Once Bitten Twice Scared: How I Got Rid of a Hickey
What is love without a love mark on the neck to state “I’m taken”? Well, it is also love, only without a kiss bite, also known as a hickey. However, many couples like these bruises that result from aggressive kissing or sucking on a soft area on a body part. Although I am not a fan of hickeys, not so long ago, my boyfriend gave me one. I know that it’s my fault for not telling him, but mistakes are nothing but lessons and I certainly learned mine, after wearing a scarf all week long in the middle of July.
Before adorning my neck with a fashion accessory, I knew I had to do something to get rid of the little red spot on my neck. Once my boyfriend walked me home, I immediately checked on the Internet how to get rid of a hickey and I was surprised by the results. I though hickeys were a big deal back in the 1990s, but as it turns out, there’s an army of bitten lovers who share their stories, opinions and solutions that work. And after a while, I knew what I needed to do.
The most efficient tip that everybody is talking about is cold compress. Not only does applying cold compress reduce bleeding and constrict ruptured capillaries, but it also helps to immediately stop the swelling of your hickey by freezing the blood vessels. I’ve packed a few ice cubes in a towel and held it against my hickey for about 20 minutes. However, you can use literally anything that is ice-cold, from 15-minutes imprisoned-in-fridge spoon to a can of soda. Whatever cools your beer. But beware, you should avoid direct contact with the cold compress in order to prevent ice burns.
Once I’ve frozen my blood vessels and probably saved myself a bigger embarrassment (hickey), the clotted blood needed to be scattered. To do so, I’ve massaged my hickey with a natural aloe vera herbal moisturizer. Known for its million of benefits and uses, aloe vera is believed to help speed up the healing process of hickeys. And combined with massage for increased circulation in the area of the hickey, the pain I was feeling finally started to decrease after a mere 15 minutes.
The hickey was still on my neck, but now with a brighter color. If the massage left your area scratchy or painful, there’s nothing more you could do, which was the case with me. But if you think you can handle one more dose of rubbing, then you can gently rub your hickey with alcohol. This disinfectant fluid is known for its cooling and soothing properties and can help you further minimize the uncomfortable feeling.
Lastly, I prepared myself a nice and healthy plate of boiled broccoli and brown ice with cucumber salad and it was full of vitamin K to help my body internally fight the hickey. Cabbage, spring onions, kale, spinach and all other green leafy vegetables are some other rich sources of vitamin K. Make sure you’ve had enough of this hickey-fighting vitamin before you go to bed, regardless if you’re hungry or not.
As I woke up the next morning, I immediately went to the mirror to see if it’s there. Sadly, it was, but it could easily escape the eye. Anyway, I didn’t want to risk showing my rather embarrassing than romantic bite of passion and put on a scarf to cover it. On our next date, which was the very next night, I told my boyfriend that I’m not into hickeys and he was cool with it. He even apologized to me, like 10 times.
So this is how I got rid of my hickey. If you too are looking for an efficient way to get rid of yours, follow these tips and you’ll lose your hickey quickly and efficiently.