There are several reported ways to get rid of hickeys quickly - applying cold compresses, peppermint oil, or a piece of pineapple directly onto the mark are fabled as just some of the ways you can ease the dark bruise. You can also try the super incognito method of wearing a massive scarf.
If you’re not bothered about faffing around with winter woolies, exotic fruits, or essential oils, there is another way…
Teenagers on TikTok have found a new way to get rid of love bites once and for all - kitchen whisks.
First introduced by TikToker @mads.larocque, the technique involves rubbing a metal whisk against your neck for five minutes.
Dr Vicki Chan told BuzzFeed that since a hickey is just old blood under your skin, whisking it and “spreading the blood around” can make it seem less pronounced.
She said she thinks it’s fine to try this method, but dermatologist Dr. Beth Goldstein told Insider that she’d instead advise people to opt for “time and coverup makeup” so you don’t risk creating “more injury”.
Although Goldstein said she imagines it would be “exceedingly rare” for someone to damage the major blood vessels in the neck, especially if they are not applying too much pressure, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
So there you have it, if you ever find a whisk lurking suspiciously in someone’s bedroom, this is probably why.
For teens, conveniently the kitchen whisk is usually kept in the same drawer as the wooden spoon your mother may wave at you with if she spots the love bites.