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Why Is My Private Area Darker Than The Rest of My Body?

After all, all those bikini models have it perfect! Or, do they?

Written by Shilpa Jayan

On Apr 22, 2023 – 6 minutes read

Why Is My Private Area Darker Than The Rest of My Body

Skin color ranges from the darkest browns to the lightest creams. Like any other body part, the color of the skin also changes with age. The short answer to the question “Why is my private area dark” is that it is not just you. The color of your privates is always a shade or two darker than the rest of the body.

All the perfect beauty standards aside, even skin tone is a dream for most of us. That thought might have brought you here and this is what you should know.

Why Is My Private Area Darker? It’s As Normal As Normal Can Be!

First of all, this is not a disease, this is nothing to be worried about and it is absolutely normal to be dark down there. The color of your skin does not define the way it functions and it is definitely nothing to be ashamed of. 

Why Is My Private Area Darker?

It is a shame that in this day and age, people are still obsessed with fair skin. To bring about this stereotype to your privates is not cool.

What are the Causes for Private Area Darkening? 

With age, the color of your nipples, penis, labia, and your anus tend to get darker. This can be caused by one or more of the following reasons. 

Hormonal Changes Can Cause Private Area Darkening

Like so many other changes in the body, the darkening of the privates is also caused due to hormonal changes. Melanocytes (1) are cells that contain melanin which gives color to the skin. The melanocytes down there are very sensitive.

During puberty, pregnancy, and aging, there is a change in levels of sex hormones in the body. This change can stimulate the production of melanin, ultimately darkening the pubic region.

Friction Can Cause Private Area Darkening

This is the primary reason for dark privates. Daily activities like walking, running, sitting, working out, sex, etc. causes friction. Yes, you heard that right! This friction can thus activate the melanocytes and increase melanin production.

In the folds of the skin (like in the groin), skin rubs against the skin causing friction. All these are out of our control and are very normal.

Infections Can Cause Private Area Darkening

Infections in the genitals can cause inflammation of the skin. The aftermath of any inflammation is hyperpigmentation. Say, for example, you get a pimple; when the pimple calms down, it leaves a mark on the skin for a long period of time. This hyperpigmentation(2) can also happen in the private region. So if you’ve found yourself suddenly asking yourself “Why is my private area dark?” unusually, this is something you might want to look into.

Infections Can Cause Private Area Darkening

Sweating Can Cause Private Area Darkening

Proper airflow is highly essential for the intimate region. Tightly fitted underwear and other garments don’t let air flow down that area which causes sweat and increases friction.

Frequent Hair Removal Cause Private Area Darkening

Shaving and waxing cause inflammation and thus increase the chances of hyperpigmentation. 

How Can You Control Private Area Darkening?

If you’ve been asking yourself the question “Why is my private area dark?” first now that it is natural. There is actually not much that you can do to completely stop the darkening of your intimate region. But you can control it by making simple changes in your lifestyle. 

Ditch Your Underwear 

All those sexy tight fitted panties are just not good for you. Of course, they look amazing on you and make you feel so hot! I know! But they can be a reason for the darkening. Wear cotton or moisture-wicking undies. And when you can, do not wear underwear; go commando.

No Shaving; No Waxing

If the hair still bothers you, get a close trim. Laser hair removal is an alternate option if it’s affordable for you.

Chain Those Hormones

Proper sleep and a balanced diet can regulate and balance the hormones. This can help with the hyperpigmentation of skin too.

Hygiene Is Key

The sweat and dirt caused by daily activities are other villains. For this, it is highly essential to clean the area regularly with mild soap.

Home Remedies for Lightening Private Area Darkening

Now coming to home remedies, including the following ingredients into your daily body care routine could help you lighten the skin down there.

Home Remedies For Lightening Private Area Darkening


Yogurt when applied topically, balances the pH of the vagina and also deals with the odor. (3) Applying a mixture of yogurt, honey, and oat flour in a light circular motion can exfoliate the area. This can remove the dead skin cells and help you with pigmentation. After exfoliating, do rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizer.

Apple Cider Vinegar 

ACV also has the ability to balance the pH level.  Applying diluted ACV with a cotton ball and let it rest for a few minutes helps to regulate the skin texture and complexion. 

Rose Water And Sandalwood 

These ingredients are amazing for treating pigmentation and hydration. Apply a mix of these ingredients to the desired area and wash it off when dry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Does it Mean if Your Private Area is Dark?

Darkening of the pubic skin is natural. There is nothing wrong with your body if you experience darkening in the private region.

Why is my Private Area Dark during Pregnancy?

Pigmentation change during pregnancy is not an irregularity. The hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy can cause hyperpigmentation in different parts of the body. Some pregnant women experience discoloration in patches(chloasma). These may or may not lighten up post-partum.

Is Discoloration of the Vaginal Lips Normal?

Yes, it is. Just like your nipples, discoloration of the vaginal lips is also quite common. Don’t let the beauty standards make you think otherwise.

Natural Remedies to Lighten Private Areas?

Pubic skin is sensitive to a lot of changes. Since it is highly sensitive and prone to infections, care must be taken as to what and how much of an ingredient you are applying down there. If it is highly important for you to lighten your private region, do consult a medical expert or a specialist.

The Bottom Line 

It is high time that we move ahead of the stigma around dark skin. Unrealistic beauty standards portrayed in media have corrupted our minds but having a dark private region is a natural phenomenon and it must be accepted as is. 

Well if the color of your skin is too important to you, consult a medical expert before experimenting with random products down there. You can of course patch test the suggested ingredients and try them on your pubic skin as they are all pretty mild.

If something led you to ask yourself “Why is my private area dark?”, fret no more. You do not have to make your skin lighter for the sake of your partner or for someone else. The color of your skin is not something that you should be ashamed of; own it and flaunt it. 

  1. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (n.d). Skin melanocytes: biology and development. [Online] Available at:
  2. WebMD LLC. (2005 - 2021). Hyperpigmentation, Hypopigmentation, and Your Skin. [Online] Available at:
  3. American Pregnancy Association. (2021). Treating Vaginitis Naturally During Pregnancy. [Online] Available at:

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Hey you! I am Shilpa and I am a lover of words – sugar, spice, and all things nice! I read and write about and for women, men, art, relationships, and emotions. An old school by heart, I love the art of writing. I love sharing my personal experiments with travel, skincare, food, fashion, and life in general.

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