1. Use the back of a cold spoon to reduce swelling. Place a spoon in your refrigerator for 10 minutes before lightly stroking it over the hickey (this trick is most effective while the hickey is new). Doing this a few times throughout the day will decrease swelling.
2. Apply aloe vera to speed up the healing process. Apply aloe vera cream to your hickey twice a day and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. This will soothe the area, which can reduce any initial pain and lead your skin to a speedy recovery.
3. Use the inside of a banana peel to soothe the skin’s surface. This trick might sound ridiculous, but it actually does help. The inside of a banana peel acts as a cooling treatment that can shrink the hickey. Place the inside of the peel onto your hickey for about 10 to 30 minutes. Repeat two or three times a day.
4. Apply a warm compress for new blood to circulate. If you still have a hickey after four days, it’s helpful to bring heat into the equation. Simply wet a washcloth with warm water before placing it on the bruised area for about five minutes.
5. Eat foods that are high in Vitamin K. Vitamin K, which is found in foods like broccoli, kale, spinach, and brown rice, helps the body absorb clots, including those causing your hickey.
6. Use the bristles of a toothbrush to stimulate blood circulation. Make sure to brush (with super-soft bristles) over your hickey using a little pressure, working the bristles in different directions so the clotted blood has room to spread. Repeat this process for five to 10 minutes.