Prevention is always better than cure and the same is true of mosquito bite scars. The fact is that mosquito bites will not leave scars, if they are left to heal. The majority of mosquito bite scars come about because people scratch their bites. A mosquito bite is an open wound and if you scratch it, you run the risk of infecting it with your dirty finger nails. Even if the bite does not turn sceptic, you are scratching the scab off and causing bleeding. If you want to avoid mosquito bite scars, you need to treat the bite as soon as possible after being bitten.
It is the saliva that a mosquito squirts into the wound to keep the blood flowing that causes the itching and swelling, which is what irritates you, so it is best to get that saliva out as soon as you can.
This is easier for some people than for others. Many people get bitten while they are sitting at a table in the garden of a restaurant or bar, which is the ideal place to find natural remedies.
Here are a few tips to remove the saliva:
- Put a straw over the bite and suck the poison out or rub an ice cube over the affected area. This works for many people.
- Others believe that strong tea, a crushed aspirin in a little water or a piece of lemon rubbed into the bite helps reduce itching.
- The best commercial products for extracting the saliva that I know of are ‘Tiger Balm’ and ‘Sam Bak’ .
After applying these commercial ointments, you will see a yellow-green liquid come out of the wound. If you do not see it come out, it will sit on the bite like a worm throw the next day, but the itching and swelling will be gone. Some people find that sticking a piece of tape over the bite prevents itching, it certainly prevents you from scratching it.
If you have missed this stage, the commercial creams should still work, but it is best not to worry about permanent scarring until after five or six weeks, especially if you have sensitive, fair skin or are allergic to insect bites, because the marks can take a long time to go, especially if you scratched the bites.
While you are waiting, you could apply ordinary skin cream to keep the skin supple and prevent it from drying out or going hard. If you have passed this stage, then a visit to a dermatologist or a health spa might be the easiest way for you to remove insect bite scars.
If the scar tissue has been established for quite a while dermabrasion may be the only answer. Treat your mosquito bite scars as you would any other type of scarred tissue.
There are exfoliants for very minor scars or over the counter dermabrasion creams for worse scars. The full-strength creams can only be obtained by skin care professionals, say, at a beauty salon.
Aloe vera is good for the treatment of most skin conditions, so it would be worth your while rubbing a little aloe vera gel or fresh aloe vera on to the bite a few times a day for a couple of weeks – that would be my first line of defence against mosquito bite scars.