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How to Lighten Bikini & Pubic Areas

Hoe to Lighten Bikini Area


If you experience skin discoloration or darkening around your bikini line or pubic area for seemingly unknown reasons, you might be left feeling uncomfortable or insecure about it - or even just confused. If you’re wondering how to lighten your bikini area, you’re not alone.

However, before you figure out how to brighten the bikini area, it’s important to understand the sources of your discoloration.

There can be many different reasons for skin darkening around the pubic area. So what are the causes? Is skin discoloration preventable? What are your options for intimate lightening? If you’re lost as to where to even begin to address this insecurity, we’ve got a complete guide for ways to brighten the pubic area.

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Bikini/Pubic Area Discoloration: Where Does it Come From?

So let’s get down to it: why is my skin darker down there? Depending on the person, there can be a multitude of reasons why you might be experiencing skin darkening or discoloration around your bikini line.

From external causes, to genetics, to age, it varies from person to person. If you’re wondering how to properly get down to the root of your skin discoloration, or if you still can’t quite get down to the cause, consult your doctor or dermatologist for a professional diagnosis or opinion. Until then, explore and understand the possible root of your discoloration before you begin your strategy to lighten the pubic area



Wait, what? Yeah, we know. It may not be something you’d think of when you think of reasons for skin discoloration, but friction from external sources can definitely be a reason. Wearing overly tight, ill-fitting, or otherwise restrictive garments can cause your skin in your more intimate areas to darken or become discolored.

Even everyday activities that cause friction around the bikini line can do the same - whether it’s from exercise, sex, or just regular skin rubbing. When skin experiences friction from tight or restrictive clothes, it can begin to produce excess amounts of keratin, which also contains melanin. The overproduction of these elements can in turn cause darkening or discoloration of the skin. 


As we all know, unfortunately, our bodies change as we age. Especially in the pubic area, the skin’s elasticity and thickness changes over time. As skin’s thickness reduces and fatty tissues become thinner, it causes pigmentation to occur and the areas to darken. 


One of the most common reasons for skin discoloration in the pubic area is a hormonal imbalance, or even just increased hormone production. Estrogen plays a main role here, as excess or sudden rise in production of the hormone also creates melanin production.

Genetic Conditions

If you’ve ever wondered “Why is my private area black?”, a cause might be that of PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome. Many women with PCOS experience a presence of dark patches around the vaginal or pubic areas. Just as the excess production of estrogen can cause skin darkening, PCOS causes excessive production of androgen, a male sex hormone, which can cause a change in the color of the pubic area.  

Hair Removal

A lot of people might get hair removal in order to keep their bikini lines looking clean and bright, but hair removal can result in pubic area skin darkening in some people. If you regularly get hair removal services and are noticing increased pigmentation, it might be something to consider. 

Does Shaving Darken the Pubic Area?

For some people, regular shaving can result in razor burn or irritation, which can cause the skin to darken as a result. Regularly shaving also exfoliates the skin of the pubic area, which leaves skin sensitive and vulnerable to external factors like rubbing or to the effects of tight clothing. 

An easy way to avoid the darkening of the pubic area from shaving is by using an alternative hair removal technique. When practicing proper pre and post-wax care, waxing is an excellent way to remove hair effectively without as much risk of skin darkening when compared to shaving.

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Is Pubic Area Discoloration Preventable?

In certain circumstances, pubic area discoloration is preventable. If the source of your discoloration is caused by shaving, hair removal, friction, or tight clothing, you can definitely correct these elements to prevent further discoloration.

This won’t clear up existing hyperpigmentation, but can definitely help with future discoloration. However, if the causes of your discoloration are genetic or caused by hormones or a condition of some sort, you may not be able to prevent them, but can certainly treat them.

Bikini Wax Discoloration

Keep Your pH Balanced

An important factor in correcting or preventing future discoloration in the pubic area is by paying attention to your pH levels and in turn brightening and healing your pubic area.

So how does that work? You can be mindful and correct any pH imbalances by avoiding any inhospitable soaps, body washes, and especially any douches or vaginal washes. Additionally, from an internal standpoint, taking probiotics can help balance your levels out. 

Wearing Airy Clothes

If your discoloration is caused by tight, ill-fitting, or by clothing that restricts airflow, an easy way to prevent further discoloration is by...changing your clothes! Wearing looser clothes or fabrics that promote airflow to your intimate areas, especially underwear, can help reduce friction and lessen darkening in those areas. 


Prior to hair removal, you can prevent or lessen the appearance of skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation in the pubic area before it even happens by making sure to practice proper pre-wax care and exfoliating and cleansing properly. The best way to make sure you're practicing the right pre-wax care is by using Starpil's Pre-Wax Gel.  Post-wax, there are also plenty of ways to lessen skin darkening and keep your pubic area properly exfoliated

Starpil Ingrown Hair Serum

By removing dry skin and dead or old skin cells, this lessens the overall chance of skin coloration, skin irritation, and ingrown hair growth.

Starpil's Ingrown Hair Serum (Hair Puller) is a gentle chemical exfoliator with salicylic acid, which helps prevent ingrown hairs, and helps to exfoliate freshly-waxed areas 24 hours after a service.

Olive Oil

Though olive oil only has slight skin lightening properties, it is a good asset to use to block sun damage and prevent pigmentation. Though this hypoallergenic oil does not reduce melanin levels or significantly reduce hyperpigmentation, it is a good tool to use to prevent further discoloration. 


If you're used to continually shaving your bikini line or pubic area, an easy way to prevent further discoloration causes by hair removal is to switch to waxing. Using high quality waxes for your Brazilian or bikini line wax prevents skin discoloration, and is also more effective at keeping your bikini line or pubic area free of hair for longer periods.

Coral Wax - Starpil

Additionally, if you use a high-quality, professional wax like Starpil's Coral Film Hard Wax, which contains skin brightening properties to prevent and treat dark patches and even skin tone while removing hair, you can both treat yourself to a great waxing service and prevent discoloration or dark patches from occurring. 

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How Can I Lighten My Inner Thighs and Pubic Area?

Now that we’ve established the common causes of discoloration or darkening of the pubic area or bikini line, we can get to solutions or methods to try to lighten the pubic area.

If you’ve ever wondered how to lighten your bikini line, there are a variety of solutions, some natural, some chemical, some professional, and some through medication. There are also a couple of common solutions you might think of that actually may not be as safe or effective as you would think. 

Woman covering dark spots on inner thighs

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Natural Solutions to Use at Home

If you commonly experience skin darkening or discoloration in or around your pubic area or bikini line, you might wonder how to lighten the pubic area naturally. There’s got to be some go-to or hack to try out before trying chemical peels or medical creams or something else, right?

There’s so many natural lightening agents in foods or things found in nature these days that hopefully something could do the trick without causing irritation or a reaction (or further darkening!), especially when in use in such delicate areas. Well, if you’ve considered this, you’d be right! There are many natural remedies available to lighten the pubic area. 

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera

A go-to for many when it comes to soothing skin conditions or otherwise treating various inflammatory conditions, aloe vera is also a great resource to brighten the pubic area. In addition to its calming properties, aloe vera contains aloin, which has skin lightening and brightening properties.

To apply, massage aloe vera gel or lotion into the affected area and allow it to sink in. 

Yogurt & Milk

Yogurt and milk

Thanks to the natural lightening properties of both plain yogurt and any sort of milk, you can lighten darker skin patches in any area  naturally by applying yogurt to the skin for 10-15 minutes, or by using cotton balls to apply milk to the darkened area to lighten areas. After enough time has passed, wash off with warm soap and water. 

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice

Many know of lemon juice’s natural lightening properties when it comes to natural hair or skin lightening, but is it safe for use on more delicate areas? The answer, fortunately, is yes! Just make sure to apply aloe vera or a moisturizing cream afterward to ward off any irritation that might occur. 

Lemon juice can be used either on its own or in conjunction with yogurt, turmeric, coconut oil, or a variety of other natural remedies to lighten dark areas of the skin. Wait...can coconut oil lighten the pubic area? It can! though it is usually used in conjunction with lemon juice, coconut oil can actually lighten skin when mixed or independently. For the best results, however, we recommend mixing with lemon juice. 

How long does it take for lemon to lighten the bikini area? Depending on if you’re using it on it’s own or as part of a solution, lemon can be applied to the affected area for around 15 minutes daily to lighten dark areas. How long it takes to lighten the bikini area in its totality depends on your skin type and the extent of the discoloration.

Turmeric Paste

Turmeric Paste

Turmeric is known to contain both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which can aid in healing irritated or inflamed skin. Turmeric is also known to contain lightening and brightening properties when applied to the skin.

To apply to the skin, create a turmeric paste by combining 1 tsp of turmeric with either 2.5 tsp of lemon or orange juice, and apply to the skin for 15-20 minutes before washing off.  For added results, mix 1 tsp of yogurt into your existing turmeric paste. 

Cucumber Juice


Another popular home remedy, cucumber juice is another natural skin lightener which can easily be used to lighten dark patches. To create your own cucumber juice, grate a cucumber to produce the juice, and apply to the darkened skin around the bikini line or pubic area.

Leave it to sit for about 15 minutes, and then wash off with cool water. This process can be done twice a day daily for elevated results. 



Hold on - a potato can help correct skin discoloration? You heard us right! Rubbing potato slices or pieces of potato on your pubic area or bikini line to lighten any discoloration or dark areas is an old-age remedy.

Potatoes contain the enzyme catecholase, which is believed to lighten skin, and has been a solution to discoloration for many years. To use this method, rub a potato slice over the affected area daily for 15 minutes or more, and wash the area afterward. 

Over the Counter & Professional Solutions

There are a plethora of natural and at home remedies readily available to correct or treat skin discoloration or darkening, but if you’re still wondering how to lighten dark inner thighs and the pubic area through more over the counter or professional creams or treatment, we’ve got those solutions for you as well. 

Can I Stop Skin Discoloration Permanently?

Unless you pursue more aggressive forms of tackling your skin darkening in the pubic or bikini line area, only regularly practicing proper skincare and applying home remedies or skin creams will effectively treat and prevent dark patches.

However, there’s no one single solution to permanently get rid of skin discoloration. However, there are many excellent options to treat existing discoloration that yield excellent results, especially over time. 

Serums & Creams

If you’re wondering, “How can I lighten my bikini line?”, your first thought might be to head straight to the pharmacy or the store to look for a cream or serum to treat your dark patches. However, it’s important to know what to look for so you don’t end up making your pigmentation worse! 

When looking for over the counter creams, it’s best to look for creams or serums with the most natural ingredients possible. Ingredients that are low risk for allergic reaction and safe for use on delicate areas like the bikini line include soy, niacinamide, ellagic acid, and lignin peroxidase.


When you consider the question, “How can I lighten my bikini area fast?”, you might first consider skin bleaching creams or seeing a professional for skin bleaching. However, especially when coming into contact with such delicate and easily irritated areas like the inner thighs and pubic area, bleaching might not be such a good idea.

Excessive use of skin bleaching products can actually cause more skin damage and hyperpigmentation, and can also leave the skin more vulnerable to sun damage. Using skin bleaching creams or products are not recommended, but if you choose to use them anyway, use them sparingly and in moderation to protect your skin. 

Consulting a Dermatologist

The most dependable advice and recommendations for dark patch treatment or to find out how to lighten the pubic area (whether naturally or with medicated creams or other medication), is of course going to come from your dermatologist.

Especially if you think the source of your discoloration is genetic or from an underlying condition (or if it’s particularly severe), visit a specialist to get advice regarding medication or creams.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, we can all agree that experiencing skin darkening around the bikini line or pubic area is extremely common and very normal for anyone to experience. There are a variety of sources for this skin discoloration, whether external or genetic. 

Thankfully, if you’re left feeling insecure for any reason due to your dark patches, there are a variety of options to choose from to both treat and prevent discoloration of the bikini line. From natural remedies like homemade turmeric pastes to even using potato slices to brighten the pubic area, there are plenty of options for at-home solutions.

Additionally, there are many over the counter solutions, or medical solutions to address and prevent darkening around the pubic area. No matter what sort of discoloration or dark patches you’re seeing around your inner thighs, bikini line, or pubic area, there are plenty of prevention and treatment options at your fingertips. 


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