Pigmented skin
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Pigmented skin

Skin pigmentation is the shade of the skin because of a specific amount of melanin production, a natural characteristic pigment that gives the hair, skin, and eyes their uniqueness. The shade of the skin could either become darker looking or lighter because of various changes that affect the body's development of melanin.

But when it comes to an individual's private area, it is entirely normal for the skin of the labia, scrotum, and rear-end to be more dark skin than the skin present somewhere else on the body. This pigmentation is called hyperpigmentation. In numerous people post-pubescence, the skin in the genital region will be darker than other skin regions.

The variety will differ from one individual to another. There is no 'typical' variety around here, however it will in general be more dark skin than different regions. Hyperpigmentation may be unobtrusive, causing a clear looking difference, assuming that you have paler skin. Assuming that you have hazier skin, it may very well be all the more pigmented skin lesions in the genital area, typically more brown in nature.


Pigmentation in private parts is a typical encounter for most of the ladies. In any case, it is the absence of appropriate information which makes the women alarmed when they notice it. This secretive factor has generally stayed quiet about ladies' sexual wellbeing. The pigmentation of this region is a fundamental part of ladies' wellbeing and overall health. Probably the most widely recognized signs and symptoms of dark skin pigmentation in private parts on the vagina incorporate;

  • Darker skin when compared to the rest of the body
  • Itchy skin
  • Dark patches
  • Thick skin


Dark patches or dark spots on the external part of the vagina are not generally a reason to worry and are customarily typical side effects of the ageing process, pregnancy, or other changes in the hormones. Notwithstanding, unexplained dark patches or dark spots on the vulva that are joined by different side effects might show an underlying medical condition, for example, acanthosis nigricans or even vulvar malignant growth. The dark pigmentation primarily originates from one of these determinants;

Changes in the hormones 

The skin has specific cells, known as melanocytes, which structure the production of melanin. In the genital region, the melanocytes are especially quite sensitive to the changes in hormone production.

Inflammation and friction

In case there is an increase in activities of friction, it can prompt a high potential for melanocyte hyperactivity. All in all, friction can make the melanocyte cells produce more melanin, prompting dark skin pigmentation. Ingrown hairs, and folliculitis can also lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, as well.

Ageing process

Usually dark pigmentation in private parts happens when an individual becomes older. This is due to the fact that the skin in that area has gone through an increased years of repetitive trauma or has experienced a lot of changes in the hormones. 

Infections in the vagina

Vagina infection is the most common problem that a woman faces. Since the vagina area is the most sensitive region of the body and also because most of the individuals are highly prone to infections in the vagina almost every day, if no proper care is being taken. Certain skin conditions or infections that occur in the vagina area can lead to dark patches or spots in the area subsequently forming a dark pigmentation. 

Overweight or obese 

When a person is obese and there seems to be too much skin down there, repetitive injury or friction usually happens. The skin ultimately goes through an interaction called keratinization, which develops the cells towards the peripheral layer of skin. These cells contain melanin in them, thus bringing this cycle with a thicker and more darker looking skin in those areas. 

Hair removal and shaving products

Due to chemical substances that are contained in many shaving and hair removal products, they can also lead to women's private area dark skin pigmentation, especially in women who have sensitive skin.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Most of the individuals who suffer from PCOS additionally experience an abundance of dark spots or patches around the vaginal area. This condition is known as acanthosis nigricans, one of the major side effects of PCOS. During the condition of PCOS, the creation of male hormones otherwise known as androgens elevates in females. This causes an adjustment of the surface and shade of the vagina.

Types of underwear

At times, the type of underwear affects the skin of the vagina area. Tight-fitting underwear or the type of clothing material can cause inflammation or irritation and lead to dryness of the skin, ultimately causing pigmentation in private parts.

Tight fitted clothes

Tight fitting clothing or even the clothing material can sometimes cause friction around the area between the thighs and the vagina area, thereby releasing sweat.

Lack of hydration and moisture

Sometimes, lack of moisture and hydration in the private area can cause dark patches or spots on the skin, as a sign of dryness and irritation. 

Treatment options 

The pigmentation in private parts is absolutely normal. While not commonly a reason to worry, those encountering pigmentation in pubic regions may essentially need to realise the reason why it's working out through consultation. Whether brought about by the ageing process or any other reasons, for example, sweat or friction. Treatments that lighten the pigmented pubic region should be possible to forestall or even, turn around additional pigmentation that has occurred in the private regions. The most sought after treatment methods to get rid of pigmented skin are as per the following;

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