How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bite Scars

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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.

Happy summer!

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  1. Hi there,
    I have blemishes on my cheeks. It’s been there since last 3 yrs. I tried lotssssss of products and medicine but, nothing did work for me. Could you plz suggest me something. One of my friend told me try glycolic acid.
    Thank you.

    Posted By: Sandy  | 

    • Salicylic acid is far better for breakouts than glycolic acid is. I would suggest you try my BHA Clarifying Serum. It’s excellent for clearing the pores and reducing breakouts.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  2. I have “post inflammatory hyperpigmentation” i saw a dermatologist that gave me bleaching cream and desonide he desonide helped over time but not the bleaching cream. i recently started using african black soap on my EXTREMELY sensitve face an the dark spots came back my skin because extra dry(as it dos in the winter anyways) but i feel the soap i used triggered it. it had went away for several months then BOOM came back and usually lasts for 2 weeks then clears up…i am using the desonide again (i never really stopped but i ran out) my situation is depressing…i am only 27 and my skin is SOOO UN-EVEN I understand everybody skin isnt going to be perfect but at 27 it shouldnt be this way . I wash my face 2-3 times a day i moisturize..drink lots of water..NO IMPROVEMENT.i dont even like to go outside in the daylight it looks like i have been doesn’t fix it because the scars are darker than my face. I also have fine lines under my eyes and huge pores.I have tried everything my sensitive skin can and cant handle i feel terribly ugly i hate looking in the rear view mirror of my car because it shows EVERY imperfection. Im looking into a chemical peel, microdermabrasion maybe botox for the lines before summer its so stressful to hate going outside in the sunlight when i have to worry about my skin looking so bad

    Posted By: kelli  | 

    • Hi Kelli, I’m so sorry to hear you are having trouble. I would highly suggest you spend some time reading my blog posts on my Skin Source page. The categories you should look at from the drop down menu are “hyperpigmentation, brown spots, skin of color and cleansing.” It’s really important that you start to learn how to care for your skin and its needs instead of just trying to figure it out on your own. Click here

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  3. This is not real a comment its more like an question. I have been bitten by mosquitos and then I itch them then that part were i was bitten get bigger and if I keep iching it it gets big and a boil starts to grow in the middle is other yellow or red like blood. But I have a lot of scars no my hands and on my legs I just want to know what product I could use to get rid of the scars

    Posted By: Kezia  | 

    • I would definitely suggest our Post Breakout Fading Gel. While it’s originally formulated for fading blemish scars, a bug bite, just like a blemish is an injury to the skin. So that product will work very well!

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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