What Are Vulvar or Genital Peels – How Do They Work to Lighten Intimate Areas?

What Are Vulvar or Genital Peels – How Do They Work to Lighten Intimate Areas?

Date 12 Apr 2024  

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Women's genital skin is naturally darker than the skin of other body parts for multiple reasons. If vulval pigmentation is your concern, our cosmetic gynaecologists in Hyderabad at Eternelle Aesthetics offer a quick, effective, non-surgical solution: vulvar peels.  

This article by our cosmetic gynaecologist discusses female vulval or genital area pigmentation and how intimate or genital peels can help address this cosmetic concern.  

Why Do Women Have Darker Vulval Skin?

The potential causes of vulval pigmentation are:

  • Hormonal changes: Changes in hormones during menarche, pregnancy, and menopause can darken genital skin. 
  • Iron in blood: Women have a menstrual cycle every month until they reach mid-age. As human blood has a lot of iron, it gradually darkens when menstrual blood comes into contact with the vulval skin. 
  • Friction: Friction against wearing tight undergarments and sweating during physical activities like gym activities and horse riding often can cause the skin of the pubic area to darken. 
  • Certain medical conditions: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Gastric Cancer, Hypothyroidism, and some infections and associated inflammation in the genital area can cause the skin to darken. 
  • Certain vaginal products: The application of skin-irritating cosmetics in the vaginal area can cause the skin to darken.
  • Shaving: Shaving pubic hair with a razor can darken the skin of the genital area.  
  • Natural skin ageing: The skin cells get bigger and more centralised with age. This dysregulation causes the outer skin layer to be dark.  

What Are Vulvar or Genital Peels?

Vulvar peels, also known as genital or intimate or vaginal peels in Hyderabad, are the chemical peels used for genital skin lightening. These peels help remove the pigmented layers of the genital skin and make the vulval area brighter, lighter, softer, and fresher. 

Chemical peeling for genital skin lightening involves the application of different acid solutions. Depending on the strength of the acid and how deep in the skin the peel can act, there are three types of chemical peels: light, medium, and deep peels. For lightening the intimate area, the peels usually applied are glycolic acid, citric acid, and kojic acid.

How Do Genital Peels Work?

When genital peels are applied to women's genital areas, the top layers of the dead skin peel off. While this happens, new skin forms just below the peeling skin. The peeling takes place according to the strength of the acid used. After peeling off the hyperpigmented skin layers, women can notice lighter vulval skin. 

Who are the Ideal Candidates For Genital Peeling?

Genital peeling can help most women achieve lighter genital skin. However, women considering vulvar peeling must meet the eligibility criteria for the treatment to proceed through it. The good candidates for vulvar peeling are:

  • Women with vulvar, genital or inner thighs pigmentation.
  • Women who do not suffer from warts, lupus, or herpes.
  • Women who are unhappy with their pigmented genitals and want to regain their confidence.

What Care To Take Before Using Genital Peels?

Before the genital peeling treatment session, the patient should follow these doctor-recommended instructions: 

  • Do not apply hair removal creams because they can be toxic and damaging to the skin
  • Avoid whitening the vagina
  • Avoid using any hazardous substances in the genital region
  • Keep the vaginal area moist
  • Maintain appropriate intimate area hygiene to avoid infections and bacteria
  • Completely shave the intimate area at least 48 hours beforehand. 

What Happens During Genital Peel Treatment?

The expert will first select an appropriate acid for application on the patient's genital area. Before the treatment commences, the patient's vaginal or target area will be thoroughly cleansed and prepped. Next, they apply the vulvar peel to the intimate area, allowing the acid to reach deeper dermal layers by leaving the peel undisturbed for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the peel is then removed thoroughly. End of the session, the patient can achieve a lighter, refreshing vaginal skin. Typically, four sessions are required, one every two weeks, to get the desired results.

What Results To Expect After Genital Peeling Treatment?

Genital peeling treatment is designed to correct vulval pigmentation and regenerate and whiten the skin in the vulvar areas. It provides the same results as a facial peel. 

After treatment, the patients can:

  • Have diminished signs of vaginal skin ageing and pigmentation caused due to vaginal delivery
  • Retrieve and repair their vagina. 
  • Feel better about their appearance 
  • Get relief from vaginal dryness, itching, or discomfort  
  • Be treated for vulval pigmentation or dyschromia.

If you want to know more about vulvar peels, watch this video by our gynaecologist at Eternelle Aesthetics:

What is the Aftercare Required After Genital Peel Treatment?

For smooth and quick recovery after genital peel treatment in Hyderabad, the doctor suggests the patient follow these aftercare instructions:

  • Wear loose, silk, or cotton undergarments
  • Make sure the genitals are kept clean and dry after using the washroom
  • Avoid lasers or any other harsh treatment in the intimate area
  • Take prescription medications, as provided, on time
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and workouts for at least 10 days
  • Try to keep the pubic area well-moisturised.

What are the Benefits of Using Genital Peels?

Genital area whitening with chemical peeling is a safe and effective way to even out skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation. This treatment can be essential in women's personal care regimens, particularly by enhancing their self-confidence. 

Here are some of the significant benefits of genital area whitening with chemical peels:

  • Effective pigmentation reduction: These peels are good at reducing dark spots and pigmentation on the skin's surface. Controlling melanin production and removing dead skin cells helps the skin achieve a more even and brighter tone. 
  • Promotes skin regeneration: The peeling procedure reveals new, healthy skin cells to the surface. The cell regeneration process helps the skin appear smoother and softer.
  • Short recovery period: Chemical peeling procedures for genital area whitening allow patients to return to their normal lives immediately. 
  • A safe and controlled procedure: A cosmetic gynaecologist in Hyderabad at Eternelle  Aesthetics applies chemical peels on the vulvar area in a controlled manner, making it incredibly safe. Before and after the treatment, a cosmetic gynaecologist provides patients with extensive information and care suggestions to achieve the best results while minimising potential side effects.
  • Increased self-esteem: Evening of the intimate area, skin tone, and cosmetic enhancements help women feel better about themselves, which boosts their confidence. 
  • Painless procedure: Treatment is painless, though patients may feel some discomfort. 

The vaginal or genital lightening peel treatment aims at improving pigmentation and helps to rejuvenate and lighten the initial area of the skin. These peels may also include the labia and inner thighs. For more details, get in touch with the experts at Eternelle Aesthetics.