The appearance of a bruise can be reduced by immediately icing the bruise when it happens; heat can be applied to the bruise after the first 24 hours to increase circulation and speed up the healing process. Some creams and ointments can be used to help reduce the appearance of a bruise and to help it heal faster.
Vitamin K is one of the best vitamins for helping to heal bruises. It can be taken internally by eating foods that are rich in it. Green, leafy vegetables and broccoli are both high in vitamin K. Vitamin K creams can also be purchased over the counter and applied to bruises to help reduce their appearance.
When a bruise happens and there is open skin on top of the bruise, a petroleum cream or antibiotic ointment can be used to reduce the appearance of the broken skin. By reducing this, the bruise will begin to look better. Elevation can help a bruise because the blood will flow to different areas and will not continue to puddle in the same spot that the bruise is in. People who bruise easily may be deficient in vitamin C and should talk to their healthcare professionals about the use of vitamin C supplements.