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Black skin on buttocks?

By Anonymous December 20, 2008 - 1:22pm
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I am too embarassed to go to the doctor. I have really black skin on my butt. This is weird because the rest of my body is a lighter skin color- dark brown. My butt has these white as well as black slightly raised lines - appear to look like stretch marks. I cant wear nathing suits or mine shorts because it continues to upper thigh as well as my lower back. Why do I have a dark butt? Please help!

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Dear anonymous,

I hope you get to read my comments. I am going to be very honest with you. As a black woman, I know exactly what you are talking about. No 2-gallon of water consumption per day, nor healthy foods, nor skin moisturizer will take this away. I have noticed that this is how black people are. Our buttocks are darker than the rest of our body. Why? I am still asking myself the same question. In my opinion, about 70% to 75% of us have this on our behind. I don't want to call it an issue, problem, or abnormality because there is nothing wrong with it. It is just the way God decided to make us.

You know how your knees, elbows, and knuckles are daker than the rest of your body? Well the same applies to the butt. This phenomenon is more noticeable on blacks because we have the highest melanin compared to the other groups of people. However, you can notice it on Indians as well (not native but Indians from India), especially those who are darker than the average Indian person.

the darkness, you are right, starts from the lower back to the upper thighs. But that depends on the individual. It can be seen even on toddlers. It even happens to some light skinned people, and with them it is the more obvious, just like some dark-brown skinned people don't have that.
The majority of blacks have it, like I said, I estimate about 70% to 75% and the other 25% to 30% who don't have it are just the exception. Don't be ashamed of it, as I once was. I have seen some girls wearing short shorts and you could see the blacker parts on the upper thighs. I was embarrassed for them, but apparently they weren't. After all, maybe it is not a bad idea to cover up more than show your goodies to the world. It depreciates your value. You don't see a diamond hanging everywhere. If you did, they that means diamands are not as precious anymore.

Wear clothes that are hip, but still, try to protect and respect your body. Finally, be proud of how God made you. The man of your life, your truly loves you, will cherish the entire package that you are.


March 5, 2009 - 8:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

This is the best comment. I'm Indian and have this too. Thank you for sharing this. It is not a problem. We should not be so ashamed of it.

June 3, 2012 - 7:34am
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Hey i too have this problem.I think its due to anemia or something.Can you please connect with me in skype or something ? I need some peoples to compare and analyse this problem and find a solution.
My email is [email protected]

December 4, 2015 - 10:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

oh my god, your answer touched me. It was really inspiring. im gonna save this as a reminder each time i have an issue with my own body. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. i wished you have blogs where i can read all your thoughtful words :)

August 8, 2011 - 11:35pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

In reply to Linda's post/reply on hyper pigmentation of different skin types, I applaud her candid but compassionate answer. I have light skin but have dark patches on my elbows,knees,knuckles, and then some!You are right, we should accept things that are not a health risk and embrace our unique bodies. Bravo to the lady who posted her dilemma too.Has anyone experienced dark skin in the underarm area even after waxing off ...I don't wear sleeveless!

July 18, 2011 - 7:25am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Omg i can't ignore it how do you do it that makes my self esteem so low

May 15, 2010 - 1:33pm
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Thank you for your question. You have come to the right place to help find an answer.

I found some information for you from a yahoo's website that offered some advise to someone that was asking about the same question. They offered this advise.

Step 1: Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day: The first step to begin eliminating black portions of body & stretch marks is to work from the inside out. Drinking a sufficient amount of water is critical, because it ensures your body and tissues are properly hydrated. It also removes toxins from your body.

Step 2: Consume a Healthy Diet: By eating foods rich in essential fatty acids, such as fish, and protein and citrus rich foods like fruits, nuts and vegetables, your skin will become tighter, softer, and healthier everyday.

Step 3: Keep your skin moisturized with vitamins and essential oils. Although, there are several lotions and creams on the market, such Palmer’s and Strivectin, I would avoid these. They contain primarily artificial ingredients, alcohol, and a little bit of Cocoa Butter or Emu Oil. This is simply not enough to prevent or remove black portions & stretch marks. You need several natural oils, butters, scar-heaing ingredients, and essential oils to attack these marks.

Did you have children?

Did you gain weight and lose the weight?

I hope this bit helps but would like more information to try and find a better solution.

December 20, 2008 - 3:45pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Please know that Yahoo is not a good source for credible health information!

December 31, 2009 - 1:34pm
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