What is anal bleaching and how does it work?

The bleaching of the anal area is a practice for aesthetic purposes that has become popular.

Anal bleaching is a medical procedure for aesthetic purposes, which aims to whiten the skin around the anus. With which, it can be said that it “corrects” the darkening of the area.

Also known as anal bleaching, this procedure has become an increasingly popular practice. Especially people who work in the world of pornography and celebrities like Paris Hilton.

Darkening of the anal area

Darkening of the anal and genital area is a very common phenomenon. It is a process linked to the aging of these areas, which initially have a lighter and pinkish color and with the passage of time they become more purplish and darker.

However, this phenomenon has nothing to do with hygiene, its causes are physiological. Factors such as the type of skin and its pigmentation influence the color of these areas, which vary from one person to another.

There are other reasons, such as certain hormonal changes, pregnancy or the use of tight clothing that can influence the darkening of the area. However, the most common is that the areas that line the anus or genitals are darker since they have a greater amount of melanin.

The melanin is the pigment responsible for giving color to the skin. The skin that surrounds the anus and the genitals acquire a greater amount of this pigment and therefore darken. This increase in pigmentation is a natural phenomenon that, as mentioned, is closely related to aging.

Anal bleaching

Anal bleaching aims to lighten these darkened areas. Decreasing the pigmentation of the area and making it acquire a rosier tone, which will vary depending on the type of skin.

This type of aesthetic treatment has become popular in recent years, initially emerging in the world of pornography, as many actresses in the sector admitted having undergone anal bleaching.

The great demand for anal bleaching is also related to the fashion of comprehensive hair removal since in this way areas that were normally hidden become more visible, showing their darkening. Regarding the intervention, there are different methods, among which we find:


In this type of intervention, the most superficial layers of skin in the anal area are destroyed by extreme temperatures. The objective is to eliminate the superficial cells of the skin, with greater pigmentation, allowing the area to heal with new, less darkened skin.

However, this type of treatment carries certain risks associated with the sensitivity of the area. The anal area is a delicate area that may not heal properly.

One of the most common complications that can occur after this anal whitening treatment is anal stenosis. Anal stenosis is caused by poor healing in the area, which causes the canal to narrow, causing pain and other associated problems.

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This variant is one of the most used for anal bleaching. In this case, a laser is used to remove the superficial layers of the skin from the anus, with increased pigmentation.

The goal is once again to allow new skin to form with less (lighter) pigmentation. However, many specialists believe that the laser is a better option since it can be calibrated so as not to penetrate or damage the deeper layers of the skin.

This type of intervention usually requires several sessions and, like cryosurgery, has a period of around two weeks. Both treatments (laser and cryosurgery) can be painful and present the same possible complications associated with the healing process in the area.


Another form of anal bleaching, widely used for its simplicity and low cost, is the use of bleaching creams. However, the safety of these whitening creams is controversial.

Many of these creams have hydroquinone as an active ingredient, a depigmenting compound capable of blocking the production of melanin by cells. However, more and more evidence show that hydroquinone is a carcinogenic compound. It is believed to be involved in the development of liver and kidney cancer and has therefore been banned in various countries.

Other creams may use acids designed to remove the most pigmented surface layers. On many occasions, these acids cause allergic reactions, as well as unwanted side effects, such as hyperpigmentation, causing the opposite effect to the desired one.

For all this, anal bleaching is an aesthetic treatment whose methods must be carefully evaluated and valued, always making sure that you are undergoing a safe procedure.

Another form of anal bleaching, widely used for its simplicity and low cost, is the use of bleaching creams. However, the safety of these whitening creams is controversial.

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