We have all been there at some point in time – looking in the mirror to find a hickey in a spot where it will be hard to hide it before going to work or school, or even keeping it out of sight from parents or whomever else you need to hide it from. What do you do to try to get rid of your hickey if anything?
Is a hickey bad?
The process in getting a hickey may not be all that bad – in a moment of passion when a person kisses or sucks the area, usually the neck, too aggressively. The hickey is considered a mark of passion or even a love bite.
The hickey, characterized by a dark, purple-to-red bruise, is actually evident of ruptured capillaries or blood vessels underneath the surface of the skin. This sounds bad and damaging to the blood vessels, but the hickey does eventually go away with a little time and patience.
A hickey is not bad. If anything may be considered bad, it is the reaction of others when they see your hickey.
The attention may cause some embarrassment as the bruising may be noticeable if in an area on your body that can be seen. Depending on the environment, a noticeable hickey may even be considered inappropriate.
How long does a hickey last?
On its own, a hickey will go away anywhere between 10 days to two weeks. It is normal for the hickey to darken a little at first but then lighten until it completely fades away as your body slowly breaks down the bits of blood under the skin and reabsorbs them.
It is also important to not mess with your hickey too much, as putting too much pressure on it can aggravate and prolong the healing process.
How to get rid of a hickey overnight
There are not any particular treatments that can make a hickey go away overnight, but here are a few creative tips to cover up your hickey: