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Groin Whitening: Why Are My Inner Thighs Dark?

Medically reviewed by Martha Juco, MD · Aesthetics

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

    Groin Whitening: Why Are My Inner Thighs Dark?

    Are you considering groin whitening? Dark inner thighs are typically not hazardous, therefore they may not necessarily require treatment. But some people may prefer to minimize or eradicate darker areas of skin. It is always ideal for a dermatologist to analyze the origin of a person’s dark patches. 

    What Causes Skin Darkening?

    There are a number of reasons why the skin on your inner thighs is becoming darker, but the most common one is hyperpigmentation. This is when melanin is produced in excess in a particular area of the body. It can affect anyone, regardless of skin tone, but those with darker complexions may notice it more.

    Age spots or sun spots, as well as melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, are all characterized by darkening patches or spots on the skin that give the skin an uneven appearance.

    Hyperpigmentation may be brought on by:

    • Trauma, such as chafing from persistent movement or friction
    • Hormonal imbalance, particularly in women during lactation, pregnancy, or menstruation
    • Certain medications, like oral contraceptives or certain chemotherapy medications
    • Sun exposure
    • Dry skin
    • Skin conditions like acanthosis nigricans (patches). Acanthosis nigricans may be a sign of insulin resistance


    As mentioned, hyperpigmentation may be due to chafing. To avoid skin irritation, regularly moisturize the area and avoid wearing tight clothing. The friction caused by rough material and movement may lead to hyperpigmentation.

    In addition, dark patches may also be due to an underlying medical condition such as diabetes or side effects due to medication. Obesity may also cause a person’s inner thighs to constantly rub against each other causing darkening. Consult your doctor for your concerns.

    Groin Whitening: Remedies

    For groin whitening, you can try these 4 natural home remedies. Always consult your doctor or dermatologist before applying anything to your skin.

    Lactic Acid Mixture

    Groin whitening tip 1: Apply a mixture of two teaspoons of yogurt, one teaspoon each of milk powder, potato juice, and lemon juice, and then leave it on the pigmented region for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Lemon and potato juice both contain lactic acid, which naturally lightens skin.

    Caution must be practiced when using acids (like calamansi or lemon juice) as this may burn the skin and cause more darkening.

    Baking Soda

    Groin whitening tip 2: Baking soda is a fantastic natural lightening agent that can easily lighten your pigmented inner thighs and even dark underarms. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking powder with a few drops of water and apply it to your inner thighs.

    Coconut-Lemon Concoction

    Groin whitening tip 3: As the vitamin-C-rich lemon works to reduce hyperpigmentation, the coconut oil hydrates and nourishes the region. Apply the mixture of 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil and 1 teaspoon lemon to the dark patches and keep it on for 10-15 minutes.

    The effectiveness of these remedies is not sure. For the best treatment plan to whiten your groins, consult your dermatologist.

    Caution for Groin Whitening

    There are numerous products available on the market that advertise immediate, significant whitening. These may include prohibited or suspicious ingredients not safe for skin. Certain bleaching solutions may also cause burns and lead to adverse effects that may do more harm than good. Do not try products that have not been cleared or prescribed by your dermatologist.

    Medical Procedures

    What are available groin whitening treatment? Thanks to advancements in aesthetic medicine and cosmetology, dermatologists can employ various methods for your condition. They may use a combination of groin whitening treatments and help you achieve results within weeks. Set an appointment with your dermatologist for accurate assessment and they can draft the best management plan for your concern.

    Key Takeaway

    Dark inner thighs typically do not pose a risk to one’s health. But for any concerns, it is best to consult your doctor or dermatologist to rule out any medical conditions that may be the cause of it. To prevent dark inner thighs, wear loose clothing to prevent skin irritation, moisturize regularly, and consult your dermatologist.

    Learn more about Skincare 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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