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Mosquito bite scars on the legs and arms. Can I go for a chemical peel to remove the scars?

Hello I am a 22 yr old young lady and I have been bothered with the dark spots caused by mosquitoes bite from an early age. They r on the back of my legs and on my leg arm . I have tried gels and creams used for bleaching to see if they would lighten them they have but its going very slow and I am scared of them side effects. At times i do use repellants but they always seem to find somewhere to bite. I badly need a remedy....Can i do a chemical peel?
Asked On : Fri, 2 Nov 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response

Welcome to Healthcaremagic forum,

The condition what you have is known as Prurigo simplex,where in one gets itchy skin spots on the legs following a mosquito bite. If the itching has stopped and the marks are left behind then you can use hydroquinone cream (4%) at night or tretinoin cream (0.05%) at night .

Chemical peels would not have any effect on the marks .It is usually good for face and not for legs.

But you can try lasers on these spots .The best would be Q-Switched Nd:yag laser for the same.Kindly consult a competent dermatologist who has good experience on lasers.

Hope I've answered your query.

Dr.Bharat chawda
Senior specialist, Dermatology.
Answered: Fri, 2 Nov 2012
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Dermatologist Dr. Kalpana Pathak's  Response
hi, yes you can go for chemical peels. Glycolic acid peels in a concentration of 30% to 50% will work wonders for you. However avoid sun exposure and use a good sunscreen post your peeling session. Atleast 3- 5 sessions will be required to reduce your marks depending on your pigmentation. the sessions can be safely taken at interval of 15 days. Besides you can also use depigmenting creams containing hydroquinone, tretinoin and steroids or glycolic acid creams or kojic acid/arbutin/ vitamin c based creams. These creams or peels as such have no side effects if taken under proper supervision and guidance. take care.
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