Help! I was messing around with my daughter’s pacifier (the green, hospital kind) last night and accidentally suctioned it to my chin, leaving a big hickey! Is there anything I can do to make it go away faster?
Dear Accidental Hickey,
When I stopped laughing (sorry, I can’t help myself) I hit the internet looking for miracle cures, but since a hickey is basically a bruise, there is not much that can be done. Apply a warm tea bag to the area for about 30 minutes to help bring down the swelling, which also works for blemishes.
From here, cover-up is going to be your best friend. A green tinged concealer, like Botanics Complexion Refining Concealer (Target, $9.99) works to minimize the redness. Don’t let the odd color alarm you; blend it well and then top with your regular foundation.
These tips will work for covering blemishes, sunburn, or when your teenage daughter comes home with a hickey, before you lock her in her room until she’s 30, of course!
In the future, let your baby keep her pacifier and, no matter how much it makes her laugh, sticking a suction cup toy to your forehead will also cause a huge hickey (this info is from an undisclosed source, but you know who you are).
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