The Hole Truth On Anal Bleaching

Google “anal bleaching” and a $250 bottle of Lancome’s “Absolue White Aura” skin lightening cream from Bloomingdales pops up. “The Absolue Luminous Rejuvenation” says the ad copy, “incredibly luminous, specifically developed to reveal skin’s brightness. Elegantly rich, yet fresh. Exceptional results;  Skin seems to glow with an aura of light.”

Anal bleaching is bigger than ever. Blame it on porn stars who started whitening their a-holes for the camera. Or blame it on bikini waxes that somehow made women think their butt-holes looked too dark. Spas and clinics now offer the procedure, which uses either hydroquinone bleaching cream or kojic acid, which sounds like something you don’t want near your asshole.

During a recent visit to the gynecologist, I asked her how safe the procedure was, you know, “for a friend”, and she said the risks include liver damage from hydroquinone and even worse, burning, and “small tears” in the anus itself. Thank you, but I don’t need to tear myself a new asshole.

The history of anal bleaching begins with porn stars, but somehow with all the selfies and belfies taken after bikini waxes, women got this crazy idea that they needed to lighten up their poop shoots. Straight men have a hard time finding a woman’s clitoris as it is, so I doubt they’re judging the shade of a lady’s anus. My gay guy friends report though that it’s also a gay thing.

Skin bleaching is biggest in India, where lighter skin is more prized and where skin bleach cream sells the most. At most spas in America, butt-hole bleaching goes for around $150 with the procedure lasting for just a few minutes. It ends (surprisingly with no pain or screaming) with the anal bleachie going home with a jar of cream to keep up the bleaching for another 6-8 weeks — time enough to get ready for their close-up.


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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books, The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and currently writes columns for and Los Angeles Magazine. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.


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