While hickeys are fun to leave on the necks of passionate lovers, they are not too fun the morning after. There are things you can do to fix it, so read this to learn how to get rid of hickeys fast. The annoying embarrassment that comes with having a hickey near your neck can be one of the more unpleasant side effects of having a relationship. If you are one of the many who has a hickey they need to get rid of before a big event, don’t worry. 

How to Get Rid of a Hickey Fast

Cover up using coverup. If you are female, the easiest way to get rid of a hicky temporarily is to apply a couple of layers of makeup to hide that love bite. There are two pitfalls to this hickey remedy. The first pitfall you will notice is that you will have to re-apply your makeup once in a while to keep up the illusion of a hicky-free neck. The other pitfall is that is not permanently gone. Still, it will cover up the problem in a pinch.

Add some Vitamin K to your moisturizer. Vitamin K has been linked to reducing the damage done to blood vessels, which means that it will help heal a hicky. It’s also a great preventative measure for future date nights.

Massage your hickey using a comb or brush. The small points of a comb or brush stimulate blood vessels, and also pushes them back down into your lower layers of skin. The final effect is that your hicky will disappear.

Adopt a skin-friendly diet. There has been some evidence that eating more omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A can help skin repair itself. This also happens to be true for broken blood vessels, which is what causes hickies to appear. Much like the Vitamin K remedy, eating well will also help keep you from getting dark hickies in the future.

“Turtlenecks are now in!” Though often the tongue-in-cheek joke about hickies, donning a turtleneck sweater once in a while won’t be too conspicuous. It’s a good cover up option for men, and also can be a good way to occasionally refresh your personal style.

Hot compresses work wonders. Many Lotharios often choose to cure a hickey by using warm compresses to get rid of them. Apply a compress (and keep it warm) for an hour or two. Your hickey will fade away in no time. If you want to speed up the process even more, use a green tea soak to help boost your skin’s natural healing abilities.

Ice the hickey ASAP! Just realized your lover left a mark? Apply ice to it immediately. If you catch it in time, you won’t have a hickey at all in only a couple of minutes.

Massage it with your fingers. Massage has long been known to heal wounds, and help blood vessels regain their vitality. A gentle rub with your fingers will help bring blood back into the area, heal your broken capillaries, and also provide a little stress relief.

Best Practices for Hickey Removal

If you are having trouble with hickies, the best way to approach hickey removal is to do two or three of these remedies at the same time. For example, massaging your neck after a hot compress, and then applying coverup will quickly reduce its appearance. The remedies we offer are safe, and time-tested. Not all remedies for getting rid of hickies are safe. Use your common sense when it comes to combining different remedies. If it seems to be a bad idea, it probably is.

Of course, the 100% sure way to get rid of your hickey is to wait it out. Time heals hickies, and the embarrassment really is only temporary. In the meantime, you might want to talk to your love about being a little bit more gentle when it comes to his or her kissing habits.