How To Get Rid Of A Hickey – 9 Simple Ways

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1. Cold Spoon

Cold Spoon

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You Will Need

A cold spoon

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a spoon and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  2. Apply the cold spoon to the affected area.
  3. Stroke the hickey slightly using the spoon for a few minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 2-3 times daily.

Why This Works

Applying a cold spoon to the hickey can prevent the blood from seeping out into the surrounding tissues. It acts as a cold compress and can help promote circulation and reduce inflammation (1). This procedure is most effective when used as soon as the hickey appears.

2. With A Toothbrush

With A Toothbrush

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You Will Need

A soft-bristled toothbrush

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush over the hickey..
  2. Work in different directions on the hickey so that the blood clot has ample room to spread.
  3. Do this for about 5 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 1-2 times daily.

Why This Works

Brushing a hickey with a soft-bristled toothbrush can improve circulation in the affected area and help remove the clot. If done early, this procedure can also prevent the formation of a hickey.

3. With An Eraser

With An Eraser

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You Will Need

A pencil eraser

What You Have To Do
  1. Take the eraser tip of a pencil and place it on the hickey.
  2. Twist the eraser from side to side on the bruise, applying a little pressure.
  3. Do not scrub too hard.
  4. This procedure may work even better when used following a cold compress.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 1-2 times.

Why This Works

Gently rubbing your skin with a pencil eraser can promote blood circulation. This can, in turn, help in removing the blood clot that occurs due to a hickey.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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You Will Need

Freshly extracted aloe gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Extract the gel from an aloe leaf.
  2. Mash the gel with a spoon and apply it
  3. to the hickey.
  4. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this twice daily.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory and wound-healing activities of aloe vera can speed up the healing of hickey (2).

5. Warm Compress

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You Will Need

A warm compress

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a warm compress to the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and remove.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2-3 times daily.

Why This Works

Warm compresses are quite useful in alleviating swelling and inflammation due to their circulation-promoting effects (1). Hence, they may also help in getting rid of a hickey faster.

6. Vitamins

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Topical applications of vitamins K and C can help in getting rid of hickeys. Vitamin K speeds up the wound healing (3). Vitamin C boosts collagen production (4). Both these properties can assist in healing a hickey.

7. Massage

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Massaging the hickey can also help in faster healing because it promotes blood circulation (5). This can help in separating the clotted blood at the site. Massaging the area as soon as you notice the bruise can prevent the hickey from developing entirely.

8. Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter

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You Will Need

Organic cocoa butter (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little cocoa butter on your fingers.
  2. Apply it to the affected area.
  3. Massage it in gently.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this multiple times daily for faster results.

Why This Works

Cocoa butter contains phytocompounds that impart anti-inflammatory and skin-protective effects to it (6). These properties may also help speed the healing of a hickey.

9. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add two to three drops of eucalyptus oil to a teaspoon of olive oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on until it dries.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2-3 times daily.

Why This Works

The wound-healing properties of eucalyptus and olive oils can help in getting rid of a hickey faster (7).

These remedies not only help reduce the appearance of a hickey but also prevent it from developing further when used soon after the bruise appears.

However, if it has been a couple of days since the hickey appeared, it may take a little longer for these remedies to show their effectiveness.

There is no instant fix for a hickey. And it can be really embarrassing if you have an important event to attend right after the hickey has appeared. Here are some tips that might come in handy when you need to hide your hickey for a couple of hours.

Best Ways To Cover Up A Hickey

  • Wear a high-collar top. This will cover up the marks on the visible body parts, such as your chest and neck.
  • Accessorize your clothing with a shawl or scarf to cover the bruise.
  • If you have long hair, cover the hickey with it.
  • Use a bandaid over the hickey.
  • Use a green/purple corrector, concealer, and a foundation to cover the hickey using makeup. Make sure that the concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

Which of the above remedies worked best for you? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long will my hickey last?

A hickey can last anywhere between a few days to 2-3 weeks. Treating it immediately can speed up the healing process.

Can you get a hickey on your lip?

Yes, you can get a hickey on your lips as well as any of your body parts.

Can you die from a hickey?

While it is not common, there are a few cases of death that resulted from a hickey. This is mostly because a hickey can cause blood to clot, thereby increasing your chances of developing complications like stroke (if any important nerve is involved).