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Certain body parts dark compared to others. How can these be lightened?

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Hi
I ve to lighten these area as these are are black compared to other body parts
So please give some good advice.
bcause my gf has a very fair skin in these parts not my gf i ve seen on internet also that girls have brighter skin why?
Girls have less pubic hair as well as body hair why?
How to remove pubic hair safely currently i shave pubic hair
Posted Mon, 10 Jun 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
 
 
Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul 10 hours later
Hi XXXXXXX
Thanks for your query

See your concern is regarding pigmentation in the groin and gluteal region.
Now first, I would like to tell you that the skin color of one's groin region is determined by one's genes and genetic makeup together with some external factors.
There is very little that can be done to improve it other than removing the external causes of pigmentation.
Since these are areas with very sensitive skin, so we can only use very mild lightening agents to improve the skin color. A combination of kojic acid and vitamin c helps in most cases to lighten the skin tone without causing any irritant reactions. It can be used over the affected areas twice daily for several months together.
Regarding the external factors causing pigmentation, avoid the use of any hair removal creams as these tend to cause pigmentation.
Do not use mustard oil or any other oils. Wear cotton undergarments to reduce any friction, which again tends to increase pigmentation.
You can additionally take oral vitamin c supplementation to improve generalized complexion.
Regarding hair removal methods, shaving or trimming are considered to be safest. You can however go for laser hair reductions also.
Hair growth is determined by hormones, hence more body hair are seen in men.

Hope it helps
If there is any other query, please let me know.
Dr Geetika Paul
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Follow-up: Certain body parts dark compared to others. How can these be lightened? 7 hours later
Hi
i m currently using Kojivit cream on penile area and melalite xl on gluteal area are these good bocz some one suggest me to do so?
please name the cream which contain kojic acid and vitamin c
what mg tablet of vitamin c should i take orally?
give details about laser hair reduction should it good on mens pubic region?
Again i m asking dis that girls have less pubic hair and their pigmentation rate is also
less why is dis deu to male hormone testosterone?

 
 
Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul 2 hours later
Hi XXXXXXX

The creams that you are using are perfectly fine. Kojivit contains a combination of both kojic acid and vitamin c and it can be used over the penile region safely. And as far as melalite xl is concerned, it is a comparatively stronger agent and so recommended only for areas with thicker skin, hence can be used in gluteal region. But make sure that you use melalite xl for only upto 3 months at a stretch. '

Oral vitamin c supplementation can be taken in a dose of 500 mg twice a day and this can be safely taken for months together.
In addition, a diet XXXXXXX in vitamins like citrus fruits and other fresh fruits and salads is very useful as it provides us with antioxidants.

Laser hair reduction is a procedure which can safely be done even in groin region, but make sure that you get it done in experienced hands. It would require monthly or two monthly sittings depending upon the hair growth, density and the thickness of hair which can be judged by the concerned dermatologist.
And yes you are right regarding the hair growth patterns in males and females. These are determined by the hormones ie testosterone and estrogen. Testosterone tends to increase hair growth and hence more body hair in males. And skin color any where on body is , as i told, determined by ones genes. It has no relation with the sex of the individual.

Hope this is helpful
Any other query, please let me know
Dr Geetika Paul
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Follow-up: Certain body parts dark compared to others. How can these be lightened? 1 hour later
Hi
I would like to know that how many months the cream kojivit take to give desire result as i know dis would take long time ?
I would like confirm one thing that should it safe to use mild scrub over buttock and gluteal area on weekly basis and loofah (wash cloth)scrub on daily basis?
Is xerina cream is safe on buttock as well as on gluteal are?
Currently i m using moist care body lotion prescribed by a dermatologist is it good one?
I also currently using Ansolar sun screen on face and photoban 30 on body is it good?

 
 
Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul 36 minutes later
Hi.

Kojivit can take a continuous application of upto 2- 3 months to show good result although the results with melalite xl are pretty faster.

Using a mild scrub over these areas is a good option but it is better to do this once or twice a week only. Doing it on regular basis wont be of that great help.

Xerina cream can be used over gluteal region as it contains glycolic acid and urea, both of which again help in decreasing the skin thickness and improving the skin colour.

Moist care is a good lotion for moisturizing. Dry skin leads to itching and friction and thereby results in increased pigmentation. Keeping the skin moist definitely helps.

Any medicated sunscreen with spf more than 26 is good for Indian skin tone and both the sunscreens that you are using are medicated ones with good results and good sun protection.

Hope it helps,
Dr Geetika Paul

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Follow-up: Certain body parts dark compared to others. How can these be lightened? 22 hours later
Hi
Please suggest some good and costly face wash
why the sweating is more on face when i apply sunscreen?
Is there any effective treatment available to lighten underarms or is that gentic ?
prescribe some good shower gel or soap which i use all over body
one last question elbow is black though rest of my hands are fairer in complexion how to lighten ?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul 2 minutes later
Hi

You can use cetaphil face cleanser as a regular face wash or even neutrogena deep clean face wash will be good for you.
Use a non-oil based sunscreen to avoid sweating. Neutrogena spf 50 is a good and non-oily face wash.
You can use kojic acid over your underarms as well.
Over the elbows, something like xerina or melalite xl will work very well to lighten the skin.
Dermadew shower gel is a good option for daily use.

Dr Geetika Paul
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