If you are wondering what a Hickey is, let us call it a love bite or better still a kiss mark so you understand it better. However you might prefer to call this one, it is actually a bruise that is a result of kissing or sucking on the skin that results in the formation of blood clots due to broken capillaries. This turns the skin red or purple and makes it look quite distinct on the body which is often embarrassing.
A hickey generally heals itself completely without leaving a mark or a scar but can last for a week or longer which can be bothering to many.
Now that you know all about them, there are no prizes for guessing the second question lingering in your mind- ‘How to get rid of Hickeys?’ We have a list of home remedies here that can answer your question well.
Home Remedies to get rid of Hickeys
- Cold Compress is a great way to treat any form of blood clots. There are several ways of using cold compress at home. Take some ice cubes and pack them in a kitchen towel, dab the pack on the affected area for a few minutes, several times a day. This will not only reduce the redness and swelling but also the pain on the skin patch. Avoid using the ice directly on the area as it can cause an ice burn and also increase the redness of the skin.
- Another simple way of doing the cold compress method is to put a steel spoon in the refrigerator for some time, wrap it in a piece of cloth and apply on the hickey to get relief. Repeat this process several times a day for a quick relief.
- Peppermint is a stimulant that can help to improve the flow of blood in the damaged capillaries. Applying the peppermint oil moderately on the affected area can give the desired results. However, it should not be overused as its tingling effect can irritate the skin.
- It might be surprising, but rubbing alcohol on the affected area can also give relief. Alcohol works as a disinfectant and soothes the skin. It can be applied several times a day for best results.
- Aloe Vera is supposed to be your skin’s best friend. Massage some fresh Aloe Vera gel on the affected area two to three times a day.