Yeh pyaar ki nishani ha, itni aasani se nahi jayegi. Love bite or hickies are common appearances on a lover’s neck as a result of a passionate make out. But what is a hickey? How is it caused? And sabse zaroori, how to hide this love bruise if need be?
What Is A Hickey?
This natkhat mark appears in purple or dark red colour. The most common place it’s seen is the neck, because of its easy access (although it can happen anywhere). It happens due to intense suction or rough kissing. Young lovers are more often prone to this because they don’t have their kissing skills honed yet. Some also get a kick out of giving hickeys to their partners, being in on exposed or unexposed areas of the body. And, like all bruises, it can take up to 2 weeks to naturally disappear.
But how does an intense make-out sesh result in this? What happens is, that when your partner kisses or sucks on your skin, the pressure can cause the little blood vessels underneath to break or rupture. These clusters of broken blood vessels lead to petechiae. In turn, a collection of petechiae form a larger dark spot that is called a bruise, which you lovers call a hickey pyaar se. This bruise may change its colour from dark red to purple.
How Long Will It Stay?
As mentioned before, your hickey is nothing but a blood clot bruise, and like all bruises, it can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks for it to naturally disappear.
But, oops, do you have a client meeting or an important lunch? Ab kya karein?
Chinta nahi, here are 10 tips and tricks to make your hickey go away earlier.
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10 Tips To Get Rid Of Or Conceal A Hickey
1. Cold Compress Goes A Long Way
Jaisa ki aap ko pata hai, the love bite is a blood clot. Therefore, a cold compress can help in the reduction of swelling of your fresh bruise. The chill aids in the slowing of blood flow from the vein into the skin. An ice pack, a cloth wet with cold water, or even a thandi chammach could be used. Apply the compress to the hickey for 10 minutes for the first two days whenever you can.
2. Time To Give It A Warm Boost
After 2 days of cooling your neck, it’s time to heat things up. While the cold compress helps reduce the blood flow, the warm compress will start blood circulation in the bruised area. This will help your mark is fading sooner. To make the most of this trick, apply a warm cloth to your neck for 10 mins every day.
3. Massaging The Affected Area
Another way to get the blood flowing to the clot is gently massaging it. This is also very helpful if your hickey is hurting you. The main point that you need to keep in mind is to keep the pressure minimal so that you don’t end up enraging the bruise any further. Gentle massaging can speed up the healing process quite significantly.
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4. Peppermint Essential Oil
Bet you didn’t know this one. But! Dhyan rakho that you use the essential oil and not the one used in cooking. You should dilute the essential oil with drops of coconut or olive oil. If you think that you may experience an allergic reaction, test it out on your forearm first. Once you know it’s safe to use, you can apply the oil and gently massage your neck with your fingers as many times as you like.
5. Aloe Vera To The Rescue
This chamatkaari plant is the source of answers to so many of your problems. And it comes to your rescue here as well. The anti-inflammatory qualities of aloe vera can help reduce skin swelling and pain. Apply a light layer of aloe vera gel or lotion to the bruise at least twice a day to treat a hickey.
6. Vitamin K Ka Kamaal
Topical vitamin K has been proven to help bruises heal faster and heal purey tarike se. This is due to the fact that vitamin K is essential for your body’s blood clotting mechanism. To decrease the redness or colour of your bruise, apply a generous dose of vitamin K lotion to your hickey. To stimulate the process, even more, you could take vitamin K pills or eat vitamin K-rich foods. Leafy greens or brown rice are good options.
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7. Banana Mask For Your Neck
Face ka toh suna tha, but for hickeys? The inside of a banana peel is packed with vitamins and nutrients that can aid in the healing of bruises. Rub the peel of the banana on your neck (or wherever the hickey is) for up to 30 minutes, or until the peel becomes brown. Repeat this procedure at least twice a day until your hickey is no longer visible.
8. Vitamin C Cream
Vitamin C is necessary for maintaining healthy and smooth skin. It has strong antioxidant effects and may aid in the formation of collagen in your skin. Vitamin C may even help repair your hickey by strengthening the skin tissue around your blood vessels. Use a vitamin C-rich lotion or cream on the hickey on a daily basis. It may also be beneficial to you if you consume more citrus and plant-based foods.
9. Cocoa Butter For Better Results
Chocolate se karo mood aur skin, dono mast. Cocoa butter, a fat derived from cocoa beans, is a popular skincare ingredient for good reason. Scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections have all been proven to heal with cocoa butter. Because it’s high in fatty acids and phytochemicals. It also nourishes your skin, increases suppleness, and slows down the ageing process. Therefore, cocoa butter lotion can be used on your hickey once or twice a day to help it heal faster.
10. Concealer For Quick Concealing
You say “yaar time nahi hai, ab mai kya karu?”. Well, in that case, your last reprieve can be found in your makeup bag. If your bruise is red, apply some green eyeshadow first or if your bruise has turned the shade of purple, apply a yellow shade. Use a concealer of your skin tone to evenly cover up your hickey. This will be more than enough and you won’t even know you had a hickey before.
Are Hickeys Harmful To Your Health?
Generally speaking, hickeys are not harmful to your health. Serious problems due to a love bite are very very rare. But you should see a doctor if:
- A lump forms over the hickey
- The hickey has been sore for days
- The hickey stays for a long time (over 2 weeks)
Your love bite is not leaving overnight, no matter what magic you weave. You can wear turtlenecks or throw in a scarf if you have been called on the spot and have no time on hand. There are sleeveless turtlenecks for your summer worries.
These 10 tips will help you cover up and heal your hickey faster but if you want to avoid the hassle from the beginning, #BeALittleMore cautious and have an open conversation with your partner about this. Just tell them to not focus on one area for long. Have you tried other quirky tricks to hide your hickey from your family? Mention them in the comments below!
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