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Best Way to Get Rid of a Hickey

Updated on July 28, 2015

Hickey: Love mark, bug bite, kiss mark, bedsheet bruise, or love bite. Whatever you want to call it, you have one, it’s obvious and you need it gone!

It’s easy to get carried away in the heat of the moment, but when you are left with the evidence afterward, the timing is not always hickey-dorey!

Whether you need to get rid of it because you work a professional job, or you were fooling around when you shouldn’t have been, there’s a few things that you can try to help get rid of them faster, or at the very least, conceal them. So what’s the best way to get rid of a hickey?

With these things naturally lasting a week or more, we need to find the best way to get rid of a hickey, and fast!


Vanishing Hickies

Here are some ideas for getting rid of them faster:

  • The frozen spoon: place a spoon in the freezer for a couple of hours to get it nice and cold. Once frozen, cup it over the hickey areas until it is no longer cold, and repeat as many times as you can. If it’s too cold to handle, wrap a paper towel around it.

  • Cold compress: Any kind of cold compress, such as the spoon trick above, can help reduce bleeding within the hickey and make it go away a bit faster. Apply cold compresses such as ice packs multiple times a day in an effort to reduce the appearance.

  • Warm compress: Found this article two days after the fact? That’s fine! Use a warm compress to get new blood to circulate to the love bitten area!

  • Massage: Using your index and middle fingers, massage the area in gentle, small circles to help improve circulation to the area. For best results, do this a few times a day following a warm compress.

  • Peppermint essential oil: Peppermint essential oil works wonders at improving blood circulation, thus making it the perfect treatment for those hickies! Apply it once or twice a day over the affected area. If you have a particularly potent peppermint oil, be sure to dilute it with some melted coconut oil, olive oil, or fractionated coconut oil.

  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K is particularly useful in preventing blood clots and can help some of the blood in the hickey to be absorbed back into the body. Use a lotion with vitamin K, take supplements, or consume foods rich in vitamin K such as broccoli and kale.

  • Banana peel: Many people turn to the banana peel when they have a sunrise surprise on their neck. There’s something about placing the inside of a banana peel over the hickey for a half hour that helps to reduce the appearance.

  • Aloe Vera: This plant has many healing properties and is great for the damage done to the capillaries under the skin. It will help them to heal more quickly.


Tips for Concealing a Hickey

Sometimes even the best way to get rid of a hickey can fail. When all efforts have been exhausted to try to get rid of the hickey fast, it still shows and it’s obvious! For the really deep ones, sometimes all you can do is try to hide them, hoping they won’t scream out for attention. Here’s a few ways that you can hide those little buggers!

  • Concealer: Makeup can be the savior in this situation, just make sure it’s the right shade or it will be obvious what you’re covering up there!

  • Turtleneck shirt: If it’s wintertime, then you’re in luck! Pull out that ugly turtleneck shirt and sport the look for a few days! Better make it a black one with a matching beret to pull off the artist look!

  • Scarves: Lucky for you, scarves are in style right now, no matter what time of year it is. Hit your local thrift shop for some cheap and easy covers!

  • Hair down: If you have long hair, this is one time that it will be to your advantage. So as long as the hickey isn’t toward the front, wear your hair down and don’t forget why it’s down!

  • Face the other way: If worse comes to worse, try to talk to people with your head turned slightly the other way. This is a last ditch effort and it is very, very risky, but possible!

Once you get past this dilemma, set some ground rules for your lover. NO VISIBLE HICKIES!

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