I recently returned from a vacation to Wisconsin visiting family and as with every visit there, I’m greeted by millions of mosquito’s. Having grown up in the Midwest, I remember hearing people joke saying the state bird is the mosquito!
Particularly those with sensitive or darker skin, it’s common to get scarring from mosquito bites. Here’s some helpful tips to prevent and treat mosquito bites, as well as fade the scars they leave behind.
Prevent mosquito bites. Obviously preventing the mosquito bites in the first place would be your best bet, so be sure to leave a bottle of bug repellent in the glove compartment of your car so you always have it right when you need it. It’s also beneficial to wear long pants and long shirts when outdoors.
Once bitten, don’t itch. Similar to blemishes, it’s important not to pick (or in this case itch) the bite. Bug bites cause scarring because it stretches and damages surrounding tissue leading to red, dark or purple marks once healed. Scratching at the skin only breaks the skin tissue causing more damage. Treat with oral antihistamines, Calamine lotion, ice and Espom salts to relieve the itch…
Once healed, gently exfoliate. Apply a concentrated form of a glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid serum (like found in Post-Breakout Fading Gel) to the affected area every night. This helps to stimulate new and healthy skin cell growth to encourage healing of the skin tissue while dissolving off the scarred and damaged cells. Out with the old, in with the new! Post-Breakout Fading Gel is originally formulated for fading acne scars left behind from stubborn breakouts but it also works extremely well for fading discoloration from mosquito bite scars.
The fading process does take time but with a good exfoliating products, this will help your skin to be clear and even toned.
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Posted July 22, 2010 by Renée Rouleau
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