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How to Get Rid of a Hickey in Less Than 4 Steps

Jared Bangerter has spent the past decade helping people attain optimum health through tailored meal plans and customized exercise routines.

Are you in need of a quick fix for your hickey?

Are you in need of a quick fix for your hickey?

Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Rid of a Hickey

There are many great techniques out there to remove hickeys; however, most of them only work if you do them for like an hour. It takes FOREVER to get rid of these darn things.

That's where this article comes in. This helpful step-by-step guide will show you a way to incorporate only the most effective techniques to get rid of hickeys and lay them out in a step-by-step fashion. This technique is actually a combination of the few hickey removal techniques I have found to be the most useful.

Before we begin, you will need the following things on hand:

  • Five ice cubes
  • One ziplock bag
  • Hairbrush
  • Vitamin K
  • One teabag

Once you have all of the five items above handy, you are ready to begin this hickey removal technique. Proceed to step 1.

Hickeys can be annoying to get rid of.

Hickeys can be annoying to get rid of.

Step 1: Ice the Area

Load the five ice cubes into your ziplock bag and seal it shut. Hold it firmly up against your hickey for about 20 minutes or until you feel that the ice has warmed up and melted enough that it is no longer very useful.

It shouldn't take too terribly long for the ice to start melting to the point they are no longer very effective, but you want to make sure to get as much time as you can out of them. This will help reduce a minor amount of redness from your hickey and prepare it for the next few steps.

Step 2: Massage

Once the area is sufficiently cooled off from the ice pack, grab your brush and begin to slowly, gently, and firmly massage the inflamed area with it. This will hurt a bit if you are doing it sufficiently hard enough, but it will also help to take a large portion of the redness out of it.

A lot of the techniques to get rid of hickeys that I have found online say to use your fingers or your hands, but I found that didn't work at all. The most I got out of using my fingers was a minor amount of redness taken away. Try using a brush yourself, and you'll notice the difference in how effective it is. Do not use a stiff wire-tipped brush, though. Make sure the tips of the wires are plastic and rounded off, as not to scratch up the area or—even worse— draw blood.

Step 3: Grab the Teabag

Heat up your teabag in the microwave, according to its directions. Once it is finished, remove it from the glass or cup of water and let it drip for about 30 seconds over your sink as to let most of the moisture drain and so you do not create too much of a mess.

Now, hold it against your hickey, rubbing it all over the entire surface of the inflamed area until it begins to cool down. Once it cools down, put it back in the cup and microwave it again. Once it finishes in the microwave, drip a bit of the moisture out of it and into the sink again.

Continue repeating this process until the very last bit of redness is taken out. If you're not able to get all of it in this step, don't worry, the last step will take care of whatever is left.

Step 4: Apply Vitamin K

After covering your hickey with an ice pack, massaging it with a soft-tipped brush, and treating it with a warm tea bag, it should be mostly gone by now. There may be just a tiny bit of redness left, and that's what this step will take care of.

Cover your hickey in Vitamin K, either lotion or liquid form. Really apply a liberal amount and massage it in as good as you can. Let it sit.

Whatever was left of your hickey should be gone within 20 minutes after applying this stuff.


The above technique has the potential to completely erase your hickeys in less than an hour. The very longest this technique has taken me to get rid of mine is about an hour and a half. This is a great technique to use if you just finished a hot make-out session and you are panicking cause you have a job interview, a speech, or a family event coming up.

If I were you, I'd bookmark this cause chances are you're going to need to use it again sometime, but not remember all the exact details. Hold onto it. It's my secret weapon against hickeys.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 jaredbangerter