10:13 pm - 06/18/2008

Dirty Anus?

Not really Vag related, but I don't know how to cross post.

I've noticed for a few years now I have...well, a dirty anus you could say. I'll spread my cheeks to see my anus, and all around it it's MUCH darker than the rest  of my skin. I've always kept my ladybits tidy and clean, including my anus, so I'm not sure why it's so discolored. I've never participated in anal either, so I know it can't be related to that

I guess my question is, does anyone else have this problem? I know it's not a disease, because it's never hurting me, and all my bowel functions are normal. Is there any way also to "clean it up"? I've tried using baby wipes and some mild soap and cloths, but nothing seems to do the trick. I'm hesitant to use anything more abbrassive, since i'm not sure how my anus will tolerate it.

This is very embarrassing for me, especially being with men. Any advice would help my self-conscious SO much

franticalities 19th-Jun-2008 02:24 am (UTC)
it's natural. i'm a filmmaker who just did a documentary called Canadian Anus, and believe me, did we research the butt! Anyway, all those pinkk bottomed porn stars you may be comparing yourself to have most likely gone for anal bleaching.

Anyway, if youre planning on having anal with a guy, most of them are SO titillated at the idea that you're even agreeing, that they will not be holding a colour wheel up to your bum and judging you :P
beautifulmithra 19th-Jun-2008 02:43 am (UTC)
LOL. There's a such thing as anal bleaching? That's new to me. And kind of..weird?

But yes, normal. I think everyone's got a brown bum-hole. :)
moshfloorkiller 19th-Jun-2008 03:07 am (UTC)
i am strangely interested in this documentary!

info? where i can see it?
franticalities 19th-Jun-2008 03:17 am (UTC)
are you in canada? we'll be screening at a bunch of festivals here in the next few months, but we haven't recouped enough of our budget to start submitting to u.s festivals yet :P hopefully we will, but not yet!
hadespuppy 19th-Jun-2008 03:53 am (UTC)
would one of those festivals be in winnipeg by any chance? cause it sounds amusing.
franticalities 19th-Jun-2008 04:39 am (UTC)
not yet. we sent it to the vancouver and calgary intn'l film fests, and then a bunch in and around toronto
hadespuppy 19th-Jun-2008 04:42 am (UTC)
if you get the funds, there are lots of people in the Peg who like bums! I think I could spread the word
franticalities 19th-Jun-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
maybe i missed it, but i didnt see any calls for submissions in winnipeg. if there are any, we'd defiitely send it out!
awoodnymph 19th-Jun-2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Hahahahaha holy cow.
mich_ish 20th-Jun-2008 03:50 am (UTC)
bahahaa anal bleaching!!
cbackson 19th-Jun-2008 02:26 am (UTC)
It's totally normal for the skin around your anus to be darker--it may even be more common than not. Much like your labia can darken at puberty, you anus darkens as well. I highly doubt that any guy (particularly one who's seen the down below area before) would even notice.

You will see ads for "anal bleaching" creams on the internet, but they contain compounds that are very, very not safe. You can read about it here: http://gaylife.about.com/od/healthfitness/a/analbleaching.htm
itsvictoriavile 19th-Jun-2008 02:27 am (UTC)
haha some people just have different bodys..like nipples no ones nipples are the same, some are dark..some light, some big...some small..

ahahaha

i couldnt tell you about my ass hole since i've never checked it out, other people have and like it a little too much, kinda creepy

LOL

I'm sure your ass is not dirty. Thats just the coloring you have don't be self conscious..if a guy is turned off my a dark butthole then you don't need to waste your time with that twat anyways.

pssttt...noone gives a shit about ass holes =]
Rob Treble offer8th-Jul-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
I could lick it clean for her over a period of time
northatlantic 19th-Jun-2008 02:29 am (UTC)
It's a totally natural thing--a lot of lighter-skinned people have that darker area of pigmentation around the anus, and more so as you get older. It's not because you're doing anything wrong or are dirty, it's kind of like how some women have more intensely colored labias. I imagine any guy who has seen an anus outside of porn has probably seen them in varying colors too, so I wouldn't feel at all self-conscious about it.

If it really, really bothers you, you can get it bleached--but that is exactly what happens, they treat it with harsh and toxic chemicals to get it to be lighter and it carries a lot of potential health risks. Definitely not your basic body-maintenance kind of deal.

edited to add: ahahahaha, great minds think alike, someone beat me to that link upthread.

Edited at 2008-06-19 02:30 am (UTC)
missjecka 19th-Jun-2008 02:30 am (UTC)
It's not just lighter-skinned people. I have olive skin, and it's definitely a slightly darker shade in that area for me.
tigerlilylynn 19th-Jun-2008 03:13 am (UTC)
agreed. I'm pale as hell but it's redder which in a darker skin would prolly look darker.
missjecka 19th-Jun-2008 02:30 am (UTC)
I don't think it's dirt... or poo... or anything gross. It's probably natural color differences. I know that around my anus it's definitely darker than my skin color. And, as the first commentor said, if you're comparing yourself to porn stars and stuff, they do probably bleach over there to keep it a lighter color. (http://www.marieclaire.com/life/sex/advice/anal-bleaching)
slipstreamborne 19th-Jun-2008 02:46 am (UTC)
I'd once heard that dyes and preservatives common in the modern diet also increased the color, but I have no idea whether or not that's based in truth or just rumor.

I wouldn't worry or be embarrassed about it. Remember that your skin as a whole isn't uniform in color: your lips and genitalia, for example, and for me my eyelids and the insides of my ears are a different color. Many of the men you are with likely have a similar pattern of pigmentation. If any individual makes an issue of it or makes you feel badly about it (or ANY part of your body), in my opinion that individual loses the priviledge of your intimate company.
zombossified 19th-Jun-2008 02:58 am (UTC)
I think the ONLY way to NOT have that darker skin is witch anal bleaching...it's perfectly natural! And honestly, to me, assholes aren't all that attractive anyway...darker skin around it is normal and just...part of the butt.
moshfloorkiller 19th-Jun-2008 03:11 am (UTC)
my bumhole is brownish, and my boyfriend said that porn stars get anal bleaching.

which just doesn't seem like a fun idea, so brown bumholes for life!
nitrite 19th-Jun-2008 05:57 am (UTC)
eh, not all of them do... i've seen lots of darker anuses in porn.
appolonia 19th-Jun-2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Haha, nope! I'd never heard of it either. Thats SO weird.
skeas 19th-Jun-2008 06:36 am (UTC)
My boyfriend has never commented on the color of my anus, but very recently commented on the amount of hair around it. I told him that if he wanted to date me, he was going to have to deal with my anus hair. He did not seem heartbroken whatsoever, leading me to believe that as long as he gets to finger and fuck my ass, it could be green with purple hair and he wouldn't care.
sageautumn 19th-Jun-2008 11:27 am (UTC)
*laughs*

I don't shave my girly-bits because the stubble is eeeevil. I do, however, shave both sides of my crack, and around my bottom. (The stubble there doesn't seem to bother me as much.)

Weird thing is, noone ever told me to/requested it. I just do.
kiteless 19th-Jun-2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I try to keep things trim around there just because of my IBS issues, but if I shave, dude, stubble makes me miserable. I don't think ANYTHING could be that itchy.
archangelbeth 19th-Jun-2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
I think most people have a darker ring around the anus -- it's not dirt, it's just that your skin color changes there. It's connecting in to another tissue-type (the colon), and -- just like your lips are darker than the skin around your mouth... Your anus is darker than the skin around it.
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