7 Tips To Get Rid Of Love Bites
You could be proud of your hickey, but you still have to hide it if you’re going to be around your family. You don’t have to swim across the English channel for it, because everything you need is right at home.
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We’ve all been there. A hickey, or 2, or 10. Right where the world and its grandmother can see it. Including your grandmother. *facepalm*. So what do you do?
First things first – what is a hickey?
A hickey, as it is called in common parlance, is what the oldies call a love bite. What it actually is, is a bruise. When you suck or bite the skin too hard, it breaks the capillaries, causing the blood to pool or clot, and leaving a red or purple bruise, depending on the intensity and severity of the hickey. They usually last about 5-12 days. Hickeys are not dangerous or harmful, unless you’ve been cheating on your SO…God help you then!
Cheating or not, here’s how to get rid of that hickey…fast!
1. Chill out – Cold compresses can be brilliant for the removal of hickeys. They work best when the hickey is brand new, till about 12 hours later. Take a few spoons, and put them in the freezer for 8-10 minutes. Lightly stroke the hickey with the back of the spoon. Once it’s not cold anymore, put it back in the freezer, and use another one. Alternately, you can also use an ice pack, or a bag of frozen peas. Do this a few times a day. This will help reduce blood flow to the area, making it easier for the hickey to vamoose. It also works to reduce swelling. Do NOT use ice directly on the skin.
2. Heat it up – No, not you. You’ve had enough heat to last you a hickey. *snicker*. If it has been two days or more since you’ve had it, use this method. Place a heat patch, a hot water bottle, or a hot towel on the affected area for 5-10 minutes. By now, your blood capillaries have healed, and it’s only the blood pooled beneath your skin that needs to recirculate. Heating it up will do just that. Do NOT use this method if your hickey is new, else you’ll just make it worse.
3. Brush – Take a toothbrush and lightly rub the bristles on and around the affected area. This will help the pooled blood to spread. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, but make sure to use a little pressure. Keep rubbing in different directions for about 5-10 minutes. Apply a cold compress post using the toothbrush. This mostly works for lighter hickeys. Do NOT rub too hard, or it can cause marks and abrasions.
4. Aloe Vera – Apply this soothing gel on the hickey, and wipe off after 10 minutes. Alternately, just apply and massage. Do it at least twice a day. This will speed up healing, and prevent swelling. It works best if you do it when the hickey is relatively new.
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5. Peppermint – Take mint oil, and apply. Wait till the tingling stops, or about 5 minutes, then wipe off with a warm compress. Mint toothpaste can also be used. This will help the blood circulate. Do NOT practice this more than twice a day.
6. Rubbing alcohol – Take some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball, and rub your hickey for a few minutes. Then apply moisturiser. Do this 2-3 times a day. This will soothe and cool the area, allowing it to heal faster.
7. Banana peel – Take the peel of a ripe banana, and rub it on the affected area for 15-30 minutes, then wipe off. Do this 2-3 times a day.
Other remedies for getting rid of a hickey include having fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C and K; and applying witch hazel, cocoa butter, or white toothpaste. If all else fails, there’s always make-up!