How to Get Rid of a Hickey Fast and Effectively

Now, let me start by saying that I do not dig hickeys. I do have friends that actually love hickeys, and they consider them of their “love mark” with their partner.

There is a reason why hickeys are also called love bites or kiss marks.

However, hickeys are actually a bruise that occurs due to sucking or kissing the skin too hard.

When you suck or kiss the skin too hard, you are causing broken capillaries, and your pooling blood turns the skin purple or red.

Now, I know this is uncommon, but sometimes, hickeys are actually a mark you want to be hidden, especially if you got it from a partner you are not in a serious relationship with.

It will take one week for the hickey to go away naturally.

You can always hide it with clothing or makeup, but if hickeys are embarrassing for you as they are for me, I will tell you some quick, natural fixes.

Cold Compress Method

This is the oldest trick in the book, and can be used to treat any bruise, not just a hickey.

What you are trying to do here is too broke apart the blood clot that occurred as a result of hard kissing or/and sucking.

You need ice cubes, or some frozen food, and place it in a paper towel.

Now, gently press the towel against your hickey for two or three times per day.

You need to press the towel for at least 10 minutes.

One word of caution: never apply ice packs or frozen food directly on your skin, as you will get ice burns.

If you do not have ice cubes or frozen food, you can always use a steel spoon instead.

Place the spoon in the fridge, let it stay there for 20 minutes, and then wrap it in the towel and rub it on your hickey.


This trick only works if you act fast. Or in other words, you need to rub alcohol just a few hours after you got the hickey.

If time passes, this trick doesn’t work.

Now, for the trick, get a cotton ball, and with it, apply some alcohol on the affected area. Rub gently for several minutes.

You can do this two times in the day, and apply moisturizing lotion afterward.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint works almost in the same way as ice compression as the ingredient provides the same stimulating effect for your blood flow.

One thing to watch out is if you are allergic to peppermint.

You can apply peppermint oil directly on the affected area, no towel, cloth, or cotton ball needed.


I don’t know if you knew it, but most toothpaste contains peppermint in them.

Therefore, using toothpaste is the same as using peppermint.

Apply toothpaste on the affected area, let it dry for several minutes, and then wash it with water or wipe it with a warm cloth.

Cocoa Butter

When it comes to natural moisturizers, cocoa butter is one of the best on the market.

Additionally, the healing properties of the butter are great for getting rid of hickeys.

Before you apply cocoa butter, make sure to warm the affected area with a warm towel.

After you apply the cocoa butter, gently massage the area for 15 minutes.

This will promote blood circulation, which is essential in getting rid of hickeys.

Aloe Vera

There is simply no skin issue that cannot be healed with a little aloe vera.

The gel from the plant can reduce sensitivity in the area, provide anti-inflammatory properties, soothe the area, and help your capillaries heal.

All you need is a leaf from aloe vera plant.

Once you slice the leaf, it will release gel, which you can rub on the affected area three times per day.

Any over the counter aloe vera cream, lotion or gel would work as well.

Coin Scraping

Now, this trick is only if you are desperate. I know some friends of mine have used it to cover their “love marks”.

While it won’t remove your hickey completely, it will make it look like a scrape, which in turn, doesn’t look so suspicious when you are on a date with your partner.

Now, first you need to stretch your affected area. Get a large coin, and scrape it outwards from the hickey.


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