Almost everyone gets a hickey once in his lifetime. Hickey is a bruised caused by suction, when the negative pressure from suction causes your veins to rupture. As a result, blood leaks out and the hickey is visible under the skin in a form of a bruise. The more the pressure of sucking, the worse and the more visible the mark is. In most cases, hickeys heal on their own in a matter of days, as it is a wound that needs time to heal.
However, the abomination on your skin sometimes needs to be hidden or healed sooner. That being said, there are few ways for how to get rid of a hickey. Before we go to the remedies for hickeys, we must note that hickeys can appear anywhere, on your chest, lips and inner arm. But they mostly appear on the neck, because the skin on the neck is more delicate than other parts of the body.
1. Cold Compress
One of the simplest ways to treat and heal a hickey is by applying cold compress on the affected skin. Any kind of compress will do, as the cold will broke apart the blood clots and allow for better blood circulation. You can put ice cubes in paper towel and then apply the towel against your skin for 10 to 20 minutes. Or you can put a spoon in the fridge, let it cool for 10 minutes, and then wrap it with a cloth and rub the affected area.
2. Warm Compress
Both heat and cold are beneficial for a hickey, and it is up to you to choose which compress you use. Warm compress will make way for new blood to circulate, essentially providing the same relief as cold compress.
For warm compress, you need to dip a washcloth in hot water, and then press lightly against the hickey for five minutes. Repeat three times per day for maximum results. You can even apply heat on the affected area by using a hair dryer.
Peppermint is a stimulant that promotes healthy blood circulation, which is the reason why people use it for how to get rid of a hickey. There are two ways to use peppermint. One is to apply peppermint oil on the area, and then gently massage for few minutes. At the beginning, you will feel a tingling sensation. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the oil in some water.
Alternatively, you can apply peppermint-based toothpaste on the affected area and let it dry out there for few minutes. Wipe with a warm washcloth.
For this method, you want to use new toothbrush or a comb. The trick here is to brush the affected area to promote circulation and stimulate blood flow. Make sure you are not pressing too hard, which will worsen the hickey and you might hurt yourself. After 15 minutes, apply cold compress to the area.
Another method that requires pressing your hickey is the lipstick method. You can also use any small cylindrical object. The goal again is to break up the blood clot in your hickey, and promote healthy blood circulation.
Place the cap of your lipstick onto the hickey, and press hard on the skin. Find a balance when pressing, since you don’t want to press too hard. Twist the cap while pressing, and your skin will twist around the lipstick. Hold for 10 seconds after twisting, and then release. Repeat several times for five to ten minutes.
6. Coin Method
Arguably the most painful method, one that can be risky, but also one of the most effective methods for how to get rid of a hickey. Stretch your skin on the affected area with your fingers, and then take a large coin and rub the hickey area. Use the edge of the coin for rubbing and blood stimulation. It might be painful, but you will see results after just 15 to 20 minutes.
Rubbing alcohol on the affected area works only if you use the remedy after few hours since you got the hickey. In other cases, the remedy does not work. With a cotton ball, apply some alcohol on the affected area, and then rub gently with your fingers. After you are done with the alcohol, apply moisturizing lotion or cream because alcohol can dry your skin.
8. Aloe Vera
When it comes to cosmetic products for skin, you will be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t contain aloe vera. Working as a natural moisturizer, aloe vera helps reducing inflammation in the area and providing soothing relief. Simply extract fresh aloe vera gel and massage the affected area. You can use any aloe vera based cream if you do not have aloe vera plant.
9. Witch Hazel
Another ingredient that is found in many cosmetic products, witch hazel works as a powerful astringent. Simply dip a cotton ball in witch hazel and then apply on your hickey. You can use the treatment for bruises and other skin inflammations.
10. Banana Peel
We are now at the fruit section for how to get rid of a hickey. First on the list, banana and banana peel. Cut the peel of a ripe banana, and then place the inside on the hickey. Let it stay for 10 to 20 minutes, and then remove. Repeat the treatment two times per day for maximum effect.
Thanks to their richness in vitamin C, oranges are great way to heal your skin from any condition. Vitamin C is natural healing ingredient, helping your body heal and rejuvenate faster from any disease and illness. For hickeys, simply drink fresh and organic orange juice two to three times per day, and your skin will have the assets needed to fight of the hickey.
12. Cocoa Butter
This treatment is best when combined with hot compress. Apply a warm compress on the hickey to prepare and warm the affected area. Once the hickey is warm and ready, apply cocoa butter and then massage the area for blood stimulation.
13. Tuna Oil
You can also use sardines oil, but tuna oil is more effective. Or in other words, any fish oil will do it. What you need to do is apply tuna oil over your hickey for 10 minutes. Now take a hair dryer and heat the affected area. Dry the area for 10 minutes, and you’ll notice how the bruise is disappearing.
14. Vitamin K
There is no way to get raw vitamin K, but you can use any lotion or cream that has vitamin K in its composition. The vitamin is a natural anticoagulant, promoting healthy circulation and blood flow and speeding the healing process.
15. Finger Massage
Finger massage can be used with almost half of the remedies on the list, but you can use it on its own as well. The thing is, finger massage can be used only when the hickey is older. Gently massage the affected area, starting from the center and then moving towards the outer edges of the hickey. Repeat two times per day for five minutes.
Hide the Hickey
Last, but not least, one way for how to get rid of a hickey is to hide the hickey. There are three ways to do it. The first one is by applying makeup, and it is what comes to mind first to many people that want to get rid of a hickey overnight. Few, if any of the remedies work instantly as makeup. Apply yellow corrector to the inside, and green corrector for the outside of the hickey. Last, apply foundation on the affected area.
Clothing is the next way to hide a hickey by wearing a scarf, a turtleneck, or a collared shirt/blouse. The key here is to use subtle clothing for hiding a hickey. For example, wearing a turtleneck in the summer will raise some questions.
Using a band-aid is another way to hide the hickey, but the band aid is visible. You can always come up with a scenario like burning yourself at the spot.
Women with long hair are blessed because they can use their hair to hide the hickey.
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