Darkened Genital / Vulvar Skin

While it is absolutely normal for our genital areas to be darker than the skin on the rest of the body, many wish to address the hyperpigmentation in that area for the same reason we would address it anywhere else, such as on our faces: to feel more confident and boost our well-being.

Why Are Our Genitals Darker Than Other Body Parts?

Regardless of one’s skin colour or ethnicity, our genitals often appear darker than our other body parts.

For men, these may apply to areas like the penis, foreskin, scrotum, anal region, and inner thighs. For women, these may include the vulvar skin, labia and inner thighs.

Bear in mind that there are other medical conditions that can cause darkening of the skin in these areas too.

Here are some factors that may contribute to the darkening:


During puberty, sex hormones tend to increase in the body. This also causes an increase in melanin, which darkens sex organs like the penis, nipples, areolas and labia.


When the skin experiences friction, it naturally thickens to protect itself. This is called keratinization. Keratinization is part of the physical barrier formation, in which the keratinocytes (cells containing keratin) produce more and more keratin and they go through the process of maturation as they move higher up into the top-most layer of the skin.

What Is Genital Lightening?

We all want a flawless complexion, but did you know that there are treatments to get rid of darkened areas on our genitals as well? Just like facials, there are lasers and chemical peels available to restore the skin covering your genitals to its soft and youthful-looking appearance.


With a dedicated genital laser known as Lite Scanner, we utilise Fractional CO2 lasers to gently peel away darkened layers to expose the lighter, smoother skin underneath. Find out more.

Chemical Peels

We use a non-toxic acidic chemical that, when applied to the affected area, stimulates the top layers of the skin to peel and rejuvenate the underlying skin. This helps to lighten the targeted genital skin. Find out more.

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Genital Lightening Laser Demo


What should I expect during the laser treatment?

The genital skin is numbed with a topical anaesthetic cream. Laser is then applied over the entire area where genital lightening is desired.

The laser leaves pockets of healthy skin between the areas that have been ablated to allow for rapid healing. Antibiotic cream and a good amount of emollient or moisturising ointment are then applied to lock in the hydration. The actual laser session takes only a few minutes.

How many sessions are required?

It typically takes a minimum of 6 sessions for effective lightening.

How much time is needed between each session?

Each session is about 3 weeks apart. This is the amount of time required for the top-most layer of skin to regenerate itself. You don’t want to laser skin that has not fully regenerated as it would increase the risk of open red wounds.

How much is the laser treatment?

Each session is $170.

What should I expect during a chemical peel?

Read the step-by-step process here.

Dr Jessherin Sidhu

Affectionately known to her patients as Dr Jess, Dr Jessherin Sidhu adopts a holistic approach to patient care. She is a firm believer that relationships, sexuality and sexual behaviour are factors that have a significant impact on overall health.

With her sex-positive and health-focused approach, Dr Jess encourages safe and open discussions of sexual health issues that extend beyond just treating diseases.

See what our patients have said about us

Marg Lim

October 18, 2020 via Google

Last week (13th Feb 2020) was my first visit to this clinic. I was very impressed and satisfied with InSync Medical Women's Clinic. Dr. Jess was very attentive and detailed in examining my situation. Her explanation was very clear and understandable. With her patience, I was able to ask lots of questions and understand my situation much better than before. (Thank you, Dr. Jess) Price wise, it is reasonable and I would HIGHLY recommend this clinic. Again, thank you!


July 1, 2020 via Google

I am soooooo glad I went here to have my concernssorted. I have no words how comfortable I am after she had me checked up. Her hands are very light aswell. It's like having a class about our body parts. She explained my result that I had back in Bangkok than the doctor I had there. How I wish there is someone like her that will make sure all our questions and concerns are answered. She's the best of best. Highly recommend her. Price is reasonable too. Just thank you Dr.Jess and her assistant Aisyah. Have a wonderful day always.


September 18, 2020 via Google

Dr Jess is an amazing doctor with a beautiful heart. What I really love about her is that is super realistic. She does not promise rapid/fake results. She is very humble and I really like it that spent her time to talk and explain to me about my condition in detail. I have been to so many other doctors for the same. They will just talk briefly and try to push me to start the treament on the spot / nurses will start discussing on pricing.Wasted my time and money in the wrong clinic before. However, Dr Jess is just different.She is not greedy. Very helpful and high level of professionlism and empathy.And her staff Hani is super sweet too. Customer service top notch. Sometime I send message so late when i need something urgently. Hani will still reply to me patiently. I am so lucky I finally found the best doctor and her assitant for my lady needs 🙂 . I only have one regret-I didnt find them earlier.

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