For many, the skin discoloration of bruising adds insult to the injury. Bruises can appear in all shapes and sizes, ranging in color from red, to black, to green, to yellow. Bruises (also known as contusions) occur when blood vessels beneath the skin are ruptured, often leaving the skin itself undamaged. Young children and elderly people are especially susceptible to bruising because their blood vessels aren’t strong. Fortunately, there are several ways to take the color out of your bruise and help heal the bruise itself.

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Place a thin towel over your bruise and apply an ice pack to the affected area. Hold the ice pack firmly in place until the bruised area is numb (usually about 15 minutes). Take a break from icing for 15 minutes, then repeat this ice on/ice off sequence for several hours if possible. Ice slows, and often stops, the bleeding beneath the surface of the skin. It also helps the bruise healer faster and reduces discoloration.

Elevate the bruised area. Keeping the bruised area raised prevents blood from collecting in the affected area and helps your bruise heal quicker.

If the bruise is in a visible area, apply makeup or concealer to the bruise when you go out. Use several layers if necessary. Be sure to use a tone that matches the color of your skin.