It seems as though there is no part of our bodies that is able to avoid scrutiny. Even our assholes. The skin between our butt cheeks tends to be darker than the rest of our skin, and this has led to another weird trend (and body standard we’re expected to adhere to) – anal bleaching.
This seems drastic – how many people even see us where the sun doesn’t shine, anyway? – but it’s becoming increasingly popular.
Apparently, this is because it makes this zone ‘more aesthetically pleasing’ to the few people granted permission to gaze upon it. While I want to go on record saying this cosmetic procedure is not at ALL necessary, people seem to love it – and more and more of them are jumping on the bandwagon. So here’s the lowdown, just in case you’re curious.
What is Anal Bleaching?
While some people are under the impression that it involves dying the hairs around the anus, it’s actually bleaching the skin in that area. This is so that the shade matches the skin tone of the rest of the body. The reason why this skin is darker is because of the constant friction of our cheeks rubbing together, and pigmentation is a symptom of that. This means that anal bleaching is something that needs to be done fairly often to maintain the lighter colour. And while there are lightening creams available for purchase, these are not proven safe and can cause problems – avoid!
What Goes Down in an Appointment?
To prepare for an appointment, you should try to go a few days before or after a menstrual cycle. It is also a good idea to shave the area beforehand so that the skin is smooth. Most aestheticians use a lactic acid-based peel to exfoliate the skin, which is followed up with a brightening peel to lighten the area – no bleach! While the procedure itself is painless, there could be some skin irritation afterwards that can last for a few days, especially if you have sensitive skin. Some petroleum jelly applied to the area and sitting on an ice pack can offer some relief.
How Long Do the Lightening Effects Last?
This depends on the individual, but the results of a lightening treatment can last up to around six months. That being said, a lot of people will need to go for multiple sessions to achieve the shade that they are aiming for. Some aestheticians will give you creams that will help maintain the colour of your new butt in between treatments. While these ones are generally safe – provided you are going to a reputable spa – many of the creams available in stores and online are not, so proceed with caution if you plan to go solo. Or just think about re-evaluating your own body standards.
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