Now, I know showing off those red or purple love-bruises on multiple parts of your body is super exciting, especially if you are getting them for the first time. In the throes of passion, people tend to do a lot of things that would be downright abnormal if you were not having sex, with biting each other in all the wrong places is a prime example. The resulting bruise is popularly called a hickey, and opposed to what you think, you actually know very little about it.
Before you learn some very interesting and eye-opening facts about love bites, you should understand what they are and how they are formed. As mentioned above, they are nothing but bruises that you get while you are making love. In the throes of passion, people tend to nibble or bite the sensitive spots on the body, such as the neck, the collarbone, or the inner thighs, in order to provide extra pleasure to the person on the receiving end of it. You might think that giving a hickey is tough business, especially since it bruises so badly. However, that is not the case.
The layer of skin immediately beneath the surface contains a lot of capillaries (tiny blood vessels) which break when too much pressure is put on them, like with your teeth, for example. The skin becomes red and swollen and no blood comes out, but as the days progress, it becomes reddish purple and finally turns into a disgusting yellow blotch on your skin. As good as getting a hickey sounds, the repercussions are not as pleasant as you think.