Are you suffering from a hickey? Are you not sure where it came from? I can tell you from my own personal experience, I know how embarrassing a hickey can be.
I was not surprised to see so many people who had no idea what a Hickey actually was and how much stress it caused people when they ended up with one. The whole reason behind this article, is to give the facts behind these unusual blemishes and to get you on the path of being informed and Hickey free.
What is a Hickey exactly?
When you are starting to become passionate with someone, a Hickey may quickly become a common occurrence in your life. Especially if your partner likes to take part in love biting or sucking on various parts of the skin.
When someone is love biting or sucking on your skin, you will end up having a Hickey, typically around the neck region. They do not hurt and are usually not noticeable until you look into the mirror after sharing a passionate moment with your partner.
Upon seeing them, it's somewhat startling as they tend are fairly large, about the size of a quarter. However, it can vary in size depending on how much sucking there was and if there was sucking in multiple areas they can form together creating one large one. You can also develop small ones anywhere that has been bitten or sucked on.
These hickeys appear because the blood vessels underneath the skin have broken; this is due to the sucking or biting process. This causes the blood to gather underneath the skin, causing it to have the reddish-purple appearance.
In more simple terms, it is much like a bruise that you would receive bumping into something. Although they look terrible, there's no harm being done and you're completely healthy.
These skin marks will typically last a few days, however they can last up to two weeks. As time passes, you will notice that they begin to fade away. Usually, the vessels that have broken are completely healed within 48 hours and the only remaining effect is the coagulated blood resting beneath the skin.
How To Get Rid Of A Hickey?
When you get a Hickey, the first thing that comes to mind is how to get rid of them. The first step you could take is to apply a cold compress to it as soon as possible. You can use an ice pack, ice wrapped in a towel, popsicle, or place a spoon in the freeze for a few minutes. This should definitely cut its size. This needs done as soon as you get it.
If you didn’t notice it or didn’t have access to something cold when it first appeared, then you can apply a warm compress to it if it lasts longer than two days. This will aid in shrinking it’s size and make it less noticeable. This can be done for 15 minutes to half an hour.
More over, if these options fail to get rid of your Hickey, you can hide it until it eventually disappears. You can find a foundation that matches your skin color and apply a thin layer over top of it. Continue to apply the makeup in layers until the Hickey is no longer visible.
This information is to keep you informed on how Hickey's come about and what you can do to get rid of one when they do occur. They are not a sign of poor health and is not a cause of alarm. The following steps provide steps to take to prevent or treat a Hickey:
1. Do not allowing partners to suck or bite on the skin
2. Apply Ice Immediately After Obtaining A Hickey
3. Apply Heat if your unable to apply a cold compress
4. Apply thin layers of makeup if a cold or hot compress does not improve Hickey
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