Part 1 of 3: Removing a Hickey
Cool the hickey. Apply an icepack or cold spoon on the hickey as soon as possible after you get it. You can wrap some ice in a towel, use pre-frozen ice packs or put a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes. Gently hold the cold compress to the skin for several minutes (up to 20 minutes, if it doesn’t feel too uncomfortable), remove the compress for several minutes, and then apply it again.
- If you’re using a spoon, you will need to chill the spoon in the freezer first. You must use a lot of pressure with the spoon but should see results over a few minutes of doing this.
Brush your hickey with a toothbrush. A new toothbrush is preferable, obviously. Many people swear by this technique for getting rid of hickeys. Here is what you’ll have to do:
- Lightly brush the hickey and the area around it with a stiff-bristled toothbrush or a comb. Doing this stimulates circulation, but pressing too hard can make the hickey worse, so be gentle.
- Wait about 15 minutes. The redness and swelling will spread, but will be less obvious after about 15 minutes.
- Apply a cold compress, as above.
- Repeat if necessary. Depending on the magnitude of your hickey, this method may work or it may just spread the discoloration a bit.
Scrape your skin with a coin. This method is the most painful, but it can give you real results. To do this, first, stretch the skin around the hickey flat by pulling away from the hickey on opposite sides. Then, use the edge of a large coin to scrape the skin. Use the coin like the hickey was butter on toast, and spread outward. You must press quite hard (as hard as you can, but not so that you break the skin, bleed or hurt).
- What some people believe this does is push the excess blood, which has escaped from the capillaries, out of the surface skin.
- There will be redness from the scraping, but that will go away much faster than a hickey. Even then, a scrape is much less conspicuous than a hickey.
Apply a layer of toothpaste to the hickey. Gently rub some toothpaste onto the hickey and leave it there for a few minutes. Then, when it stops tingling, remove the toothpaste with a warm washcloth. Wait 24 hours and repeat if necessary. You’ll see better results if you can do this as soon as possible.
Massage the area. This helps get blood circulation going and will help at the very least to lighten the damage. Gently place two fingers over the affected area and rub them in a circular pattern in one direction. After a minute, switch and rub your fingers in the other direction.
Part 2 of 3: Hiding a Hickey
Conceal the hickey with makeup. The most effective is green-tinted concealer, as it’s designed to negate red skin tones. First, use a thin brush to apply yellow corrector on the inside of the hickey, and use green corrector on the outside to negate the yellow tone. Then, apply a foundation (one a little lighter than your skin tone) directly on and all around the hickey so it’s not obvious you’re concealing something. After that, apply some concealer if that hasn’t done the trick.
Cover the hickey with clothing or hair. This is a great last-ditch effort, especially when it’s cold. Try wearing a turtleneck, scarf, or collared shirt, jacket, or blouse (dress appropriately for the weather). You can also try accessorizing with a necklace to draw attention away from the side of your neck.
- You can also style your hair (if it’s long enough) so it hangs over the hickey.
- Wear a shirt that draws attention to your chest and away from your neck. Don’t wear anything with elaborate designs around the neck area.
- Obviously, wearing a turtleneck in the middle of the summer will only draw more attention to your look.
Apply arnica salve to the hickey. Arnica is an herbal salve that some claim helps reduce swelling and can minimize the appearance of a hickey. Just be aware that there is no scientific support for arnica reducing swelling. Some people claim witch hazel will also shorten hickey healing time.
Apply Vitamin K cream to the hickey. Vitamin K may help reabsorb the blood stuck near the surface of the skin that causes the appearance of a hickey (more specifically the redness or brownness).
Part 3 of 3: Removing Stubborn Hickeys
Apply heat to a hickey that lasts more than a couple days. Saturate a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and hold it to your skin for several minutes. Reheat the washcloth with more water as necessary. Alternatively, you can try a reusable heat patch from the pharmacy – it stays hot longer, it’s easy to use and cheap.
Wait it out. Hickeys will usually fade naturally in a couple of days to a week. There’s no sure way to get rid of one other than waiting, so be patient and try to minimize or hide its appearance as much as you can.
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