How to get rid of a hickey is not a problem you want to face ten minutes before your dad is due to pick you up from your boyfriend’s house, but unfortunately, most of us have been in the position where we have ended up with a “love tattoo” due to some passionate kissing.
Hickeys are bruises and burst blood vessels caused by suction applied to the skin. They can range from pale pink marks, right the way through to lurid purple and black bruises that are impossible to camouflage. They look pretty hideous, but thankfully if you are unfortunate enough to end up with a hickey, read on for a few tricks on how to get rid of a hickey in a day or less.
Because a hickey is caused by blood collecting just beneath the surface of the skin, the only way to reduce the visible coloring of a hickey is to get rid of the blood. The first thing to try once you have a hickey is to use ice. Try rubbing an ice cube across the skin. Hopefully this will minimize the discoloration and calm the area.
Massage of the area is another method on the list of how to get rid of a hickey fast. Using your fingers is not usually very effective, so your best bet is to try something like a hairbrush or comb to stimulate the skin and encourage the blood to dissipate. Try rubbing the area firmly for around fifteen minutes. If you do not have a comb or similar to hand, any tubular object with a blunt end should do the trick and the cap of a lipstick or pen can be very effective.
Try using a hot teabag as a compress to help the bruising fade. Once the teabag has cooled down, warm it up and reapply to the area. If you do not have a teabag handy, use a hot flannel over the affected area.
Unfortunately, learning how to get rid of a hickey in minutes is almost impossible. The only way to do that is to cover it up using makeup or clothing. Many people use a scarf or turtleneck jumper to cover a nasty hickey up when they have no other option available. Naturally, if the weather is scorching hot, jumpers and scarves will be highly inappropriate. In this instance, you will have to try the ice and massage techniques, which are really the quickest way to get rid of a hickey permanently. If you use makeup, always make sure you use a shade of concealer that is lighter than your natural skin tone, as an orange patch on your neck is likely to draw as much attention as the hickey would have done!
To help the skin heal, rub in some vitamin K cream. This should ensure that no scarring or marks are left behind once the bruise has disappeared. Alternatively, if the hickey is in the right place, you could try blaming it on a hair iron burn, or similar. Bluffing it out can sometimes work with parents, particularly if they think you are as pure as the driven snow.