In the heat of the moment, we often don’t think clearly and a sizzling make out session can escalate to our neck or other body parts. Even though those love bites also known as hickeys aren’t so bad, they can take a week or two to subside and disappear completely. During this time, not everyone around you will be happy to see the kiss marks on your neck and you’ll have to answer all sorts of questions about them. To avoid such embarrassing situations, you will probably want to know how to get rid of the hickey as soon as possible.
What is a hickey?
A hickey is a bruise which appears as a result of biting or aggressive sucking of soft skin usually around the neck. When somebody sucks hard on soft skin, they can cause the small blood vessels called capillaries to rupture and let blood seep out into the surrounding tissue. The blood that has collected beneath the skin is red at first but then, when it stops getting oxygen and starts drying out, the blood turns into a dark purple or brown color.
A hickey can last for a week or two, but it can be treated in the same way as any other bruise. There are many home remedies that can speed up the healing process.
Here’s how to get rid of hickeys fast and easy:
Step 1 – Cold Compress
Applying a cold compress is the fastest way to get rid of love bites. You can use ice wrapped in a towel and apply the cold compress on your recent hickey. You can also use a metal spoon. Put the spoon in the freezer for half an hour and then press the back side of the spoon directly to the affected area. The pressure applied by the cold spoon regulates the blood flow in the body, removes the blood clotting from that area, reduces the redness and prevents swelling. For best results, you’ll want to apply the cold compress in the first 24 to 48 hours after acquiring the hickey.
Step 2 – Warm Compress
The cold compress is effective only in the first 48 hours. After that, you’ll want to switch to a warm compress. The change in temperature will reduce redness and increase blood flow to the affected area. This will speed up the entire healing process and your bruise will disappear quickly. The warmth will also supply oxygen and other nutrients to lessen the pain in the bruised area. Simply apply a heating pad or hot water bottle on your bruise. However, do not apply a warm compress for longer than twenty minutes at a time.
Step 3 – Massage
You can massage the bruise to break up and spread the blood around. Massaging the hickey with a toothbrush or a pen cap can help facilitate blood flow to that area and your hickey will heal quickly. Just take a toothbrush with stiff bristles and brush the hickey gently. Apply pressure, but not too much, unless you want to end up scratching the skin and causing more damage. After massaging the area for five to ten minutes, get a cold compress and apply it again for ten minutes.
Step 4 – Treatment
The ice, the warm compress, and the massage will all speed up the healing process. However, you may want to treat the skin in order to make the kiss mark disappear more quickly. You can apply aloe vera gel, which is one of the best natural moisturizers. Aloe vera can reduce the sensitivity of the affected area and also has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties which can heal the damaged blood vessels under the skin. You can also apply a vitamin K cream which is great for treating bruises because it prevents blood clots.