Can laser hair removal really darken my labia?
It might. Zapping unwanted hair does carry some discolouration risk – and although it could happen to anyone, the likelihood is higher if you have darker skin to begin with. Deeper complexions have more melanin (or pigment), which can overproduce in response to the inflammation caused by lasers. That said, I hear from my dermatologist pals that today’s more-advanced technology is safer to use on a wide spectrum of skin tones. If you do notice a change in shade, don’t go back for another treatment – that could cause further discolouration or even blistering. Ouch! Instead, to reverse the damage, try light exfoliation or over-the-counter bleaching creams such as hydroquinone. SOURCE: DR JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC NEWS CHIEF WOMEN’S HEALTH CORRESPONDENT