Intimate areas hyperpigmentation

Intimate area hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation of the skin is when a portion of the skin is darker than the other surrounding areas. This occurs due to melanin. Melanin is the pigment that is produced by cells called melanocytes. Melanin gives the skin its color. When the skin produces more melanin, it leads to hyperpigmentation.


Why do intimate areas get hyperpigmented?

Intimate areas are prone to hyperpigmentation. Almost everyone has that problem, but it is nothing to be ashamed of. The reason why it is most likely to happen is based on so many factors, some of them being:

1. Friction

It is pretty clear that our gentle intimate areas are almost in contact with a surface. Whether you are wearing pants or a skirt, your genitals are subject to friction against either the crotch of your pants or your underwear. This friction is especially bad if you are wearing tight bottoms or the fabric is tough. Constant friction sloughs off cells and as an adaptation, your body produces more and more tougher cells, especially melanocytes, to replace them. This causes the area to darken.

2. Harsh chemicals

Harsh chemicals in hair removal creams can also exacerbate hyperpigmentation. One must refrain from using these on intimate areas.

3. Lack of ventilation

Your intimate areas are covered not only by clothes but are unexposed due to natural anatomy. Our thighs are always keeping them cooped when we’re walking or sitting or running. Lack of aeration can lead to hyperpigmentation.

4. Natural hyperpigmentation

Not to blame external factors, but our private areas are also dark as a result of the high concentration of pigment cells – melanocytes – in that region. In fact, melanocytes are the most abundant in this area.

5. Sweat and bacteria

Lack of aeration and the natural anatomy contributes to increased sweating and the buildup of bacteria. These bacteria undergo anaerobic reactions and the substances produced exacerbates darkening of that region.

6. Race

It is a no-brainer that if you have overall light-colored skin, you will have milder hyperpigmentation as compared to someone who has a darker complexion. People from any race can have hyperpigmentation, however, it has been observed that hyperpigmentation is more common in dark-skinned people.

7. Age and hormones

We are a bag of hormones. Everything in our body is controlled by hormones. Hormones come into play, especially as soon as we hit puberty. How we act, how our body reacts and grows, is all a result of these chemicals. In fact, even hyperpigmentation is controlled by hormones.

  • Our intimate areas start to darken with puberty and keeps on darkening as we get older.
  • Testosterone (male sex hormone) boost during and after puberty can darken the penis and nipples.
  • Estrogen (female sex hormone) surge during puberty, periodic menstrual cycles and pregnancy can darken the labia and areolae.
  • Older people tend to have more hyperpigmented genitals as compared to younger ones. However, younger people tend to be conscious of this feature.
  • Women, when going through pregnancy, will experience a great increase in pigmentation due to hormone surge and their skin will not return to original tone even after the pregnancy.
  • Women can, in addition, undergo hyperpigmentation as a result of birth control pills.

Is it more common in men or women?

Hyperpigmentation is seen equally in both men and women. However, women are more often to seek consultation and a result of social ideas of connecting beauty and flawlessness with the female gender.


Should I be conscious of the hyperpigmentation in my intimate areas?

Absolutely not, it is common and occurs in almost everyone. However, excessive hyperpigmentation has

  • Our intimate areas start to darken with puberty and keeps on darkening as we get older.
  • Diabetes (high blood sugar levels)
  • Addison’s disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hemochromatosis (excess iron in blood)
  • Malignancy