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What Is Anal Bleaching? Shine Light on the Behind

They say beauty is pain, but is a pretty pink butthole worth all the stinging? Learn what anal bleaching is and how it will affect your bussy.
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April 23, 2024
May 21, 2024
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So you want your anus to shine bright like a diamond? Okay, RiRi. 

Gays experience plenty of pressure to be in tip-top physical shape, and that includes having a squeaky clean derriere. But our buttholes naturally darken as we age. Wondering about all those uniformly toned rectums you see in porn? He wasn’t just born that way. That’s bleach cream, baby. 

Anyone close enough to see the unique color of your anus shouldn’t care about natural skin discoloration. If they do, that’s a big red flag. Still, some guys feel more confident during intercourse when they’ve evened out the dark skin around their rectum. Fortunately, anal bleaching is safe when done properly. 

What is anal bleaching, and how can you lighten your butt without causing permanent damage to your favorite asset? Grindr is here with all the answers.

FAQs about your dark butthole

Curious why you have dark spots where the sun doesn’t shine? Let’s talk about anal bleaching and crush some myths about buttholes:

What is anal bleaching? 

Anal bleaching is a cosmetic procedure that lightens the skin around your anus. It’s meant to make the skin around your butthole match the rest of your ass. There are several different options to bleach your anus, including lasers, topical lightening creams, and chemical peels that exfoliate the skin and break down pigments. 

Why is my anus area dark?

Your butthole naturally darkens as you age from friction (not that kind!), hormonal changes, and hyperpigmentation from excess melanin deposits.

For some people, it’s pure genetics. People with darker skin have more melanin, which can create patches on your butt. Likewise, acne scars and sun exposure can cause dark spots on your skin, so it might be time to replenish your aura with something besides perineum sunning.

Some men have a small, darkened spot surrounding their rectum. Others have more noticeable skin discoloration that spreads to the scrotum, inner buttocks, and inner thighs. Your asshole is like a fingerprint; it’s totally unique to you. Repeat after us: “My butt is beautiful.”

Why do people bleach their anus?  

People bleach their anus for the same reason they might get a Brazilian wax or adjust their diet and exercise to eliminate love handles. It’s all just aesthetic preferences. If you don’t like the shade of your butt, remember that it’s totally natural. Most people are hiding a little hyperpigmentation between their cheeks. 

There’s nothing wrong with cosmetic alterations. Just make sure you’re doing it for the right reason. If anal bleaching gives you the confidence to have mind-blowing anal, schedule a consultation with a technician or esthetician. If you’re doing it because a fuccboi refused to give your lunar eclipse a rim job — it’s not you; it’s him. Plenty of men will appreciate your body as it is. 

Things to know about anal bleaching

Put down that bottle of peroxide. Here’s what you need to know before you bleach your butt:

What to expect from skin bleaching

The results of skin bleaching depend on several factors, including the type of procedure, the reason (evening out scar tissue versus hyperpigmentation), and your natural skin tone. Anal bleaching will lighten your skin tone a few shades, but a pretty pink butthole may not be possible. A consultation with a professional provider is the best way to discuss your options and manage your butt beauty expectations. 

Professionals tend to have access to a wider variety of high-quality, professional products — better than the lightening creams you find at your local CVS. For DIY anal bleaching, expect several sessions to receive optimal results.  

Is it safe to bleach my butt? 

Anal bleaching is relatively safe. However, like any other cosmetic procedure, you should consider these potential side effects before whitening your tush:

  • Potent chemicals or laser treatments can cause permanent skin damage, scarring, or discoloration.
  • Bleaching products that get inside your rectum can create anal stricture or scar tissue. This makes it difficult for your anus to properly stretch, which can cause constipation or pain during anal sex or bowel movements. 
  • Incorrect application can cause scarring or burning in and around your butt.

If you’ve ever bleached your hair, you know how easy it is to mess up application, timing, and cleanup. Choose a reputable technician to avoid painful skin damage. And if you prefer to do it yourself or with a trusted buddy, we still recommend scheduling a consultation and weighing out all your options.


What does anal bleaching feel like? 

Although anal bleaching shouldn’t hurt, some people experience irritation during and after the procedure. Discomfort ranges from itchy skin (like the aftermath of a manscaping mishap) to a burning or stinging sensation. For laser treatments, technicians may apply a numbing agent to the area. 

Is anal bleaching permanent? 

Tragically, no. Just like Botox or lip fillers, your bleached anus will need touch-ups. Friction from walking, running, and exercising causes friction that will create continuous discoloration. 

Typically, laser bleaching lasts about six months. Creams and other topical treatments will need more regular maintenance, although it varies between products. 

How much does anal bleaching cost?

Costs vary depending on your area, the type of procedure, and whether you DIY or work with a professional technician. Regardless, the costs of anal bleaching and regular maintenance stack up. And don’t expect your insurance to step in and pay for your pink butthole. 

Professional anal bleaching sessions can cost anywhere from $80 to $200. Laser treatments are more expensive than topical treatments. Check the fine print, like how many sessions or aftercare prescriptions are included in the price. 

Over-the-counter kits are a cheaper option. There’s a massive variety of spot correctors, skin-whitening creams, and lightening gels. Common ingredients include kojic acid, hydroquinone, and azelaic acid, which are used in skin care products to lighten pigmentation. You’ll find single-use gels for as little as $10 and full anal bleaching kits for around $200. 

How to bleach your anus

If you’re ready to start Speedo season with a shiny starfish, here’s how to bleach between the cheeks:

DIY anal bleaching

We say this with love: Don’t take anyone’s online advice to apply skin bleach. Read the instruction manual. Every skin bleach cream and whitening gel has different chemical compositions and requires specific precautions.

Before you decide on a product, visit your dermatologist. Your peach skin is sensitive, and harsh chemicals designed to lighten pigmentation can cause permanent damage. Consult a dermatologist to understand your skin and the best products for safe bleaching and aftercare.  

As a general rule, ensure the area is clean and injury-free. You know how alcohol makes a wound sting? Imagine that, but on your asshole. Likewise, avoid hair removal beforehand to minimize skin irritation. Recovery requires a brief break from intercourse, fingering, and other penetrative sex acts. This should be outlined in your instruction manual. 

Professional anal bleaching

You’ll find countless options for professional anal bleaching. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons offer anal bleaching services. Likewise, licensed estheticians, cosmetologists, and medical spa professionals provide similar bleaching and laser treatments. Look for a technician with a clean workspace and positive reviews.

Professional anal bleaching tends to begin with a free consultation where they go over the proper precautions. Follow the same prep as DIY bleaching; ensure you’re clean and cut-free, don’t shave, and avoid sex. Come to your appointment in loose-fitting underwear and pants to avoid skin irritation. 

After an anal bleaching procedure, your doctor may prescribe ointment or cream to moisturize and heal your skin.

When to seek medical attention

You should contact a doctor if you experience swelling, soreness, or warm skin. These may be symptoms of an infection or allergic reaction. 

50 shades of pink 

You could sit around all day looking at your shiny new asshole in the mirror. But don’t keep it all to yourself. There are plenty of men on Grindr who would love to make your booty blush. Download the Grindr app today. 

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