Anal bleaching is the process of lightening the color of the skin around the anus. It is done for cosmetic purposes, to make the color of the anus more uniform with the surrounding area.
6 8 2022How does it work?
Despite what the name implies, there’s no Clorox being rubbed on your anus, says Dr. Kaado. Actual bleach can cause skin burns, so that’s out. More commonly, the lightening or brightening agent is hydroquinone or kojic acid, though some places may also use other topicals, like azelaic acid or niacinamide, he says.Dr. Murrell’s lightening ingredient of choice is hydroquinone (HQ) because he’s found that it’s the most effective, painless, and safe. HQ helps brighten the area because it inhibits the enzyme that produces melanin, the natural pigment in skin. You can find HQ in skin creams over-the-counter. HQ might be available in 2% strength OTC, but Dr. Murrell uses a higher strength in-office. He says that 8 to 10% is safe—any higher can cause burning.