Get Rid of a Hickey
How do you get rid of a hickey? So, you were out with your girlfriend or boyfriend last night; things got fun. You woke up this morning to get ready for work, school, the family barbeque, who knows and after brushing your teeth you look up in the mirror and ‘AHHH!’ So, you have a hickey and grandma probably won’t be a fan. What on earth do you do?
The methods below are the tried and tested ways of getting rid of hickeys as fast as possible. You should be aware though, even these methods don’t have instant results. If you need your hickey gone and you need it gone now, the best thing to do is to learn how to hide a hickey. If you have a method that works for you and isn’t listed below, let us know in the comments and we’ll add it!
Before you go and start to get rid of hickeys, there are a few things that are important for you to know. First of all, methods using cold are best used as soon as possible after receiving the hickey. The sooner, the better, though within the first twelve hours is generally the best. Second of all, methods using heat are great for a hickey that has stuck around for two days or longer. Using methods that have to do with heat right after you get a hickey can make it much worse and make it much harder to remove a hickey! Lastly, yes, your hickey is bad and your friends will laugh or your mom will kill you or whatever, but use your head! If you are too aggressive with your hickey, you can cause scrapes, burns, or real bruises (which will turn greenish instead of red/brown). Be safe, and be smart. Without any further ado, go get rid of your hickey and leave a comment to let us know how it went!
Method One – The Cold Method
As mentioned before, this method is best used as soon as possible after receiving the hickey. When you get a hickey, blood flowing through the area leaks out through ruptured blood vessels and clots under the skin so, one good way to help is to stop more blood flowing to the area and thereby reduce the size of the hickey.. Making an area colder reduces blood flow.
- Wrap ice in a paper towel and place it on your hickey. Press firmly and slowly move the ice around the surface of the hickey and the areas just around it. Try to leave the ice on for twenty minutes and then remove it for twenty minutes. Repeat as much as possible for the first day.
- You can also use an ice pack or, frozen spoons (a common method). Place several metal spoons in the freezer for at least ten minutes. Take a spoon and rub it against your hickey. Once the spoon is no longer cold, return it to the freezer and use the next one. The cold helps stop blood flow to the area and the rubbing can move around and break up the blood that has already coagulated in the area.
- Warning! Don’t place ice directly on your skin. Always use an ice pack or put something between the ice and your skin.
Method Two – The Hot Method
Use this method to get rid of a hickey that has stuck around for at least 48 hours. Once, the burst blood vessels have healed, what is left is the blood that has collected under your skin. That blood will slowly disperse and be reabsorbed into your body. Heating up the area of the hickey will increase blood flow to the region, quickening the reabsorption of blood and helping to remove the hickey.
- Place a hot water bottle or warm compress on the area of the hickey for 10-20 minutes.
- If you don’t have a hot water bottle or warm compress, you can heat water, soak a towel in the hot water, and use that instead – just make sure it’s not too hot!
- Warning! Do not use the hot method within 48 hours of receiving the hickey. The burst capillaries may not have healed completely, and increasing blood flow to the area could make your hickey bigger!
Method Three – Toothbrush / Comb
This method helps to break up and spread the blood around, making it easier for your body to clear away the signs of the hickey.
- Take a stiff-bristled toothbrush (you can substitute with a comb) and ‘brush’ the hickey. Make sure you apply pressure, but not too much as you can end up scratching the area or causing more damage and swelling. Some people use vibrating toothbrushes.
- After doing this for five to ten minutes, apply a cold compress for ten minutes and then repeat as necessary.
Method Four – Lipstick or Pen Caps
Just like the toothbrush method, this method helps to break up blood and increase blood circulation to the area. Try using this method several times a day starting a day after you receive the hickey.
- Find a lipstick cap, pen cap, Chap Stick cap, or really any small cylindrical object.
- Place the cap directly on top of your hickey.
- Press down hard into your skin (this method requires a lot of pressure but again, make sure you don’t hurt yourself or make the hickey worse!).
- While pressing down, twist the cap so your skin twists around it. Try to get a half or even a whole twist of the cap.
- Hold in this position for ten to twenty seconds and then release.
- Repeat several times for ten to fifteen minutes.
Method Five – Peppermint / Mint Toothpaste
Peppermint oil and mint-based lotions can help to increase blood circulation. If you don’t have access to either of these, than a mint toothpaste can help as well.
- Get peppermint oil, mint oil, a lotion like mint-east, or, if you can’t find any of those then mint toothpaste.
- Apply a layer to the area of your hickey. This will begin to tingle.
- Once the tingling has stopped, remove the toothpaste with a warm damp towel.
- Warning! You can repeat this treatment, but don’t do it too much as it may cause local irritation of the skin. This method works very well to increase circulation and break up the clot.
Method Six – The Coin Method
This method can be slightly painful, but often helps. Make sure to be careful when using this method – don’t make your hickey any worse than it already is!
- Find a coin (penny, nickel, quarter, euro, rupees, no need to be picky!).
- Use two fingers to pull back the skin on either side of the hickey and stretch it flat.
- Use the edge of the coin and try to literally ‘scrape’ the hickey away. What you are trying to do here is to break up and push around the blood from the hickey so that it is less dense, less dark, and easier for your body to absorb.
- Make sure you scrape outward, that is, away from the center of the hickey.
- Your skin will be red from the scraping when you are done, but this will go away in a few minutes and hopefully your hickey will too!
Method Seven – Massaging
Massaging a hickey works on the same principals as the toothbrush, lipstick caps, and coin methods. Massaging can help break up the blood clot and also increase circulation throughout the area, helping to get rid of a hickey.
- Apply a warm towel or heating pad from your local pharmacy to the area of the hickey. Once the area is warm, use your fingers to firmly massage the area.
- Rub in a circular motion from the inside of the hickey outwards, breaking up the blood clot and pushing the blood away from the center of the hickey.
- Place your fingers on the center of the hickey and apply pressure. Slowly drag your fingers towards the outer edges of the hickey.
- Repeat several times throughout the day.
Method Eight – Medicine, Medicine, Medicine!
There are a few medications, lotions, and creams that can help with the pain of a hickey and that can help remove a hickey.
- Warning! Do not mix any medications without consulting a doctor beforehand and make sure you know of any sensitivity you may have to different medicines before trying any of the following.
- Aspirin: Aspirin helps pain, but also thins blood which increases blood circulation. Do not take aspirin right after getting a hickey as it can make things worse. Twelve to twenty-four hours after you receive the hickey, however, Aspirin can help to make it disappear faster.
- Excedrin: Excedrin contains Aspirin, Caffeine, and Acetaminophen. Aspirin and Caffeine help to thin blood and increase circulation, thereby helping your body heal the hickey faster. Acetaminophen will help get rid of the pain if your hickey is a bad one.
- Vitamin K: There are many Vitamin K based creams out there. Vitamin K prevents coagulation (blood clots) and is used to help treat bruises (which is what a hickey is!) by helping your body reabsorb the blood that has gathered. Vitamin K is great to help speed up the hickey healing process.
- Vitamin E / Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is a moisturizer that will help reduce the sensitivity of the area. Vitamin E (which is often coupled with Aloe Vera in pharmaceutical products) helps the burst capillaries under your skin heal faster. This should be used as soon as possible after receiving the hickey.
- Preparation H: Though designed for other uses, Preparation H works well as an anti-inflammatory and some people swear by it when treating hickeys.
- Arnica Salve / Witch Hazel: Both of these homeopathic ingredients are used frequently for treating bruises and inflammation. Witch Hazel contracts blood vessels that have been damaged back to their normal size. Both ingredients may help get rid of a hickey.
Method Nine – When All Else Has Failed
You have tried every single method on this site, but the hickey is still there and you have the most important interview of your life in half an hour – what do you do? You may well be beyond the point where hickey cures are going to save you. It’s time to shift gears and learn how to hide a hickey!
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