Darkening of the skin in the intimate area in women

Having discovered that dark spots appeared on the labia, a woman can be frightened. After all, she may not notice the change for a long time and accidentally discover, looking after herself in the mirror, that against the background of the pink vagina, the dark labia stand out sharply, look – in her opinion – unaesthetic.

Why does skin color change in the intimate area and what are the reasons for such changes?

Physical reasons

The color of the labia changes due to many factors.

For any physical effects in the intimate area, constant or periodic, the woman’s body responds with a change in pigmentation. A woman herself may not notice that she constantly wears underwear, which squeezes the skin – she is so used to it. Microtrauma is also common when shaving..

Even friction during walking in women whose legs are so physiologically located that they wear off in the area of ​​the inguinal folds also causes darkening. By the way, women with such physiological parameters in the inguinal folds have increased perspiration, and this can also explain why the labia become dark.


Inflammatory diseases that occur in the internal and external organs of the small pelvis change the color of the intimate zone. Additional symptoms: swelling, edema, hyperemia, the occurrence of unpleasant discharge and sores on the lips.

If pigmentation has changed dramatically, and at the same time the small and large genital itch, when examined on them you can see transparent small vesicles, then you can suspect a disease – pityriasis versicolor. In the future, the bubbles burst, the oozing oozes from them, dark spots pass from the intimate zone to the hips.

Fungal infection of any etiology causes similar symptoms..

After treatment, the symptoms of the disease and the culture that caused the inflammatory process disappear, and darkening – most often – remains.

Darkening of the intimate area to a uniform brown color may indicate intoxication. This phenomenon is observed if toxic compounds harmful to it constantly enter the body. They can be in water and food, they can be inhaled respiratoryly during professional activities in harmful conditions. A woman can also inject them into her body purposefully using drugs.

Contrasting discoloration of the labia – a symptom of serious illness.

With gastric cancer, the mucosa becomes black and has a velvety surface. Oncological processes associated with reproductive organs cause a change in pigmentation and tightening of the skin surface.

During Addison’s disease, chloasma covers the nipples and armpits. In a disease called Cushing’s syndrome, the labia first turns brown, and then the knees, elbows and stomach. Hyperpigmentation is also caused by age-related changes. The older the woman, the darker the skin becomes in the intimate area.


The vagina and labia become dark during pregnancy. Hyperpigmentation also covers the nipples, sometimes the face and neck. Such changes are called – chloasma.

It can be explained why this happens. The hormonal background changes from the first days of pregnancy, gradually preparing the body for a new state. The blood supply to the pelvic organs increases, respectively, and the load on the vessels that feed the genitals increases. And the body reacts to any effect by a change in pigmentation.

In the II and III trimester, the internal effect on the labia intensifies, they become softer, more elastic, and even more pigmented. Now the labia minora are getting dark too.

Chloasma also occurs with the constant use of hormonal contraception, the use of hormonal drugs for the treatment of non-genital diseases, with prolonged use of local drugs with corticosteroids.

Varicose veins

Changing the color of the intimate area can cause venous congestion and the appearance of varicose veins. First, the lips swell and turn purple, and then cyanosis leads to the fact that the pigmentation of the skin gradually completely changes.

In most cases, pregnancy and obesity cause varicose veins, but women of normal weight with diseases that affect metabolic processes in the body can also suffer from it..

Doctors advise to increase activity in case of varicose perineal disease, to be less in a static state while sitting or standing, to fall asleep on one side.

During childbirth, varicose veins are not an indication for surgery. Outside this condition, it is treated in the same way as venous congestion in another area..

How to whiten skin?

As you can see, in most cases the dark labia – if this phenomenon is not a symptom of the disease – does not cause a woman any physical discomfort. But at the same time, a woman may feel insecure. It seems to her that the contrast of the skin in intimate places can alienate a loved one.

There are special salon procedures that help lighten the skin of the intimate areas – of course, they are not performed if the labia minora or large mucosa darken. But when darkening the external visible side of the labia majora and the surrounding intimate area, laser correction can restore the original color of the tissue.

You can whiten your skin and remove irritating hyperpigmentation with home remedies.

Use one of the following recipes:

  • Juice is squeezed from fresh parsley. It is mixed with fat sour cream, and a few drops of lemon juice are dripped there. The tool is applied to problem areas for 5-10 minutes, no more. If there is a burning sensation, it is removed;
  • It does not damage the surface of the mucosa, helping to return a light skin tone, ordinary cucumber. From its pulp, mashed and applied to intimate places;
  • You can dilute white clay on cucumber juice, the effect will be achieved faster.

A mask of parsley juice, when applied 3-4 times a day, brightens the skin for 4-5 days, cucumber puree – for 2-3 weeks.

The skin of the intimate area near the labia can be brought into “order” by such home remedies:

  • coffee scrub;
  • lemon juice, strawberry, birch, pomegranate.

Whatever the means of lightening, after removing the “reagent”, a nourishing cream should be applied to the skin.

Do not attach much importance to the color of the intimate zone and compare yourself with others in a bath or pool. The skin in the perineum in women can vary significantly from the color of the epidermis in other places. So nature ordered, and there is nothing pathological in the fact that the labia of the dark-skinned girl has brightened, and that of the blonde has acquired a rich brown color.

Uncertainty in the harmony of our own body we create for ourselves. Due to its complexes, it is not necessary to inflict microtraumas on the body. Indeed, even painless skin lightening with cucumber juice disrupts the production of melanin and stimulates the exfoliation of surface cells.