Frequently Asked Questions About Anal Bleaching

Q. What is anal bleaching?

Anus bleaching is the process of applying topical creams or gels to lighten the skin around the anus.  The beauty procedure was originally only used by those in the adult entertainment industry and celebrities but is now highly affordable and available worldwide.  The skin around intimate areas can often become discolored over time due to a number of factors including lack of exposure to sunlight and increased levels of melanin (responsible for skin pigmentation).  Thankfully there are now many options for those looking for anal bleaching solutions, from DIY home kits to laser treatment and spa sessions.

It’s also worth noting that ‘anal bleaching’ is often used as a catch-all term to refer to the genital area rather than just specifically the anus.  This may be the penal area for men, the vaginal area for women or even other sensitive areas affected by hyper-pigmentation such as the nipples. Read more on our guide to anal bleaching.

Q. How does anal bleaching work?

Topical anal bleaching creams and gels contain chemicals which stop pigment from being produced.  This process is not immediate and may require the application of the product two or more times a day for a period of a couple of weeks or more.  As the skin begins to produce less pigment, the discoloration will fade giving you the pretty pink appearance that you see on the before and after photos.

Q. Why do people bleach their anus?

There are many reasons why people decide to bleach their anus.  For many, the discoloration of skin around intimate areas can be a source of embarrassment.  This can damage self-confidence, self-esteem and generally make people feel bad about their bodies.  Not only that, but this self-consciousness can have a knock-on effect on people’s intimate relationships as they no longer feel sexy with a partner.  For some, anal bleaching is about pleasing their partner, whether they are engaging in anal intercourse or not.  Thankfully there are many anal bleaching products out there to suit those who are looking for a temporary look or a permanent solution.

Is anal bleaching for men and women?

Anal bleaching was first popularised by adult film actresses and then adopted by female celebrities.  As its popularity spread into the mainstream, more women have felt comfortable bleaching their anal areas to get their booty looking beautiful.  That said, the male beauty industry is catching up fast and men also opt for anal bleaching for many of the same reasons that women do.  The simple fact is that hyper-pigmentation (an excess of melanin in certain areas of the skin) affects both men and women, meaning that both sexes can benefit from butt bleaching treatments.

Q. How to bleach your anus

Anal bleaching is a simple, low-risk procedure which can be carried out at home using one of the many DIY kits available online.  We’ve given a detailed guide to anal bleaching on the treatment page, but to recap, there are a few key points to remember.  Before bleaching your anus you need to ensure that the area is clean and dry.  Clean your intimate areas gently so as not to cause any abrasions or micro-tears in the sensitive skin.  Next, make sure you test your chosen product on a small patch of skin before applying it to your anal area.  While the risk of skin irritation is low, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.  Finally, always consult the product directions before bleaching your anus.  This is especially important as some products can contain powerful chemicals such as hydroquinone which is not recommended for use by pregnant women and/or those who are breast-feeding.

Q. Where to go for anal bleaching?

Many people choose to perform anal bleaching treatments themselves at home which has the advantage of being cheaper while adding slightly more risk.  If you would prefer to put your intimate areas in the hands of the professionals then you could go to a beauty spa instead, many of which now offer full bleaching services.  Laser treatments and cryotherapy treatments are also available at plastic surgery clinics and more technologically-savvy beauty spas.

Q. Will bleaching hurt your skin?

The short answer is that it is very unlikely.  That said, some bleaches can contain powerful chemicals such as hydroquinone which can cause skin irritation.  If you experience any adverse effects such as stinging or burning sensations then immediately cease using the product and apply vaseline to protect the skin.  Always do your research before deciding which product to use.  Cheap products tend to use harsh acid-based compounds, heavy metals and unsafe levels of bleach which are certainly harmful to the skin.  Always make sure that what you buy has been dermatologically tested, follow the directions on the bottle and seek medical attention if you experience any adverse effects.

Q. What is hydroquinone? 

Hydroquinone is a chemical skin lightener which has previously been used in many high-strength lightening creams.  Skin discoloration is caused by hyper-pigmentation which just means an excess of melanin in an area of skin.  Hydroquinone works by inhibiting the production of melanin which causes dark areas to fade to the natural skin colour of the rest of your body.  Although hydroquinone is undoubtedly effective at lightening the skin it has come under fire in recent years for being linked to cancer and the mutation of cells.  Not only that, but the high concentration of hydroquinone sometimes found in cheap products can greatly increase the risk of skin irritation, future hyper-pigmentation and chemical burns.  These risks have led to the banning of hydroquinone in all EU countries and across Asia.

To summarise, hydroquinone should be seen as a ‘last-resort’ product which should only be used in the most severe cases of hyperpigmentation.  If you do decide to try a product containing hydroquinone then make sure that it does not contain more than a 2% concentration.

Q. Will you cause long-term damage from bleaching?

The reason why it’s so important to research and understand different anal bleaching products is that low-quality solutions greatly increase the risk of long-term skin damage.  This is because many cheaper, lower-grade creams or gels contain acid-based compounds and unsafe levels of bleach which might produce good-looking results in the short-term but actually end up harming your skin down the line.  These corrosive chemicals can reduce the thickness of the skin, making it more sensitive.  To avoid long-term damage to your skin always choose a dermatologically tested product.  It’s also a good idea to read customer reviews to see how others have reacted to products.

Q. Should I bleach my butt?

Whether or not you decide to bleach your intimate areas is a personal decision that only you can make.  For some men and women, the side effects and risks associated with some anal bleaching treatments pale in comparison to the benefits that lighter skin gives them, both in terms of aesthetics and self-confidence.  Make sure you have done the research, read our guide to anal bleaching and understand the pros and cons of each treatment option before taking the next step.  Anal bleaching is more popular, affordable and safer than ever – what’s stopping you?

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