How To Get Rid Of Hickies Fast: Best Home Remedies

How To Get Rid Of Hickies Fast: Home RemediesSo you had a great night with your partner last night and got a bit carried away. You wake up, get ready for work and see a big, red hickey on your neck. While it’s a nice feeling to have a memory of a steamy night, it’s not something you want to share with everyone around, especially at work or a family dinner.

Hickies are a kind of a hematoma, commonly known as bruises that occur when the blood vessels get torn and he blood flows out of them and accumulates under the skin. Since it’s caused by gentle physical stimulation of the skin (to be more precise, by sucking, biting and aggressive kissing), it only affects the superficial layers of the skin and the blood released from blood vessels becomes very prominent, forming a red mark that cannot be mistaken for a regular bruise, which is normally light brown or yellow coloured, depending on the stage of the healing process.

Hickey is not a condition that can be healed with a quick fix. Just like other types of bruises, it comes off on its own within a week or two without any treatment, as the body reabsorbs the blood. However, if you need a quick solution to brighten the affected skin, we give you some home remedies to do it.

How to get rid of a hickey

Easy, Tiger

First and foremost, give your neck a break. If you plan on another session of fun tonight, let your partner know that you don’t want him/her to caress your neck. The last thing you want to do is to make the hickey even darker and more difficult to heal.

Ice, Ice Baby

Think of the hickey as of a regular bruise. What do you do first when you get injured? Obviously, you put an ice pack on the skin. Ice reduces the swelling and relieves the pain and immediately makes the hickey less visible. Remember not to let ice come in a direct contact with the skin as it may cause a frostbite. Wrap the ice in a clean cloth and apply on the neck or another area of the skin where you have a hickey. If you don’t have ice, you can use a bag of frozen peas or other vegetables. Alternatively, chill a few metal spoons in the refrigerator for 10 minutes and press gently one cold spoon against the affected area. When the spoon warms up, take another one. Just make sure you don’t rub the skin as it can make the hickey even darker.

Use Heat

While low temperature is helpful in the first phase of healing because it shrinks up the blood vessels, after two or three days you should switch to hot compresses in order to open up the healthy blood vessels that need to absorb the blood accumulated in the skin tissue. Soak a clean cloth in hot water, wring it and put it on the hickey for 20 minutes. Make sure it’s not too hot so that you don’t burn your skin, but warm it up again if it cools down during the treatment. If you want a really quick and less messy solution to apply heat to your hickey, you can use a special heat patch that stays warm for longer or switch on your hairdryer and direct the stream of hot air on the affected skin.


Alcohol soothes not only the nerves but also the skin and can be used to reduce the appearance of fresh red hickeys. Additionally, it has antiseptic properties. Alcohol can help you get rid of the hickey but only if you start using it within a few hours of the moment the hickey occurred. Soak a cotton ball in alcohol and rub it gently on the hickey. Don’t press too hard as it may worsen the symptoms. Repeat the process a few times a day and always remember to apply a moisturizer after the treatment since alcohol dehydrates the skin and skipping the moisturising part will make it irritated.


Bananas are a popular ingredient of various face masks since they nourish and brighten the skin. In order to boost the healing of the hickey, you can either mash half a banana and apply it to the skin for 20 minutes or simply cut a piece of banana peel (make it slightly larger than the hickey) and leave it on the affected skin for half an hour. Repeat the process as many time as you can throughout the day in order to get faster results.

Citrus Juice

Citrus juice
Due to the high level of vitamin C, citrus juices speed up the process of healing the bruises and lighten the skin. Drinking orange juice may be highly beneficial for the process of skin healing when you have a hickey. You can also boost the skin rejuvenation process by dabbing lemon, lime or orange juice on your skin. If you do it three to four times a day, you will notice a significant improvement in the appearance of the hickey.

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