If you read this article, probably, you have got one trouble. Yes, a hickey is, maybe, the most unpleasant consequence of love. For somebody a hickey is a reason for pride or boasting. For others it is a real problem and they want a hickey vanish as soon as possible. As a matter of fact, a hickey is an inner haematoma without skin damages.
Here we have gathered the most popular and traditional ways of getting rid of hickeys. They are equally good for both situations: right after a too passionate kiss and in some time passed. We must warn you about one thing before you read this article: if you have any blood clothing disorders, it is necessary to call a doctor immediately in order to avoid bigger problems.
- The first method: Ice
- The second method: Brush your hickey
- The third method: A lucky coin
- The fourth method: White toothpaste
- The fifth method: Some massage
- The sixth method: Cosmetics to cover a hickey
- The seventh method: Clothes or hair
- The eighth method: Arnica balsam
- The ninth method: Iodine
- The tenth method: Fresh potatoes
- The eleventh method: Aloe infusion
- The twelfth method: Baking soda
- The thirteenth method: Cabbage leafs
- The fourteenth method: Vinegar compress
- The fifteenth method: Meat
- The sixteenth method: Garlic and onion mixture
- The seventeenth method: Anti-bruise medicines
- The eighteenth method: Solarium or sunbath
- The nineteenth method: Time
- The twentieth method: Eat strawberries
If you are “bitten”, a good way to get rid of hickey faster is to get some ice. Put some ice cubes into plastic bag or cover them into towel. Tenderly apply this cooling compress to your skin for maximum 20 minutes.
Then remove the compress for a couple of minutes and repeat applying. Instead of ice you can use anything made of metal (for example, a spoon) put into freezer, but you will need to put it back to freezer again right after every procedure. Besides, a spoon must be pressed to the hickey stronger, than a compress.
Warning: This method is good only if your hickey is on your neck or near it. Otherwise it is not recommended as you can freeze some of your organs and get sick. Remember to cover ice cubes with something as you can cut your skin with sharp edges.
Well, it is a strange method, but many people swear that it works. Take a toothbrush or a hairbrush and tenderly rub your hickey and an area surrounding it. Do not rub aggressively, as you will only make a hickey larger. Rub it for five minutes and then wait 15 minutes. Redness and a swallow will become larger, but in additional 15 minutes they will disappear.
Then you have to apply a cooling compress, as it has been described above. You can repeat a procedure if you need. Depending on the size of your hickey this technique can help you or make a spot little wider. As you understand, the trick is to make blood flow faster in the hickey to remove excessive blood from tissue.
Warning: It is necessary to use a clean brush; otherwise it is a risk to get an infection.
Maybe, this way to get rid of hickeys is the most painful and the strangest. You have to stretch your skin affected by hickey. Then take a coin and begin to rub your skin with its ridge. Imagine that your skin is a toast and you have to spear some butter on it with a coin. Do not press on your skin too heavily, as you can cause another bleeding; however, you have to make is strong enough.
Somebody affirms that this method helps to remove blood from capillaries. The rubbing will cause redness, but it will disappear faster, than a hickey. Anyway, if you need to explain, it is easier to explain redness than a hickey.
Warning: try to clean a coin as better as possible; do not be aggressive, as you can cut your skin.
Just put a layer of white toothpaste on the affected skin. When the prickling disappears, remove toothpaste with a warm sponge. You can repeat this procedure in 24 hours if needed. If you use toothpaste as soon as possible, the result will be better.
Warning: for this method you must use only white toothpaste. Do not leave it on your skin for a long time, as toothpaste has dewatering properties and can harm your skin.
Yes, massage is stimulation for your skin and bloodstream and it helps it to remove excessive blood from capillaries. Carefully massage your skin with two fingers. They must perform circular motions to one side and in five minutes to other side.
Warning: massage your skin tenderly, otherwise you can harm it. If you are not sure you can do it, ask for a more qualified help.
A very effective way to cover your hickey is to use specialized cosmetics with tint properties:
For example, you can find a special toner with green tint developed to mask redness.
Here are the steps to follow if you want to mask your hickey as a professional:
- Take a small brush;
- Apply some yellow consealer with the brush to an inner part of a hickey;
- Apply green toner to an external part of a hickey;
- They you have to apply some liquid powder to a hickey to remove an impression that you are trying to hide something.
Warning: Use only approved cosmetics. We advise you to follow all prescriptions and check yourself for a probable allergy for the components. Do not use too much cosmetics, as you can stop up your pores and have further problems.
However, there are some tips that you should follow:
- Wear clothes that will attract an attention to other parts of your body, but not to a hickey;
- Do not wear anything interesting on your neck;
- It is obvious that if you wear a sweater, for example, in July, you will be too attractive.
Warning: try to get clothes that let your skin breathe.
A good way to get rid of a hickey is to apply some arnica balsam on it. Somebody affirms that this balsam helps to remove swelling and a hickey. However, this method is not scientifically proved, so we cannot be 100% sure.
Warning: use only those remedies in which you are 100% sure. If you do not know about the nature of a remedy, it is better to ask a professional for help.
Weak iodine tincture is a great remedy for any bruises, including hickeys. It doesn’t only hide a hickey; it can make it vanish much faster. All you need to do is to draw a net with iodine on your hickey.
Warning: use only weak solutions of iodine. Pure iodine and its concentrated solutions are poisons for our organisms.
Potato is a great vegetable that has a famous curing property. It is used to get rid of different problems, including hickeys.
Here is a recipe:
- Cut some rounds from potato;
- Apply one potato round to a hickey;
- Keep it for 20 minutes;
- Then change a potato round for another;
- If you want, you can massage a hickey;
- Repeat the whole procedure for an hour every day.
Warning: use only fresh and ripe potatoes. Green potatoes contain poison, and rot ones can contain dangerous germs.
After infusion is ready, moisten some pieces of cloth with it and make a compress. Keep the compress on your hickey for maximum 10 minutes.
Warning: Be 100% sure that you have an aloe, but not something else. If you are not sure about a plant, do not use it for curing and ask a professional for help. Do not use any plant for curing that are not mentioned here.
If your hickey is not too old, you can make a good cure from backing soda. All you need is to dissolve as much soda as possible in water. The solution must be like sour cream. Apply this paste on your hickey and wait for 10 minutes. Then wash the solution off.
Warning: Mix soda only with pure water. It is a very tender substance and it can react with many other substances. The results of such reactions can be poisonous.
Simple cabbage is a very popular vegetable among alternative medicine fans. It is considered as a great remover of effects of bruises and injuries. Just apply a cabbage leaf to your hickey and wait for an hour. You can repeat the procedure if it is needed.
Warning: If you are not sure that you are going to use cabbage, do not perform this method. Carefully clean leafs from any dirt before applying it to your skin.
Another good method for removing a hickey is a vinegar compress. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water and moisten a piece of cloth with the solution. Apply the compress to a hickey and wait 10 minutes. Then remove a compress and wash your skin.
Warning: Be sure to dissolve vinegar only in pure water. Do not leave a compress on your skin for much time, or you can harm it.
Some fresh meat (beef) can help you with your hickey if it is not too old. Just take a piece of beef and apply it to your hickey. Keep it for 15 minutes and repeat the procedure in half an hour.
Warning: Please use only fresh meat for this procedure. Wash your face carefully after the procedure.
These vegetables are known in alternative medicine. They can remove swelling and redness and cure your hickey at all.
Here is the recipe of a hickey curing compress:
- Take equal amounts of garlic, onion and salt.
- You cave to chop or powder the ingredients to get a homogeneous after mixing them. It is better to use blender.
- Then take a piece of cloth and put a paste on it.
- Apply this compress to your hickey. Don’t forget to put a cloth between a compress and skin in order to avoid burns.
If you do not have blender or one of the ingredients, you can just apply some cut onion or garlic to your skin for a short time as an alternative to the method.
Warning: Garlic and onion can harm your skin because of different substances they contain. It is dangerous to apply a compress for more than 10 minutes. Otherwise there is a risk to get a serious burn. Do not repeat this method more than once a day.
This method is very good, as nowadays you can find any kind of medicine you need. Some anti-trauma creams can help you with hickeys. Usually they have to be applied to the skin two or three times a day.
They can remove pain (for the cases of extreme hickeys), swelling and redness. However, even this method cannot guarantee you a very fast effect, so, maybe, you will need to mix it with other methods of hiding your hickeys.
Warning: Please read all the prescriptions to the medicines. Check yourself for a probable allergy to components. Use only approved and certified kinds of medicines.
It is a good method of hiding a hickey. Your skin’s color will become equal everywhere. However, going to solarium can be an expensive way, and going to the beach for sunbathes can reveal your hickey to everyone. So we advise you to do it alone, if you do not want to answer unpleasant questions.
Warning: Solarium and sunbaths are strongly prohibited to those people who are suffering from different skin problems. If you are not sure if you have a skin disorder, please contact your doctor before taking sunbaths and going to solarium.
The method with 100% efficiency is waiting. As it was told before, a hickey is a simple haematoma, so it will disappear in a week or little more. Yes, you do not have to do everything, but you will have to hide it all that time if you do not want to be ashamed.
Warning: If you want to wait, try not to perform any manipulations with your hickey, because you can turn 1 weak of waiting into months.
Strawberries contain lots of salicylic acid. This acid has a strong blood fluidifying effect, so it can remove excessive blood from an area of a hickey.
That’s how you can hide or cure your hickey. The methods are very different and they are of different nature. Some of them are proven by years and humans’ experience, others have a scientific proves. Anyway, if you cannot get rid of your hickey, you can try to alternate the methods or mix them with each other.
However, the top one method to get rid of a hickey is not to get it. Yes, we understand, that situations may differ, but you can always warn your beloved person that you do not want such proves of his or her love.
At worst, when you are caught with a hickey and asked a question about it and you do not want to tell the truth, you can explain a hickey as it is a bruise: you were hit or injured by something.