How to Remedy Hickeys

Hickeys are often termed as kiss marks or love bites. They appear due to excessive sucking or aggressive biting especially on soft parts of the skin – neck, chest area, or arms, causing the capillaries to break and bleed. That is the reason why hickeys appear as a red or purplish patch. Although you can conceal them with make-up, they can be quite embarrassing as healing take long.

Remedies

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera contains soothing and anti-inflammatory properties for faster healing of burst capillaries. Scrape out the gel from the Aloe Vera leaf and apply it directly on your bruised skin/hickeys. Application should be done thrice daily for faster healing.

Consumption of Vitamin K-Rich Foods

Broccoli, brown rice, fish oil, spinach and soy beans are rich in vitamin K. Take in lots of vitamin K-rich foods when you have hickeys. As hickeys also is a result of blood clotting, vitamin K is required as this is can effectively prevent blood clotting or coagulation. As pooled blood is reabsorbed, the healing process is hastened.

Cold Compress

Same when bruised, it is always advisable to use cold compress in order to stop the bleeding and constrict ruptured capillaries. Blood clots are therefore broken apart and a result, they are separated apart. Using a cold pack, press it on the hickeys for 15 minutes. If you do not have a cold pack, you can simply wrap ice cubes in a paper towel. Do not press the ice directly on your skin else you will make things worse. You will surely get an ice burn.

Remember those metal spoons for your eye bags? You can also use them here. Have those chilled for 10 minutes and wrap it with a thin cloth then rub it lightly on your kiss mark. Repeat this at least thrice daily.

Banana Peel

Banana peels are also good for hickeys. Be sure to cut them into sizes to fit the hickeys. This would serve as a spot treatment. Cover the area with the insides of the peel for half an hour. Repeat this thrice daily until the kiss marks are gone.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint also improves blood circulation and is an effective treatment for hickeys. Gently apply on the affected area but do not overdo to avoid irritation. Use this remedy only once or twice daily.

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