Healthy Living

How To Remove A Hickey Fast: 5 Sure-Fire Tricks

So one thing led to another and before you know it, you and your significant other are all up in each other’s face, leaving some nasty looking hickeys in the process. At this point, this is more or less a common thing, something you’d both just share a laugh about. But you can’t always say the same for others, and you’ve already used excuses like “I must have scratched it” one too many times.

Thankfully, a hickey is nothing more than slight bruising. An embarrassing bruise yes, but nothing some simple tricks can’t fix. Here are the top options recommended by dermatologist Doris Day, M.D., for those who want to get rid of a hickey fast:

  1. Apply aloe vera. Known for its rejuvenating and healing properties, aloe vera can be used a moisturizer to soothe the redness and pain of your hickey. Simply apply some aloe vera herbal cream or gel onto it twice a day for it’ll be gone before you even notice it.
  2. Apply a warm press. If more than two days has passed and your hickey is still painful, then adding some heat via a warm press can help stimulate blood circulation in the bruise. It does this by breaking up the old blood that has been stuck in your hickey, replacing it with fresh, new blood that will promote circulation and will therefore heal it.
  3. Use the back of a spoon. This is an age-old trick in healing hickeys. Simply refrigerate a spoon for 10 minutes and lightly stroke a new hickey with it. According to Day, the cold will help minimize the blood seeping out of the vessels into the skin. Do this for a few times throughout the day to quickly heal the bruise.
  4. Eat foods with vitamin K. Vitamin K helps the body absorb clots of blood, especially when it’s pooled in a certain area. To get your fix of vitamin K, try foods like broccoli, spinach, brown rice and kale. Have them in a salad, just make sure you eat at least 4 to 5 ounces.
  5. Use a banana peel. As ridiculous as it sounds, using the inside of a banana peel to cool your hickey actually helps. Just remove it and place it on the bruise for about 10 to 30 minutes.

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