Dark Spots from Insect Bites: Prevention and Removal
I got a bunch of mosquito bites on my arms last night. Wow, they itched like mad, but I tried hard not to scratch, because I know how insect bites can leave dark spots that take some time to fade. Wouldn’t do to have those now that it’s summer and I can’t bear to wear anything that covers most of my arms and legs.
An easy and obvious way to prevent getting these dark spots is to not get bitten at all by wearing insect repellent all the time, but there are simply times that I neglect to apply or reapply it. I wish I could always follow my own advice, but there are times when I can’t help but scratch at the bites, it’s just so itchy and scratching gives relief.
Once the dark spots develop though, there are remedies to be tried for their removal.
Read on for more on the prevention and removal of these dark spots!
As I mentioned, you may wear insect repellent at all times to avoid getting bitten. Find one that works effectively, and don’t forget to reapply hours later. I’m pretty diligent at applying repellent on my little girl (hate it when she gets those dark spots), but sometimes I forget to put it on myself. If you do get a bite though, try not to scratch at it because that contributes to the development of the dark marks later on, which are really a form of scarring. If you know you’re likely to scratch at it, have an anti-itch balm ready (I use the Ilog Maria Propolis Ointment for this) to help soothe the bite and lessen the itching. If you scratched too hard and scabbing or or bleeding occurred, apply antibacterial cream to the area to avoid infection.
You may have noticed that these marks do eventually fade, but they take a long time to do so. I don’t think there’s a surefire quick way to remove these marks, but there are things we can do to help speed up the process. It’s done basically by paying more attention to the spots and regularly applying certain products on them, such as:
- A skin care product that contains AHA and/or glycolic acid. This can help exfoliate, removing the dead skin cells to make way for new, unblemished skin. Choose one with a small concentration though, to lessen the chances of any irritation occurring.
- Apply vitamin E oil to the area once or twice a day. Vitamin E has properties that help heal the skin and reduce any existing redness. If it’s your first time to use this, same as when using new skin care products, spot test first. Vitamin E oil should be available at most drugstores.
- You may also use other oils, such as emu oil, sunflower seed oil, or rosehip oil. These oils supposedly encourage the lessening of discoloration and inflammation on the skin.
- Try gently rubbing the inside of a lemon or tomato on the marks. These are both known to lighten and brighten skin. Observe how your skin reacts to either of these. If there’s no negative reaction, rub once or twice daily until the dark spots have faded.
Remember, dark and stubborn as the dark spots may seem stubborn, but eventually, they will fade and go away completely. But you might wanna try the simple remedies above to speed things up.
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