Our bikini area tend to be darker than the rest of our skin, and this is most commonly caused by wearing tight underwear—something that no one can honestly really avoid. But if you do want to address this skin issue, here are a couple of at-home and dermatological remedies you can try:
1. First things first: Wear seamless panties to minimize chafing.
Thigh chafing may be unavoidable, but you can lessen the friction that causes your bikini area to darken by investing in seamless underwear. Unlike regular panties, these aren’t lined with tight garters, so they prevent your bikini line from becoming irritated when moving around.
2. Soothe and hydrate your bikini area.
Another thing you can try to prevent your skin from getting chafed is to keep your inner thigh area moisturized. Make it a habit to apply a soothing aloe vera gel. Doing so will reduce friction and will calm down the irritated area. P.S. Avoid applying scented creams or lotions on your bikini area as they will likely irritate it even more.
THE FACE SHOP Jeju Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel, P250, Lazada
3. Exfoliate with a soap bar that's infused with fruit acids to speed up the lightening process.
Exfoliation is key to fading the dark areas of your bikini area. As you slough off the topmost layers of the skin, it will allow your brightening creams, oils to work better, too.
While scrubbing the skin with calamansi is known to lighten darkened areas like knees and elbows, it can be too harsh for sensitive parts of the body like the underarms and the bikini area. The same goes for abrasive scrubs that typically contain microbeads. As an alternative, look for soap bars with exfoliating ingredients like kojic acid, glycolic acid, and fruit acids like vitamin C. When showering, leave them on for three minutes before rinsing the soap off to allow the ingredients micro-peel the top layers of your skin—sans scrubbing involved.
KOJIE SAN Skin Lightening Soap, P68, available on Lazada
4. Use natural oils to lighten your bikini area.
Sunflower beauty oil works amazingly in smoothening out rough 'chicken skin' on the armpits, but what most people don't know is it also has skin-lightening properties. Massage a few drops of sunflower oil on your inner thigh area before going to bed!
HUMAN NATURE Sunflower Beauty Oil, P174.75, SM North Edsa The Block
This face and body oil contains a powerful blend of potent skin lightening oils and extracts like calamansi, papaya, camellia japonica, and grapefruit to even out any discoloration on your bikini area.
V&M NATURALS CPC+G Oil, P350, V&M Naturals
This cult-favorite miracle oil is famous for its ability to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and it can be used to lighten your inner thigh area, too. It's formulated with vitamins A and E, and calendula oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, and chamomile oil.
To see the best results, apply it twice daily for a minimum of three months.
BIO OIL Purcellin Oil, P785/125ml, available on Lazada
5. Invest in laser treatments!
Of course, the fastest way to see results is to splurge on a laser treatment; this procedure will lighten your bikini area by reducing the production of melanin, a.k.a. the pigment that gives color to your skin.
Here are some laser treatments being offered by local derma clinics:
Belo Angel Whitening Laser
Aside from the bikini area, this laser treatment is used on the face to target concerns like dark circles, acne scars, spider veins, fine lines, and wrinkles. During the procedure, Belo notes that "you’ll experience gentle warm snaps on the skin as the device is glided over the treatment area." There is no downtime, but you may experience temporary mild redness after the laser treatment.
Skin Station Intensive Groin Whitening
This laser treatment makes use of glycolic acid and diamond peel, as well as a special whitening essence made from wheat extract, to exfoliate the skin. According to Skin Station's website, the treatment should be done every two to three weeks!
Skin House RevLite Pigment Laser
Revlite is a non-invasive laser treatment that targets roughness and discoloration. It emits light in rapid, short pulses to stimulate the production of new collagen (the protein that holds the skin together) in your body. As a result, it improves the color and texture of your skin. Skin House notes that results can be seen after five to ten sessions!
* This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.