You have just entered a passionate relationship with a person whom you imagine to be the love of your life. You start throwing caution to the winds when getting intimate with your partner and end up with several hickeys on your skin. After all, when you are in love, a few hickeys shouldn’t matter, right? Unfortunately for you, the world is filled with judgmental people who would spot your hickey from a mile away and would tease you with it until you start feeling ashamed.
We have been in your position and want to help you ward off the stares with the help of these 10 tried and tested home remedies to get rid of hickeys.
1. Potato Juice
The catecholase enzyme present in potato juice can help bleach you’re the dark blemishes in your skin, including your hickeys. Since it would take a lot of time to squeeze out the juice, you can just peel off the potato skin and cut thick, round circles of the potato and place it against your hickeys. It would take some time to take effect so be patient.
No, we are not joking at all! Something as simple as a toothbrush can help you remove hickeys by exfoliating your skin cells and boosting the blood circulation in the hickeys. Don’t use the regular brush you use for your teeth but rather buy one with soft bristles. A little pressure with a new brush would go a long way.
3. Parsley Paste
This multi-nutrient and multivitamin herb can help you heal your hickey in a jiffy! Don’t believe us? Just make a paste of parsley and glycerine, store in an airtight container and use whenever you need to get rid of a hickey.
4. Aloe Vera
This plant known for its natural moisturizing properties can soothe your irritated skin from deep within so that inflammatory reactions (such as hickeys) would subside eventually. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the time to nurture a plant at home, just buy an aloe vera gel tube over the counter and it would work!
5. Banana Peel
Rubbing banana peel on your hickey affected skin might seem to be weird and sticky at first but when you notice that it’s cooling and moisturizing your skin, you would change your mind and use it again and again. Cut off a square shaped piece from the banana peel and place it against your hickey for half an hour to see results.
6. Cold compress with a spoon
Let’s talk science for a minute: Did you know that hickeys are formed when your blood capillaries burst and blood clots start forming? In such a scenario, the clots need to be broken up if the blood circulation has to become normal again. Since applying ice directly can lead to cold and fever, it is recommended to keep a few spoons in the fridge and apply them on your hickeys as and when needed.
7. Peppermint Toothpaste
The peppermint in the toothpaste helps in the healing of the blood capillaries and improves the circulation in which there are hickeys present. We would not advise you to apply peppermint oil directly to your skin since it has the possibility of burning it if used too often. Just applying peppermint toothpaste should do the trick. Do you want to see quick results? Combine it with the Toothbrush home remedy we had listed above by using a toothbrush to apply the paste!
8. Cocoa Butter
If you like chocolate, you are going to love giving this home remedy a try as long as you make sure not to mistake the chocolate-y smell and start licking the cocoa butter. Cocoa butter has been known to be the natural ingredient which cures all skin disorders. We don’t see why you shouldn’t use it to massage your hickeys four or five times in a day so that the blood circulation returns to normal.
9. Rubbing Alcohol
This might be one of those home remedies which need to be tried out immediately in order to be effective but it is worth a mention for sure. The moment that you notice the hickey, pour some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub your skin with it and follow it up with a moisturizing cream. Your skin would be disinfected and soothed at the same time!
10. Arnica Salve
Have you tried all home remedies and yet cannot manage to get rid of the red hickey? It’s time to bring out the arnica salve, which has been medically approved and proven to heal all sorts of bruises. Apply it to the affected spot as three or four times a day and the mark would be gone within two days.
You should never be ashamed of who you love and how you love them. Follow the above 10 home remedies and you will never have to worry about public opinion again!