Almost everyone gets a hickey once in his lifetime. Hickey is a bruise caused by suction when the negative pressure from suction causes your veins to rupture. As a result, blood leaks out and the hickey is visible under the skin in a form of a bruise. The more the pressure of sucking, the worse, and the more visible the mark is. In most cases, hickeys heal on their own in a matter of days, as it is a wound that needs time to heal.
However, the abomination on your skin sometimes needs to be hidden or healed sooner. That being said, there are few ways for how to get rid of a hickey. Before we go to the remedies for hickeys, we must note that hickeys can appear anywhere, on your chest, lips and inner arm. But they mostly appear on the neck, because the skin on the neck is more delicate than other parts of the body.
One of the simplest ways to treat and heal a hickey is by applying cold compress on the affected skin. Any kind of compress will do, as the cold will broke apart the blood clots and allow for better blood circulation. You can put ice cubes in paper towel and then apply the towel against your skin for 10 to 20 minutes. Or you can put a spoon in the fridge, let it cool for 10 minutes, and then wrap it with a cloth and rub the affected area.
Both heat and cold are beneficial for a hickey, and it is up to you to choose which compress you use. Warm compress will make way for new blood to circulate, essentially providing the same relief as cold compress.
For warm compress, you need to dip a washcloth in hot water, and then press lightly against the hickey for five minutes. Repeat three times per day for maximum results. You can even apply heat on the affected area by using a hair dryer.
Peppermint is a stimulant that promotes healthy blood circulation, which is the reason why people use it for how to get rid of a hickey. There are two ways to use peppermint. One is to apply peppermint oil on the area, and then gently massage for few minutes. At the beginning, you will feel a tingling sensation. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the oil in some water.
Alternatively, you can apply peppermint-based toothpaste on the affected area and let it dry out there for few minutes. Wipe with a warm washcloth.