How to Get Rid of a Hickey
Having a hickey can be extremely embarrassing, especially if you have a family get-together or a formal event to attend. You may have been told that there is no way of getting rid of a hickey before at least 3-4 days. But, the truth is there are various measures that allow you to remove a hickey within a few hours. Here are the best ways for getting rid of them overnight.
How to get rid of a hickey fast?
- Applying an ice pack: Applying an ice pack on the bruise as soon as possible is one of the fastest ways to lighten it by boosting the blood circulation in the area. Take a few ice cubes, put them in a paper towel and hold it to the affected skin for 10-20 minutes. You can re-apply the ice pack every 15-20 minutes until it goes away.
- Cold spoon: Another way of removing a hickey by cooling the area, it involves wetting a spoon and placing it in the refrigerator for half an hour before applying the cold spoon to the bruised area. Make sure to press the spoon gently for best results. Keeping a small bowl of chilled water is a good idea so you can cool the spoon each time it warms up by your body temperature.
- Using a toothbrush: Take a stiff-bristled toothbrush (preferably new) to gently brush the hickey and the surrounding skin for several minutes. Next, apply a cold compress and wait for 10-15 minutes to get results. Repeat the process if necessary. Using a comb instead of a toothbrush can also work.
- Scraping with a coin: Use your fingers to stretch the skin around the hickey and start scraping the bruised skin with a coin. Try to release the trapped blood vessels back into the blood stream. Make sure not to press too hard or your hickey might get worse and you skin might hurt. You may experience a little redness from the scraping, but it clears away in no time along with the hickey.
- Using a pen or lipstick cap: Take a pen cap or a lipstick cap (a small bottle cap may work as well), place it over your hickey and press down hard while slowly twisting it at the same time. Release pressure after 10-20 seconds. You may have to repeat the process a few times to get the desired results.
- Massaging the Area: Massaging the area gently in a circular motion with two fingers helps to increase the blood circulation and lighten the damage. Make sure to massage in a specific direction for a few minutes before switching to the opposite direction. It works best if performed as soon as you get the bruise.
- Toothpaste: Apply some toothpaste on the bruise, leaving it on for several minutes until the mild tingly feeling subsides. Then, wash it off with a washcloth dipped in lukewarm water. It is sure to produce positive results within a day. Repeat the process as necessary.
- With a battery: Take one of those broad batteries (c size) and place the negative (-ve) side on the bruised skin to rub in a gentle circular motion. Continue the process for 10-15 minutes, repeating after a few minutes if necessary.
- Using a pencil eraser: Apply some petroleum jelly on the affected skin and then rub the area gently, in a circular motion with a soft pencil eraser. Repeat every 10-15 minutes until the bruising goes away.
Other recommended home remedies include peanut butter, lemon juice and witch hazel. Rubbing it with some banana peel and eating lots of strawberries is also believed to lighten the bruise in a shorter time. However, the efficacy of these remedies varies from one person to another.
Removal of stubborn hickeys
- Applying a warm compress: This remedy should only be used on hickeys that refuse to fade away even after 48 hours; otherwise, your bruise may get worse. Application of a hot water bag or a warm compress followed by an ice pack makes the hickey less conspicuous by improving circulation in the area.
- Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball in some vinegar, apply it on the bruise and keep it on for about an hour.
Other Remedies for Getting rid of a hickey
- Vitamin-K creams: Helps the blood trapped under the skin surface to get reabsorbed by the blood stream.
- Vitamin E-aloe vera creams: Aloe vera moisturizers containing vitamin E accelerate the healing process of the burst capillaries beneath the skin surface. Applying it as soon as possible produces the best results.
- Arnica salve: A herbal salve that helps to reduce the swelling and lightens the appearance of a hickey.
- Aspirin: A blood thinning medicine that helps to improve blood circulation, thus getting rid of the bruise faster.
- Eye drops: Eye drops used for treating irritation and redness in the eyes works on your skin as well. Apply a few drops on the bruise, leaving it on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing with cold water. It helps to reduce the swelling and redness.
Hide a hickey
Make-up and concealing clothes are the last resort for covering up the bruise mark if all the above remedies fail. A green-tinted concealer and a foundation (one shade lighter compared to your skin tone) are the most useful make-up options. Wearing a turtleneck or a scarf can also help to keep people from noticing your hickey.