Why Do Bruises Change Colors?

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Have you ever wondered why your bruises change color, or if those colors signify something? Bruises, also known as hematomas, get their signature dark purple-bluish color from the presence of blood under the skin. Injury to the site where the bruise forms causes red blood cells to break down, and with each new stage of breakdown comes a slightly different bruise color.

Though the red blood cells undergo breakdown, the area itself under the site of injury is going through a process of healing. When you see your bruise start to change colors, rest assured that your body is performing the appropriate processes to heal your wound.