10 Ways to Get Rid of a Hickey
Ah, a good old fashioned make-out – what seems to be a great idea at the time can prove to be embarrassing if you’ve got a family dinner or work meeting to show up to soon after.
If you’ve got a hickey, you’ve actually got a kind of bruise – sucking on the skin too hard makes blood capillaries under your skin burst, and gives the hickey its discoloured tone compared to the rest of your skin.
Whether you have work in the morning, a family dinner to attend, or something to hide from a significant other (shame on you!), there are a number of ways to get rid of those pesky hickeys.
From hiding them, to covering them up, to actually eliminating them, there are a handful of tips below that should help you get rid of that red mark on your neck you worked so hard for.
1. Cool down the bruised spot.
Before you do anything, you should cool down the bruised spot with either an ice pack or a cold spoon. If you use a spoon, make sure you freeze it for about an hour beforehand so it’s nice and frosty.
Cooling down the area will slow down and manage the blood flow in the bruised area, so immediately when you notice a hickey, you should apply a cold source to it.
2. Apply a heat source to the bruise.
This only works roughly 48 hours after
you’ve got a hickey. After two days or so, the capillaries that were burst from the suction will have healed, so applying heat will help the leftover blood from the clot be absorbed back into the bloodstream.
The heat works by speeding up the blood flow around the damaged area, and gets the nutrients it needs to repair at a faster rate.
3. Scrub with a toothbrush.
After you’ve let a cold source sit on your hickey for a few minutes, take a toothbrush (a new one, if possible) and gentle rub the area with the bristles of the brush. Doing this will help the blood from the capillaries flow outside of the affected zone, preventing the discolouration of the blood under your skin and spreading the blood around more evenly to the surrounding skin.
4. Take an aspirin or Vitamin E supplement.
Aspirin has blood-thinning (anti-coagulant) properties, so if you take an aspirin within 24 hours of getting a hickey, it should make the blood under your skin easier to manage. Once you’ve done this, then you can apply the other steps easier and more effectively.
Vitamin E supplements are also known to manage blood flow, so this is another possible option. Vitamin E works by widening blood vessels which makes it easier for the fuel to flow through the veins. It also stops clots from forming by making more room for the liquid to get around.
5. Massage with a coin.
7. Wear a sweater, necktie, or scarf.