A mosquito bite is never a painless affair. The body’s reaction to the bite causes uncomfortable swelling and irritating itchiness. If the bite is not treated properly it can also result in an unsightly scar. Fortunately, there are several remedies you can employ to reduce the appearance of mosquito bite scars.
Exfoliate the area. Only do this once the mosquito bite itself has completely healed to avoid aggravating the scarring. A standard face or body scrub with exfoliating granules will do. Exfoliating helps skin cells regenerate and so can reduce the appearance of scarring.
Avoid exposing the spots to direct sunlight. This can make them darker and more difficult to get rid of. Always apply sunblock before going outside.
Apply fresh lemon juice to the spots. Lemon juice is an astringent that helps to lighten the spot. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and place over the scar for ten minutes. Repeat daily. Be careful not to go in the sun before the lemon juice dries, as the photosynthetic nature of lemon juice reacts to sunlight and may actually cause the spots to darken.
Rub cocoa butter onto the affected area. Repeat daily to help lighten the appearance of the spots.
Purchase an over-the-counter cream designed to combat scarring. Vitamin E, hydrocortisone and zinc are compounds that may help reduce scar tissue. Non-prescription creams, however, will only have a limited amount of the essential ingredient. Consult your local chemist.
Consult a dermatologist if the spots do not fade. They may suggest an alternative treatment such as laser skin resurfacing or dermabrasion, which rubs away the upper layer of the epidermis, freshening skin and reducing scarring.
To avoid scarring in the future, treat any mosquito bite initially by placing an ice pack on the area to reduce swelling and inflammation. Then, as the bite heals, avoid scratching it. Scratching irritates and breaks the skin – a common cause of scarring with regard to insect bites.
If you develop large scars or spots that swell and discolour, consult your doctor. You may be having an allergic reaction to the bite or to any medication you are taking to treat it.