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How to Remove Dark Spots Caused by Insect Bites or Mosquito Bites?

Updated: 6 days ago

Insect bites are a common problem, and they can leave dark spots or hyperpigmentation on the skin. While these spots are usually harmless, they can be unsightly and cause concern for those affected.

In this article, I will provide you with some tips on how to remove dark spots caused by insect bites. I will also discuss the causes of hyperpigmentation and why it occurs after insect bites.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation or Darks Spots after Insect Bites or Mosquito Bites?

Insect bites can cause hyperpigmentation or dark spots on the skin due to the deposition of melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin its color. When the skin is exposed to an insect bite, the body produces an excess of melanin in the affected area, resulting in dark spots.

How to Remove Dark Spots Caused by Insect Bites or Mosquito Bites

There are several ways to remove dark spots caused by insect bites or mosquito bites. Here are some tips:

  • Topical Creams: There are several topical creams available that can help reduce the dark spots or hyperpigmentation caused by insect bites. These creams contain ingredients such as vitamin C, retinoids, glycolic acid, or azelaic acid that can lighten dark spots.

- For dark spots on the face, you can use spot treatments like:

1. Glyco 6 or,

2. Aziderm 10%

Remember to apply these creams only on the specific spot and only at night.

If you also suffer from hyperpigmentation, melasma, or dark spots, you can use Azelac Ru serum on your entire face, at night, to deal with both diffused hyperpigmentation and insect bite-induced hyperpigmentation.

- For dark spots on rest of the body, you can use either Glyco 12 or Aziderm 20%. cream.

Always do a patch test before using any new skin care product.

During day time, use a Vitamin C serum like Sesderma C-Vit Liposomal Serum , followed by sunscreen as mentioned below.

  • Use Sunscreen: While using sunscreen won't remove dark spots, sun exposure can worsen hyperpigmentation. So, it's important to use sunscreen daily to protect your skin from UV rays. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and apply it to your skin 15 minutes before sun exposure. Refer to my article on how to choose sunscreen for more details on this.

  • Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are another option for removing persistent dark spots caused by insect bites. A dermatologist can perform a chemical peel in their office to remove the outer layer of skin, which can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

  • Laser Therapy: Laser therapy is a more advanced treatment option for removing dark spots caused by insect bites. This treatment uses a laser to target the melanin in the affected area, breaking it down and reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Q-switched NdYAG laser is the most commonly used laser for such pigmentation.

  • Natural or Home Remedies: There are several natural remedies that may help lighten dark spots caused by insect bites. These include aloe vera, lemon juice, and green tea. However, be informed that natural remedies may not be as effective as medical treatments.


Hyperpigmentation caused by insect bites is a common problem, but it can be treated. If you're concerned about dark spots on your skin, it's important to consult with a dermatologist to determine the best course of treatment for you. By following these tips, you can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and achieve a more even skin tone. We have got your back, even if you are suffering from dark spots caused by pimples.

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