Having a hickey or love bite as it is also known can be embarrassing when you want to wear clothes that do not cover your neck. A hickey is a result of hard kissing or sucking on the skin that causes pooling blood and broken capillaries and the skin will then turn purple or red.
The colour that you get of the hickey is because of the blood that dries under the skin because of the broken blood vessels. After the hickey is healed there will be no mark or scar that can indicate that you had a hickey.
It takes approximately one week for a hickey to heal. There are numerous ways that you can hide a hickey with natural home remedies, make-up or clothing.
For a hickey that is two or three days old you can use some heat to dispose of the hickey. The heat will dilate the capillaries by increasing blood flow that circulates around the hickey. Use a cloth and rinse it under warm water. Try to get the cloth as warm as possible without burning yourself.
Then press the cloth on the hickey for several minutes. You can also use a hair dryer on the hickey using your fingers to massage the hickey lightly to increase blood flow. Blow the warm air over the hickey while you massage it. Be carefull not to press the hair dryer against the skin because you can burn yourself.
A heat pack from the pharmacy can also work and it is the best option to use because the heat pack stays warmer for longer. Make sure to use heat on the hickey for at least two or three times a day. It will help the hickey to heal faster.
Using something that is cold on the hickey as soon as possible will also help to get rid of the hickey faster. A hickey forms blood clots and these blood clots need to be broken so that the blood can be spread out. The cold will help with this. Use an ice pack on the skin for about 15 minutes at least two or three times a day.
Do not put the cold directly on the skin because you can get an ice burn. Wrap the ice pack or ice cubes in a cloth before you apply it to the skin where the hickey is. You can also use a spoon. Cool the spoon in the freezer for a few minutes. Wrap it in a cloth and press it against the hickey until the spoon is not cold anymore. Do this several times a day.
The cold of the ice pack or cubes and spoon will help to stop swelling of the hickey immediately and it will reduce the size of the hickey considerably.
To massage the hickey immediately after you got it will help to take the colour out of it faster. Blood clots up under the skin resulting in the hickey getting darker. When massaging the hickey you will help to increase blood flow that will break down the blood clots. Use your fingers for massaging the hickey.
Start in the centre of the hickey and massage it to the outer edges. First start in circular motion in one direction and after a few minutes starts to massage in the opposite direction. Remember not to put too much pressure on the hickey because you don’t want to bruise it any further. Massage the hickey for about 6 to 8 minutes about three times a day to get the results that you want. To get faster results massage the hickey in one direction for up to a minute before changing direction for another minute.
Coco butter is a great healing agent and moisturizer for the skin as it contains vitamin C, E, A, B1, B2 and B3. Coco Butter as so effective that it is used to heal bruised skin, it is also used to treat other skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. Apply some heat on the hickey before you use the coco butter on the skin.
Apply the coco butter on the skin and massage it for about 5 to 8 minutes. You can do this several times a day to get results faster. The coca butter also help to promote new skin tissue on areas where the skin has been bruised. Coco butter is available at health shops and pharmacies. If they do not have coco butter ask for a cream that contains it.
Toothbrush and coins
You can also use a toothbrush and coins to get rid of your hickeys. You would want to get rid of the blood clots that formed when you got the hickey and to rub and massage the hickey is the best way to increase blood flow and to break up the blood clots. Be delicate when you use a toothbrush and make sure that you use a brush that you don’t use anymore.
Gently start brushing the hickey and the area around it to increase blood flow. If you brush too hard you might bruise the skin and the hickey will be more visible and it may stay for longer then. Brush the hickey for about 15 minutes and apply some cold after wards. The swelling and redness will be more visible but it will disappear after a few minutes.
Use a coin to scrape the hickey will also help it increase blood flow. Pull away the skin around the hickey and use the edge of the coin to scrape the skin. It will be a bit painful and the hickey will be redder but the redness will go away after a few minutes. Rub as hard as possible but not too hard that you break the skin.
Use inward to outward motions when you rub the hickey with the edge of the coin. You can apply some cold on the hickey after you have rubbed it to help reduce the redness and the swelling.