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How to Remove a Hickey

A hickey is just like any other bruise, but this love mark makes you feel much more ashamed than the others. 5-Minute Crafts has a list of things you can try in order to make your hickey disappear as fast as possible.

1. Use a cold compress.

This is what you need to do on the first day. A cold compress will slow the flow of blood and can help reduce the size of the hickey. Apply it to the affected area for 10 minutes. Do it several times a day for the first 48 hours.

2. Apply aloe vera.

Aloe vera removes inflammation, swelling, and pain. Apply a layer directly to the bruised area 2 times a day.

3. Banana peel

Banana peels have vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that have soothing and calming effects on your skin. Leave the peel on the bruised area for 30 minutes. Do this 2 to 3 times a day.

4. Massage the area.

This breaks up and disperses the coagulation of your blood and increases circulation. Rub your fingers in a circular motion from the inside outward. Do it several times a day.

5. Apply peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint essential oil can speed up the healing process by stimulating blood flow. Dilute 2 drops of peppermint oil with 15 drops of a carrier oil of your choice (like jojoba or almond oil) and massage the area with light pressure.

6. Pineapple

Pineapple has an enzyme called bromelain, which is known to reduce pain and soreness. It can ease inflammation and swelling as well. Do this 4 to 5 times a day by simply applying a slice to the area.

7. Use a warm compress.

While the first thing you need to do is apply a cold compress, after 48 have passed, a warm compress will speed up the healing process. This can make the remaining marks disappear. Put the compress on your hickey spot and leave it there for 10 minutes, then remove it for another 10 minutes. Then repeat this step.

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