents, with no harsh chemicals, to these areas to lighten the skin tone. You will also purchase a topical bleaching solution to use at home to enhance and maintain the results. These bleaching solutions are all natural, with no added chemicals, and are designed to achieve the desired skin tone without damaging your skin. You can rest assured that the process is completely safe.
That being said, any procedure like this comes with risks, so it is critical to take the appropriate precautions before and after ISB. Intimate skin bleaching should not be performed on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have a history of genital warts or genital herpes, avoid ISB as it can provoke an outbreak. Because ISB targets sensitive areas of the body, there is always a risk of an allergic reaction, skin lacerations, bruising, chemical burns, hyperpigmentation, or scarring. Keep an eye on the area after treatment in case any of these conditions arise. Take care to follow the instructions your skin care practitioner suggests after your bleaching treatment in order to protect your skin and avoid irritation. Lastly, intimate skin bleaching will make you more susceptible to acquiring sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, during treatment. Take care to protect yourself against any STDs at all times, including treatment.
While it comes with a few risks, intimate skin bleaching is a safe process, overall. With the appropriate precautions and aftercare, it can be a safe way to achieve the skin of your dreams!