Sometimes, love may seem incomplete without these love bites or hickeys. But we can’t always show them off proudly. We may have an important professional meeting the next day or we may be meeting or parents who don’t know that we are in a relationship which can be awkward. Keep in mind that everyone knows a hickey when they see one, so don’t try and come up with lame excuses and make a fool out of yourselves. Usually, hickeys heal on their own within two to eight days unless it’s very deep, in which case it may take a maximum of two weeks. But there are things you can do to make it disappear quickly.
Recent hickeys can easily be treated with cold compress and frozen spoon methods. Whereas Older hickeys can only be treated with warm compress methods.
1. Ice or Cold Compress
As you know, ice has the ability to freeze our blood vessels. So when you apply this method, ice will break blood clots and freeze blood vessels and in turn it will minimize the size of the hickey.
Take few ice cubes and wrap it in a towel . Make an ice compress and slowly apply pressure on the hickey. Do not do it for too long though. If you feel an unbearable cold feeling, take it off immediately. This is one of the best methods to get rid of a hickey fast.
2. Frozen spoon
This method will also help you get rid of hickeys very fast.
Keep a steel spoon in the freezer for few minutes. Take it out and slowly apply pressure on the hickey. You can follow up the first method with this for best results.
3. Hot Rag
To get rid of hickey instantly, I recommend you to use this method right after the cold spoon method. Heat a microwavable blanket or take any cotton cloth and dip it in hot water (not very hot water). Drain the water and hold the cloth against the hickey.
4. Finger Massage
When you gently apply pressure and massage the area around the hickey, it disperses the blood around. And the discoloration will fade away.
Gently rub and massage the infected area for 5 minutes, few times a day.
If the hickey is fresh or tiny, massaging will drain the color immediately.
5. Toothbrush / Comb
As you gently press the hickey with the comb or brush, the teeth of the comb and the bristles of the toothbrush will force blood back into the vessels, and blood around the hickey will be dispersed evenly.
But make sure you don’t apply too much pressure.
You can use either a comb or a toothbrush. By applying a little pressure, brush or comb the area of hickey gently. Repeat this process for 5 to 10 minutes. Once you are done, apply a cold compress for the next 10 minutes if it’s necessary.
When this method is used in combination with massage, it will completely remove the hickey within a day without leaving any trace.
6. Small Cylindrical Objects
Applying pressure using a small cylindrical object is yet another way to break the blood clots around the hickey.
You can use lipstick lids, pen caps or any other small cylindrical things.
Make the small object (for example: a pen cap) to sit directly on the hickey. Apply moderate pressure. Twist the cap while you apply the pressure. Slowly release the hold and continue to keep it on the hickey for 10 to 20 seconds. Repeat this process over and over for 10 to 15 minutes.
7. Coin Method
This is one of the most painful methods that removes hickey effectively. But it is totally worth it.
By using your fingers try to stretch the skin out around the hickey safely. Take the largest coin available and rub the area of hickey using the edge of coin. As this process stimulates the blood flow, you can see the reduction of redness in less than 15 minutes.
8. Mint / Mint Toothpaste
Generally pepper mint & mint based lotions have medicinal properties to increase the blood circulation.
So applying mint tooth paste or peppermint oil or spearmint oil or peppermint lotion on the area of hickey will help you get rid of it.
Apply a layer of any ingredient listed above on the hickey and let it dry. It may burn a little. Keep it on for a while and then wipe it off with a damp cloth.
9. Witch hazel
It’s a very powerful astringent. Apart from hickeys ,it can also be used to get rid of bruises and other inflammations. Dip a cotton ball into witch hazel extract and apply it on the hickey. This will make your hickey and bruises fade away overnight.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a well known herb that can instantly repair damaged blood capillaries. So apply aloe vera extract or gel over the hickey. Though, the extract may be more effective.
11. Tea Bag
You can use tea bags as a warm compress. Hold it against the hickey few times a day until it disappears.
Combine this method with any of the others on our list to quicken the hickey-healing process.
12. Tuna Oil
Apply a little quantity of tuna oil over the hickey for 10 minutes. You don’t need to let it dry for long. Take a hair dryer and heat the area with tuna oil on it. As you blow dry, you can notice the hickey disappearing.
13. Vitamin C Fruit Juices
Vitamin C plays a key role in the collagen production and helps boost the ability of our body to heal itself. Taking vitamin C in the form of fruit juices will get your hickeys to heal faster.
14. Popsicle Magic
This method of getting rid of a hickey, may sound a little crazy but it really works.
All you need is Coco-butter, a popsicle, a medium brush or comb.
Take some coco butter and rub it on the hickey. With the brush or comb, rub the Popsicle on and around the hickey for 3 to 5 minutes. You have to brush it gently in circular movements as you do massages. Repeat this remedy thrice a day until you see the visible results.
15. Rubbing Alcohol
Since Alcohol has soothing, cooling and most importantly disinfectant properties, this method will heal your hickey immediately.
Dip a cotton ball into alcohol and rub it on the hickey for 5 to 7 minutes. Repeat this twice a day. You can see the hickey disappear within 2 days. As alcohol can make your skin dry, always apply a moisturizer after doing this.
16. Use Banana Peel
There is a lot that a banana peel can do to heal your hickey. Banana peel is known for its soothing and cooling properties, which helps make hickeys fade away fast.
Cut the banana peel (of ripe one) in the size of your hickey. Place it on the mark and leave it for 10 to 30 minutes. Do this 2 to 3 times a day if you want faster results.
17. Cocoa Butter
This natural ingredient very effectively works on your hickey. Cocoa Butter is well known for healing bruises like hickeys. This excellent moisturizer promotes new skin tissue growth.
Keep a warm compress on your hickey. As the region becomes warm, apply cocoa butter. Now, massage the region gently for few minutes. Doing this breaks the clotted blood and stimulates better flow. Do this twice a day
Tip: If you don’t have cocoa butter, you can use almond oil or olive oil.
18. Apply Toothpaste
You must have seen people applying toothpaste on their pimples but how far does it work on bruises? Well, it works great because it has bleaching properties. So, consider applying white toothpaste (avoid colored ones or gels) on your hickey and leave it overnight. Though it doesn’t magically disappear the next morning, you will find it fading much faster. And the hickey will disappear in 3 to 6 days.
1. Arnica salve
It is a healing ointment made from the medicinal plant Arnica. It is well known for its ability to reduce bruises and swelling. When you apply this on the hickey, it helps in repairing the damaged capillaries. Hence it decreases the redness, making it less noticeable.
In addition to applying the cold or ice compress, to get an instant relief from hickeys you can take aspirin or acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Though this method will not help in removing the hickey, it does help the blood platelets from clinging together. It also helps in reducing the pain. Obviously, the reduction of blood clots reduces the discoloration and makes it less noticeable.
3. Vitamin K Cream
You can easily find Vitamin K creams at your local drug store. Get one and rub it on the hickey. Repeat this several times a day. It’s been proven to heal hickeys effectively.
4. Eye Drops
Even though this is a very unusual method, it works. Apply few drops on the affected area of your skin and let it be absorbed by the skin tissues. Wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes. You can see the color slowly disappear. This is because eye drops remove the broken blood capillaries pooled around your skin. Thus, it removes the redness of the hickey.
If the hickey is stubborn and you are in a rush to attend a party or a meeting in a matter of hours, instead of waiting for hickeys to disappear on its own, you can quickly hide it using your attire or with makeup.
Check out the video below and learn how to hide a hickey instantly with makeup.
2. Using Your Clothing or Accessories or Hair
You can follow this method during the winter and rainy seasons. As these love bites happen to occur usually in the neck areas you can hide hickeys by wearing scarfs or turtle neck tops or jackets or collared shirts. If you have the hickey, never wear anything that has designs around your neck. If your hair is long enough to hide the hickey, style it so that it hangs over the spot and covers it.
To hide the hickey, you can also accessorize your neck with a necklace or other ornaments.
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