Anal bleaching… Apparently it is more common than I thought, but would you or have you tried this? Check out the info on the trend and see some photos of the results. (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
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What Is Anal Bleaching?
It’s exactly what it sounds like. An acid is applied to your freshly waxed anus and rubbed in, according to the spas we contacted that provide the service. Most places offer the initial application at the spa for about $100-150, then sell you a set of the bleaching lotion or gel to use at home.
How is It Done?
There are generally two options. The first is to go to a specialist to have it done. This is both expensive and, sometimes, risky. Having a “trained professional” perform the procedure doesn’t mean it’ll be done right. A typical anal bleaching procedure will set you back anywhere form $75 to $125 and beyond. So, it’s not for those with light wallets. And it’s also a rather painful procedure. So, all in all, it’s not recommended.
The second option is to use a skin lightening cream. This is a much more affordable and safe alternative. Skin lightening creams work by absorbing into your skin and decreasing the amount of melanin that your skin produces. Melanin is what causes skin to turn darker. So, by decreasing the amount, your dark skin fades to match the tone of the rest of your body.
Gynecologists and dermatologists agree that anal bleaching is far from a no-risk procedure, which is why it’s not a smart idea to get it done by non-MDs in a spa, no matter how nice and clean the place looks. “There have been a few reports of burning, irritation, and even scarring from this practice,” Dr. Wider explained.
And New York City dermatologist Doris Day, MD, said that bleaching can do more harm than good. The potential problems include strictures, which make the opening smaller and bowel movements difficult, and tears in the anal canal. “And if the spa isn’t clean, you are at risk of getting herpes in the area or a bacterial infection,” Dr. Day adds.
And though Dr. Day’s office offers the treatment, she says that even when done by a doctor, you still run a slight risk of burns or scarring. Plus, the bleaching doesn’t always net you the desired result. “It’s not the most gratifying treatment,” she explains. “The darker pigmentation will always come back so it’s not permanent. And there’s also a chance of total depigmentation [ie, it would be totally white, rather than matching your skin color] or in some cases, because of how one’s skin reacts to the bleach, a darkening of the area.”
So yes, it’s possible to have your naughty bits lightened and not experience health problems. But the, er, bottom line is that it’s not worth the risk. MDs agree that the safest bet is to just keep the bleach away from your booty. And honestly, we’re more than happy to follow those doctor’s orders.
Sources: Cosmo, SkinLighteningPro