When it comes to our pubic area, well, it’s private and personal and can be embarrassing to talk about, but let’s be honest. We all have one down there, so we might as well share our knowledge and help each other out.
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First, let’s look at the science behind this skin condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it has a medical name, acanthosis nigricans (AN). Besides the groin area, the darker skin can also develop on the neck and armpits. The discoloration can create thicker skin with a smooth, almost velvety touch. A dermatologist can best determine through a physical exam and medical history if the condition is serious. In the majority of cases, it affects healthy people who are most commonly of African descent.
You can be born with AN, or develop it from having diabetes, obesity or a glandular disorder. Experts have found that even certain medicines like oral contraceptives can also cause AN to occur on one’s private parts. There is no shame, because AN affects a lot of people, but most are afraid to mention it.
Below are a few suggestions that use natural skin care therapies to lighten the dark pubic skin area. The best way to try these remedies is by setting aside time to lie down, so the formulas you apply stay put on the groin or pubic area.
Lemons. Citric juice isn’t just for summer blonde highlights, because it provides lots of health benefits with its strong Vitamin C base. Take some juice from a lemon and massage it onto the discolored area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Within a month or two, you should notice a more even pubic skin tone. Don’t shave near the pubic area right before applying lemon juice, because it stings.
Sandalwood and Rose Water. You can buy these at health food or Indian grocery stores. Mix a spoonful of sandalwood powder with 10 drops of rose water. Apply over the pubic area after your bath and leave it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse off. Sandalwood powder has been used for generations to lighten and soften the skin. Hydrating rose water also lightens. Apply this combination three times a week.
Aloe Vera Gel If you don’t have an aloe plant to squeeze aloe from the leaves, then buy 100% pure aloe vera gel from the drugstore. Massage the aloe on to the pubic area and allow to sit for about 20 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water. This is okay to use after each bath. Aloe vera has been used for years to fade discoloration.
Plain Yogurt. Forget the sweeter ones with the fruit on the bottom. You need plain yogurt which offers amazing lightening benefits. Plus, it feels cool and soothing. Massage some yogurt on the dark areas of your pubic skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then wash off with warm water. Do this daily for several weeks until you see results.
Orange Juice and Turmeric. For years, Indian women have benefited from the incredible power of turmeric powder, because it effectively lightens skin. Oranges like lemons, contain natural bleaching agents. Turmeric stains fabric, so be careful it doesn’t fall on your favorite clothing. Combine two tablespoons of orange juice and a pinch of turmeric. Apply to pubic area daily and leave on for 20 minutes. Then wash it off.
Gram Flour. The Southeast Asian staple is made from ground chickpeas and happens to be a super exfoliator and skin lightener. Make a thick paste by adding a little water and apply to the pubic area. Allow it to dry and then wash off with water. You can do this three times a week.
When you’re applying products to the sensitive pubic region or groin, chemicals can cause irritation and other problems. That’s why natural solutions that have been used for generations in different cultures are the best methods to try. Be patient. Lightening up dark pubic skin can be achieved, and results will appear gradually.