Famous beauty influencer, Huda Kattan, is receiving some backlash for a recent blog post. This post, which has since been modified, is dubbed “Why Your Vagina Gets Dark And How To Lighten It”. WHOA!
As controversial as the title sounds, Huda’s ‘vaginal lightening’ methods have been questioned by both the general public, and health professionals. This affected her so much that some parts of the post have been amended. But lets have a recap…
Health expert and dermatologist, Dr Doris Day, is actually the brain behind the blog post. She shared her ‘trusted’ views on how to make the skin on your ‘labia’ look brighter. So Dr Day gave some hacks which include; using lemon juice, yogurt, coconut oil, and egg white on the area. Yikes! In the vagina?
Also, she run through some tips to help avoid the darkening of the ‘vagina’ in the first place. Dr. Day stated that “reaching your ideal weight” could determine the color of your privates, as “excess weight can lead to friction, which can cause darkening.” She went on to encourage women to ask their dermatologist to “prescribe a prescription brightening cream or chemical peel” containing ingredients such as hydroquinone and tranexamic acid. Now that’s something!
People have been ticked off about the article and even the use of the word ‘vagina’ throughout
Yup, just as you thought- the vagina is ‘internal’. So it definitely is not a place for all these ‘liquids’. Some people even wonder if it is necessary to worry about the color of the ‘coochie’. This sparked anger in many and hundreds of angry comments were left on the brand’s Facebook page, underneath the post. “I unfollowed this page over crap like this. What next? A highlight and contour for my Vulva? Bore off,” one person lashed out.
“The things happening in Syria and US are real issues. People will stay alive even if my vagina turns as black as coal”.
“Did someone notice it’s the labia major and minor that get dark and not the vagina itself? Who cares what it looks like from inside as long as it is healthy!”
“Oh..!!..is there. Any vagina beauty contest going on???…that requires…a….white one and not black?”
“You need to help women be happy with how they are. Why should women change themselves. This is not a positive article”.
“Now I have to do something with my Huda beauty palettes because she promoted vaginal lightening. I mean I love make up, shopping for it, applying it but it doesn’t change who I am. But for her to tell women to worry about the COLOR of their vaginas is just too much”. – Andrea (@bootydust17) tweeted on May 5, 2018.
These are a few of the comments from people, all of which are against the post, of course.
Actual experts and dermatologists speak out too
Various professionals, especially Dr Vanessa Mackay, spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, have voiced out their displeasure. She cautioned, “We would strongly discourage the use of home treatments to lighten the sensitive area around the vagina. Every woman’s vagina is different in colour, size and shape. Labias are as individual as women themselves and vary in appearance and colour. Women must know that every vagina is unique and that variation in appearance is normal in the vast majority of cases.
“The vagina is designed to clean itself with natural secretions. It contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it from infections,” Dr MacKay added.
Dr Mackay further debunks Huda Beauty’s ‘hacks’
“Disturbing the natural flora through extensive cleaning or home treatments can lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, and inflammation. It’s a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps and other products and avoid putting anything into the vagina as this may cause irritation”.
Finally, Dr Mackay said, “Using foods and chemical peels on the vulva would not only be uncomfortable but has the potential to cause damage, and should be avoided. Use plain, un-perfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva), not inside it, gently every day.”
Meanwhile the Huda Beauty Team have made several changes to the article
“DIY options are really very limited for lightening. Lemon juice is one of the better options but really not a good one because I don’t think it will do very much. The idea behind yogurt is that it has lactic acid in, which is a mild exfoliant, but again not in a high enough concentration to make a difference to skin pigment”.
Well then it seems like someone finally got the memo!