We may often be confused and wonder why the intimate areas of both men and women are darker in color than the rest of the body. This often makes us a little embarrassed and worried about whether this is normal or not.
The answer is that this is perfectly normal. Darker colored, sometimes almost black, genital areas, are normal. This is because there is a higher tendency for certain things to occur in that area that doesn’t happen in other parts of the skin. Changes in the color of our intimate area doesn’t just happen overnight, these changes will occur gradually during puberty.
In addition, the genital area is darker due to hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation itself is a skin problem, where melanocytes produce melanin in large quantities, resulting in patches of skin that are darker in color than other areas of the body. So it’s completely normal, if the anus, scrotum, and labia have a darker color than the rest of the body.
Reasons that cause the intimate area to darken
There are several other reasons that cause the intimate area to darken, including the following:
Friction can also be caused by daily activities, such as walking, sexual activities, sports, and many others. And if you rub the vulva area often during cleaning, it can also cause darkening of the area.
5. Frequent shaving
These are some of the factors that can cause the intimate area to darken. You don't have to worry about discoloration and darkening because this is normal and natural. However, if you notice sudden color changes accompanied by itching or infection, immediately consult a doctor.