Is It Normal For My Nipples To Change Color?

When we’re going through puberty, our bodies are endless sources of surprises. It seems like every time we look in the mirror when we’re naked there’s something new to inspect. When you’re done going through puberty, you might think that there won’t be any more surprise body changes. But, there can be. There are a whole bunch of things that could potentially happen to your boobs alone.

For example, you might have noticed that your nipples appear to be a different color than they once were. If you’re wondering whether it’s your imagination, or whether it’s actually legit and you need to be concerned, keep reading.

Could my nipples have actually changed color?

Yes, it’s possible. The first thing you need to do is think if there are any external factors that you’ve done that might have caused it. For example, have you been practicing body paint on yourself, using self-tan products, tanning topless in the sun, or something similar? You might have inadvertently changed your nipple color through your lifestyle choices. In most of these cases, it’s a temporary thing and your nips should probably be back to normal in a day or so.

I don’t think I’ve done anything. What else could it be?

Here’s a fun fact then: Nipples actually do change color. They can change color when you’re cold. Some other things that impact nipples that you might not have considered from the first question are certain medications, like birth control pills. What’s more, nipples can change color over time. In most cases, they tend to get darker. Breastfeeding can also alter the color of nipples.

To get technical, Medical News Today reports that it’s not really the nipples that change color, it’s the areola which is the skin that surrounds the nipple.

So, I shouldn’t be worried if my nipples change color?

Generally speaking, a change in nipple/areola color isn’t cause for alarm. But, if you notice it along with other symptoms, you will want to get it checked out. For example, if your breasts/nipples feel sore, painful, there is discharge, lumps, or they change shape, contact your doctor. If your nipples change from inverted to outies or vice versa — or one of them does— book an appointment with your doctor. Remember that it’s always better to get something checked out when you notice it than to wait and stress. Worrying doesn’t solve anything.

I don’t like the look of my nipples now. Is there anything I can do?

Girl, your body is one of a kind and you should learn to love it the way it naturally is. You might be used to your nipples/areolae looking a certain way. They could be a bit different now, but you will likely get used to them in time. What’s more, I bet it’s such a small change that no one will even notice it.

You might research altering your nipple color and see nipple bleaching treatments. Know that these products typically fall into two camps: 1. Products that are made with harmful ingredients that could potentially irritate and even scar your sensitive boobs and 2. Products that make a lot of claims but have no legit scientific evidence to back them up.

What other things about your nipples concern you? Let us know in the comments!


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