Can laser hair re­moval really darken my labia?

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

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

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