Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
152 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

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?
Fri, 2 Nov 2012
Report Abuse
Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi!,

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.

Regards,
Dr.Bharat chawda
Senior specialist, Dermatology.
I find this answer helpful
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.
I find this answer helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in


Recent questions on Depigmentation


Loading Online Doctors....
Mosquito Bite Scars On The Legs And Arms. Can I Go For A Chemical Peel To Remove The Scars?

Hi!, 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. Regards, Dr.Bharat chawda Senior specialist, Dermatology.