Hickeys, also called love bites, are small purplish-red bruises on the skin. They are the result of overzealous kissing and sucking which causes broken capillaries. Hickeys can be unsightly and embarrassing, especially when they can't be covered with clothing. While there are no miracle cures for hickeys, you can lessen their effect and dramatically improve their appearance overnight using a few tips and techniques. The best approach to avoiding hickeys altogether is softer, gentler kissing.
Moisten a spoon with water and put it into the freezer for five minutes to cool. Once cold, remove the spoon and hold it on the hickey for several minutes. This will reduce the swelling and redness.
Swipe a soft toothbrush from the centre of the hickey outward. Move in circular motions around the entire mark. This massaging will get the blood flowing and break up the clots which cause dark bruising.
Apply a warm heating pad to the hickey and hold for up to five minutes. Heat causes the capillaries to expand and heal. Reapply the heat and hold for five minutes every hour.
Take an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as Ibuprofen or Motrin, to reduce inflammation and ease any associated pain.
Squirt a pea-sized amount of aloe vera gel onto the hickey. Massage the gel into the bruise. Aloe soothes skin conditions and promotes healing.
Cover any remaining hickey discolouration using a cosmetic concealer. Choose a concealer that is green-based to counteract the redness in the hickey. Dab the product directly onto the bruise and blend outwards until the hickey is completely concealed.