10 Ways to Remove Hickeys
1) Use Ice
Wrap some ice in a cloth and apply it on the hickey for 15 minutes every hour. The logic here is that the ice will freeze the blood vessels and prevent the blood from going to your hickey, lessening the red marking on the skin.
2) Give it a massage.
Massage the affected area for several 5-minute sessions and the blood will be gradually dispersed, making the mark less visible.
3) Use a comb or toothbrush.
The principle is similar to a massage as blood is dispersed and slowly forced back to its vessels. Use a comb or toothbrush to gently spread out the blood from the hickey area. Combined with a massage, this is one of the most effective ways of getting rid of your love bite.
4) Use a frozen spoon.
Take a spoon, wet it and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Next, take the cold spoon and put it on hickey on your neck area. This will decrease swelling and redness. Once the spoon warms up, put it in a cup of ice to let it cool down again. After 5 minutes, you can re-apply to your hickey. Repeat until the swelling and the redness subsides.
5) After 24 hours, use heat.
Apply a heat pack or warm compress on the hickey. The heat will allow the blood circulation in the area to normalize, and decrease the size and redness of your kiss mark.
6) Apply toothpaste on it.
Toothpaste has mint, and applying it as soon as you can breaks up the blood vessels. It will cause a bit of a tingling sensation. Let it stay for a few minutes and use a warm wet towel to gently remove the toothpaste. Don’t re-apply immediately since toothpaste can be harmful to the skin. Wait at least 24 hours before repeating the procedure.
7) Use Arnica Salve or Vitamin K.
The Arnica Salve medication ointment is effective in treating bruises, swelling and inflammation. It also reduces pain and body aches. Arnica Salve cream is said to speed up healing of bruises. Vitamin K on the other hand is a cream that helps prevent coagulation of blood. This process can be gradual, but is effective. If you’re not really up to applying heat or cold packs or giving your hickey a massage to get rid of it faster, there are also ways you can hide it.
8) Use concealer.
With a little concealer and some translucent powder, your love bite won’t be too obvious anymore. Just make sure to blend your makeup well, and use a shade that blends well with your normal skin tone, or else, you’ll only be making it more apparent.
9) Wear a turtleneck or use a scarf.
Nobody will question your choice of clothing. Just make sure that it’s not 100 degrees outside. Also, if you’re wearing a scarf, check from time to time if your hickey is still being covered.
10) Put a band-aid on it.
If the hickey is small and you already did a bit of massaging on it, then you can just apply a band-aid strip on it instead of wearing a scarf. It will be less noticeable and won’t ask for too much attention.
Hickeys are not bad, per se. It just takes a bit of discretion and responsibility with your actions to show affection to your loved one so you won’t have to worry about this type of issue next time.
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