The internet is full of videos on how toothpaste might be an easy and sure-shot way to remove hickeys. But can toothpaste remove hickeys? While you might be wary of repeated applications of toothpaste on love bites to check this theory, we got in touch with dermatologist to understand how a toothpaste works on hickeys and how effective it is to get rid of the bruise!
Dr Priyanka Kuri, Consultant Dermatologist, Aster Whitefield Hospital, gives us the low down on how hickeys develop into those ugly purplish-red marks, and also shares with us the best way to get rid of them, and that might not involve applying your toothpaste! So, read on!
While you might not realise it then, but hickeys are a very common outcome of a a passionate moment. It can result in a dark red or purplish mark on your neck. Well, that’s a hickey or a love bite! The bruise is caused by sucking or kissing that has led to broken vessel under your skin. If you are wondering how long does a hickey take to heal, Dr Kuri tells us, “Hickeys, essentially bruises, develop post-trauma or suction that typically fade within 1 to 2 weeks as the body gradually reabsorbs the pooled blood beneath the skin. However, the exact duration can vary based on the severity of the hickey and an individual’s healing process.” So, you might not want to put away the concealer just as yet!
Before you unscrew that tube, let us tell you that removing hickeys with toothpaste is a far-fetched reality! All you are probably going to get from this exercise is a very fresh-smelling neck or wherever you have a love bite! “Hickeys cannot be removed by toothpaste. It is a myth. While some believe that the cooling effect of toothpaste might help, it does not have any proven scientific backing for the treatment of hickeys,” explains Dr Kuri.
However, if you still want to try your hands at this hack, there are some things to be mindful of. If toothpaste is to be used, opting for a mint-flavoured one might exacerbate the skin’s irritation due to its potential allergenic effects. It’s essential to use only a small amount of toothpaste, as applying too much can cause excessive dryness and potential burning sensations on the skin. If you are using toothpaste, keep it just for two hours and not more than that, as that can irritate the skin as well.
Although hickeys are mostly are self-resolving, there are some ways to make a hickey heal fast. However, everybody’s skin is different and heals differently. Hickeys will definitely not disappear overnight. But these hacks hide them, speed up the healing process and might also relieve you of any pain or discomfort. So, they are worth a try! However, remember that before trying any home remedies or even creams for that matter, do a patch test first to check skin sensitivity.