How to Heal a Bruise

Two Methods:Medically Recommended Method for Healing BruisesCovering Your Bruise Up

All of us have faced the unsightly challenge of bruises. It takes time for a bruise to heal, but here are some ways to speed along the healing process and keep people from noticing the bruise.

Method 1
Medically Recommended Method for Healing Bruises

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    Apply ice to the bruise. Ice will help constrict the injured blood vessels, keeping the bruise from getting bigger.
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    Use an ice-pack, a bag of ice, or a package of frozen vegetables, such as frozen peas.
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    Ice the bruise for no more than 15 minutes per hour.[1]
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    After 24 hours, apply heat to the bruise. Heat will help circulate the blood that has gathered underneath your skin, flushing it out.
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    Use a warm compress or a hot water bottle.
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    Apply heat for at least an hour.
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    If possible, prop your bruised limb up. Elevating your bruised limb will help the blood flow away from your injury.
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    It's only advisable to prop up legs and arms. Do not attempt to prop up any portion of your torso.
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    Eat foods rich in Vitamin C and flavinoids. These vitamins will help your body regenerate collagen, which fortify your blood vessels.
    • Food rich in Vitamin C and flavonoids include: citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, bell pepper, pineapple, and prunes.
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    Apply Arnica and Aloe vera gels to the wound. These plant-based gels will help dilate your blood vessels and ensure a quicker healing time.
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    Arnica and Aloe vera gels can both be found over the counter in your local drugstore.

Method 2
Covering Your Bruise Up

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    Conceal the bruise with clothing. This will also help prevent the bruised area from suffering further injury or pain.
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    If it is on your ankle, wear long socks or pants that conceal your ankle.
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    If it is on your arm, wear wristbands or long-sleeved shirts.
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    Use makeup to conceal the bruise. Your bruise may not be completely healed, but no one needs to know about it!
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    Use a skin-colored cream on the bruise to make it look like the rest of your skin. On top of that, use a light, colorless powder.
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    If you aren't experienced using concealing cream, you may want to ask someone experienced with makeup.

Tips

  • Moisturizing the bruise helps it heal faster.
  • If the bruise doesn't fade after a week or two, or if you don't remember getting the bruise, you should see a doctor. It can signal a more serious disease.
  • Take it easy, to prevent unnecessary pain or limping! Use muscle gel/creams to ease the pain.
  • Don't touch the bruise or it will get worse.
  • Use a concealer that is slightly lighter than your skin tone. Make sure to cover all the bruise and around the bruise so it doesn't look like you're trying to hide something.
  • Quickly put ice on the bruise before it gets bigger.
  • See a doctor if bruise is accommodated with extreme pain swelling or redness.

Warnings

  • Do not to touch the bruise to hard surfaces or that the area subject to repeated impacts. This can cause pain in the bruised area and exacerbate the bruising.

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