Hickeys are love bites. You know, when you playfully bite your partner, and it leaves a little bruise on their skin.They are cute little things, but not everybody wants them. Some are being unfaithful, and a hickey would get them a beating.Some are very conservative, and believe that what happens in the bedroom should stay in the bedroom. Whatever reason you have, if you dont want them, you’ve come to the right article. This article deals with how to get rid of a hickey fast in 10 different ways.

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First, we’ll deal with understanding a hickey. There’s a Cosmo article on the whole thing, of which I’ll just tell you the gist.

A hickey is given when you kiss and suck on a person’s skin until the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) in the skin burst, leading to a red discolouration of the skin.

It’s almost like a bruise, but not as painful when receiving it. Receiving a hickey is actually pleasurable, if you know where to give them.

Now that you know WHAT a hickey is, let’s move on to how to get rid of a hickey.

1.Cold compress

Now this is one of the more common ways to remove a hickey.

Everybody must have seen movies. And in any goofy movie, after a bad guy gets beat up, what does he do? He/She puts ice on the area where it hurts or on the bruise!

Now, we’ve already established that a hickey is nothing more than a bruise, albeit given differently. So the same treatment option will work here as well.

Take a few ice cubes, put it in a napkin or a thin towel, and place it over the hickey. What the cold does is, it helps slow down the flow of the blood from the broken capillaries into the skin.

Now, if you don’t have any ice, just drop a spoon into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, then place it on your skin, over the hickey. The cold spoon will act as a cold compress and it’ll help reduce the hickey.

Do this every ten minutes for at least a couple of hours. It should reduce the hickey.

2.Warm compress

Whoever goes to a gym, you must have heard your trainer tell you to go home and take a hot bath after a grueling session. Why? This is because hot water helps reduce swelling.

Take some hot water, pour it in a water bag, and just place it over the hickey.

It causes dilatation of the blood vessels, so the blood that escaped from the skin can diffuse back into the vessels.

This thereby reduces the size and the intensity of the hickey.

Doing the warm and cold compress for two to three days continuously for about 7 to 8 times a day reduces the hickey; also the pain (if any) and swelling also reduces.

This is one of the simplest methods on how to get rid of a hickey.

3.Aloe Vera gel

Aloe vera gel has a multitude of healing properties and it is a very good anti-inflammatory gel.

A hickey is pretty much an inflammation (an oversimplification, I know), so you can apply aloe vera gel to reduce the size and colour of the hickey.

Now, what kind of gel do you use? It should be freshly extracted from the aloe vera leaf. How do you do that? It’s very simple.

First, take a aloe leaf, slice it open. Then run a spoon along the length of the inside of the spoon, scooping the gel out. Put the scooped gel into a bowl. Take care to scoop the gel out of both halves of the leaf.

After putting it in the bowl, mash it up until it’s smooth, and then apply it over the affected area. The anti-inflammatory action of three aloe vera soon kicks into action and it’ll give a soothing effect to your skin.

4.Vitamin K or vitamin C cream

Vitamin K parts an important part in blood clotting and wound healing. Since a hickey is nothing but a wound, it stands to ground that it helps in hickey healing as well.

Vitamin K deficiency results in easy bleeding and easy bruising. So the extent of a hickey is much more pronounced in a vitamin K deficient person than a normal person.

A topical vitamin K cream is available as over-the-counter medicine in many countries, and so it can help reduce the size of a hickey as well as the intensity, and help it heal faster.

If your skin is sensitive, then another alternative is eating vitamin K rich foods. But keep in mind that you’ll have to incorporate these foods into your diet for at least a week for it to have any effect on your body.

A few examples of vitamin K rich foods are green leafy veggies, meat, diary products, eggs, blueberries, grapes, figs, and a few oils like soybean and canola oil.

Vitamin C, on the other hand, is essential for the production of collagen, a protein polymer responsible for wound healing and healthy skin, blood vessels and cartilage.

A deficiency in vitamin C, although rare, can occur, and a few of the symptoms are delayed wound healing and easy bruising.

You can use a topical vitamin C cream as well, and it’s an over-the-counter medicine again. It may help speed up the healing process and reduce the size and color of the hickey.

If you want to go the natural way, incorporate foods rich in vitamin C into your diet. Some foods are citrus fruits, bell peppers (capsicum), kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes and certain fortified cereals.

There is little evidence to support this, but hey, desperate times, desperate measures and so on and so forth. It may not help, but it just might, and so it is one of the ways on how to get rid of a hickey.

5.Massage the area

I’m taking the gym metaphor again. After a few intense workouts, your trainer must have told you to get a massage done wherever it hurts the most. Why? Because it improves blood circulation, thereby increasing the rate at which your muscles heal.

Apply the same logic to a hickey. It is, after all, only a bruise.

Take a toothbrush, the back end of a pen, or one of those fancy jade rollers, and massage the area where the hickey is located. This helps the blood vessels get stimulated, and promotes the healing of the hickey.

Plus I’ve heard that a gentle massage can work wonders for your skin tone.

Keep in mind that you should massage the affected area gently. Apply too much pressure, and you might actually the make the hickey worse than it was to begin with.

Pair the massage with a cold compress and it’ll be that much more effective. But keep in mind that you’ll have to do it as soon as possible after getting a hickey. It is one of the quickest ways on how to get rid of a hickey.

6.Peppermint/Eucalyptus essential oil

Ahhh, essential oils. Just my two words of wisdom, if you ever hear anybody saying that they can heal you with only essential oils, run in the opposite direction as fast as you can.

And if you’re one of those nutters who says that only essential oils are enough to heal a person, then may God have mercy on you, cause I won’t.

Anyway, I digress. Coming back to the point, peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil is very good for healing, as it irritates the surface skin, leading to an increase in the blood circulation to that particular portion.

And as I’ve been saying, increased blood circulation is excellent for wound and bruise healing.

Yeah, I know, this is like a roundabout way to heal a hickey. The oil itself doesn’t help in healing the hickey.

But it is an effective way. Most of your ointments like Moov, Iodex and other muscle pain relievers are just skin irritants.

That’s why you get the warm sensation after applying these creams, and if you apply too much, that’s also why it burns (I’ll leave you with this imagery: skin bubbling).

That’s why this is one of the more effective ways on how to get rid of a hickey. Pair it with the massage, and it’s very effective, albeit done as soon as possible.

Always use an essential oil, and not the diluted oil that you get. But don’t apply the essential oil as is on your skin, dilute it with coconut oil in a ratio of 1:12, one being the essential oil and 12 being the coconut oil.

7.Banana peel

Now, you might be thinking of slipping on a banana peel, like how the old classic cartoons used to show us (God, what utter trash cartoons have come out now), but that’s not what I have in mind.

The inside of a banana peel is rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins that can aid in fast wound healing.

So, take a ripe banana, eat the fruit (cause bananas are excellent for your health), then rub the inside of the banana peel on your hickey until the peel turns brown (roughly about 30 minutes).

Do this at least two times in a day until your hickey is healed.

Why does it help? The gentle massage improves blood circulating to the affected area, the nutrients in the peel help improve the rate at which the hickey heals, and the banana peel offers a cooling and soothing sensation to the affected skin.

All these benefit the hickey and is one of the ways on how to get rid of a hickey effectively.

8.Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is an ingredient in many cosmetic products, and with good reason. Cocoa butter is full of antioxidants, fatty acids and phytochemicals.

All these help by giving your skin the excellent care it needs. It acts as a moisturizer, and helps prevent wrinkles and soothes the skin down.

Cocoa butter also helps in reducing the reducing the sensitivity of the skin, and has various anti-inflammatory and skin protective properties.

This is an important factor for wound healing. This coupled with its other properties makes it an ideal candidate and cementing it’s place in the list of solutions on how to get rid a hickey fast.

Plus, if you slap some cocoa butter on before your date, it helps strengthen the skin barrier and may, just may prevent the formation of a hickey, leaving you neat and tidy for work the next day.


Now, this is something of uncharted territory. Arnica is a herb that grows in the Americas, Central Asia and a few countries in Europe. It’s flowers are used for medicinal purposes.

Arnica is rich in anti-inflammatory proteins, and it helps to reduce swelling and pain as well.

A topical treatment helps in fast healing of bruises, but keep in mind to not apply it over broken skin. And as is the case with a few plants, it is fatal in large doses.

Arnica is available in the form of gels, tablets and ointments, with varying concentrations. Go for the one with 20% concentration, as this is ideal for bruises.

Since it is cheap and easy to use, and it’s all organic, it’s a good solution for those who want to go the organic method in how to get rid of a hickey.

10.Laser ablation therapy

Now, this is something of a last resort. It’s for a hickey which is extremely dark, and you absolutely need to get rid of it.

Possibly cause you’ll be meeting your extremely conservative parents, cause that’s the only situation that I can think where laser treatment is required.

Firstly, this is not going to be cheap. It’ll cost roughly twenty to thirty thousand rupees, and it’s painful.

Remember How I Met Your Mother? Ted gets a tramp stamp (butterfly tattoo) on his lower back and he gets it lasered off (while meeting one of the most beautiful women ever)? Remember how much he cried? Yeah, it’ll hurt like a bitch.

What happens in this modality of treatment, you may ask. I’ll tell you! The laser is not your run-of-the-mill pointer laser, obviously.

It’s a specific kind of laser which targets the red blood cells pooled underneath the skin, and it breaks these cells down, thereby quickening the healing process of the bruise.

But! This doesn’t mean that the hickey will disappear at the end of the treatment! It’ll fade, and it’ll take another couple of days before it disappears completely.

Plus, your skin tone is a huge factor in this situation. Darker skinned people see results faster, whereas lighter skinned people will take more time.

Another thing to be cautious about is that the surrounding skin will also appear slightly red, cause let’s face it, you’re literally burning the skin. So some amount of redness will be present.

In the end, shelling out close to thirty thousand rupees ($400) is not worth it! You can get a bloody PS4 for that price and enjoy a bit of solitude with games until the hickey heals.

This is only for those who are willing to do ANYTHING to get rid of the hickey (and have money to burn), and only for them.

For the rest of us (with a believable bank balance and some patience), the above methods are good enough on how to get rid of a hickey.

So, there we have it! The top 10 ways on how to get rid of a hickey fast! I’m telling you again, these methods will not make a hickey disappear instantly. This is not magic, we are right in the Muggle world.

All those methods will just speed up the healing of the hickey.

A few honorable mentions:

  • In the middle of kissing/hooking up, if you feel you’re getting a hickey, massage that area. Now, it’s up to you if you’re going to stop midway or do both at once (but if you have enough of a mind to concentrate on preventing a hickey being formed, you’re just not that into it, by the way).
  • Use makeup to conceal the hickey. I know, I know, you’re all manly men and turn your noses at the mention of using makeup, but if you don’t have any other option, this is your last resort. Look up YouTube videos, there are more than enough of those to teach you how to hide a hickey.
  • Wear a high collar top (like the turtlenecks that Howard wears on The Big Bang Theory, or the cravats that Matt Preston wears) to hide your neck and chest areas.
  • Cover it up with your hair, if it’s long enough.
  • Use a band-aid. It’ll look like you’ve been a part of some dangerous activity (cause what else would cause you to get “hurt” on your neck/chest).
  • Or you could go by the old adage, “prevention is better than the cure”, and be a boring hickey-preventing lover. Then you wouldn’t even have to read this article about how to get rid of a hickey.
  • Shut yourself out from the rest of the world until the hickey heals.

Let’s face it, hickeys are fun to give and receive. So just be open and have fun!

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