Darker skin in the vaginal area……I’m indian and is there anything I can do?

i have black skin around my vagina, it was not before when i was in teen age, it's totally different from my body complexion, i am Indian and fair. i feel very bad, i am 26 year old and facing this problem from last 6 years, i never shared this with my mom or any Doctor. I feel embarrassed. Is it possible to remove that problematic skin, next year m getting married. i am so worried. Please Please help me with the permanent solution. Please guide me. I will be thankful to you always. Reply asap.

Okay I’m going to be very honest here because I do think this is a very difficult subject for women to discuss sometimes even with their doctors.


First of all and I know this will disappoint you in some ways, this is NORMAL! We all have slightly darker skin around our vaginas! I don’t know where this strange myth got started that we should all have this perfectly even skin tone. I get frustrated sometimes because what is actually completely normal has been deemed abnormal somehow.


Here’s what makes it WORSE:

  • Do not use hydroquinones on this skin, they are irritating and irritation will darken the skin
  • Do not use harsh cleansers or scrubs –  any irritation makes this worse
  • Do not use anything acidic – same issue
  • Surgery and lasers are not a good option on this tender skin – too many complications unless it’s just for hair removal


Here’s what makes it BETTER:

  • Realize that your husband totally doesn’t care about this. He cares about you and the way you make him feel and he’s very likely (knowing men) to just be totally thrilled to be having regular sex
  • We women are way more self conscious than men – it’s likely he will never even notice if you don’t call his attention to it or act embarrassed. Sexy lingerie is fun and may help
  • Use only gentle cleansers and gentle moisturizing lotions
  • Avoid anything that rubs (will darken skin) like too tight underwear or jeans.
  • You can try – very cautiously – and one at a time (do a test area first), one of the new plant based lightening creams from SkinCeuticals and another one called Lytera from SkinMedica.


Hoping this helps you,  Dr. I


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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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