So you want to know how to get rid of a bruise, especially if it's in an exposed area.
Bruises are the result of bumps and trauma to your skin. Bruises often go away without any treatment but sometimes they can take a really long time.
But you're in luck, there are ways to get rid of bruises faster than just waiting.
Here are some of the best techniques you can try out.
The first technique is to apply cold compress over the area.
Cold soothes the area, reduces swelling, and decreases redness. If you bruised your eye or your face then this could be removed with the use of cold compress.
Apply using a cold towel or use ice cubes placed in a towel. It could take a while to remove the bruises but after a while your bruise will lighten and disappear.
This could even help reduce pain which is also common in fresh bruises.
Aside from using a cold compress, you can use UV light to reduce the bruise.
Ultra violet rays are able to break down the natural pigment in the skin called bilirubin which is responsible for the yellowish to dark color in a bruise.
Exposing the bruise to direct sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes a day will increase the break down of bilirubin without leading to a sunburn.
Another way to reduce the signs of bruises is to elevate the area. If you bruised your knee or your leg, then lie down and raise it up by placing it on a pillow.
Elevate the area for about 30 minutes to one hour. This prevents fluids to pool around the affected area which causes swelling, pain and redness.
If you are looking for a faster way to get rid of a bruise then you could apply makeup or a concealer over the area to hide your blemish.
Bruises in less conspicuous areas such as the back and the chest area usually take longer to remove especially if the bruise is bigger and more brightly colored. Luckly you can just wear a shirt to hide these ones.
If all these techniques for getting rid of a bruise fail and your bruise continues to persist in time, you should consult your doctor at once.
Bruises could also be a symptom of other medical conditions and therefore you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.