10 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Darker Down There
Published Oct 19, 2020
In most women forums online, a question that’s asked time and time again is:
“Why is my skin darker down there?”
Yes, you’re not the only one who’s worried about dark private parts. A large percentage of the female population shares the same concern. It doesn’t help that the feminine area is often depicted in popular culture as plump and pinkish.
But the truth is, it’s completely normal for your skin down there to be darker than the rest of your body. In fact, just like women, vaginas come in different colors, sizes, and shapes. Anyone saying otherwise is either selling you a whitening cream or does not completely understand the female genitalia.
Some women, however, may notice that their ladybits are getting darker than before. As long as it’s not itching or causing you any discomfort, there’s usually nothing to worry about.
Still, it pays to know why your intimate area looks nothing like it was before. Here are 10 reasons why your skin is darker down there:
If you have sensitive skin, your feminine area will be much more prone to irritation. Using harsh detergents, scented soaps, or non-hypoallergenic underwear can easily irritate the skin. Some irritations are mild that it doesn’t bother you that much. But it can cause skin discoloration in the long run.
For irritations that come with inflammation and other symptoms, it’s best to consult your dermatologist.
2. Friction Between Your Thighs
This is one factor that you really can’t help – unless you walk with your thighs far apart. But yes, the constant rubbing of your thighs does not only cause chaffing. It can also cause discoloration, particularly at the apex area.
3. Improper Hygiene
It’s common knowledge that our intimate area is one of the dirtiest parts of our body. I mean, various kinds of fluids come out of it on top of the sweat and dirt that’s trapped in there. So you can imagine how gross it is down there. Unfortunately, some people don’t make it a priority to keep their intimate area clean. So the dead skin cells, dirt, and whatnots accumulate over time causing the skin down there to darken.
Certain fungal infections can leave dark patches of skin around the vulva. Most of these infections can be managed with antibiotics. But in severe cases, the infection can be necrotic. Meaning, it causes small blood vessels to clot thereby blocking blood flow. With the lack of blood, the cells in the surrounding area die which causes it to shrink and darken. To be sure, consult your doctor whenever you notice infections in your private area.
5. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
If you’re not familiar with PCOS, it’s a disorder caused by an imbalance of hormones among women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS tend to have higher levels of androgen, the male hormone. Aside from acne, obesity, and prolonged menstruation, it can also cause skin darkening in certain areas like the armpits and private areas.
6. Hormonal Changes
Women of reproductive years often experience drastic hormonal changes. Research shows that fluctuating hormone levels can cause melasma which, in turn, causes increased skin pigmentation. This is why pregnant women often have dark patches of skin in certain areas of the body including their vaginal area.
One of the first signs that you have diabetes is Acanthosis Negricans. It’s a condition where dark patches of velvety skin appear on your neck, armpit, groin, and in other areas of the body. This happens when you have too much insulin in your blood. If you’re experiencing other symptoms of diabetes, make sure to consult with your doctor for appropriate treatments.
Genes play an integral role in melanin production. If you have dark skin, of course, you can’t expect your feminine area to be lighter. But it’s also possible for Caucasian women to have darker-colored vaginas, especially if they inherited it from someone in the family tree.
As we age, our skin loses much of its structure. This causes them to sag and darken. Unfortunately, our vaginas are no exception. The more we age, the darker it becomes. But thanks to technology, there are now several cosmetic surgery procedures you can do to keep your vagina in its youthful state.
10. Hair Removal Treatments
Just like how frequent plucking can darken your underarms, hair removal treatments can also do the same to your lady parts. This is especially true if you’re a fan of depilatory creams. Some chemicals in it can cause irritation which, as you know, can darken the skin.
For a safer and more permanent alternative, most women opt for laser hair removal. And if you’re wondering, yes, it’s safe to use even in your private areas. The laser targets only your hair follicles and does not affect the areas surrounding it. Besides, it has no known side effects apart from the occasional redness which goes away in an hour. So you need not worry about your ladyparts getting burned.
About The Author
As a self described fanatic of beauty and fashion, Judy Ponio loves to write blogs about style and beauty lifehacks. Her blogs are full of useful knowledge surrounding trends in the fashion and beauty world.