How did you get it? What happened? Or even, been romping, have you? A hickey can make you a source of ridicule, and each time a person gets you, he or she tries to hide it from prying eyes. However, what if the bruise is clearly visible on your neck? Or face? It would prove to be very difficult to hide your face daily along. Of course you can put on a large pair of sunglasses if you have got a black eye, but you can’t keep on wearing them all the time as you are working in your workplace, or simply lazing around in your dwelling. The overall trend of people is to hide a hickey, but unless you take action to eliminate it completely, it is likely to get noticed. So how do you get rid of a hickey?
What’s a hickey?
A hickey is a colloquial term refereeing to a bruise. From a medical viewpoint, when enough suction is applied to a certain area of skin, especially around the neck or the inside of the elbows, the areas of skin that are rich in capillaries or small blood vessels, it causes the vessels to rupture, and as a result, blood starts oozing out of them in little quantities. The blood fluids get collected in the adjoining areas and cause a swelling, or edema, of their skin. The fluid does not have a vent to dispose of the collection from the body, and as a result the skin swells up. Quite frequently, the area of the skin around the bruise appears dark blue or even black if the oozing is intense. This is how a hickey is created.
The best choice is to seek medical aid or visit a physician. However, you could also try a couple of simple, yet powerful, remedies on your own.
• Rubbing alcohol on the injured area
Douse the region around the bruised skin with sufficient quantities of rubbing alcohol. If the skin is broken, don’t apply alcohol within the broken area, instead around it to prevent further bruising from occurring or spreading. Once you have applied alcohol, don’t further agitate the bruised areas by rubbing it even more. Just leave it, and forget about it. It is all you can do with rubbing alcohol.
• Applying ice immediately
This is the most recommended means of preventing a bruise from occurring, but it needs to be done immediately. Apply plenty of ice on the skin, and allow the region become cold. The concept is to”freeze” up the blood flowing so that it becomes viscous and thick, and cannot flow freely around the bruised area.