At-home tips: How to lighten the bikini area
If you’re worried about dark skin on your inner thighs, we’re here to help. Many people experience this problem, no matter the skin tone. This discoloration is called hyperpigmentation and is caused by many factors. It becomes an issue when ladies are about to hit the beach or get intimate with a partner. Let’s talk about how to whiten the bikini area safely and effectively. And yes, you can do some of these treatments at home.
5 causes of dark bikini area
There are many reasons for the bikini area to darken. Check out our list of causes to see what may be the cause of yours:
- Skin chafing. When thighs rub together, the skin may get irritated. This usually happens when the person is obese or exercise frequently.
- Similar to chafing but this time the skin is irritated by tight or wet clothing.
- Dry skin. Some people suffer from dry skin caused by diet, allergies, cold weather, or skin disease. Dry skin is itchy and scratching causes the skin to defend itself by thickening and producing more skin pigment called melanin. Worse, this can develop into scars.
- Sun exposure. Melanin also protects the skin from the sun’s rays so sunbathing in a tiny bikini will cause all darkening especially if you don’t use sunscreen.
- Some women notice that their skin darkens when they are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is caused by an imbalance of hormones. Oral contraceptives may also have this side effect.
Knowing the cause will help you take steps to prevent skin darkening. You can also set an appointment with your dermatologist to consult about the reasons and treatment options. Your doctor may recommend creams that have retinoids or hydroquinone. While highly effective, these are prescription treatments that may have side effects like allergies, skin peeling, and increased sensitivity to the sun.
If you want safer alternatives, ask your doctor about creams and ointments with these ingredients: niacinamide, kojic acid, and Vitamin C.
5 skin-lightening treatments to try at home
If you’d like to try lightening your bikini area yourself, we found 5 home remedies you can whip up in your kitchen. Plus, if you’d rather keep yummy ingredients in your food and not on your skin, we suggest products that are not only safe but also effective in lightening and preventing dark inner thighs.
1. Calamansi juice
An old home remedy and quite effective because calamansi juice is an acid that dissolves the top layer of skin. It’s also full of Vitamin C, which lightens skin. The old wives’ recommendation is to slice a calamansi and rub it on the skin after every shower. However, the pure concentration may cause skin irritation and make the problem worse.
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Sugar is a sweet skin exfoliant. Rub a spoonful of sugar with honey or coconut oil on your skin to get rid of dead and dark skin. Don’t rub too hard, though, since this may cause chafing.
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With its antioxidants and mineral-rich content, oatmeal is a traditional treatment for soothing itchy and inflamed skin. It’s also a gentle exfoliant, much gentler than sugar or salt. However, you have to grind oatmeal finely, almost to the consistency of flour, so that it works on your skin and won’t clog your shower drain.
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Yoghurt is a dairy product so it contains lactic acid, which exfoliates the skin. Yoghurt is also full of prebiotics that benefit the skin by strengthening it against allergies. You can use a thin layer of yoghurt as a weekly mask then rinse off after 10 minutes.
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5. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a succulent plant known for its many benefits to the skin. It’s an antioxidant and antibiotic. It soothes itchy, irritated, inflamed, or burned skin and speeds up healing. It’s also highly hydrating and its aloin ingredient is also an effective skin brightener. Just slice off a leaf and rub the gel inside on your skin. Don’t rinse off, just let the skin absorb it. The gel is slimy, however, so it may feel a bit icky.
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Dark inner thighs may be a concern but don’t worry - there are many treatments. You can whiten your bikini area with homemade recipes or effective skin products. Check out the full product lineup of TWO L(I)PS, the world’s first luxury intimate care range for the vulva and bikini area. You can also use these premium products on your face and body.
Article by : Frances Amper Salas