Who cares little biting and sucking here and there while having an intimate moment with partner. And suddenly, the once clear neck is now covered with red marks and bruises, oops! A hickey can last from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on the intensity of the bite. There are a number of ways to hide a hickey like wearing a turtleneck, scarf, using a concealer, etc. But there also exist some ways to speed up the healing process of the tiny, broken blood vessels under your neck skin.
So here, we have come up with few ways to get rid of a hickey (love bites) faster than usual.
1. Ice Cubes
This works when the hickey is fresh. So, if you notice a fresh hickey, take a towel and wrap it around 2-3 ice cubes and place it on your hickey marks. You can also use an icepack. Press the ice slowly and move it around the surface of your hickey. This helps is constricting the blood vessels which reduces the swelling.
2. Cold Spoon
Cold spoon works similar as the ice cubes or icepacks. The cold metal serves the same purpose of constricting the blood vessels and restricting initial blood flow to the area. Put a metal spoon in freezer for few minutes, take it out and gently press the spoon on the hickey. Make sure that the spoon covers the hickey completely.
3. Banana Peel
Cut a banana peel of the size of your hickey and place it on top of it. Make sure that it covers the entire hickey and then wrap it with a bandage. The Potassium and Tryptophan present in Banana peel help the hickey heal faster. Remove the peel after 10-15 minutes and wipe the area gently.
4. Pen Cap (or any Cylindrical Object)
A cylindrical object can be used to massage the skin which will help relieve the pain and increase the blood flow which will help the marks disappear faster. Place the object on the hickey and twist it. Keep it in the same position for about 20 seconds and keep repeating the same process for 15 minutes.
5. Heat Massage
Cold press helps the fresh hickey by constricting the blood vessels and hot massage helps the older hickeys to increase the blood flow by dilating the blood vessels which clears the clot that has formed. Heat massage can be done by placing a towel soaked in hot water on the affected area. Repeating this process twice or thrice a day will help speed up the healing of hickey.
6. Rubbing Alcohol
Since the alcohol contains disinfectant and cooling properties, it has been one of the most widely used first-aid item as an antiseptic which is also usable for healing a hickey. All you require is some cotton balls and rubbing alcohol. Soak the cotton ball in alcohol and apply it to the affected area. Don’t forget to apply some moisturizer as alcohol dehydrates the skin.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has naturally soothing and anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothing and healing hickeys. Aloe Vera gel can be scooped directly out of the leaf or can be bought in the form of lotions, or aloe Vera-based creams. And apply this gel directly to the hickeys to get rid of a hickey fast. It will also keep your skin moisturized.
8. Orange (or any other citrus fruit)
Citrus fruits contain high levels of vitamin C which helps in strengthening the blood vessels. Include vitamin C content in your food like drinking orange juice or taking vitamin C supplements (about 500mg) about thrice a day. Vitamins C has excellent healing properties and helps treat a hickey.
9. Tea Bags
Soak tea bag in boiling water for few minutes and then put it directly on top of the hickey and let it be there till the bag cools off completely. Repeat this process about five times. This will help in soothing the area and getting rid of dark spots of a hickey.
Use a soft bristled toothbrush and massage the area gently. Keep massaging the area for 2-3 minutes. Massaging the area will help push the clotted blood away from the center of the mark. After 5-10 minutes, apply ice cubes or icepacks. And repeat the process as necessary.
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