Ever wondered why the skin covering your genitals is darker than the skin in other parts of your body? Here’s why…
• Consultant gynaecologist, Dr. Olanrewaju Ekujumi, says it’s due to hormones.
• He also says friction plays a role in the darkening of those body parts.
• For people who are sexually active, friction contributes more.
• A dermatologist, Dr. Lindsey Bordone, says at puberty, sex hormones tend to increase in the body, and in the process, the melanin, which is responsible for skin and hair colour, would also be produced.
• Melanin production alongside the sex hormone — oestrogen for women and testosterone for men — makes the penis and labia to darken.
• Also, a clinical dermatologist, Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, says hormones could influence the colouring of the skin at puberty, saying the sex hormones — oestrogen and testosterone — regulate the melanocyte that produces melanin cells.