A hickey, also known as a love bite, bug bite or a kiss mark, is a bruise caused by biting, sucking or aggressively kissing of the soft skin usually around the neck or on the arm. When a person aggressively kisses your soft skin, small, superficial blood vessels, known as capillaries, are broken, letting the blood seep out into the surrounding tissue. Hickeys are initially red in color but turn dark purple or brown as they heal.
If you have a hickey, the first question that comes to mind is, “How long does a hickey last?” A hickey is not a permanent mark. It fades with time and does not leave any scar behind. If untreated, hickeys typically last about 5 to 12 days. However, hickeys may linger for some time because of:
Most people consider hickeys an embarrassment and inappropriate, especially in professional, social or family environments. If you are such a person, here are methods on how to get rid of hickeys fast.
1. Cold Compress
The use of cold compressing constricts the broken blood capillaries and reduces bleeding. To use this hickey removal method, wrap several ice cubes in a towel and press it on the affected area. Hold the ice cubes in place for about 10 minutes. The use of ice relieves pain caused by hickeys, if any, and prevents swelling of the skin. Avoid placing the ice onto your skin directly to prevent ice burn and frostbite, which will damage your skin.
You may use a metallic spoon in place of ice cubes. Place the spoon in a freezer for about 10 minutes. Take the spoon out and wrap it with a cloth. Rub the affected area gently with the spoon or press it into the skin.
Cold compress methods should be used as many times as possible during the day. The more you do it, the faster the hickey will fade.