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Five Tips to Conceal a Cold Sore

5 tips to Conceal a Cold Sore

Dealing with the visibility of a cold sore can be just as bad as managing the discomfort is brings. If you feel a degree of social anxiety during an outbreak an dlong to withdraw from your day-to-day activities, you're not alone. Follow these 5 easy steps to help eliminate the visibility of your cold sore.

  • POLYSPORIN® Cold Sore Healing Patch

    Apply the POLYSPORIN® Cold Sore Healing Patch to clean, dry skin.

  • Apply a corrective foundation primer

    Green concealer is used to neutralize red tones on the skin, so this is the perfect fisrt step when trying to conceal a cold sore.

  • Use liquid foundation

    A liquid foundation provides better coverage and is more easily applied to the healing patch.

  • Use a lip liner

    Applying lip liner draws your eye away from the outline of the Healing Patch and brings the eye's focus back to the lip itself.

  • Apply your favourite shade of lipstick

    Now is not the time for glosses or subtle lip shades.

    Make sure you choose a lipstick that offers a thick application.

You look flawless and now you're ready to a take on the world...

... and no one is the wiser.

Always use the disposable applicator, and be sure not to touch the sore with any of your cosmetics so you don't spread the virus.

Dealing with the visibility of a cold sore can be just as bad as managing the discomfort it brings. If you feel a degree of social anxiety during an outbreak and long to withdraw from your day-to-day activities, you’re not alone.

Having the ability to discreetly conceal a cold sore can have a big impact on your self-esteem when dealing with its symptoms. You want to ensure that you feel confident and comfortable while also treating the cold sore itself.

Below are five easy steps to help eliminate the visibility of your cold sore, while feeling confident enough to take on whatever life might throw at you.

1.    POLYSPORIN® Cold Sore Healing Patch

By applying the POLYSPORIN® Cold Sore Healing Patch, you are able to easily conceal your cold sore. The patch acts like a second skin, helping to relieve pain while creating a moist environment that is optimal for healing. This first step helps to ensure that you cut down on healing time and prevent the risk of scabbing.

Once you apply the patch to clean, dry skin, it also forms a protective barrier against water, dirt, and bacteria, making it possible to conceal your cold sore even further with make-up.

The type of make-up you will need depends on the placement of your cold sore. If your cold sore is contained within the boundaries of your lip, then you may only need to make use of steps 4 and 5. If your cold sore is located fully above your lip, then you may only need to make use of steps 2 and 3. But if you find that your cold sore crosses the border between your lip and the surrounding skin, you may want to follow all of the steps below to help conceal it and leave you feeling your best.

2.    Apply a Corrective Foundation Primer

The cold sore and the surrounding area often become red and inflamed, especially during the early stages of your symptoms. Green concealer is used to neutralize red tones on the skin, so this is the perfect first step when trying to conceal a cold sore. This step also helps create a smooth even base for your foundation.

3.    Use Liquid Foundation

If you regularly use a powder foundation, it is best to switch over to a liquid brand when trying to conceal a cold sore. A powder-based foundation may not readily adhere to the surface of the patch.  The liquid foundation provides better coverage, and can be more easily applied to the POLYSPORIN® Cold Sore Healing Patch. The application of primer will help create a smooth finish, and diminish the outline created by the patch itself.

4.    Use a Lip Liner

Often depending on the orientation of the cold sore, you may need to place the POLYSPORIN® Cold Sore Healing Patch across the border of the lip line and your skin. Applying lip liner draws your eye away from the outline of the healing patch and brings the eye’s focus back to the lip itself. You want to ensure the liner matches the lipstick you are using to create a seamless transition.

5.    Apply your Favourite Shade of Lipstick

You will want to use a lipstick that provides good coverage - now is not the time for glosses or subtle lip shades. You may also want to consider applying a lip primer for optimum coverage. You will ideally want to choose a lipstick that offers a thick application. Both bold and more neutral colours work well; it is the consistency that makes all the difference.

Make sure your favourite products don’t come into contact with the cold sore and be sure to use disposable applicators. Keep the product itself away from your skin, and once the applicator has touched your skin don’t touch the applicator to the product.

Now you look flawless and now are ready to take on the world. And no one is the wiser.