The men of Thailand have been warned by Thailand’s Public Health Ministry over a new and bizarre trend of penis whitening which has been linked to the country’s association of paleness with success. Skin whitening is popular across South East Asia as darker skins are associated with outdoor labour and being poorer with a wide range of bleaching products on the market.
In Thailand the trend unexpectedly extended to men who believe a paler penis and groin area look more attractive. But Public Health officials have urged people to rethink undergoing the procedure which they warned could lead to scarring, inflammation and ‘nasty locking spots’.
‘Penis laser whitening is not necessary, wastes money and may give more negative effects than positive ones, ’Dr Thongchai Keeratihuppayakorn, the deputy Director General of Thailand’s Health Service Support Department said in a statement.
The warming was issued after video footage of a clinic carrying out the unusual procedure went viral on line. Internet users were shocked and amused in equal measure by the video, which has been shared more than 19,000 times.
A spokesman for the clinic told the BBC that the procedure, which breaks down Melanin in the skin using lasers, costs around £350 for five sessions. ‘ Patients started to ask about penis whitening, and so we started the treatment a month later,’ said Popol Tansakul, the marketing manager of Lelux Hospital. ‘They are popular among gay men and transvestites who take good care of their private parts. They want to look good in all areas. Around 100 men visit Lelux Hospital each month for the process,’ Mr Popol added,
‘I wanted to look more confident in my swimming briefs,’ one patient wanting his penis whitened told the BBC’s Thai service
Reading all this rubbish, my own advice to men who tamper with the colour of their penis is to leave it alone, keep it clean and ask the Good Lord for more wisdom which they obviously lack.