Vaginal and inner thighs skin lightening treatments are becoming increasingly more popular and is an area which many women are seeking to transform. Vaginal skin bleaching, to remove darker colored tissue in this intimate area, has been common in Europe and the Middle East. Over the past few years, the process of vaginal skin lightening of the vulva, perianal area, and inner thighs, has been an area of increasing interest in treating for women in the United States. Many patients, regardless of ethnicity, tend to develop areas of hyperpigmentation on their body, including the face, neck, chest, armpits, and back. The intimate area is the latest, most requested area, to skin bleach and lighten the discoloration in this area of the body.
One of the truly revolutionary methods developed by Mesoestetics, the makers of Cosmelan to treat facial melasma, is dermamelan intimate to reduce pigmentation in the external genital area, groin, and inner thighs. 70% of women have unwanted body hair removed, many through laser hair removal. The most common area to remove unwanted hair in women is in the intimate or vaginal area. Since this private area is of cosmetic concern for many women, it is not surprising that this intimate area has an increased demand for depigmentation and anti-aging treatments.
The aging process in the genital-perineal area and adjacent areas takes place in the same way as the rest of the body. With aging, there is a loss of collagen and elastin, and firmness of the skin. Another effect of aging is hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin, including the skin around the external genital and inner thigh area. This hyperpigmention is a result of aging, genetic predisposition, and hormonal changes. Individuals with type IV phototype or darker, have an increased prevalance of hyperpigmentation. The increase in estrogen activity also stimulates an increase in tyrosinase which increases melanin production, and leads to excess hyperpigmentation.
There are also external factors which cause this intimate area to darken. These external factors include dry skin, certain medications, hormonal imbalance, friction, or frequent use of tight pants and underwear. All of these external factors can cause the inner thighs to darken. Another common reason for skin darkening is hair removal by waxing or resulting folliculitis, which can cause an inflammatory reaction which causes the skin to darken and produce an increased amount of melanin production.
The newest method to correct the pigmentation and improve the skin quality of the skin in the intimate area, is the mesoestetic dermalen intimate treatment. This treatment combines depigmentation action and anti-aging effects all in one single treatment. The result is an improvement in both skin discoloration and skin turgor. The dermamelan intimate treatment, manufactured by mesoestetic treats the following private areas:
- Genital-perineal area
- Perianal area
- Mons pubi
- Inner thighs
The treatment consists of two phases. Phase 1 is the in office intensive depigmentation which is performed at the office of Dr. Green in one single clinical session. Phase 2 is the regulation of hyperpigmentation which consists of using the dermamelan intimate home depigmenting gel cream on a daily basis. The synergistic effects of combing both phases is what gives such a rejuvenated effect.
What is the procedure of dermamelan intimate?
The in-office, single clinical session, depigmentation method for the intimate area which involves 4 key steps.
- Step 1 involves cleansing the treatment area with lukewarm water and applying mesolips protector to avoid irritation or migration of the solution. Dermamelan intimate peeling is then used with a brush or swab and applies to the areas to be treated. The peeling solution is left on for 7 minutes.
- Step 2 involves spraying the post-peel neutralizing solution
- Step 3 involves applying a large layer of dermamelan intimate mask to the treatment area.
- Step 4 placing the occlusive film over the treatment area to facile the action of the active ingredients and from migrating out of the area. The mask is left on for 2 hours and then removed at home.
At home, the dermamelan intimate occlusive film and mask are removed (2 hours after placed in the office) and washed with lukewarm water and an intimate cleansing gel to ensure complete removal of the product. The post-procedure crystal fiber intimate mask is placed over the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes. Forty-eight hours after the placement of the original dermamelan intimate mask at the office, one or tow applications of dermamelan intimate home depigmenting gel cream is applied each day to the treatment area for 2 to 3 months.
Is it possible to lighten dark underarms and groin?
The axillae (underarms) and the groin (bikini area) is an area of cosmetic concern for many of our patients. It is now possible to bleach and whiten the dark underarm area. Through a process involving the mesopeel (TM), Dr. Green can lighten the hyperpigmented, discolored areas of your underarms and bikini area. A series of 4 to 6 chemical peels with Mesopeel melanostop tran3x combined with the at home depigmenting gel cream. The mesopeel is a depigmenting formula that is composed of:
- 20% azelaic
- 10% resorcinol
- 6% phytic
- 3% tranexamic
This skin lightening peel accelerates the skin’s epidermal renewal for removal of the melanin in the epidermal layers of the skin. There are no hydroquinones in this formulation, so there is little chance of irritation in this sensitive area. Tranexamic acid inhibits the tyrosinase enzyme, which will serve to reduce the proliferation of melanocytes and its vascularization, which cause hyperpigmentation. This mesopeel can only be performed by a board certified dermatologist, like Dr. Green, who is an expert in skin lightening and pigmentation.
Can I lighten dark spots of my body as well?
Yes, Dr. Green is able to use the mesopeel and other trichloroacetic acid peels to treat other areas of the body including the:
- Chest and decolletage
Depigmenting gel cream
Dermamelan intimate depigmenting gel cream is essential for treating the genital-perineal area and inner thighs, to reduce this hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration with superior regulating action. It contains Niacinamide, Potassium azeloyl diglycinate, Tranexamic acid, Phytic acid, Salicylic acid, Kojic acid, and Glycyrrhiza Glabra root extract. Demamelan should be used at bedtime on the treated area for 45 to 90 days to treat the pigmentation. The depigmenting gel cream has several functions including that it:
- Improves the barrier function of the vulvar epithelium
- Strengths and incases the skin’s elasticity and improves its tone and turgor
- Decreases genital and perennial hyperpigmentation
- Protects and moisturizes the vulvar epithelium
How does the depigmentation process work?
Dermamelan intimate works simultaneously on many areas of melanogensis including through:
- Corrective action by removing existing hyperpigmentation and preventing its recurrence in the skin.
- Inflammatory action by blocking the enzyme COX (cyclo-oxygenase) which is responsible for the inflammatory response.
- Stimulatory action by renewing the outermost layers of skin to stimulate the production of fibroblasts, which produces new collagen and elastin.
By blocking the transfer of melanosomes, and reducing the activation of tyrosinase, dermamelan intimate enhances the depigmentation of the skin in a gentle and non-irritating manner. It contains six active ingredients, whose mechanism of action work on depigmentation, inflammation, and anti-aging.
Cosmelan, pigmentation and melasma
Many patients have sensitive skin and a tendency towards hyperpigmentation. This tendency to hyperpigmentation is especially true in patients with phototype 4 skin or darker. Proper sunscreen use, sun avoidance, and skin care is extremely important. Dr. Green has focused much of her practice, cosmetic and medical treatment to helping patients reduce facial melasma, hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration on the body and face. Her MGSKINLABs, Inc. line of products is especially formulated with state of the art homecare products including powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Retinols such as in the Antioxidant Infusion, and skin lightening creams in her hydroquinone based bleaching line.
Dr. Green is a specialist in treating facial and body pigmentation and helping to restore patients skin who are unhappy with pigmentation imperfections. She uses Cosmelan peels in her NYC office to remove facial melasma and to treat the hyperpigmentation that can occur as a side effect of IPL, Picosure, or Fraxel treatment lasers. Cosmelan 2 is used at home to complete the chemical peel process for hyperpigmentation reduction. If you are suffering from hyperpigmentation or discoloration in any area of the face or body, Dr. Green can help even out your skin tone and texture and rejuvenate your skin.
Home Remedies to lighten skin on the upper thighs
There are several home remedies which may help to lighten pigmentation on the upper thighs including:
- Sugar scrubs with honey
- Coconut oil
- Lemon juice
- Oatmeal yogurt scrubs
- Baking soda and water masks
How do I treat this unwanted hyperpigmentation?
The first step to the best treatment for unwanted hyperpigmentation on the face, chest, back, buttocks, or private areas, is to consult with Dr. Michele Green in her New York office. An expert in treating skin discoloration, she will help you create a custom protocol to even out your skin tone, color, and texture. Start by calling Dr. Green at 212-535-3088 or contact us online today.