The vaginal lightening trend first came into the spotlight, when renowned Beauty Guru, Huda Kattan talked about it on her blog back in 2018. The blog post received so many reactions, but the backlash outweighed the rest so much that the post was subsequently deleted. On the controversial blog post, the beauty vlogger shared her “DIY hacks” to change the colour of one’s genital area and to “correct” darker vulva tissue. And even though vaginal lightening is criticized by many including doctors, women are still looking for ways to do it.
What is vaginal lightening?
Vaginal lightening is one of the many ways that women have invented for their vaginas to look aesthetically nice. And it has been gaining popularity. This procedure, also known as vaginal bleaching or intimate area lightening involves using a specialized treatment to lighten the labia or general bikini area. The name might imply that this procedure involves lightening the vagina itself, which is inside the woman’s body, but this is not the case.
Vaginal bleaching can be done with a laser treatment or topical creams that are applied directly to the skin. In general, the vulvar area mainly the labia ends up looking brighter or lighter as a result.
The results, however, don’t usually last very long because once the treatment is performed, the darkness comes back after some time. Once you stop using the creams or don’t continue to get chemical peels consistently, then the darker colour will return.
Is it Safe?
Medically speaking, not really.
Gynaecologists say that vaginal lightening is bad for the skin on the vulva, which is usually delicate. The procedures involved be t laser or use of creams to brighten up the area causing all manner of irritation and dermatologic problems.
This is because the skin around your vulva and genitals is more sensitive than other areas of your body. Andd even ven when done correctly, lasers and chemical peels run the risk of burning and discolouration of this sensitive skin.
Most of the creams used to brighten up this area usually contain a chemical called hydroquinone. When used in high concentrations for a long period of time, hydroquinone can cause irreversible black staining of the skin.
Vaginal bleaching can also lead to long-term nerve damage from burning the sensitive vulva skin. That doesn’t mean it necessarily will happen, but it can. Some women can get away with performing the procedure on their vaginas and have no problems, but many can have potentially severe problems, like burns and vulvar pain.
Overall, it’s not a good idea and many doctors won’t even perform vaginal lightening procedures or treatments. Most doctors won’t do this but some do.