Whether you’ve heard about it as a barb from Kristen Wiig in the movie Bridesmaids or came across this new procedure as a trending article on your favorite health and beauty website, it’s official that the bleached buttonhole isn’t just for porn stars and racy celebrities anymore.
It was only a matter of time. With the big highlight on the merits of women’s butts these days, it’s only natural that the evenness of skin color around one’s anus becomes something of an issue. Although the skin discoloration is totally normal, it’s still a pesky imperfection for most, thus the popularity of anus bleaching.
Why is My Buttonhole Darker to Begin With?
To give a bit of background (and reassurance), the darkness of your anus is rarely a hygiene issue.
It’s just the way things are set up. The skin around the anus overlaps with the internal epithelium (which lines the digestive tract), so the skin is thicker and has more keratin buildup, so it appears darker.
At the same time, the production of melanin can be triggered by frequent irritation in the buttonhole area caused by poor skincare habits, too-tight thongs, and a preference for G-strings.
Of course, the darkening is further increased by the constant friction of your butt cheeks rubbing together (very similar to how armpits have a higher tendency to darken than the rest of the skin), so it’s actually very rare for any person to have a light-colored anus or one that is the exact same shade as the rest of his or her skin color.
What is Anal Bleaching?
Anal bleaching is exactly what you think it is…minus the actual bleach. In other words, anal bleaching involves using a skin lightener to lighten and even out the color of your anus. No actual bleach – of the sort you’d use on your bathtub – is involved.
The most popular origin story for this new treatment credits it to a porn star who got a full-on Brazilian and was surprised to see how dark her anus was. She persuaded her therapist to come up with a solution to make the color match the rest of her skin.
The trend started catching on among those who get Brazilian waxes regularly, due to their surprise when they see the mismatch in the color of their anus to the rest of their skin. The trend was further pushed into the mainstream with the popularity of smaller swimsuits and anal sex among both men and women.
The procedure was first offered in California, with Australia quickly following suit. In 2004, anus bleaching first made its way onto the public stage when it was shown in an episode of Cosmetic Surgery Live and soon in an episode of Dr. 90210, which helped boost its popularity.
Since then, aside from salon procedures, the popularity of home bleaching kits has also been on the rise, as well as laser treatments from cosmetic surgeons.
The reasons for undergoing this procedure are usually cosmetic. A darkened anus is a cause of confidence issues among men and women who feel that their partners might judge them based on the color of their anus. And if this procedure is something that you think would help you enjoy yourself more in bed, it’s definitely a good reason to explore it.
What You Need to Know About Anus Bleaching
Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to undergo anus bleaching, the next decision you have to make is what kind of procedure you’re most comfortable with.
Medical professionals offer lightening treatments through laser or retinol treatment prescribed by dermatologists. If you opt to do it at a spa, skincare professionals can also give you a microdermabrasion treatment that you have to keep doing for a few sessions.
Finally, there is the cost-effective option of going the DIY route. If you’re planning to have it done by a professional and have no qualms about showing your bum in public just make sure that the spa or clinic you choose to do it with is well-sanitized and staffed by professionals who have undergone proper training and know exactly what they’re doing down there.
However, if you’re low on disposable cash (cosmetic treatments can get very very costly), the good news is you can usually achieve the same effects within the comforts of your own home. At-home treatments are more affordable and you can vouch for the cleanliness and meticulousness of the procedure.
If you’re planning to do it at home, here are a few more things to keep in mind before stripping down and applying the product to yourself…
- When choosing the product you’ll use, opt for one made with all natural active ingredients, to minimize side effects and skin irritations.
- If it’s the first time you’re doing it, it might be helpful to enlist the help of your partner for the application. Just tell them that they’ll be enjoying your newly-lightened bum hole as much as you will!
- To prepare the area, make sure it is clean and as closely shaved as can be. Also, ensure that there are no open wounds close to your anus to minimize the risk of infection.
- Once you have that cleared up, you can apply the topical cream until it is well absorbed by the skin, or follow the indicated time in the instructions as the absorption rate may vary.
The next challenge to at-home procedures is to keep up with the application. It usually takes about a month of regular application to see results. It’s important to be patient as well. A lot of reported irritations from home treatments are due to over-application in the hopes of seeing faster results.
How to Bleach Your Anus at Home?
Before investing in more heavy-duty topical creams, you may also want to explore the option of using all-natural home remedies to bleach your anus. It’s a gentle way to start off the process since it doesn’t sound nearly as scary as using unfamiliar chemicals in your private parts.
The key to lightening the anus is gentle exfoliation combined with a natural skin lightener. Be extra careful not to use something too abrasive in this area, as it is more sensitive than the rest of your skin. So what should you use? Here are our top picks…
- Pearl powder is the top choice for many due to the presence of Conchiolin which both boosts collagen production (to speed up the creation of new skin cells) and gives a luminous shine that can almost look like you’ve dusted a bit of highlighter down there. This natural powder also speeds up the shedding of dead skin cells and even contains anti-oxidants to temporarily ease melanin production.
- Activated charcoal is also gaining popularity due to its magnet-like ability to draw out toxins and impurities from deep in your pores. As an added perk it also has deodorizing and anti-bacterial properties that can also be beneficial for your anus. Its effects are heightened when mixed with honey, to form a sort of mask for your anus.
- Fruit enzymes can also be used as a natural anal bleach. These are nature’s natural exfoliators and can also have additional benefits for the skin. However, be careful when it comes to fruit enzymes as there are some you’re better off steering clear of, such as lemons and citrus fruits, as they can be a tad bit too strong and are likely to cause irritation since they deviate too much from the skin’s pH. Always remember that the skin in your nether areas is a lot more sensitive, so you have to be vigilant about what you put there. Papaya or pumpkin, with their rich antioxidants and fatty acids, are good choices for a lightening agent.
When you’re using very natural home remedies, it is also important to level your expectations. These home products can cause a slight lightening and brightening at the most a shade or two, and it will take a lot more time and dedicated application to achieve this.
If you’re looking for a more drastic effect, it’s still best to go with specially formulated anus bleaching creams that have active ingredients and have undergone testing to assure you of their effectiveness.
How to Choose the Best Anal Bleaching Cream
Before we give a run-down of tested and proven anal lightening treatments, you have to be familiar with what to look for when you’re in the market for an effective anal lightening cream.
The best ones all have four things in common: First, there’s a mix of proven melanin inhibitors in the active ingredients. Melanin inhibitors interfere with the actual production of melanin proving prevention is way better than cure, plus they can potentially lighten your anus permanently thereby lessening the need for maintenance.
For optimal effect, a mix of different melanin inhibitors is preferable to create a synergistic effect for better, quicker results.
Next, you want something with gentle exfoliation, the reason being it helps keep skin smoother for even application, plus the pre-treatment exfoliation allows the skin around your anus to absorb the product faster and deeper into the skin cells.
Next, moisture is key. Slathering on products full of active ingredients can be irritating to your skin, especially if you have delicate anal skin, so choose a product that contains ingredients to soothe the skin as it lightens.
Lastly, choose a bleaching product that’s safe for intimate areas. There are a ton of whitening products on the market, but you have to be careful if you’re planning to use them for anal bleaching, so make sure the instructions indicate that it is safe and gentle enough to use in that area to avoid adverse skin reactions.
What About Hydroquinone?
With the number of products available for anal bleaching, the use of hydroquinone as an active ingredient is a common question. On one hand, it is a well-known skin lightener prescribed by dermatologists all around the world for use in the different parts of your body.
However, the big caveat is that hydroquinone is notorious for causing skin reactions such as stinging, redness, and excessive dryness. When it comes to bleaching the skin around your anus, it’s better to be safe than sorry and stick to more natural melanin inhibitors instead.
That doesn’t mean hydroquinone is a no-go – if you think your skin can handle it and you choose a low concentration product and apply plenty of moisturizers as well, it can work for you. But for those with sensitive skin, we’d highly advise against it.
So What’s the Best Anal Bleaching Cream?
When it comes to DIY kits for anus bleaching, Amaira’s Intimate Lightening Serum seems to be the universal top pick. Its biggest claim to fame is its ability to be gentle yet effective in whitening the skin around your anus. Aside from being the product with the least reports of allergic reactions, it is packed with a powerhouse combination of natural melanin inhibitors such as Niacinamide, Licorice Extract, Mulberry Extract, and Kojic acid to act as Tyrosinase inhibitors to prevent excess melanin.
It contains gentle yet effective chemical exfoliants, namely lactic acid and glycolic acid, that provide the necessary skin smoothening effect minus the pesky microbeads of physical exfoliators.
If there’s a downside to this product, it’s that it can be better when it comes to moisturizing skin. But you can always remedy this simply by topping it off with a natural moisturizer such as Vitamin E oil to lock in the moisture. Coconut oil or olive oil will do just as great.
When it comes to choosing an anal lightening product that is right for you, you can definitely experiment and see which works best. Just remember to be diligent when it comes to performing skin tests against allergic reactions, and to be patient and follow the right application method. Good luck, and have fun!