The dangers of vaginal bleaching
Often, the labia skin is darker than the rest of the body. It varies from person to person too. So if it's totally normal to have dark labia skin, why do some choose to undergo a treatment called vaginal bleaching or lightening?
One possible explanation is that one of the only media to regularly show vulvas is porn where lighter pigmented labia is more prevalent. This might cause someone to worry that their darker labia is something they need to change– but it isn’t.
Vaginal bleaching is unnecessary. It’s also dangerous – there can be problems linked to certain bleaching treatments like burning, which can lead to scarring.
If you don’t have a vagina but your partner or friends do, it’s important not to make them feel ashamed or anxious about their vulva’s skin tone by making jokes or comments.
We need to let go of the idea that vulvas should look a certain way. They’re all unique.
If you’ve ever considered bleaching your vulva, please know your vulva does not need to be lighter. Most vulvas are naturally darker than other skin areas. Whatever yours looks like, it’s perfectly natural.