This yellow citrus fruit offers naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anesthetic properties that make it quite useful as a natural remedy for mosquito bites, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research for the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub the inside of one of them over the bite for instant relief. Applying the juice also helps to lessen the chance of developing an infection. Just make sure to rinse the lemon juice from your skin before going back into the sun, says Dr. Zeichner. Not only is it ineffective, but applying citrus juices to the skin when it’s exposed to sunlight can result in blistering. Here are some tips that’ll help you avoid getting insect bites and stings in the first place.
Aloe vera contains more than 130 active compounds and 30+ amino acids that benefit the skin. It’s also a natural antiseptic agent, which means that it’s great for relieving the itch and swelling of mosquito bites. It helps to decrease pain, itching, and swelling, in addition to speeding the healing process, says Rebecca Baxt, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with BAXT CosMedical in Paramus, New Jersey. Keep an aloe vera plant handy, break off one of the leaves, and apply the gel directly to the bite.