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Home Remedies For A Dark Groin

Medically reviewed by Martha Juco, MD · Aesthetics

Written by Hello Doctor Medical Panel · Updated Oct 10, 2022

    Home Remedies For A Dark Groin

    What to do with a dark groin? While it may affect your confidence, having dark skin on your inner thighs is not a worrying skin condition. However, you can prevent and treat it to lighten it. 

    Cause of a Dark Groin

    The skin on your inner thighs can darken for a variety of causes, some of which include:

    • Chafing, which can happen during exercise or walking. It can result in the skin becoming thin, irritated, and discolored
    • Hormonal imbalance, especially in women who are lactating, pregnant, or menstruating, as well as in those who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
    • Some medications, such as hormonal oral contraceptives or specific chemotherapy drugs, can cause discoloration
    • Sunlight
    • Dry skin
    • Friction from tight clothing
    • Acanthosis nigricans can be a sign of insulin resistance or early diabetes

    How Can I Brighten My Dark Groin and Inner Thighs?

    You can try several home remedies to lighten a dark groin. However, before trying these consult your doctor and dermatologist. These may aggravate serious skin conditions.

    Turmeric Paste

    Make a paste with one teaspoon of turmeric powder, a teaspoon of yogurt, and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes on your skin, then rinse with warm water.

    Caution must be practiced when using acid (lemon or calamansi) for skin lightening. It can whiten, however, sometimes it can cause even more skin darkening because acids can burn the skin. Do not use these, especially on thin skin like on the armpits or on the groin area.

    Lemon Juice and Coconut Oil

    Within a week of using this paste daily, your dark groin and inner thighs will be considerably lighter. To prepare the paste, combine three tablespoons of coconut oil and juice from half a lemon. Massage the mixture into the inner thighs until your skin absorbs it. 

    Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and may keep your thighs soft and supple. Lemons, on the other hand, are rich in vitamin C, which may help alleviate hyperpigmentation.

    Baking Soda

    You can try a mixture of baking soda and water to help exfoliate the skin. Leave the paste on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off. But be careful as baking soda can be harsh on some skin types. Baking soda acts as a moderate exfoliator on dry, scaly skin. 

    Aloe vera

    Aloe vera gel or an aloe vera-based product can soothe irritated, chafed skin. It contains aloin, which shows potential as a skin lightener. You don’t need to rinse the product off after applying it; simply apply it like a lotion and let it absorb into your skin.

    Sliced Potatoes

    The skin on the inner thighs’ outermost layer darkens due to constant contact. Pigmentation can be minimized with potatoes. The affected areas can be massaged for up to 10 minutes with a slice of potato since potatoes contain catecholase, which helps to even out the skin’s texture.

    Key Takeaways

    Should having a dark groin and dark inner thighs be a cause for concern? Hyperpigmentation of the inner thighs is typically not harmful to your health. However, hyperpigmentation can be a sign of other more serious medical conditions like obesity or diabetes. Although these remedies may be worth trying, there are products specifically formulated to address these problems. With the advent of lasers, there are far more advanced methods or options for skin lightening/whitening.

    You may try the following: Keeping the area clean, avoiding chafing, and limiting sun exposure can help reduce the risk of developing dark inner thighs in the future. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for the best treatment. 

    Learn more about Skin Care and Cleansing here


    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Martha Juco, MD


    Written by Hello Doctor Medical Panel · Updated Oct 10, 2022

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