Love bite or what we popularly refer to as ‘Hickey’. You must have understood by now what I’m talking about. Love bites, as the name suggests, the marks given by love, out of love. Too much rise of temperature while making love can be the reason behind these blushy marks. Although they pretty resemble the bruises we get when we hit ourselves against a hard object. But those who have the eyes of the hawk can easily make out that these are not the simple ‘bruises’. These love bites are nothing but the blood accumulated in the vessels when a part of the body has been kissed or bitten hard.

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Love bites tend to vanish themselves in just 4-10 days, but carrying it along for 4-5 days is nothing less than an embarrassment. And the worst part is, as it proceeds to heal, the colour of the mark intensifies. And when asked about it, we just hang our head in shame or start looking around to avoid the discomforting situation.

So what to do? Abstain from such acts, which is not possible. Wearing high neck shirts can be another solution. But we have the better ones. To treat them from the roots.

1. Apply Ice
Massage an ice cube on your love bite. A cold compress can cause your blood vessels to constrict which reduces swelling. But keep this in mind, never apply ice directly on your skin. Wrap it in a handkerchief and dab it gently on your love bite.

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2. Pineapple
Apply pieces of pineapple on your hickey or you can use the juice either. Do this plenty of times in a day. You will notice that the mark has reduced visibly.

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3. Toothpaste
Applying toothpaste over a hickey is effective. This reduces the mark immediately. But leave the toothpaste on your skin only for 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

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4. Alcohol
Alcohol is soothing and anti-bacterial in nature. Dab a cotton swab in some alcohol and apply it over your hickey. After a few minutes, apply a layer of moisturizer on it. This will clear the marks soon. Repeat 2-3 times in a day and you will get instant relief.

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5. Hot Compress
If the love bite is 2-3 days old then use a hot compress on it. Dip a towel in hot water and wriggle it. Apply it on your love bite and keep it there for 1 minute. This will cause the blood to circulate easily in the vessels. And the dark colour of the love bite will begin to vanish away. But keep in mind don’t use hot water directly on the skin.

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6. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a natural moisturizer and it also soothes the skin. Apply the Aloe Vera gel on your love bite 2-3 times a day and massage it gently. This will reduce the swelling significantly.

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7. Banana Peels
You can also use banana peels to vanish away the hickeys. Apply the peel on your love bite and keep it for few minutes. Do this for 2-3 times a day.

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8. Orange Juice
Drinking orange juice also reduces the mark significantly. Drink orange juice 2-3 times a day. The vitamin C in oranges which help your skin to heal faster.

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9. Coco Butter or Almond Oil
Almond oil provides nourishment to your skin and reduces the blemishes significantly. This oil speeds up the rejuvenation process of the skin.

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