« I am a young 26 year old woman. My bikini area is darkened, brown compared to the rest of my body. I want to know if this is normal and if there are lightening creams or herbal remedies, it bothers me and puzzles me terribly. _ M.B
« I am Arab and I noticed that the inside of my thighs and intimate parts of my body are much darker than the rest of my skin. It’s very annoying. I wonder if pubic shaving is the cause of the darkening of the skin? » _ C.S
« I am a black woman. The only thing is that I have darker skin under my armpits and between my buttocks. What natural herbal treatment, if possible, can I take to cure this skin hyperpigmentation? _ A.O
We will list four possible causes of hyperpigmentation of the inner thighs:
Regularly rubbing a leg over the other or a tissue on the inner thighs can cause some skin irritation which in the long term, appears as hyperpigmentation of the skin. This is often true in women who are overweight or those who like to wear clothes and tight underwear.
To prevent skin on the thighs and genital area from further darkening or browning, avoid wearing tight or too fitted clothes, which cause sweating and generate too much moisture on the skin. If you are overweight, try to lose a few pounds. Choose light, flexible and preferably cotton underwear.
Hormonal imbalance may also be one of the causes of hyperpigmentation of skin in certain areas of the body. In the United States, oral contraceptives (birth control pills) has often been implicated in the appearance of some dark or brown spots between the legs and other body parts.
During pregnancy, many women notice dark spots on the breasts, nipples or thighs between the legs. These dark areas occur because of an increase in melanin in the body. This is the same natural substance that gives color to skin and hair. More than 90 percent of pregnant women complain of these dark patches.
Acanthosis nigricans is a skin disorder that involves the appearance of thick symmetrical stains or patches, rough (hyperkeratosis), tanned (hyperpigmentation) often in the folds (groin, armpits, of the lips, neck, eyelids, perinea, the folds under the breasts, vulva, etc..)
Since these spots have a dirty appearance, observers may mistakenly believe that it is a health problem! Heredity, obesity, diabetes, certain medications and some cancers are all factors that may be involved in the occurrence of this rare dermatosis.
« When I watch myself in the mirror, I notice that my vagina is darker than the general color of my skin. I was told that this is due to the soap I use. But I always use a neutral soap. I am white and this intimate part is dark. What can I do to lighten it? » _ F.G
Should a woman feel embarrassed to have genitals darker than the rest of the body color?
You should know that this is NORMAL. At puberty, under the influence of sex hormones, genitals undergo a lot of changes. At the vulva, the young girl’s labia become pigmented and become darker. The labia, for their part, varies in color from pink to gray or deep black, depending on the women. Heredity does account for something !
Here are 5 recipes home remedies that help to whiten or lighten dark skin on the thighs and pubic :
Prepare a paste by mixing flour chickpeas, yellow turmeric powder and yogurt. The dough should be homogenous. Apply it to the inner thighs and leave it to act on the dark area for 15 minutes before taking a bath. Many women say that it is an effective treatment that whitens the skin even a little.
In a water bath, melt some shea butter (50 g) and add emu oil (5-10 ml) and the contents of two capsules of vitamin E. Mix well to obtain a creamy texture. Apply this homemade lightening cream on the dark spots. The smell is not very pleasant, and this is why it is possible while preparing it to add a few drops of an essential oil, preferably that of lemon.
Papain, the main enzyme in papaya, has a lightening effect on the skin. It takes 1 /2 cup ripe papaya and 1 tablespoon honey to prepare a homemade papaya mask, Wash papaya, peeled and cut into cubes. Crush the papaya in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix the two natural ingredients with a fork. Apply the lightening mask between the legs of the inner thigh, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Mix the oatmeal with yogurt, tomato juice and a few drops of lemon juice (a teaspoon maximum). Apply this lightening remedy to dark areas of the thighs and leave for fifteen minutes before rinsing with warm water and apply on the face.
Mix a teaspoon of natural yogurt, 2 tablespoons oats coffee, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 2 teaspoons fresh pineapple juice and 2 teaspoons of lemon. Mix well and apply to the inner thighs to lighten brown spots.
* Notes about these 5 recipes homemade cosmetics :
1) Depending on the exact place where you will apply these homemade mixtures, consider the sensitivity of your skin. For example, is not recommended to apply a mixture containing lemon juice to the private parts, since the extreme acidity of the lemon juice will inevitably irritate the mucous membranes.
2) Do not expect to see impressive results from the first application. It is necessary to regularly use this type of treatment to observe a decrease in skin coloration.
Bearberry leaves contain a large dose of a stable and natural derivative called arbutin, a derivative of hydroquinone, an agent capable of depigmenting the skin. Arbutin is used to mitigate the mask of pregnancy, melasma, the marks associated with sunburn marks and to regulate melanogenesis. Bearberry regulates the formation of melanin and thus balance the color of the skin avoiding any irritation or sensitization. In addition, the astringent properties of the bearberry helps to tighten the pores and to promote a uniform skin complexion. Arbutin is better tolerated than hydroquinone, and may be used in cosmetics.
Its intensive formula is based on an innovative lightening activity demonstrated the complex. Thus, mallow, peppermint, primrose officinale, lady’s mantle, speedwell, lemon balm and yarrow combine their whitening potency with natural lactic acid. They reduce brown spots caused by an overproduction of melanin. In addition, the skin regains its beautiful condition, its luster, and comfort, thanks to the regenerating and softening properties of shea butter and aloe vera.
PWE ® is a complex extract of bearberry, liquorice extract, Yarrow and Achillea Millefollium essential oil, which reduces the production of melanin by inhibiting the enzymes responsible for its synthesis.
PWE ® is a complex lightening phytoactive that targets brown, smooth spots and brightens the complexion.
Author : Alexis ROGER
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