The dark labia is a big concern of many ladies after pregnancy and childbirth. This is the first time they see a big transformation from a pink labia to an unimpressive dark colored labia.
The pigment of the labia, anal area, the whole of perineum so to say is due to the melanin pigment production and is just the same as elsewhere on the other part of the body. The groin, armpit and nipple has the darkest discoloration. The pigment production increased significantly after the pregnancy due to the surging estrogen throughout the 3 trimester of pregnancy. The higher the estrogen level, the more intense is the pigmentation. Unfortunately, this pigment once is deposited is very difficult to disappear even after the pregnancy when the estrogen level falls back to a normal level.
This makes the private area coloration behavior different than the rest of the body.
This picture shows the intensely darkened inner lips as well as the outer lips. In addition, the anal area also shows darkening. The labia minora also shows elongation and enlargement with irregular crinkled appearance.
The rules will follows the pigment just as those located elsewhere such as the face. Laser pigment removal is one of the solution. Other method involves the use of various bleaching cream with a varying degree of success.
Since the private area is very sensitive due to its thin and delicate skin, the products used must be gentle and starts off with a lower concentration. The laser treatment must also starts off with a lower energy. Local anaesthetic cream should be used generously to lessen the pain and gives patient greater comfort.
These cream usually has ingredient composed of varying amount of hydroquinone, tretenoin, hydrocortisone, and naturally occurring components like the arbutin, licorice, azelaic acid, kojic acid, etc….
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