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

Updated on June 23, 2017

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

There are a lot of a 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:

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 zip lock bag
  • Hairbrush
  • Vitamin K
  • 1 tea bag

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

Do you have a hickey you want to get rid of?
Do you have a hickey you want to get rid of?

Step 1

Load the five ice cubes into your zip lock 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

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 noticed 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

Heat up your tea bag in the microwave, as according to the directions on it. Once it is finished, removed 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

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 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.

© 2011 jaredbangerter


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      Ellie 2 years ago

      This is actually crazy? Can't believe it worked...

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      mklo 2 years ago

      What if u dont have vitamin k lotion

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      ROFL! I love this hub.

      Voted up+.

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      sakura26 5 years ago

      i just got my first hickey and i didn't know what to do. Thanks for the great advice since i was about to find a whole bunch of turtle neck shirts lol.

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      miss1magination 5 years ago

      Great topic, what a clever hub about hickeys:)

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      kitty2011 5 years ago

      The toothbrush/brush really works!!!

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      Robie Benve 6 years ago from Ohio

      I wish I knew this when I was younger! lol

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      April 6 years ago from Columbus,Ga

      This hub is very helpful.

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      Camo Girl!! 6 years ago

      This Is Good I Am 17 So And I Have Never Got One Yet But I Have Gave Them!!!

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      Camo Girl!!! 6 years ago

      I did Not know that u can get rid of Hickeys Thank you jaredbangerter=))

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I didn't know you could get rid of hickey. I wish I had known that many years ago when I was young. Hickeys are no longer a problem for me. Darn!

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      Indie Novelist 6 years ago

      Very useful! Thanks will be sure to bookmark this:)

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Jared,

      To me this hub is humorous, and very detailed. This is a good step by step for getting rid of hickies. Another way to help get rid of hickies is to; put a spoon in the freezer for 20-30 minutes then apply the frozen spoon to the hickey.