Neck nibbling. Yes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets a hickey. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had that “oh crap” moment when you look in the mirror and discover that love has left its mark on you.
Look, the truth is there’s no magic remedy that will make it instantaneously disappear. Hickeys happen when the blood vessels under your skin get broken. So that temporary love tattoo is actually a bruise. And those take time to heal.
On the upside, there are a lot of little tricks you can use to help a hickey fade faster.
So if it’s not turtleneck season and you don’t feel like flying your freaky-deeky flag in public, here are 10 tips that should help you with your hickey.
You’re Going to Need Ice: Stat!
The minute you realize you’ve been branded by Count Suck-U-La, it’s time to take action. So grab an ice pack or a cold compress and apply it to the area.
The cool temperature will reduce the flow of blood out of your vessels and into your skin, which will hopefully make your hickey less big and scary.Some people even chill a spoon in the freezer and put that on their hickey. Whatever you choose, be sure to apply it for 10 minutes several times a day for the first 48 hours.
Day 3: It’s Time for a Warm Compress
Now that you’ve cooled down, it’s time to heat things up again. Same drill here but with a warm compress instead of a cold one. Apply it for 10 minutes several times a day.
This will increase circulation to the area which is exactly what you need to speed up the healing process (and possibly reduce embarrassment).
Now it’s Time for a Little Massage (Not with a Partner)
A gentle massage will also help stimulate blood flow and help that bedroom bruise fade faster. Just make sure to go easy. Too much pressure could actually make it worse.
You can even use a little peppermint essential oil which is known for stimulating circulation. But don’t apply it directly to your skin. You’ll want a carrier oil like coconut or almond to dilute it.
For every 1 or 2 drops of essential oil, use 12 drops of carrier oil. And of course, test it on a small patch of skin on the inside of your arm first.
Once you know it’s safe, you can apply it a few times a day with your massage. It will also keep you smelling minty fresh!
Apply a Banana Peel. Yes, You Read That Right.
As weird as it sounds, the inside of a banana peel is actually loaded with vitamins and nutrients that can reduce signs of bruising.
You can rub the peel on your love bite for up to 30 minutes or until it turns brown. Try it a couple of times a day.
(And if you can’t eat that many bananas, go ahead and freeze them for your smoothies!)
The Hickey Diet: Lots of Vitamin K
Vitamin K is super important for your blood clotting process. Be sure you’re getting enough. Chowing down on foods like brown rice, broccoli, kale and spinach is good for you and good for your hickey.
Also, topical vitamin K creams have been shown to speed up healing of skin and bruises, so it may be worth getting your hands on a tube.
Vitamin C Is Your Friend
As you probably already know, vitamin C is like a superhero for the skin. It’s anti-oxidant and may boost your skin’s collagen and strengthen the tissues around your blood vessels.
Translation: It helps you heal faster!
You can apply vitamin C cream directly to your hickey. Again, not a miracle cure. But it should speed things up. Eating some extra citrus wouldn’t hurt either. Now is a good time to snack on oranges!
Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe helps heal sunburns because it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The same goes for your sexy little souvenir. Feel free to slather it on a couple of times a day, at least.
Personally, I always prefer organic skin products. Be sure to read the label to make sure you’re getting real aloe vera and not a bunch of chemicals. Your skin will thank you!
Use Soothing Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter has become a popular skincare product for a reason. It’s packed with fatty acids and phytochemicals that nourish skin and improve elasticity.
That’s why it’s so effective for smoothing scars, stretch marks and wrinkles.
Be sure to keep it in your emergency kit in case of hickey trauma. It may help you heal faster and it feels great on your skin.
Arnica is an herb that’s often used to treat pain, swelling and bruising. You can usually find it at your local pharmacy in ointments, gels or even homeopathic pellets.
If you decide for a cream or ointment, try to find one with at least 20 percent arnica and apply it a few times a day. This is another remedy that’s good to keep around in your medicine cabinet.
Just in case you get lost in the moment again.
Comfrey is another plant-based remedy that may help with your hickey emergency. It’s used to treat wounds, bruises, pain and swelling.
You can find it in creams, gels, oils and salves.
I’ve never used it on a hickey before, but I have used this salve by Country Comfort with aloe and comfrey on a cut before. And I was amazed at how fast it healed.
When it comes to hickey first aid, you need all the help you can get.
The End of Hickey Trauma
There you have it. We hope these handy hickey hacks will help that love bite fade faster.
Try to be patient and remember it may take a little time. But if you just can’t wait, you can always put a temporary tattoo over it. Hey, it’s either that or a scarf!
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