We’ve all had them at one point in our lives: hickeys! They’re bruises, small reminders of a hot night that has gotten a bit out of control. Because there’s passionate kissing and then there’s hickey-making kissing. Usually made at the beginning of a relationship, hickeys are both cute and annoying at the same time. But whether you like them or not, hickeys are usually frowned upon and should be hidden. In today’s article we’re going to give you ten ways you can get rid of a hickey, because it is possible to get rid of them and it’s not as if they have any sex health benefits.
We know that this is not a way to actively get rid of a hickey, but hiding it will get rid of you and others seeing it, which sometimes can be good enough. Letting it heal on its own is a good thing, especially in the colder seasons when you can wear turtlenecks. So take out those sweaters and wear them with pride!
Removing a hickey with a coin is pretty surefire, but it can be a little painful. Hold the skin stretched and using the edge of a coin, scrape your hickey with it until the area becomes red and scratched. This method will help get rid of the bruise, which is what a hickey is, by creating a scrape else in its spot, that will heal much faster that a bruise.
The sooner you apply toothpaste to your hickey, the faster it will heal! It is important that the toothpaste contains mint, so it will tingle, but it won’t hurt. The mint will break up the blood vessels and you need to rub it on your hickey for a good 5 minutes or so. Afterwards, take a moist towel and remove the toothpaste. If it doesn’t work, wait a day and try again. If you try right away, you will irritate the skin.
Vitamin K helps your blood clot and without it we would bleed to death. This method of removing hickeys may be a slower one, but it does work. So, get some vitamin K cream from the pharmacy and rub it into the area of the hickey until it is absorbed. Do this a few times a day and in two days your hickey will be gone!
Another simple method to get rid of a hickey is to simply massage the area for 10 to 20 minutes. Use a bit of oil, so that you don’t irritate the skin and gently massage the bruise until the blood vessels are dispersed. This will take most of the color out of your hickey, but an outline may still persist, depending on how large or severe it is.
Our body needs vitamin C to repair itself and to create collagen, which helps our bodies produce new blood vessels and renew our cells. You can try drinking lots of fresh orange juice or get a vitamin C cream and rub on your hickey a few times a day. Vitamin C supplements can also work, but we suggest you do it the old fashioned with lemons and oranges.
The comb method of getting rid of a hickey works on the same principle as the massage does. The little fingers of the comb will force the blood to disperse, better than a simple massage will. You should be careful not to break or bruise the skin even more, though. Also, make sure you use a plastic comb, rather than a metal one, the teeth are much flexible.
Aspirin is known to thin your blood, but it actually doesn’t do that; the viscosity of your blood remains the same, but it does inhibit the aggregation of blood platelets, which makes your blood clot and cause bruises to form faster. Take one aspirin as soon as you’ve noticed your hickey; although it won’t totally remove it, it will make it less obvious.
Probably the best way to hide a hickey (and thus get rid of it) is through concealer. Apply some concealer on the hickey and blend really well. Make sure you get one in your color and choose a concealer that has high coverage, such as Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, it is the best one you can find!
Ice will work wonders on a freshly made hickey, although it does work on older hickeys, too. The ice will freeze the blood vessels, thus preventing the blood from rushing into the hickey and forming a bruise. We know that the thought of rushing to your fridge as soon as you’ve finished making out is not the most appealing thought, but if you don’t want your hickey, you’ll need to do it!
Have you ever tried any of our 10 ways to get rid of a hickey? Did it work? Do you have any other ways to get rid of a hickey that you would like to share with us? Drop us a line in the comment section below.