Ok, in the heat of the moment, a hickey may have seemed like a great idea, or perhaps alcohol consumption played somewhat of a role in your clouded judgement, but the next day, when you see the mass of red and purple on your neck, or anywhere else on your body, all of a sudden what was once a great idea a few hours previous, is now in fact a pretty idiotic one. If you’ve got class, work, a family function, or even just daily errands in public to run, you’ll want to get rid of your hickey as quickly as possible, and rightfully so. A hickey, also known as a love bite, or a kiss mark, is basically a form of bruise, which in some cases, can actually look pretty dramatic. They’re caused via broken capillaries on the skin, and although they heal over time, just like with other bruises, they certainly aren’t going to vanish overnight. There are however, ways of helping to speed up the healing process and get rid of hickeys much quicker than usual. Here are a few tips on how.
Use a cold compress – In order for a hickey to heal, blood clots have to be broken up in order to allow the blood to spread out. This process can actually be sped up by applying a cold compress to the affected area of skin as it constricts ruptured capillaries and can therefore reduce bleeding. One of the simplest forms of cold compress is to place ice cubes in a paper towel and apply them to the skin for around 10 – 15 minutes. Repeat this process 2 – 3 times throughout the day, and always use a paper towel as ice directly on the skin will result in painful ice burn. Alternatively you can use a bag of frozen food wrapped in a towel, or if you have one, a professional cold compress.
Natural peppermint – Peppermint is another very effective treatment for hickeys as it helps to enhance circulation, which also helps to speed up the healing process of the capillaries. To use natural peppermint oil, apply it directly onto the skin, no more than twice per day. To begin with you will feel a slight tingling, though that will quickly subside and pass.
Massage the area – Again, one of the main reasons why hickeys tend to look so dramatic is because of blood underneath the surface of the skin which has pooled up and is unable to go anywhere. In order to help the blood to move and to break up blood clots, gently but firmly massage the skin on the affected area using two fingers in a circular manner clockwise for two minutes, before switching to anti-clockwise in the opposite direction.
Hide it – Whilst the above treatments will speed up the healing process, they aren’t miracle cures and so if you do need to be somewhere public 24 – 48 hours after getting your hickey, the best way of removing it is to hide it. If it’s on a part of your body that can be hidden, the neck for example: wear high collared shirts or scarves perhaps. Alternatively you can use makeup such as foundation or concealer.