How To Get Rid Of A Hickey ?

What is a Hickey?

It is a skin bruising secondary to intense kissing that resulted to sucking of the skin. It is popularly known as a kiss mark or a love bite. A hickey is formed when the small capillaries underneath the skin rupture as a result of intense sucking.

As the capillaries rupture, blood seeps out and form a clot to prevent further bleeding. It formed a reddish discoloration of the skin but eventually it dries out and changes its color to brownish to purplish.

It is called a love bite because it is a result of intense kissing and sucking, which lovers usually do to each other. For couples, a hickey is a mark of possession. Hickeys are commonly found on the neck, breast, nape, legs, thigh, and upper arms. (1, 2, 3, 4)

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Picture 1: Two hickey marks on a person’s neck.
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How long do hickeys last?

On a normal course, a hickey can last for a week or two depending on the location, size, and intensity. However, there are plenty of methods you can use to get rid of hickey the soonest time possible. What you need to know though is that hickeys are not dangerous. The bruising is permanent and does not cause damage to the surrounding blood vessels. (4, 5)

How to give a hickey?

Before giving a hickey to your partner, you have to make sure your partner is okay with it. Some people don’t like the idea of having a hickey, especially on the exposed parts of the body. They feel embarrassed and are afraid as to what other people will say or feel about them. If your partner is okay with it and you are uncertain as to how to give a hickey the right way, then follow these simple steps.

  • Foreplay – You just don’t give a hickey for no reason at all. It is a symbol of love that is why it is called a love bite. So, the first and important step in giving a hickey is to have a foreplay first. Start with a gentle touch here and there, massage, and kissing. By starting with a foreplay, you will be able to give a hickey to your partner in the most pleasurable way.
  • Location/spot – The ideal spot for hickeys are where the skin is soft such as the neck. Some people want to have a hickey on the breast part. It all boils down to personal preference and how open are you to having a hickey. (4, 5, 6)
  • Learn how to use your tongue – A hickey is not formed if you only use your lips. If you want to give a hickey in one try, then you need to learn how to use your tongue. The tongue is a powerful part of the body. Using it the right way when kissing can give a pleasurable sensation to your partner. Once you hear your partner moan while licking and kissing the skin, that’s the signal that you do a more intense kissing and sucking. Use your tongue and not your teeth. Suck for about 15 to 20 seconds making sure that your mouth is formed into a circle. For bigger hickey, you have to suck intensely, harder, and longer.
  • Wrapping it up – finish it up by giving a gentle kiss not only on the hickey mark, but most importantly on the lips of your partner. This makes your partner feel special and loved. (5, 6, 7)

Note: A hickey will not be formed right away after sucking. It will make the site somewhat reddened. However, after a few minutes a visible bruising and discoloration will form.

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Picture 2: A hickey can be less visible with the help of a makeup or concealer.
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Picture 3: A Band-Aid can cover a hickey.
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Picture 4: Covering a hickey with the right/appropriate clothing.
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How to get rid of a hickey fast and easy?

Getting rid of a hickey the fastest and easiest way depends on the size and severity of the hickey. Truth be told, it is impossible to thoroughly get rid of a hickey overnight. What you can do though is to hide the hickey. How to cover/hide a hickey? Consider the following ways:

Makeup/concealer

If you want to make your hickey go away in just a few minutes, then you should cover it with a makeup, specifically a concealer. It will not literally make the hickey go away, but it creates an illusion of a flawless skin. If you have a nice concealer and skilled at using makeup, then you can successfully hide a hickey and other skin blemishes.

A single layer of makeup or concealer is not enough to hide or cover the hickey, especially if it is a very good hickey. You need to cover it up with multiple layers of makeup.

  1. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone. A yellow-based concealer is the perfect shade for a primer coat.
  2. To thoroughly cover the redness of the skin, you need to apply another concealer. This time, the color should be somewhat greenish.
  3. Apply a foundation (body foundation/facial foundation)
    For the finale, you should apply a loose powder.

Band-Aid

Cover the hickey with a skin adhesive and do some white lies when someone ask you why you have a Band-Aid. A lot of people cover their hickeys with a skin adhesive because it is easy to use and hides the hickey in an instant.

Clothing

You can hide hickey by simply earing the right clothing. If the hickey is on your neck, you can hide it by wearing a collared shirt. If the hickey is on your arm, the best clothing is the one that has sleeves (8, 9, 10, 11)

How to get rid of a hickey?

There are many ways to get rid of a hickey. To make it easier for you to get rid of a hickey, you need to exert effort to get rid of it within the first twelve hours. The sooner the better. The recommended, tested, and proven effective ways to get rid of a hickey are as follows:

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Picture 5: A woman trying to remove the hickey on the face using the cold compress method.
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Picture 6: A frozen spoon is effective in removing a hickey overnight.
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Picture 7: Heat improves the circulation of blood and facilitates the healing process.
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Picture 8: A toothbrush can be a helping hand when trying to remove the hickey.
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A cylindrical cap such as the lipstick and pen cap can help remove the hickey image photo picture

Picture 9: A cylindrical cap such as the lipstick and pen cap can help remove the hickey.
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A frozen spoon is effective in removing a hickey overnight image photo picture

Picture 10: Getting rid of a hickey with the use of a coin.
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Cold method/Cold compress

Doing so can help stop the bleeding and inflammation. It also reduces the size of the hickey. Follow these steps for effective cold compress.

  1. Wrap ice in a wet towel.
  2. Gently place the ice pack on the hickey.
  3. Leave it there for about 3 to 5 minutes. Rest for about a minute and repeat the process.
  4. Do this for at least the whole day and you will see a significant improvement on your love bite. (10, 11, 12)

Spoon

Removing a hickey with the use of the spoon has the very same concept as the cold compress method. The only difference is that instead of using an ice pack, you are going to use a frozen spoon. Place the spoon on your hickey for at least ten minutes. Repeat the process several times a day. (12, 13)

Hot method/hot compress

For this method to be effective, you need to use it on the hickey within 48 hours. The concept of the hot compress method is to facilitate the flow of blood to the hickey part. Doing so can increase the reabsorption of blood thereby facilitating the healing process. To effectively get rid of a hickey using the hot method, you have to follow these steps:

  1. Use a warm bottle and place it on the hickey for at least five to ten minutes. Make sure that the heat level is tolerable. Do not use too hot your skin can’t bear or else you will end up burning yourself.
  2. If you don’t have a warm bottle, the best substitute is a towel soaked in a warm water. Gently apply the towel to your hickey. (12, 13, 14, 15)

Brushing technique

With the use of a soft bristled toothbrush, gently brush the hickey, applying gentle pressure. Do not apply too much pressure or else you will end up with further bruising and scratch. A vibrating toothbrush is more effective in removing the hickey. Do this method for at least five to ten minutes and repeat three to four times a day. (15, 16)

Cap method

This method is useful in removing a hickey overnight. What it does is it breaks up the blood and hastens blood circulation. It is more effective if you do it right after having a hickey. The cap method is done using these steps:

  1. Find a cap (lipstick cap/pen/chap stick).
  2. Place the cap on your hickey.
  3. Apply a gentle pressure to make sure you are not hurting yourself during the process.
  4. Gently twist the cap, just enough to twist the skin around the hickey.
  5. Let the cap and pressure stay there for about ten minutes.
  6. Gently release.
  7. Do this at least three to five times a day. (15, 16, 17)

Use minty products

Minty products such as a mint flavored toothpaste or peppermint oil can significantly improve the circulation of blood once put on the skin. Follow these steps to get rid of a hickey overnight with the help of a minty product.

  1. Get a peppermint product (oil, lotion, toothpaste).
  2. Apply a liberal amount of minty products on the hickey area.
  3. You will feel a tingling sensation. Once the tingling is over, that’s the time you remove the minty product using a warm damp towel.
  4. Repeat the method at least three times a day.
  5. Make sure you are not sensitive to minty products to avoid skin irritation. (17, 18)

 

Coin technique

You need to be extremely cautious when using this method. A single mistake can cause a lot of pain. If you are not sure as to how to use this method, then it is best to avoid it completely. To help you with this method, follow these steps:

  1. Find a coin.
  2. Gently pull back the skin on the side of the hickey. Carefully stretch the skin flat. You can pull back either side of the skin.
  3. With your coin, scrape the hickey away. It is more like scraping the bruising away. Doing so can make the hickey look less dark and dense.
  4. As you apply pressure several times, the skin will look red. Do not worry. It will eventually go away after a few minutes. As the color of the skin improves, the hickey becomes less visible too. (17, 18, 19, 20)

Gentle massage

You can use the power of your hand to make the hickey go away. A gentle massage using the right technique can significantly improve your hickey. It breaks down the clotting of blood, promotes proper blood circulation, and eventually make the hickey go away. The correct steps to massage a hickey are as follows:

  1. Before massaging the hickey area, you need to warm the skin using a warm pad or warm towel.
  2. Do the hot compress for about five minutes.
  3. Start massaging the area by rubbing the skin in a circular motion starting from the inside going outside. It helps break up the clot and pushes the blood on the sides.
  4. With your fingers, apply a pressure on the center of the hickey. Drag your fingers toward the edge of the hickey.
  5. Do not overly exert pressure or you’ll make the hickey look darker and bruised.
  6. Repeat the gentle massage for at least three times a day.

A hickey is a sign of love but making it noticeable or having it on exposed areas of the body can be somewhat over the top for many people. If you want to make your hickey less noticeable or completely go away in a day, then you have to try the steps mentioned above. They are safe and effective as long as done the right way. (1, 7, 9, 10, 11)

 

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