How to remove a hickey

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Apply an icepack to the hickey as soon as possible after receiving it. You can wrap some ice in a towel, use pre-frozen ice packs or put a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes. Gently hold the cold compress to the skin for several minutes (up to 20 minutes, if it doesnít feel too uncomfortable), remove the compress for several minutes, and then apply it again.

Try the toothbrush or comb method. Many people swear by it, but itís important to remember that a hickey is a bruise, and they just take time to disappear, so donít expect a miracle.

Lightly brush the hickey and the area around it with a stiff-bristled toothbrush or a comb. Doing this breaks up the blood clot and gets circulation going again.

Wait about 15 minutes. The redness and swelling will spread, but will be less obvious after about 15 minutes.

Apply a cold compress, as above.

Repeat if necessary. Depending on the magnitude of your hickey, this method may work or it may just spread the discoloration a bit (pressing too hard can make it worse.)

Conceal the hickey with makeup. The most effective is green-tinted concealer, as it's designed to negate red skin tones. Apply a foundation (one a little lighter than your skin tone) directly on and all around the hickey so it's not obvious youíre concealing something. Try an eyeshadow thatís lighter than your skin tone if sans concealer.

Cover the hickey. Wear a turtleneck, scarf or collared shirt or blouse (dress appropriate for the weather!). Style your hair (if it's long enough) so it hangs over the hickey. Frequently check the positioning of the covering agent, ensuring it still hides the hickey.

Use a coin. This method is probably the most painful, but has proven VERY effective. First, stretch the skin flat (pulling away from the hickey on two opposite sides). Then, use the edge of a large coin to scrape the skin. Use the coin like the hickey was butter on toast, and spread outward. The only difference is that you must press quite HARD (as hard as you can, but not so that you break the skin, bleed or hurt). What this does is push the excess blood, which has escaped from the capillaries, out of the surface skin. There will be redness from the scraping, but that will go away much faster than a hickey. Anyhow, a scrape is much less conspicuous than a hickey.

Put a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes. Apply pressure and slide the spoon along the hickey. The pressure and coldness help disperse the blood that has formed. You will need to repeat freezing as a warm spoon is useless. You must use a lot of pressure with the spoon but should see results over a few minutes of doing this.

In the future, get and give hickeys where they won't be easily found -- or don't get one at all!

Hickeys will usually fade naturally in a couple of days to a week. Thereís no sure way to get rid of one other than waiting, so be patient and try to minimize and hide its appearance as much as you can.

If someone notices your hickey, play it off. The excuse of the "curling iron burn" is common, but it doesn't work because a burn and a bruise look nothing alike. Try a different excuse, one that would cause a bruise, like you got hit with a ping-pong ball or other projectile. People probably wonít believe you, but at least itís plausible.

Some believe in the toothpaste method: Apply a layer of toothpaste to the hickey, and when it stops tingling in a few minutes, remove the toothpaste with a warm washcloth. The peppermint stimulates circulation helping to break down the clot. Wait 24 hours and repeat if necessary. You'll see better results if you can do this ASAP.

Another method is to rub the negative (flat) end of an alkaline battery on it firmly for a minute or two. It's not perfect, but it is better than nothing.

Applying too much pressure to the hickey will cause the blood to go away but can leave a lasting bruise. These bruises often have a greenish cast and are more humiliating than hickeys.

Never apply ice directly to a hickey. Wrap ice cubes in a towel to make a compress, and remove it if the cold becomes too painful. You can get frostbite if itís too cold, or if you hold it on for too long.

If someone suggests a hickey "cure" that sounds dangerous or stupid, don't try it. Use common sense; a hickey really isn't a big deal.

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