When you’re outside trying to enjoy a nice sunny day, getting an itchy red mosquito bite is pretty annoying. But, if you scratch it too much it can get infected, or perhaps you have extremely sensitive skin that is already prone to marks and bruises. Unfortunately that bite can turn into an unattractive scar or permanent mark long after the warm weather fades. Until this happens to you or a loved one, you may not worry about getting rid of mosquito bite scars.
However, once you’ve been bitten and a reminder of a mosquito-infested summer remains, you may start researching how to get rid of those pesky scars. In most cases, it’s not as difficult as it seems, but the sooner you start trying out remedies, the better. Here are our tips to reduce the appearance of bites and scars caused by mosquitoes, those buzzing, biting pests.
How To Get Rid of Mosquito Bite Scars
Treat the scar right away
If you start treating a scar immediately after the wound heals, there is a greater chance that it will fade completely over time. Whichever method you choose, it’s best to begin the process as soon as possible.
The simplest way to help heal mosquito bite scars is to regularly apply a rich moisturizer, like cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E oil, or aloe vera. Rub the product into the scar to nourish and help repair skin.
Daily exfoliation can help shed the upper layer of scarred skin and encourage new skin growth. Rub the area firmly with a loofah, brush, or exfoliating scrub in circular motions. Don’t forget to moisturize afterwards.
Use over-the-counter products
Try ointments like vitamin C serum or alpha hydroxyl acid, which should remove the outer layer of skin so that new skin can grow. Products like Mederma and Vita-K are often effective as well. In addition to creams, consider using a silicone scar treatment sheet, which is intended to hydrate and fade scars. Wearing the sheet for at least 12 hours per day for two to three months may help reduce the appearance of the scar.
Experiment with natural & home remedies
Some people may prefer to use natural home remedies to treat bites instead of medicated products. While there isn’t any scientific evidence to back up these tricks, many individuals find them to be very effective. Popular home remedies to get rid of mosquito bite scars include:
- Applying lemon juice once a day to remove the outer layer of skin and encourage regrowth.
- Using olive oil or an oil blend (rosehip, chamomile, calendula) as a moisturizer.
- Putting pureed cucumber paste onto the scarred skin.
- Applying a blend of helichrysum and lavender essential oils to the scarred area.
Massage bug bite scars
Massaging scars will help keep the blood flowing, which in turn can keep the skin cells nourished. Improved circulation can aid faster healing of scars. Massage your scars using a body brush in the shower, or simply use your hands to rub the area in long, circular motions.
New bug bite scars are extra sensitive to UV rays, so when they are exposed to the sun, they can become even darker. Using SPF 30 or higher on scars should help prevent discoloration.
Mask the appearance
If you have pronounced bite scars, you can use concealer to cover them up. Choose a product that matches your skin tone and doesn’t irritate your skin. A waterproof product may be best if you are regularly exposing your skin to the elements.
Consult a dermatologist
For severe scars, it is best to talk to your dermatologist about professional treatments. They may suggest chemical peels, dermabrasion, or laser treatment, depending on your individual case. While these treatments can be expensive, they can be the most reliable way to improve the appearance of your skin and get rid of old bug bite scars.
If you frequently end up with mosquito bite scars, it might be time to do something about your mosquito problem! Contact DC Mosquito Squad today so we can help you prevent scars before they happen.