We see models on the covers of magazines with perfect bikini lines and hear stories of people getting anal bleaching and think, “How does that work?” or “Can I get that?” These questions and many more are what we’re going to be answering in this post. So let’s begin:
What is vaginal/anal bleaching?
Skin lightening treatments are performed with brightening ingredients, chemical peels, or lasers; none of which include bleach or chlorine that is harmful to the skin. This means, there’s no such thing as “skin bleaching”. The most effective treatments for skin lightening are a series of chemical peels or lasers with lightening products to effectively and safely treat hyperpigmentation. When spa’s list bleaching on the menu, they’re most commonly using chemical peels.
Who is it for?
Clients that frequently exercise, experience friction or chaffing on their intimate area, or have recently given birth often have skin that has darkened overtime. Vaginal lightening will effectively lift this pigmentation and make the skin appear lighter and brighter. Clients that have scars that come from shaving, ingrown hairs or acne also can have darkening that can effectively be treated by a V-lightening.
How does it work?
At Vspot, we use an almond derived medical grade peel. The peel breaks down pigmentation and causes your skin to resurface. This process removes layers of dead skin with the melanated cells. After the peel, you are sent home with a month’s supply of skin “Brightening Pads” that you’ll apply to the areas being lightened twice, everyday. The pads are made with brightening ingredients that lighten and stop your skin from producing new pigment.
Does it hurt?
The peel is painless and very gentle. As long as your skin doesn’t have any cuts or open lesions it should be a very comfortable experience.
How long does it take?
The peel takes ten to seven minutes to process on the skin. It’s neutralized and removed with zero discomfort.
The treatment is repeated three to nine times every one to two weeks depending on your desired results.
For clients with new pigmentation, it can easily be removed in three sessions. Clients with pigmentation much darker than their base skin tone or pigmentation that has been on the skin for years need six to nine sessions on average.
Why do some clients have more than 3 sessions?
Pigment is scattered along multiple layers of the skin. Continuing the process lets the pigment resurface as many times as needed to remove deeper layers of pigment.
Is it permanent?
Once you’ve finished the process, keeping your skin hydrated and getting one treatment every four to six months is effective at preventing new pigmentation. Getting a vajacial regularly is a great way to maintain your results and prevent significant darkening from forming again. New pigmentation is lighter and very easy to remove so your results aren’t difficult to maintain.
Can I lighten it if I have ingrowns?
Because our lightening treatment exfoliates and brightens, it is very effective at removing ingrowns. Lightening treatments paired with vajacials (facial for the vulva) allow us to do extractions during your lightening process, correcting both concerns in one treatment.
Why do we pigment?
To know how skin lightening works, it’s good to know what factors cause pigmentation and skin darkening. The kind of pigmentation that is being treated in vaginal and anal lightening are two: hyperkeratosis and hyperpigmentation.
Hyperkeratosis can be genetic but it is also caused by frictional stress on the skin. Areas that rub constantly or receive friction, like elbows and knees, stack protective layers of skin to prevent your skin from chaffing which makes the areas look darker. This occurs on the labia, lower bikini line, anal area, and inner thighs due to frictional stress from tight clothing, underwear, sanitary pads, and exercise.
Hyperpigmentation is an inflammatory response that is common from sun exposure, irritation, and damage to skin. On the vulva, it’s mainly caused by hair removal methods, friction, and folliculitis; commonly known as ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs cause inflammation that create dark spots especially after improper extractions.
The most damaging and pigmenting hair removal method is depilatory creams like Nair and Veet. Although they’re labeled for the vaginal area, it removes hair by breaking down keratin which is also the main protein in our skin. Shaving and waxing are better alternatives.
An unknown fact is, Spas using very adhesive wax and/or higher wax temperatures to ensure perfect results leave skin free of hair but over-exfoliated, irritated, and darker.
Cuts and scrapes leave marks on our skin. Shaving closely to the skin more than once a week creates tiny cuts and irritation on the vulva which gradually pigments.
Scrubs are a mechanical exfoliation method with coarse or abrasive ingredients to remove dry skin. Scrubs can callus but always scrape the uppermost layers of skin making it especially unsafe for clients with olive to darker toned skin who are at a higher risk for hyperpigmentation.
When can I start?
Consultations are complimentary at VSpot and you can begin treatments the same day as long as you do not have ongoing laser sessions and have not shaved within 24 hours. After speaking with a specialist, she will project how many sessions you’ll need to reach your desired results and the best time to start.
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