The question of how to get rid of a hickey is one that many persons will need answered at some point or other. They can be very embarrassing especially if you need to get to work or school and there is a huge bruise on your neck announcing to everyone what you were up to the night before. Hickeys are caused by broken blood vessels under the skin from one person biting or sucking (usually on the neck) of another. If left alone, they can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the size. You are not alone in wanting to know how to get rid of a hickey quickly, just keep in mind that they are bruises and will need time to heal. There are a few methods to try in case of a hickey emergency.

Knowing what exactly a hickey is

Medically, hickeys are known as a subcutaneous hematoma. They are caused by blood that escapes into the skin and tissues when the lining of tiny blood vessels under the skin is damaged. An important thing to remember is that the higher up on the body the hickey is, the more likely it is to heal quickly.

Applying Ice to the hickey

You will need the following tools and materials

  1. Small plastic bag, ziplock bag
  2. Ice cubes/ crushed ice
  3. Towel or rag

Applying Ice:

  1. Place a few cubes of ice into the plastic bag and fill it with a little water
  2. Close the bag tightly
  3. Wrap the bag in the towel/ rag
  4. Apply to the hickey for 15 to 20 minutes

Using makeup to cover a hickey

Note: this will not get rid of the hickey but will hide it while it heals

You will need the following

  1. Concealer that matches your skin tone
  2. Neutralizing concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Face powder

Applying makeup:

  1. Using the concealer brush, apply the neutralizing concealer to the hickey and the area surrounding it and allow it to set (approximately two minutes)
  2. Add a thin layer of concealer over the neutralizing concealer by patting gently with the concealer brush
  3. Use fingertips to cover the area with concealer
  4. Apply face powder to the area.

Tips and warnings

  1. Keep the area elevated, this will reduce blood flow to the broken vessels and reduce the size of the hickey.
  2. The faster ice is applied, the better the chances that they hickey will heal quickly.
  3. Ice can be followed by a warm compress over the hickey for 10 minutes to help disperse the blood under the skin.
  4. Alternately, you can try cooling a metal spoon the freezer and applying it to the hickey for a 10 “” 15 minutes
  5. The neck is usually lighter than the face so the concealer may need to be a shade or two lighter than the one that would be used on the face.
  6. Neutralizing concealers are available in green lavender and yellow undertones. The concealer that is best to cover hickeys is green as it is the opposite of red.