How to Remove Insect Bite Scars

Updated February 21, 2017

Some insect bites can be large, angry, swollen and puss-filled. By the time these bites heal, they can leave behind skin discolouration that can take weeks to months to heal fully. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help reduce the redness and darkness of insect-bite scarring and help eliminate the marks much more quickly.

Remove dead skin cells from the area with baking soda. Baking soda is made up of tiny, rounded particulates. This, combined with its alkaline nature, makes baking soda a powerful, yet gentle exfoliative. Baking soda can be massaged onto the skin twice per day to buff off dead skin cells, which can lift off discoloured areas of insect-bite scarring to reveal new, unscarred skin. To make a baking soda scrub, combine a teaspoon of water with a tablespoon of baking soda. This will create a paste that can be massaged onto the skin using small, circular motions. After about one minute, rinse the area well with water to remove the baking soda.

Stimulate new skin cell growth with lemon juice. Lemon juice contains high levels of vitamin C, which fight off free radicals on the skin and encourage new skin cell growth. Using lemon juice to remove scarring from insect bites can help reduce inflammation and infection, as well as stimulate new skin cells to replace the scarred ones. Lemon juice can be used on the skin in its full, concentrated form. You can either spray the area where the scar is with lemon juice poured into a spray bottle, or you can apply a lemon juice compress by soaking a towel in the juice and laying it across the bite mark.

Hydrate and loosen skin cells with vitamin E oil. Vitamin E nourishes the skin and softens the dead skin cells and tissues that can be caused by a bite scar. You should use vitamin E oil on insect-bite scars by massaging the oil onto the skin using deep, deliberate pressure and slow, circular motions with the fingers. Continue to massage the scarred area for two or three minutes, then wipe the remaining oil away using a washcloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Vitamin E oil
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