What Is Anal Bleaching?

It is exactly what it sounds like… And before you get grossed out totally, the procedure is also more like a form of torture.

An acid is applied to your freshly waxed anus and rubbed in. Most places offer the initial application at the spa for about N35k-45k ($100-150), then sell you a set of bleaching lotion or gel to use at home. The whole in-spa process takes about 20 minutes and depending on how dark your skin is, you may need to reapply a number of times to see results. 

If you think it ends there, then you’re wrong. There is also a thing like vulva lightening: where the bleach is applied to the vulva (opening of the vagina).

The Many Risks of Anal Bleaching

Gynecologists and dermatologists agree that anal bleaching is far from a no-risk procedure, which is why it’s not a smart idea to get it done by non-MDs in a spa, no matter how nice and clean the place looks. “There have been a few reports of burning, irritation, and even scarring from this practice,” Dr. Wider explained.

NYC dermatologist Doris Day, MD, said that bleaching can do more harm than good. The potential problems include strictures, which make the opening smaller and bowel movements difficult, and tears in the anal canal. “And if the spa isn’t clean, you are at risk of getting herpes in the area or a bacterial infection,” Dr. Day adds.

A doctor who offers the treatment, Dr. Day, says that you still run a slight risk of burns or scarring even if a doctor does the procedure. Plus, the bleaching doesn’t always net you the desired result. “It’s not the most gratifying treatment,” she explains. “The darker pigmentation will always come back so it’s not permanent. And there’s also a chance of total depigmentation [ie, it would be totally white, rather than matching your skin color] or in some cases, because of how one’s skin reacts to the bleach, a darkening of the area.”

So just incase this disturbing trend of anal bleaching reaches our side of the world, please, the risks of doing this far outweighs the many benefits you think you will get by doing it. Doctor’s advice!!!