As we age it's not uncommon to have issues with darkened skin in the bikini area, but what do we do with the skin in such a sensitive area? I've never been a fan of bleaching creams or anything that could possibly cause a chemical burn. In the two decades that I've been working in this area, I've learned that there are very few safe and effective.
Dry Brushing- yes, I know, I go on and on about how amazing it is for keeping pores clear of clogging and freeing ingrown hairs. The thing is- those extra coarse bristles are also amazing for lightening areas that've gotten darker than you'd like. This alone wont give you the amount of lightening you want in most cases, but when combined with a lightening agent- voila. Again, Not a fan of bleach on the skin- but luckily for us there have been significant advancements in this area in the last 50 years or so. About 7 or 8 years ago a client told me about a gel lightener she'd been using that showed great promise. I tried it myself and was really impressed- as not only is it NOT BLEACH, but it's also safe to use on any part of the body. Including labia and anal area (everyone always wants to know about anal bleaching, so, there ya go).
They sell it as a kit, but all you really need is the gel- especially if you're using it in conjunction with a Dry Brush (for areas like the inner thigh & elbows). For delicate areas like nipples or labia- skip the dry brushing, just use the gel. The company is called, "South Beach Skin Care Solutions" and the gel is reasonably priced. The best part is that it's actually all natural (you just use it a few times, until you achieve the lightening desired).
I wouldn't be a good Esthetician if I didn't remind you to also remember to wear your sunscreen. For areas experiencing hyperpigmentation that are exposed to the sun on a regular basis, you'll want to stop the area from getting even darker. The current recommendation is to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day every 2 hours with an SPF of at least 50...regardless of whether you're indoors. (Guess that ozone layer is dunzo). YES, EVEN INDOORS.
Good Luck Evening Things Out!