How many scars do you have on your body from pesky mosquitoes? Are they on your arms, legs, face….? Wherever the scars have left their mark, there is hope.
What Happens When Mosquitoes Bite?
When a mosquito bites, it injects an anticoagulant substance into the skin that makes the blood thinner and flow longer without clotting. This way, the mosquito can suck the most amount of blood (sorry, I know that sounds disgusting!) Your skin releases histamine, and an inflammatory reaction begins. That’s why the bite gets red and forms a small bump.
Ironically, it’s the itch of mosquito bites that can end up causing the most collateral damage. Scratching feels good temporarily but adds to the skin trauma. This can lead to “hyperpigmentation,” or dark pigmentation that makes marks and scars more obvious. Scratching can also inject bacteria from underneath your fingernail right into the fresh bite and infect it. An infected mosquito bite can create a worse scar.
How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bite Scars
Aloe vera has been used for centuries as a topical anti-inflammatory agent after skin injury like wounds or burns. It’s soothing as well and can lessen the itch after any insect bite both immediately after the bite occurs and during the healing process.
In terms of fading the scars once they form, use a hypoallergenic scar treatment and apply a skin-friendly sunblock on top.
Using product that is hypoallergenic is important because allergic skin reactions increase inflammation. Inflammation worsens scarring. Remember though, “hypoallergenic” means that the product is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction… it’s not a 100% guarantee that it won’t because people can be allergic to so many different ingredients. Even some “hypoallergenic” products ironically cause a reaction so it’s important to try the product on a small patch of skin first to make sure before applying to multiple areas.
The sunblock is important because repeat sun exposure causes fresh scars to turn dark (hyperpigmentation), which will only make your scars more visible. Worse still, this hyperpigmentation can be permanent in some people.
Use this multi-faceted approach and finally get rid of those mosquito bite scars once and for all. Of course, prevention is always easier than treatment so please use a mosquito repellant whenever you can!
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