Medically speaking, a hickey is a subcutaneous hematoma that happens due to a blood vessel lining that is damaged. This lets blood escape into the surrounding tissues and skin. In layman's terms, a hickey is nothing but a bruise. It is often seen as a reddish mark brought about when a person bites or sucks the skin of another person too hard. This leaves a bruise that fades within a few days in general. However, there are some that last for weeks. If you are embarrassed to be seen with this love mark, there are ways by which you can get rid of a hickey. Here are some tips on how you can speed the healing of a hickey.
- Apply ice on the area with a hickey. This is the most commonly used remedy in getting rid of hickeys. Put a cold compress on the area for ten minutes. It helps in relieving the swelling and further reddening of the bruise by reducing blood flow on the damaged arteries. It is important that you apply ice as soon as possible so that you will only have to deal with a small amount of bleeding.
- After a day, apply hot compress on the area with a hickey. This helps in increasing blood flow so that the blood that has escaped because of the damaged lining will be recycled faster. Do this for ten minutes and then apply ice once again to reduce the swelling due to the heat introduced.
- Take vitamins to quicken the healing process and prevent bruising. There are a lot of vitamins that you can rub as a cream in the area with a hickey. They can also be taken orally as a vitamin supplement. Such vitamins include vitamin K, C, E and zinc. Vitamin K can be taken internally or as a cream. It plays an important role in blood-clotting hence, it helps in speeding up the healing process of hickeys. Vitamin C also hastens the healing process and vitamin E supposedly heals the damaged blood vessels faster. Zinc has a vital role in your body's metabolism and healing.
- Use herbal remedies. Although there are no supporting medical evidences claiming that these remedies are able to help in healing a hickey, there is no harm in trying. You can try using comfrey creams and apply it to your skin with a hickey. Comfrey is a common herbal remedy in treating bruises and cuts. Cabbages also has anti-inflammatory characteristics. Heat a macerated cabbage before you apply it on your skin. You can also try arnica, witch hazel and calendula creams on your skin to help in healing the hickey.
- Use make up to conceal the hickey. Using a concealer stick is the simplest and fastest way to hide a hickey. Use a concealer brush to blend it over the area. Since most hickeys are red in appearance, you can use a green neutralizing concealer. Cover it with foundation to hide it as much as possible.
Since most hickeys are on the neck, you can try wearing a scarf or a turtleneck to hide it if none of these suggestions work.