A hickey is a little bruise that is caused by broken capillaries that turns the skin an ugly shade of purple or red. Usually they last for about 10 days and heal by themselves with time. When it heals there are no marks or scars left behind. Usually they occur at the neck where it can be seen clearly and causes quite an embarrassment to that person. So for a fast recovery, you can make use of a number of remedies that can be prepared at home.
Here are the few tips on how to get rid of a hickey .
Tips on How to Get Rid of a Hickey
- Using peppermint oil: You can apply peppermint oil on the affected bruise gently twice a day. This can be applied twice a day but definitely not more than that. You can also apply toothpastes with peppermint base as an alternative. However this can be applied only once a day.
- Using Banana Peel ass a Compress: A banana peel can also be used as a compress on the bruise as they have cooling properties and can reduce the size of the hickey. All you have to do is to peel a banana, cut the peel into a small square so that it can be placed on top of the bruise. Place the inner portion of the peel face the bruise allow it stay for about 15 to 30 minutes. Covering the bruise with the peel of the banana can be done 2 – 3 times per day.
- Vitamin K to the rescue: Vitamin K helps to prevent blood clot that is the reason for the hickey. It helps the blood clot to be reabsorbed into the blood stream thereby removing the bruise caused by the hickey. Vitamin K can be bought as a lotion or as a cream two to three times per day. You can also take vitamin K supplements to help in quick healing Vitamin K rich food such as broccoli, brown rice, fish oil and soybean oil can also be eaten as part of food to help in the healing process.
- Ice Cold Compression: Usually the first thing that comes to mind for a blood clot is a cold compress using ice cubes. If there is a slight swelling or a bruise caused by falling down or hitting against something, you can place an ice cube on it and it will subside immediately and give relief from pain. The same truth holds for a hickey too. However do not apply ice cubes directly on the hickey, instead wrap it in a paper towel or a small piece of cloth like a handkerchief and keep it over the hickey for about 15 minutes frequently. You can also place a spoon in the refrigerator, wrap the spoon in a piece of cloth and apply it on the swelling. Do not apply ice cubes or the cold spoon directly as they cause ice burn.
- Alcohol as a disinfectant: Alcohol has many cooling properties as well as serves as a disinfectant. Apply alcohol on the bruise with a small ball of cotton for a few days, several times per day.
These are helpful tips to heal a hickey.