Women will go far in their quest for the ‘perfect’ vagina.
Cultural pressure and subpar education mean many believe there’s something ‘abnormal’ about theirs, leading them to undergo procedures that pose a serious risk to their health. Now, many are using lasers to change the colour of their vulva, the external opening of the vagina.
It’s perfectly normal for the skin around the vulva, including the outer lips (labia) and clitoris, to be slightly darker than the rest of a person’s skin due to hormone changes during puberty. Nevertheless, vaginal lightening, or bleaching, appears to be gaining traction, and new treatments are popping up and being marketed to women in the UK.
Controversial skin lightening creams have long been (and continue to be) used by women in colourist societies that favour lighter skin tones, and now their use on women’s private parts is becoming increasingly destigmatised.
Cult makeup brand Huda Beauty saw fit to publish a series of “DIY vagina lightening hacks” in a blogpost earlier this year; and a cursory Google search brings up countless affordable products available to buy for the purpose, which involve chemically bleaching the sensitive area.
Now, laser lightening treatments are available to help women deal with the so-called issue. An increasing number of private clinics in the UK are offering “intimate skin whitening” procedures (known, less euphemistically, as “vagina bleaching”) to permanently remove darker coloured tissue in the area. These treatments can cost around £500 for a 10-minute session, with many clinics promising a “short” recovery period and no scarring.
We’ve heard about the dangers of vaginal laser rejuvenation, essential oils, “glitter bombs” and, of course, jade eggs in recent months, so let’s lay the vaginal bleaching trend to rest now, before any more susceptible women are cruelly sucked in.
However, experts are now warning women against putting bleaching creams or lasers anywhere near their vaginas. Like so-called “vaginal rejuvenation”, which involves inserting a heated device into the area, laser lightening procedures and creams are medically unnecessary and potentially even dangerous, according to gynaecologists.
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