Anal bleaching

What is anal bleaching?

Anal bleaching is the cosmetic treatment that removes dark pigmentation from the anal area by means of a directly applied cosmetic cream.

Why is it performed?

Anal bleaching is a purely aesthetic treatment, which is performed with the aim of improving the aesthetics of the perigenital or perianal areas. There are several reasons why the perianal area darkens: hormonal changes, especially after pregnancy; expulsion of excrement or shaving of the area. For these reasons, it is evident that the treatment is temporary and has to be repeated several times to maintain the results.

Anal bleaching is a purely aesthetic treatment.

What does it consist of?

The whitening procedure is performed by applying a creamy compound based on chemical elements and mercury to the affected area. The paste created inhibits the production of melanin, produced naturally by the human body, with the result that the skin becomes lighter for a certain period of time. The treatment can be performed by oneself with self-applied products, which generally have low concentrations, or it can be performed by a specialist who will use more potent chemicals, but with a faster action.

It should be noted that this type of treatment is banned in some countries, such as France and the United Kingdom, because the chemicals used in the procedure, especially mercury, are carcinogenic. Some of the elements used also cause a modification of the collagen in the treated area, which will appear in the form of spots. There are also risks not to be underestimated when this treatment is prolonged over time, as the skin in this area, irritated by the chemicals, is more susceptible to infection, particularly sexually transmitted diseases, and the development of scarring can also lead to anal incontinence.

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Preparation for anal bleaching

No specific rules of preparation are necessary for the treatment in question. If desired, shaving of the area can be performed.

Alternative treatments

Alternative treatments involve the use of less harmful components to avoid prolonged exposure to the above. Some types of acids are used, for example, to decrease melanin production. Obviously, only a proctologist can decide which type of products should be used.