How To Get Rid Of A Hickey Fast (Love Bite) – 41 Safe Ways October 13, 2016

In the heat of the moment, a make out session can escalate to your neck, back, and other body parts. While love bites or hickeys aren’t bad, they take a week or two to subside. What is irritating, though, is that you have to answer all sorts of questions about them. So, they’re definitely not something you want to flaunt in front of your folks or colleagues. If you don’t have a dozen scarves or a wardrobe full of turtlenecks, you’re going to need some legit home remedies. Yeah, no kidding! Read our post to know more about love bites and how you can get rid of them easily.

Table Of Contents

A. How To Get Rid Of A Hickey Quickly
B. Hickey – Body Parts
C. How To Cover/Hide A Hickey
D. Hickey Looking Rash
E. Do Hickeys Hurt
F. How Long Does A Hickey Last
G. Bad Hickeys And Dangers

A. How To Get Rid Of A Hickey Quickly

Follow these tricks, tips, and tested remedies that are quite effective and will help you get rid of hickeys quickly.

1. Cold Spoon

All you need is a frozen metal spoon is to get rid of that embarrassing love bite. This is one of the most common and easiest techniques used.

What You Need

A metal spoon

How To Use

1. Put a metal spoon in the freezer for a few minutes.
2. Take it out after some time and press the cold spoon on the affected area. Make sure that the spoon covers the entire hickey. If any of the parts are uncovered, it can lead to an even weirder looking and attention grabbing hickey.

2. Ice Cubes (Ice Compress)

Ice Cubes

Image: Shutterstock

Ice cubes constrict blood vessels and restrict the initial flow of blood to the injured area. This helps in reducing the swelling. They also allow recirculation and prevent blood clotting. Basically, if you prevent the clotting of blood, then you can also prevent leaving any love bite marks on the skin. Using this method can also reduce the bleeding. If ice cubes are not available, you can use an ice pack or a cold compress that will help constrict the ruptured capillaries. Alternatively, you can freeze water in a styrofoam cup and use it as an ice pack.

What You Need
  • Ice cubes or ice pack
  • Towel
How To Use
  1. If you notice a fresh hickey, take a clean towel, wrap it around an ice cube, and place it on your marks to get rid of them quickly. While pressing the ice towel, make sure you press and move the ice firmly and slowly around the surface of the hickey.
  2. After five minutes, leave the ice on the hickey for 15-20 minutes (or as long as you can bear it).
  3. Remove and reapply this compress. Keep repeating this step several times, especially to get rid of a fresh hickey.

Tip: Ensure you don’t place ice directly on your skin. You can use an ice pack instead of a towel.

 

3. Toothpaste

Another simple and incredible treatment is the application of toothpaste. It helps in fading and minimizing the scar. There are two reasons for picking a peppermint or mint-based toothpaste: a) it contains menthol that has cooling and soothing properties, and b) most toothpaste brands include baking soda that can be used to dry up problem spots.

What You Need
  • Peppermint or mint-based toothpaste
  • Clean towel
  • Lukewarm water
How To Use

There are a few different ways in which you can use toothpaste to treat your hickey.

  1. Dab toothpaste on the affected area and rub it gently for a few minutes. Wait for the tingling to stop.
  2. Once the sensation has stopped, clean the area with a clean towel soaked in lukewarm water.
  3. Wait for a few hours and repeat the process until you get rid of the mark.

You can also apply the toothpaste before you go to bed and allow it to dry overnight.

 

4. Penny Or Coin

 Penny Or Coin

Image: Shutterstock

What You Need

A coin

How To Use
  1. With the help of your two fingers, stretch the affected area of your skin tight and flat.
  2. Now, use the edge of the coin to scrape the hickey in an outward direction. It is a good option to ice the area before as this process could be painful.

Scraping with the coin’s edge helps in breaking the blood clot, reducing its intensity, and making it easier for you to get rid of the hickey completely.

Tip: With this process, the chances are that the skin will turn red, but this will go away in a few minutes.

 

5. Banana Peel

Banana peels are rich in nutrients (especially potassium and tryptophan), and contain high fiber when compared to their flesh. They have plenty of unusual uses for the environment and your body, which include healing your love bites. Use our simple technique to get rid of a hickey using a banana.

What You Need

⦁ Ripe banana
⦁ Bandage

How To Use
  1. Take the peel and cut it into the size of your hickey.
  2. Place this peel on the love bite and wrap it with a bandage for about 10–15 minutes.
  3. Now, take off the banana peels from the area and wipe it gently.
  4. Repeat this process two to three times a day. This will help in reducing the appearance of the hickey marks.

6. Battery

Battery

Image: iStock

Who would have guessed that a battery could be used to get rid of a love bite? Here’s what you need to do.

What You Need

Standard AA or C battery

How To Use

Rub the hickey with the negative side of the battery (the flat side). Continue rubbing firmly for a few minutes.

Although this method does not completely remove the hickey, it does help in reducing the intensity of the mark.

 

7. Lipstick Or Pen Cap

You can also use a lipstick or a pen cap (or any small cylindrical object) and massage the area to relieve pain and encourage blood flow. Just like the toothbrush method, this method breaks the blood clots and helps to increase blood circulation in that area.

What You Need

Lipstick cap or pen cap

How To Use

1. Place the cap directly on top of your hickey. Press down hard on the skin, and while doing so, twist the cap. Try a half or a full turn of the cap.
2. Hold in this position for 15-20 seconds and release the cap. Repeat several times for 10-15 minutes.

Tip: Though this process requires a lot of pressure, it will not worsen your hickey.

 

8. Toothbrush

Toothbrush

Image: Shutterstock

Another effective tool to hide the hickey is by massaging the affected area with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Though a bit painful, massaging can help break up the coagulum and also increase blood flow. This will eventually help you in getting rid of a hickey.

What You Need

Soft bristled toothbrush

How To Use
  1. Take a soft bristled toothbrush and gently rub it on the hickeys for two to three minutes. This process will help in pushing the blood away from the center of the hickey.
  2. After five to 10 minutes, apply a cold compress for 10 minutes and then repeat as necessary.

Tip: Do not massage the injured area if it causes pain.

 

9. Heat Massage

Heat Massage

Image: Shutterstock

Applying heat directly is another effective method to remove a hickey, even if it was formed two or three days ago. The heat helps to dilate the blood capillaries and help the flow of fresh blood, which in turn, clears the clot that has formed

What You Need

⦁ Clean towel
⦁ Hot water

How To Use
  1. Take the towel and soak it in hot water.
  2. Wring out the excess water and apply the towel to the affected area for five minutes. Repeat this process three times a day for quick and effective removal of the hickey.

An alternative method of using heat would be to gently use a hair dryer on the affected area while massaging it lightly with the fingertips. This will improve blood circulation, as in the case of the warm towel, and aid in fast hickey removal.

10. Rubbing Alcohol

This indispensable first-aid tool has long been a popular choice for removing hickeys. Thanks to its disinfectant and cooling properties, this widely used antiseptic can enable you to get rid of a hickey soon. Not only that, with 70% concentration of ethyl or isopropyl, alcohol kills bacteria and some viruses and fungi too. However, just remember to not overdo this one.

What You Need
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton pads/buds/balls
How To Use

If your hickey is fresh, then this mild counter-irritant with its soothing and disinfectant properties can help to get rid of it quickly.

1. Take a cotton pad, dip it in the rubbing alcohol, and apply it on the hickey.
2. Gently massage the affected area for a few minutes to help minimize any discomfort.
3. Once you are done with the massage, make sure you dab a moisturizing lotion as alcohol dehydrates the skin.

Tip: Consider this as a friendly warning – rubbing alcohol is denatured alcohol, which means it is non-edible alcohol.

11. Aloe Vera

11.-Aloe-Vera

Image: iStock

Used for medicinal purposes for centuries, aloe vera is another effective way to treat hickeys. Along with natural soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, the plant has a tendency to reduce the sensitivity of the injured skin and help the capillaries heal faster.

What You Need

Fresh aloe vera gel

How To Use
  1. Squeeze out aloe vera pulp from the leaf – you can find this gel under the leaf’s skin.
  2. Apply this gel directly on the affected area. Not only will this lessen the surface swelling and severity of your hickey, but will also keep your skin moisturized while it heals.

If not fresh gel, you can also use aloe vera-based creams and lotions that will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. These help increase the collagen production in your skin to promote healing. Simply slather a good amount on the affected area twice a day for three to four days to cure it completely.

Tip: You can store the remaining gel in a container or wrap the leaf with transparent plastic foil and keep it in the refrigerator. You can preserve it for about 20 days in the refrigerator.

 

12. Orange

12.-Orange

Image: iStock

We are aware that the juice and the peel of orange are used in several skin care recipes, but did you know that it is also handy to heal love bites? Yes, oranges can help to get rid of hickeys quickly. This is because oranges are high in vitamin C (has many healing properties), which is an essential nutrient that can strengthen the capillaries. It also helps in stabilizing collagen and repairing your skin.

What You Need

A glass of fresh orange juice (avoid packaged orange juice)

How To Use

Just after getting a hickey, make fresh orange juice and drink it regularly – twice or thrice a day should be good. This will help repair your skin quickly.

If oranges are unavailable, you can take other vitamin C-enriched fruits like guava, papaya, and other citrus fruits.

As an alternative, you can also take vitamin C supplements (about 500 milligrams) thrice a day for about a week. This will not only prevent the hickeys but will also help rebuild your collagen

13. Cocoa Butter

There are numerous benefits of cocoa butter. It moisturizes your skin, strengthens your damaged hair, and even helps heal your scars. Yes, cocoa butter, an excellent source of antioxidants, is the best salvation for people who are battling love bites. Derived from fatty acids (which consist of stearic, oleic, and palmitic acids), cocoa butter fights free radicals, hydrates your skin deeply, and leaves it incredibly soft and supple. So, if you are looking for a simple treatment, follow the steps below.

What You Need

⦁ Cocoa butter
⦁ Lukewarm water
⦁ Clean towel

How To Use

  1. As the hickey gets older, apply a warm compress. Take a clean towel, soak it in warm water, wring it out, and place it on the affected area.
  2. Once done, take little pieces of raw cocoa butter and gently massage on the hickey for about five to 10 minutes.
  3. Repeat this process four to five times a day. This will help in stimulating the blood circulation and aid in hickey removal.

Tip: Instead of the raw butter, you can also slather a good amount of cocoa butter in the form of a lotion, oil, or cream.

14. Tea Bag

14.-Tea-Bag

Image: iStock

Everyone is aware of the countless health benefits of tea – it repairs cellular damage, and reduces the risk of stroke and other diseases. But do you know that the used tea bags you are planning to discard are equally beneficial? The small tea bags (while they are still warm) are reusable and can work wonders for your skin.

What You Need

Used tea bags

How To Use

  1. Put a soaked (put the tea bag in boiling water for few minutes) or used tea bag on the hickey to provide relief and help it heal faster.
  2. Continue this for a few minutes until the warm bag cools off completely.
  3. Repeat this process for about four to five times. After several applications, you’ll feel its cooling and soothing effects that will help in getting rid of the hickey and its dark spots on the skin.

Once done, if required, clean the injured areas with a clean towel soaked in water.
Some people have also reported success when alternating this tea bag hot compress technique with icing. This method also works for healing bruises.

15. Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people also swear by apple cider vinegar to fade love bite marks. And why not? The product is rich in natural minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and acids, and is effective for almost everything — glowing skin, long hair, healing bruises, etc. Be it raw, organic, or unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar is the “mother” of health benefits.

What You Need

⦁ Apple cider vinegar
⦁ A bowl of warm water
⦁ Clean towel
⦁ Cotton pad

How To Use

  1. Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar in a bowl of water (four cups).
  2. Dip the clean towel in the solution, and apply to the hickey. You can spread the concoction over the area to reduce the intensity of the discoloration.
  3. Keep it on for a few minutes. The acids in the vinegar help balance the pH levels of the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe the hickey, and its acetic acid increases circulation and promotes healing.
  4. Repeat the method two to three times a day till the hickey heals.
  5. You can also take a cotton pad and soak it in undiluted apple cider vinegar for a few seconds. Dab the cotton pad on the hickey and secure it with a bandage. Leave it on for an hour or so.

16. Pineapple

16.-Pineapple

Image: iStock

Though pineapple is often associated with tropical locations and sunny weather, do you know that including pineapple in your diet can treat your hickeys completely and quickly? Pineapple contains bromelain, an anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory agent that can heal new scars. When the fruit is applied directly to the skin, it decreases the pain and effectively breaks down the blood proteins that clot to form love bites.

What You Need

⦁ Pineapple pieces or a bowl of pineapple juice
⦁ Cotton pads

How To Use

  1. In the first procedure, take a few pineapple pieces and gently rub them on the hickeys and the affected skin. Continue this process to get complete relief from the hickeys and reduce the intensity of the skin discoloration that is formed.
  2. In the alternate procedure, take a bowl of pineapple juice and soak a cotton ball in the juice for a couple of seconds. Remove the ball and wring it to remove the excess juice. Dab this ball on the affected area a few times. Allow it to dry. Continue this process until you get relief from the hickey completely.

17. Peppermint Essential Oil

A really fast alternative is to use peppermint oil on a hickey. Peppermint oil gives a soothing sensation and has a calming effect on the skin. This can help in relieving sore muscles during your massage or when added to bath water.

What You Need

⦁ Peppermint essential oil
⦁ Lavender essential oil
⦁ Sweet almond oil
⦁ Bandage or clean towel
⦁ Warm water

How To Use

  1. In the first procedure, take a small bowl and add all the essential oils in it, i.e., peppermint, lavender, and sweet almond oil.
  2. Mix well and directly apply it on the affected areas.
  3. Next, wrap your hickeys with a bandage. This method will help your blood to circulate, which in turn will reduce the swelling and cure these hickeys. Lavender oil helps in relieving the pain caused due to hickeys.
  4. Repeat this process for several times a day until your hickeys are healed.

Tip: Remember not to apply peppermint oil immediately on broken skin. You can just dab the oil around, but not on an open wound.

In the second method, soak a cotton ball in the peppermint essential oil and dab this oil directly on the hickeys. If a tingling sensation persists, don’t worry – it goes away in a few seconds, hopefully along with the hickey. Repeat this for not more than two times a day as it might cause skin irritation.

18. Warm Almond Oil

18.-Warm-Almond-Oil

Image: iStock

Almond oil is rich in vitamin E, zinc, potassium, monounsaturated fatty acids, and other vitamins and minerals. Almond oil acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, dilutes the blood clot and improves blood circulation to heal the affected area.

What You Need

Almond oil

How To Use
  1. Take some almond oil in a bowl and heat it in the microwave.
  2. Apply warm compress on the affected area.
  3. Now, take some warm almond oil on your fingertips and rub it gently on the affected area in a circular motion. Move your fingers from the center to the periphery of the hickey to aid in the dilution of the blood clot.
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.

19. Vitamin K Rich Foods

Vitamin K is an excellent anticoagulant. Since hickeys are caused by broken capillaries and blood clot, eating a good amount of foods rich in vitamin K will hep you deal with the situation. Eat brown rice, fish oil, green leafy veggies, turnips, basil, coriander leaves, thyme, parsley, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, cayenne pepper, okra, leek, asparagus, soybeans, figs, peaches, blueberries, and pears.

20.Vitamin C Rich Foods

Vitamin C helps to heal hickeys and skin tissues as it helps to form collagen. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Therefore, eating fruits or veggies that have a good amount of vitamin C will help to get rid of hickeys in no time. Here are a few fruits and veggies rich in vitamin C: Orange, kiwi, berries, chili, bell peppers, kale, broccoli, guava, tomatoes, papaya, etc.

21. Dry Heat Compress

Warm compress also helps to get rid of hickeys by improving blood circulation and diluting the clot.

What You Need

  • Clean towel
  • Skillet
How To Use
  1. Heat a skillet.
  2. Gently place a clean hand towel on the skillet for a few seconds.
  3. Place this warm hand towel on the hickey for five seconds.
  4. Repeat this three times.

22. Finger Massage

This is one of the best and simplest methods to get rid of hickeys. This method helps to restore blood circulation to normal levels and reduces discoloration.

How To Massage

Place your index fingertip in the center of the hickey and massage the hickey from the center towards the periphery. Do not be too harsh. Do this two to three times in a day.

23. Tuna Oil

Tuna oil is rich in omega-3-fatty acids and vitamin E that are essential for skin repair. When it comes to getting rid of an embarrassing hickey, tuna oil can be used on the affected area.

What You Need
  • Tuna oil
  • Lukewarm water
How To Use
  1. Dip your fingertip in the oil and apply it gently on the hickey.
  2. Leave it on for five minutes.
  3. Wash off with lukewarm water.
  4. Repeat this three to four times in a day.

24. Potato Slices

24.--Potato-Slices

Image: iStock

Ripe and fresh potatoes act as a natural bleaching agent and help to remove dark spots from the skin. This is why potatoes can be used to get rid of hickeys.

What You Need

Potato

How To Use
  1. Wash and peel the potato.
  2. Cut the potato into thin slices.
  3. Apply one or two of the potato slices on the hickey.
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  5. Repeat this three to four times a day.

25. Vinegar Compress

The acidic nature of the vinegar helps to reduce skin discoloration. Hence, a vinegar compress can be used to get rid of a hickey successfully.

What You Need
  • Vinegar
  • Pure water
  • Clean cloth
How To Use
  1. Take one tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water.
  2. Dip a clean cloth into the vinegar solution.
  3. Apply this cloth on the hickey and hold it there for 10 minutes. Be gentle.
  4. Wash with cold water.
  5. Do this twice a day.

26. Baking Soda

Baking soda is also helpful in getting rid of a hickey that is not too old. It helps to reduce skin discoloration and improve blood circulation.

What You Need
  • Baking soda
  • Pure water
How To Use
  1. Make a thick paste by adding five tablespoons of baking soda to a small amount of pure water.
  2. Apply this paste on the hickey and leave it on for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with cold water.
  4. Do this for twice daily until you get the desired results.

27. Eraser

27.-Eraser

Image: iStock

A pink pencil eraser can be used to get rid of a hickey, and it works like magic. It helps to dilute the clot and reduce the skin discoloration in just about 30 minutes.

What You Need

Pink eraser

How To Use
  1. Take a pink eraser and place it on the hickey.
  2. Twist the eraser to the right and left and move it around the hickey.
  3. Do this for two minutes.

28. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is rich in vitamin E and other fats that help to reduce clot formation and repair the broken capillaries.

What You Need

Peanut butter

How To Use

  1. Dab a small amount of peanut butter on the hickey.
  2. Rub it gently in a circular motion for two minutes.
  3. Wait for five minutes and again rub it for two minutes.
  4. Do this thrice.

29. Strawberries

29.-Strawberries

Image: iStock

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and salicylic acid that help to dissolve the blood clot and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. You may apply the strawberry on the hickey or eat a small bowl of strawberries to get rid of hickeys.

What You Need

A bowl of strawberries

How To Use
  1. Take two washed strawberries and mash them.
  2. Apply the mashed strawberries on the hickey and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash with cold water and pat dry.

30. Garlic & Onion

Garlic and onion are used to reduce swelling, redness, and any other topical trauma. A mixture of garlic and onion is very effective in removing hickeys.

What You Need
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Blender
  • Clean cloth
How To Use
  1. Take two cloves of garlic and one-fourth of an onion and toss them into a blender.
  2. Give it a spin to make a thick paste. You may add a little water.
  3. Take a clean cloth and put a teaspoon of the garlic and onion paste on it. Twist the cloth to close its open ends.
  4. Apply this compress on the hickey for no more than five minutes to avoid burns.
  5. Take a break for two minutes and then apply the compress again.
  6. Do not repeat this more than thrice a day.

31. Red Wine

Resveratrol, which is an active anticoagulant and prevents artery damage, is present in abundance in red wine. Hence, drinking red wine will help you to get rid of the hickey. If you do not want to drink red wine, you may apply it topically.

32. Popsicle

32.-Popsicle

Image: iStock

A popsicle is a good option when it comes to getting rid of a stubborn hickey. It will help reduce the swelling and inflammation in the affected area.

What You Need
  • Peanut butter
  • Popsicle
How To Use
  1. Take a small amount of peanut butter and dab it on the hickey.
  2. Now, take a small piece of the popsicle and rub it in a circular motion over the peanut butter.
  3. Do this for about a minute.
  4. Repeat this three to four times in a day.

33. Parsley Leaves

Parsley contains vitamin C, which is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Hence, parsley can be used to get rid of the inflammation, swelling, bruising, and skin discoloration.

What You Need
  • Parsley leaves
  • Mortar and pestle
How To Use
  1. Take a handful of parsley leaves.
  2. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the parsley leaves.
  3. Apply this paste gently on the hickey.
  4. Leave it on for five minutes.
  5. Wash it off with cold water.
  6. Repeat this twice a day to get the desired results.

34. Wooden Comb

34.-Wooden-Comb

Image: iStock

A wooden comb can also be used to get rid of a hickey. It increases blood circulation and dilutes the blood clot. Make sure not to apply too much pressure and rub the affected area with the comb for not more than a minute at a time.

What You Need
  • Wooden comb
  • Cotton
How To Use
  1. Take a small wooden comb.
  2. Rub the comb gently on the hickey for 15 seconds. Be careful not to irritate the skin.
  3. Dab a wet cotton over the hickey.
  4. Again, gently rub the comb on the hickey for 15 seconds.
  5. Do this two more times.

35. Cabbage

Cabbage contains vitamins C and K, which help to heal broken capillaries and reduce swelling. You may apply cabbage leaf topically or include it in your diet if you want to get rid of a hickey.

What You Need
  • Cabbage leaf
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Pure water
How To Use
  1. Wash the cabbage leaf thoroughly.
  2. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the cabbage leaf into a paste. You may use pure water for this.
  3. Apply this cabbage paste on the hickey and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  4. Wash with cold water.
  5. Do this twice a day.

36. Witch Hazel Tea

36.-Witch-Hazel-Tea

Image: iStock

Witch hazel has also shown to work effectively against hickeys. Witch hazel is abundant in tannins that prevent blood clots, heal the broken capillaries and skin tissue, and prevent inflammation.

What You Need
  • Witch hazel tea
  • Clean cloth
  • Arnica salve
How To Use
  1. Dip a clean cloth in witch hazel tea.
  2. Gently press this cloth on the hickey and hold for a minute.
  3. Do this twice a day.
  4. You may also add witch hazel tea to arnica salve and use your fingertips to apply it on the hickey.

37. Lemon Juice

37.-Lemon-Juice

Image: iStock

Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, which has anti-inflammatory property. Lemon juice can also be used to get rid of skin discoloration that is often associated with hickeys.

What You Need

• Lemon juice
• Cotton
• Coconut oil

How To Use

1. Take a tablespoon of lemon juice.
2. Dip a clean cotton swab into the juice and dab it on the hickey.
3. Leave it on for five minutes.
4. If you experience pain or irritation after applying the lemon juice, apply coconut or olive oil first and then apply the lemon juice.

38. Credit Card

Another easy technique is to use a credit card’s edge to massage the hickey and spread out the blood. This method may hurt a little, but it helps in fading away the mark.

39. Raise The Affected Area Above The Heart

Raising the affected area above the heart will prevent the excess accumulation of blood in the inflamed tissue, which might cause more damage.

40. Let The Hickey Rest

Give the hickey time to heal. Avoid bruising the area again and again since this may take a toll on your skin and can also sometimes prove fatal.

41. Medications For Hickeys

If any of the above methods couldn’t heal your hickeys and they are still causing pain, then you can take medications such as Acetaminophen (paracetamol), Aspirin, Excedrin, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or Naproxen (Aleve) to get relief from the pain and speed up the healing process.

a. Aspirin

Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug. It is good for treating a hickey because it dulls the pain and keeps blood platelets from adhering. This reduces the blood clot and eases the flow of subcutaneous blood (blood just beneath the skin).

b. Eye Drops

Usually, eye drops are used in order to reduce the redness in eyes. However, they can also do the same thing to an irritated area of the skin, like a hickey. The active ingredients in eye drops work to reduce redness and swelling of the hickey.

How To Use

1. Squeeze a few drops of the eye drops on the hickey to cover it completely. You may need to lie down so that the drops do not roll off.
2. Let them sit for one minute and wipe with a cotton ball or a clean towel.
3. Repeat this two to three times in a day.

c. Bromelain

You can also take bromelain health supplements for quicker recovery of the love bite. Please consult your doctor before taking any supplements to get rid of a hickey.

d. Vitamin K Cream

Vitamin K creams are effective in absorbing blood clots, and they also help to reduce the redness.

How To
Use

You can buy vitamin K cream from a pharmacy. Take a little amount of the cream on your index finger and gently apply it on the affected area. Do not apply pressure or massage. Do this two to three times in a day.

e. Excedrin

Excedrin helps to dilute the blood, prevents further clotting of blood, and improves blood circulation.

f. Vitamin E Supplements

Vitamin E supplements help to repair the broken capillaries and skin tissue in and around the affected area. Do consult with your doctor before taking vitamin E supplements.

g. Preparation H

The anti-inflammatory property of Preparation H makes it useful in treating undereye dark circles, puffy eyes, bruises, and internal wounds. This is precisely the reason Preparation H is also effective in treating a hickey. It reduces the discoloration and soreness within no time at all.

How To Use

Apply Preparation H cream or gel on the affected area and leave it on for 15 minutes. Do this two to three times a day.

h. Iodine Solution

Iodine has been used for ages to treat wounds and bruises. It can also be used to treat hickeys. Use low concentrations of iodine, as higher concentrations can have a poisonous effect.

i. Arnica Salve

This ointment helps to reduce bruising and swelling. Arnica helps to heal the skin tissue and repair the broken capillaries, which is why it is widely used to get rid of hickeys fast.

Note: Remember to consult a doctor or healthcare provider before taking any medicines to know the correct dosage for your body.

Back To TOC

B. Hickey – Body Parts

A hickey can form on any part of the body that has been sucked on or bitten. The body parts where love bites are usually given are:

⦁ Neck
⦁ Lip
⦁ Chest
⦁ Arm
⦁ Face
⦁ Chin
⦁ Stomach
⦁ Thighs
⦁ Ear or earlobe
⦁ Back
⦁ Hip

Back To TOC

C. How To Cover / Hide A Hickey

There is no instant fix that makes a hickey disappear, and it can be really embarrassing when you have an important event to attend right after the hickey has appeared. Here are some instant fixes that might come in handy when you need to hide your hickey for a couple of hours.

Makeup

Image: Shutterstock

1. Makeup

Makeup is one of the oldest, most common, and probably the easiest trick to get rid of blemishes. So, why not use this method to hide an embarrassing hickey? You can use any form of makeup product, whether it is a primer or a foundation, but ensure that it does not cause irritation to the injured area. Here are a few makeup steps on how to cover up a hickey.

What You Need

⦁ Primer
⦁ Concealer
⦁ Foundation
⦁ Translucent loose powder
⦁ Makeup brush or sponge

How To Use

  1. Pat on a makeup primer, like Topshop Beauty Airbrush Primer, over the area for extra staying power.
  2. Next, dab a concealer closest to your skin and hickey color.

Tip: Pick a green corrector if your hickey is purple in color – try Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer in green. If your love marks are yellow or green, we recommend Bobbi Brown Corrector.

  1. Once done, make sure you pick a good foundation and apply it quickly with the finger to cover up. Try Max Factor All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation. Make sure you blend it properly. You can also use a brush or a sponge to avoid any lines on the injured area.
  2. Finish it off by pressing loose powder directly onto the foundation to set it. We recommend Mineral Power Finishing Veil Translucent Loose Powder.

2. Bandaid

If makeup is not your area of expertise, then just put a band-aid on your hickey and blame a rogue pimple if somebody asks.

3. Cover With A Scarf

3.-Cover-With-A-Scarf

Image: iStock

A scarf is one of the best accessories you can use to hide your hickey. Just make sure to wear it in the right season. You do not want to draw more attention to yourself by wearing a scarf in peak summers.

4. Cover With Hair

Cover With Hair

Image: Shutterstock

For women who have long hair, using your hair to hide the love bite is the easiest road to take. Just keep your hair open and keep thick sections of it in the front. Make sure that your hair is in place all day and covering the hickey.

4. Wear A Collared Blouse

This is one of the simplest and best ways to cover up a hickey and avoiding all the embarrassment. Collared blouses are trendy, smart, and apt for office.

5. Give It Time To Heal

Time heals everything, and that is true for hickeys as well. Sometimes, hickeys are just too stubborn to go away in one day or in less than a day. Do not panic. Wait it out. That’s the best you can do to get rid of a hickey when nothing else is working.

Back To TOC

D. Hickey Looking Rash

Rashes that look a lot like love bites can develop on different parts of the body. They may or may not itch. Consulting your doctor is highly recommended in such a situation as these rashes may indicate underlying blood-related issues.

Back To TOC

E. Do Hickeys Hurt

A hickey is technically a bruise. So, yes, it might hurt after you have got one. The blood vessels under your skin burst, and when you touch the affected area, it might cause pain. However, some people may not experience any pain. In either case, be careful when you are using any of the methods listed to get rid of one.

Consult a doctor in case the pain becomes persistent and unbearable.

Back To TOC

F. How Long Does A Hickey Last

A hickey usually lasts anywhere between five to 12 days, if untreated. This period depends on the severity of the hickey, and may be longer in the case of a very severe hickey mark, or if you have extremely sensitive skin. Basically, the damage caused to your skin and blood vessels has to be repaired, and this repairing capacity depends on person to person.

You can help your body heal and get rid of a hickey quicker by using one of the many methods listed above. However, if the hickey does not heal and persists for longer periods of time, it may indicate an iron deficiency. Consult your doctor and take the prescribed medications to treat the iron deficiency and heal your hickey.

Back To TOC

G. Bad Hickeys And Dangers

Though hickeys might seem an innocent side effect of “good times” with your partner, it is always better to be little cautious.

⦁ Hickeys can leave scars on people with fair skin. Though this is not the case everytime a fair-skinned person gets a hickey, it is highly likely.

⦁ In cases where biting is involved in the process of giving a hickey, be careful as oral herpes can be contracted through this. Abstain from any sexual activity if your partner has oral herpes.

⦁ There was also an isolated case in 2011, where a woman in New Zealand was reported to have suffered a stroke because of a hickey, and this paralyzed her arm.

Back To TOC

Symptoms Of Hickeys:

When somebody bites, kisses hard, or aggressively sucks one’s body, the blood vessels beneath the skin surface rupture and cause a black-and-blue mark. This results in instant swelling and blood clot (a type of hematoma) in the affected area. While biting might be a part of giving a hickey, suckling is sufficient to burst small superficial blood vessels under the skin.

Don’t let our word of caution scare you and keep you from enjoying your time with your partner. Now that you know how to hide a hickey, what are you waiting for her? Try one of our home remedies and get rid of the hickey quicker than you imagined.

Hope you liked this post! If you have any suggestions, please feel free to write to us by commenting below.

Recommended Articles

The following two tabs change content below.
Profile photo of Charushila Biswas
Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.