Dark Spots of Mosquito Bites
When a mosquito bites you, it injects an anticoagulant into the skin to make the blood thinner and flow easier and longer to feast on enough of your blood. In reaction, the skin releases histamine, causing an inflammatory reaction. The skin gets red and forms a bump. If left alone, the swelling and redness often goes away quickly. If scratched or rubbed or if the individual has an allergic reaction, the little bump can swell considerably or even become infected.
When Dark Spots Appear
If you couldn’t resist the urge to scratch or had an inflammatory reaction that caused hyperpigmentation spots you can try using lightening ingredients. Some recommend using hydroquinone for fading dark marks, but it can be problematic for skin of color. You can also use treatments specifically created to heal scars like Bio Oil, Mederma, and Scar Zone.
When using fade creams or ingredients to fade marks, only apply the lightening agents to the dark spots. Don’t apply to the unaffected skin.
Natural ingredients for Fading Dark Marks
- Vitamin E applied to bite marks helps reduce redness and helps the skin heal.
- Rosehip seed oil helps reduce the discoloration and even out skin tone.
- Licorice is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that also has skin lightening properties.
- Coconut oil can lighten dark marks.
- Tomato exfoliates and lightens the skin.
- Lemons and limes are natural skin lighteners.
- Papaya helps fade dark spots and even out skin tone. Green papaya can be mixed with lemon or lime juice to help lighten spots.
- When applying a substance for lightening spots, leave on for about 10 minutes and then rinse. It could take two to three months for spots to fade.
- Make sure that the topical ointment used is hypoallergenic and won’t cause an allergic reaction and cause further inflammation.
- When using any ingredient, be sure to do a patch test in a small area like the inner elbow to make sure you will not have an allergic reaction, which will only exacerbate the problem.
- Whatever treatment you decide to use, always protect the treated area with sunscreen. Apply sunscreen whenever the area will be exposed to the sun. Sun exposure can make the dark marks worse. In addition some people find that sun exposure also causes a bite to itch again