Second stage of a bruise. Evolution of a Bruise Color Day Healing Stage Red 1 Day of the bruise. Blue/purple 1 -2 The red blood cells break down and escape into the surrounding tissue, creating a darkened patch. Green 6 As the tissues heal themselves, the greenish chemical biliverdin causes the area to turn a greenish hue. Yellow/brown 8-9 The bruise is almost healed. Normal 14 The skin will return to normal after two to three weeks.