How to Get Rid of a Hickey

Ah the hickey, that red badge of passion! So spontaneous! So exhilarating! So erotic! So now what are you going to do?


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You Will Need

  • Hickey
  • Spoon
  • Freezer
  • Comb or brush
  • Quarter
  • Lipstick
  • Pencil with an eraser
  • Concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone
  • Hot, wet facecloth
  • Scarf or turtleneck


  1. Step 1

    Press cold spoon against hickey

    As soon as possible, pop a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes, and then press it, suction-like, against the hickey for 15 minutes. This will reduce swelling and prevent any more bruising.

  2. Step 2

    Massage area

    Gently massage the area to break up the congealed blood that is causing the bruising.

  3. Step 3

    Use comb or brush

    Not working? Take a comb or brush and gently rub it over the hickey for about 10 minutes to help disperse the clots.

  4. You could also use a quarter to push away the blood that has gathered in the area, but this method hurts a bit.

  5. Step 4

    Use lipstick cover

    Still seeing red? Get fresh blood flowing by removing the cover of a lipstick, twisting the opening against the hickey, and pulling it off. You’ll hear a pop, and the hickey will briefly be redder before lightening.

  6. Some people swear by pencil erasers, saying that twirling them forward and backward on a hickey makes it disappear.

  7. Step 5

    Use concealer

    Blend a little concealer, in a shade lighter than your skin tone, over any remaining redness.

  8. Step 6

    Apply wet facecloth

    If the hickey is still visible after 48 hours, apply a hot, wet facecloth for about 5 minutes. This draws new blood, helping smooth out the skin tone.

  9. Step 7

    Wear scarf or turtleneck

    If all else fails, wear a scarf or turtleneck—or stay indoors.

  10. A hickey is a bruise caused when the vacuum created by a sucking mouth breaks blood vessels below the skin.