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How to lighten dark inner thighs and pubic area

Having hyperpigmentation and dark inner thighs is a common situation for many. This is typically due to chafing, shaving, or irritation and this blog will take a deeper look at why this occurs.

Naturally fading dark spots required consistency in your day to day skincare routine. 

The key to brightening your inner thighs is to break up the melanin deposits on the surface of your skin. We spoke with board certified Gynecologist, Dr. Arumala, about this topic and how you can soften the appearance of dark inner thighs. 

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What causes dark inner thighs? 

There are many common causes of dark inner thighs. Most would be considered benign, and the treatment should help resolve the skin concern. 

Common Causes 

  • dry skin in your thighs 
  • too much exposure to sun 
  • chafing from the thighs rubbing together while walking or exercising
  • the skin pigment condition, acanthosis nigricans
  • other reasons, such as reactions to medication or topical creams

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Photos of Dark Inner Thighs 

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Steps to lighten your inner thighs 

  1. Reduce inflammation in your inner thighs
  2. Exfoliate your inner thighs regularly 
  3. Use a dark spot treatment and skin protectant on your inner thighs

1. Reduce Inflammation 

Ditch the razor and just stick to trimming! Trimmers are very gentle and minimize the risk of dark spots.

2. Exfoliate Regularly 

Exfoliation helps to break down the melanin pigments that cause dark spots on the skin's surface.

The Bermuda Scrub will treat your dark spots and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Bermuda contains nourishing ingredients, such as lemon essential oil, that lighten dark spots and brighten the skin. In addition, you'll find our go-to antioxidant-rich blend of Jojoba and Grapeseed oil to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. This exfoliant will scrub away dull and dead skin cells and reveal healthy skin, all while breaking up the melanin pigments. This 100% all-natural scrub is safe to use on all skin types and everywhere on the body, even the most intimate areas. 

3. Use A Dark Spot Treatment 

Using a Dark Spot Treatment to as a protectant of your skin, especially after hair removal. This will help reduce friction between your thighs and allow hair follicles to grow back cleanly. 

"I personally use Bermuda Oil, it is beautiful when it comes to treating the dark spots and discoloration. Bermuda Oil is a natural and effective way to reduce the appearance of dark spots over time." - Dr. Arumala.

The Dark Spot Treatment we've formulated uses a combination of fractionated coconut carrier oil, lemon essential oil, and rare copaiba oil work to even and diffuse the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. This best selling formula is known for softening the hair and skin, all while softening your dark spots. 

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How to use a dark spot treatment

Gently massage the treatment oil onto the desired areas; think bikini line, underarms, inner thighs, or anywhere else skin is experiencing hyperpigmentation or dark spots. For best results, use daily right after stepping out of the shower.

How long until I'll see results in my inner thighs? 

Like every skincare product, results won't happen overnight. That being said, most people start seeing results between 1-3 months of consistent usage. Lightening the appearance of dark inner thighs is a long process. If you try to lighten at a faster rate you will be most receptive to having the dark inner thighs return. 

How often should I apply my dark spot treatment? 

Use your dark spot treatment on your inner thighs daily. Consistency will be key in reducing your dark inner thighs. 

Is lightening your inner thighs the same as anal bleaching? 

Dr. Ruth Arumala decided to answer this question for us!

“Finding gentle but effective treatments for dark spots around your pubic area/groin is so difficult. This is why I am super excited to share Bushbalm’s Bermuda oil! Bermuda Oil is safe to use on the skin. Please note that this oil should not be used inside the vagina. The vagina itself is a self-cleaning organ. Anal bleaching is an instant and direct treatment for dark spots. On the other hand, Bermuda Oil is a natural and more gradual form of anal bleaching. This product will have to be used very consistently and for an extended period of time to have a similar lightning effect.”

What ingredients help lighten your inner thighs? 

  • Lemon Essential Oils 
  • Grapeseed Oil 
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil 
  • Tea Tree Oil 
  • Jojoba Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Lightweight and gentle, this star ingredient is a natural exfoliant that breaks down dark spots to reveal lighter and brighter skin. This is especially important for hyperpigmentation around your bikini line from post scarring shaving. 

Lemon Essential Oil tightens, tones, and lifts the skin. This ingredient acts as an exfoliant as it breaks down pigmented melanin deposits (dark spots). In doing so, lemon essential oil decreases hyperpigmentation and reveals lighter and brighter skin. Due to its strong antioxidant properties, lemon essential oil helps to repair damaged cells and tissue caused by harmful external agents such as harsh UV rays, acne, and scarring.

Grapeseed Oil

High in vitamin E and phenolic antioxidants, Grapeseed Oil protects and preserves the skin's soft and supple appearance.

These properties work together to : 1) diffuse skin irritations such as acne breakouts; 2) protect the skin from the external environment like sun damage; 3) even out the skin tone; and 4) give the skin a softer feel and more supple appearance. This lightweight oil penetrates the skin and activates Vitamin E and C in the skin which protects and preserves the skin from external agents.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Infused with nourishing medium-chain fatty acids, fractionated coconut oil creates a natural oil barrier to keep the skin looking plump, healthy, and radiant. This ingredient protects the skin and minimizes irritation due to hair removal, friction, ingrown hairs. 

Fractionated Coconut Oil is the liquid form of coconut oil. This ingredient consists of nourishing medium-chain fatty acids that have antimicrobial properties which treat skin irritations such as acne and scars. These fatty acids help the skin produce a natural oil barrier that keeps the skin feeling smooth and looking plump and healthy. Fractionated Coconut Oil is a lightweight moisturizing agent that easily absorbs into the skin without clogging pores and leaving an oily residue.

Tea Tree Oil

Packed with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, Tea Tree Oil is a natural healer. Tea tree oil helps to naturally treat skin irritations.  This ingredient provides a soothing sensation to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. The benefits of Tea Tree Oil include, but are not limited to: 1) preventing and reducing the appearance of scars and blemishes; 2) calming redness, swelling, and inflammation; and 3) balancing the oils in the skin.

Jojoba Oil

Rich in fatty acids and packed with Vitamin E, A, and D, Jojoba Oil soothes the skin and relieves irritation and discomfort. Jojoba oil is an antioxidant-rich in fatty acids and infused with Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D. This ingredient is known for its soothing properties and calming sensation that temporarily relieves irritation and discomfort. Jojoba oil comes in the form of wax that coats the top layer of the skin to retain moisture and prevent the skin from drying out. Jojoba oil also has the unique ability to mimic the body's natural moisturizing properties and balance the oil in all skin types. As such, this ingredient works to remove excess dirt and oil from the surface of the skin, minimize the appearance of pores and keep the skin feeling clean. 


Lightening your inner thighs is a long skincare journey that takes quality products and a consistent routine. Depending on skin type you'll want to focus on two key steps in your routine; exfoliation & moisturizing. With our years of experience we've seen many clients turn their dark inner thighs into consistent skin toning. If you have any questions, please contact us directly! 

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