The mosquito (Culicidae) is a biting insect that feeds on the blood of humans. A mosquito bite can feel itchy and turn into a raised, irritated bump on the surface of the skin. In some cases, the bite can turn into an unsightly scar. This can create appearance problems when the bite is highly visible, for example on the face, hands or legs. Afflicted individuals can take steps to heal the skin and get rid of the mosquito bite scar quickly and efficiently.
Wrap a piece of ice in a paper towel and apply it to the skin as soon as you notice a mosquito bite. This may help to reduce swelling and skin irritation.
Avoid picking at the mosquito bite or scratching it. Excessive scratching increases skin irritation and is a common cause of scarring. If the area is itchy, rub it with the pad of your finger rather than your fingernail.
Apply a soothing skin gel, cream or lotion like shea butter or aloe vera gel. Such products are available at most general retailers, as well as some health food stores. Spread the product on the bite to soothe and moisturise the skin. This may help accelerate proper healing and prevent scarring.
Apply a bite scar gel or solution by rubbing it on the skin. These products are specifically formulated to combat scarring after an insect bite; Scar Zone's Bite Gel is one example. Apply according to the manufacturer's guidelines, as product potency and efficacy may vary.
Exfoliate the area after the entire bite has healed and is no longer itchy or inflamed. Scrub the scar with a physical exfoliant, such as a standard face scrub made with granules or scrubbing pearls. Alternatively, use a solution made with salicylic acid. The acid naturally increases skin cell turnover and can help fade the scar quickly.
Consult a dermatologist if you have heavy scarring. Most mosquito bite scars will fade with proper care within several weeks. Individuals with very large scars or dark swelling may have had an allergic reaction and need a prescription scar gel or skin lightener.
Things you need
- Paper towel
- Skin lotion
- Bite scar gel