The act of lightening the skin around the anus to make the area more visually appealing. The goal of anal bleaching is usually to achieve an even tone and look.

Anal bleaching is often carried out with topical creams containing kojic acid, hydroquinone, and other substances. The process can also be carried out professionally at some beauty salons and doctors’ offices.

While anal bleaching can be safe, it can cause skin sensitivities, irritation, and other side effects depending on the products used and the length of each treatment.