The characteristics of the skin are different all over the body. That’s why the skin whitening process is performed differently according to the type of treated skin.
Dermatologists tend to examine the skin areas targeted to be lightened in order to determine their skin type and therefore, decide what the best treatment modalities and the best treatment regimens to achieve the preferred results are.
The inflammation caused by wide, infected scars may result in more pigment accumulation in the skin layers. Sun exposure exaggerates such hyperpigmentation. Therefore, sunscreens are an essential part of the whitening regimen of hyperpigmented scars.
There are no specific skin whitening products for the skin of hyperpigmented scars. A combination of hydroquinone, with a concentration of 4%, kojic acid, Retin A, and steroids is recommended before moving on toward laser and intense pulse light treatments, taking a long time to work and reach the desired results.
As stated in research papers, surgical excision of hyperpigmented scars is the gold standard treatment of such an issue, allowing direct wound closure and clean healing, which in turn minimizes scarring and therefore, minimizing the size of the hyperpigmented area.
An ancient practice that can be an alternative to surgical excision is tattooing which covers the hyperpigmented scar skin, making the skin tone evener. However, in addition to skin irritation and infections, tattooing is almost permanent so, when sun tanning occurs, the tattooed areas would be lighter in color than the rest of the skin, making the skin tone uneven.
Aging and sun exposure contribute to the hyperpigmentation of neck skin. However, it may be a symptom of a physical disease or hormonal imbalance, so seeking medical attention is recommended. There are no specific skin whitening products for the neck skin.
Products containing hydroquinone, with a concentration of 4%, with exfoliants showed high efficacy in whitening neck skin. However, applying sunscreens, of at least 30 SPF, is a must to speed up the whitening process and help to reduce the hyperpigmentation, preventing re-darkening of the skin.
Underarm skin is always stressed by shaving, sweating, deodorants, and antiperspirants, which in turn makes the skin more hyperpigmented as a defense mechanism against such stress factors. However, it can be a medical disease of hormonal imbalance so; doctor’s consultation is also recommended to exclude physical illness.
There are no specific skin whitening products for the skin of underarms. A combination of hydroquinone, of the concentration of 4%, and exfoliants is recommended for three months, followed by fractional laser treatment.
Also, laser hair removal is recommended in order to prevent the trauma caused by shaving, especially at the beginning of the skin whitening treatment regimen.
Just as the inner thighs skin, some dermatologists consider the underarm skin hyperpigmentation as a post-inflammatory one, so adding anti-inflammatory drugs or using creams containing steroids and retinol can reduce the hyperpigmentation and help to lighten the skin.
Inner Thighs Skin
As a result of excessive sweating and friction, the inner thighs skin is hyperpigmented so, it’s difficult to be lightened. There are no specific skin whitening products for the skin of inner thighs.
Dermatologists usually prescribe products containing hydroquinone with a concentration of 4%, exfoliants, vitamins as well as natural plants’ extracts for high efficacy and safety. Additionally, some of them consider such hyperpigmentation as a case of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, so adding anti-inflammatory drugs can also improve the condition. Moreover, laser treatment also helps to whiten such areas.
However, despite testing all of these products and procedures, some cases didn’t achieve their desired skin color. Inner thigh liposuction is even thought to be an effective way, adding it to the skin whitening regimen for inner thighs to reduce friction and decrease the hyperpigmentation, allowing the skin whitening products and exfoliants to act efficiently and rapidly to achieve the preferred results.
Therefore, whitening the skin of inner thighs may be difficult, taking a very long time and in the end, the results may be disappointing.
Such sensitive skin needs delicate management, so there are specific products manufactured for whitening this area. Most of them contain natural ingredients that are stated to be effective such as vitamins A, E, and C.
They don’t damage the skin, cause rash or irritation, or even cause systemic side effects, keeping the skin healthy throughout the whitening process. If skin irritation is manifested, stop the product immediately and gently wash it off with warm water. However, other skin whitening products can be used as well but the active ingredients should be checked first.
Excluding harsh chemicals such as hydroquinone and following the instructions of the whitening regimen carefully would help to whiten the pubic area safely and efficiently.
Moreover, exfoliation (once per week or per month) is an essential process in the pubic whitening regimen as dead pigmented cells will be removed and new, less pigmented cells are produced, making the skin look lighter in color and more even in tone.
Sometimes, dermatologists prescribe skin whitening products containing hydroquinone for pubic skin but along with vitamins, antioxidants, and exfoliants. Using the right skin whitening products with exfoliation for 4 to 6 weeks, pubic skin color will be visibly lightened.
Some dermatologists suggest micro-needling and laser therapy for pubic skin whitening. However, pubic skin pigmentation can be due to genetic factors but in this case, it’d be very difficult to even lighten such skin or reach the preferred skin tone.
Another trend that’s becoming more popular nowadays. There are specific skin whitening products for anal skin and the skin surrounding it, which are gentle for such sensitive skin and effective enough to safely lighten the anal skin color.
Most of these products contain natural active ingredients, including kojic acid that is considered to be the safest way to lighten the anal skin area. Also, products containing hydroquinone should be excluded but sometimes they are prescribed with vitamins, antioxidants, and exfoliants for optimum efficacy with no side effects.
Laser procedures are also another safe option to get the best results. However, anal skin whitening depends on the skin color and its sensitivity as dark skin needs several whitening treatments in order to reach the desired color.
It’s important to be realistic when it comes to this area as the anal skin whitening process is prolonged and difficult. To speed up the lightening process, gentle exfoliation with loofahs or scrubs is recommended.
However, the results vary according to the skin type and tone but in general; it takes a lot of time to even start the anal whitening process in all types and colors of skin. Once skin irritation or discomfort is developed, discontinuation of the product is recommended.
Also, once the preferred skin tone is achieved, there’s no need for more product applications.
Finally, it’s safe to whiten the whole body’s skin, with no restrictions. There are specific skin products for specific skin types such as the pubic skin, anal skin, and the skin surrounding the anal areas.
Harsh chemicals in the over the counter skin whitening products may cause irritation and inflammation in sensitive skin in different areas of the body. However, products that contain natural ingredients can be used as they are delicate enough on such skin.