Cold sores. There is not much to say about them other than the well-known fact that they suck. They usually strike when you are stressed out, and/or fighting a cold; so basically when you feel like crap, they add to the crap party and make you feel that much worse.
This is how my luck usually goes. All weekend I was fine…then Sunday night I felt the stirrings of a cold sore. First I tried to pawn it off as the beginnings of acne but come Monday morning (OF COURSE!!) I could no longer lie to myself. I had a *FLIPPING* coldsore!
When I showed up at work all eyes were on me, or more precisely on my cold sore. Ahh, joy! My friend, Julie, then told me about this product called Abreva Conceal Invisible Cold Sore Patch that she heard about.
Could it be….could there be a way to hide this hideousness that has perched on my face???? It was worth a try. The process looked easy enough.
Step one – Wash your face and make sure the cold sore was clean and dry.
Step two – Take out the patch out of the package and stick it on the cold sore. Hold it there for approximately 15 seconds.
Step three – Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face.
Step four – apply concealer, powder and blend in with your makeup.
Here is my review on this….
This may work if you have a very small cold sore and it is hidden on your lip. I, unfortunately, had a cold sore cluster above my lip so this really didn’t work for me.
Adding makeup over the patch to conceal it, was like trying to add makeup on a piece of scotch tape that you placed on your skin. It came off looking shiny and made my lip look worse (if that was possible). When all was said and done, my upper lip looked puffy and with the layer upon layer of concealer and cover-up that was applied, I ended up looking more like this……
In conclusion, the cold sore cover-up looked worse than the cold sore itself. The Abreva Conceal Invisible Cold Sore Patch cost 9.37 at Wal-Mart. Next time, I will put my money toward something that I am sure will help me get through my cold sore drama. 😉
Note – all images were taken from Bing images. Taking a picture of my cold sore was just not happening. 😉