How to Lighten a Hickey Quickly

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Those hickeys are fun to give, but sometimes they just need to be removed as fast as possible! Here are a few tips to help you hide that hickey.

Giving a hickey is always fun, but it's not always much fun to have one - especially not if you have something important, such as a job interview. While there is no definite way to get rid of a hickey, there are a few methods that you can use to cover it up, and possibly get rid of it faster.

Right after the hickey has been given, the best thing you can do is put a cold compress on it. I stick a spoon in the freezer for a few moments, but any cold compress will do. It's recommended to hold the cold compress on it for up to 20 minutes, but I don't have that sort of resistance, so I usually only last 10 minutes. Take the cold compress off for a few minutes (this is a good time to stick it back in the freezer!) and then reapply. After doing this a few times, you should definitely see a difference in the darkness of your hickey.

If your hair is long enough, you can usually lay it over your shoulders to cover up the hickey. You'll have to check your hair regularly, to make sure that the hickey isn't showing, but this can at least help you out. Also, if you get the hickey during the cold season, you can always use scarfs and turtlenecks to cover it up.

Concealer won't remove your hickey, but it can at least make it less noticeable. I personally recommend the Physician's Formula Stick Concealer, but you can choose your own brand. Either way, the best type of concealer to use is the green stuff, because it contrasts the red, making it less noticeable. Combine this with some good foundation, and your hickey will be dramatically less noticeable.

Some people swear by the circular treatment. Take a soft toothbrush, and rub circular motions around your hickey. This brings blood flow to the hickey, which can help it look less noticeable.

Others recommend to put a layer of toothpaste over your hickey and leave it on until the skin stops tingling, then remove it with a warm washcloth. This won't lighten it immediately, but it'll help get rid of the hickey sooner (which means the sooner you can stop covering it up!). A word of warning, though: don't do this more than once every 24 hours.

I've never tried this, but some people even try the coin method. This one sounds extremely painful, so I don't personally recommend it, but it's said to be a surefire way to get rid of that hickey. This is done by stretching the skin where the hickey is, and then using the side of a coin to scrape the hickey. Your skin will be red from the scraping, but that goes away a lot quicker than a hickey. The thought behind this method is that it pushes the excess blood (which, thanks to your honey, has been pulled forward) out of the surface skin.

Hickeys naturally lighten within a few days to a week of being received, so if nothing else works, time is definitely your friend.


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John Crooks
Posted on Feb 15, 2016