Abreva Cold Sore Concealing Patch

Abreva has released clear, non-medicated concealing patch to protect and cover up cold sores. The patch allows air to penetrate, yet keeps out contaminants. Meanwhile, it can be covered with makeup for concealing the area. It wears for up to 8 hours. I gave the product a try. I didn’t have a cold sore, but I tried it out on my lip anyway.

Abreva Cold Sore Patches

The kit comes in a little bag and includes a box of patches, a mirror, and a pretty decent concealer brush. Application is easy. Just follow the steps below:

  • Wash your face with a mild soap, and use a fresh towel to pat your cold sore and the neighboring area dry.
  • Open Conceal packaging and remove the contents inside.
  • Peel back the paper tab marked in red with the number “1” (avoid touching the sticky part underneath by holding on to the small rectangular tab).
  • Continue to hold the rectangular tab and peel back the other paper tab, marked in blue with the number “2”.
  • While looking in a mirror, place the round patch over the cold sore.
  • Press down lightly on the center of the patch and hold the patch in place for 15-20 seconds to make sure it sticks to on top of your cold sore.
  • Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face. Voila! Conceal is in place.
  • Apply makeup on top of Conceal to ensure that the cold sore blends in with the rest of your lips.


Here is what the patch looks like before it is applied.

Abreva Patch

I put the patch over part of my bottom lip. It applied fine and was comfortable. It is quite light and flexible, so you really don’t notice it much once it is on your skin. The below photo is before I applied makeup over it.

Abreva cold sore patch application

Because the patch is smooth, applying makeup over it is easy. You can apply concealer, foundation, lip liner, lip stick, gloss, etc to it. I applied some concealer and liquid foundation and then lipstick. I think using a thicker cream to powder type foundation would cover the skin portion a bit better than using the more sheer liquid type that I used here.

Here it is with makeup over it. It covers quite well with lipstick and, while you can still see the patch, especially when taking close-ups with a high definition camera as I did, it is less noticeable than a cold sore would be.

Abreva patch with lipstick

Wearing Abreva Patch

Overall, I like the protection factor from this product and that it gives you a smoother surface to work with.

Abreva Conceal Logo

Brand Statement: Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out.

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Abreva via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Abreva.”

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Different Types Of Concealers For Different Types Of Skin – How To Choose

Having flawless skin a goal every woman. But unless your schedule allows to you make frequent trips to beauty parlors, maintain the right dietary and sleep balances, and pamper your skin with ample skin care routines, blemishes are sure to be spotted on your face.

Loreal Concealer

Concealers are used to mask blemishes on the skin, from acne to pimples to dark circles, and give the user a glowing appearance. No matter what a woman’s profession is, she is assessed not only by her proficiency but her appearance too. A blemish-free face speaks of a healthy woman who can be counted on for being efficient, and an unscarred face gives you an air of competency.

Due care must be taken when you are out browsing for a concealer. A golden rule that must never be broken is that you do not purchase a concealer without sampling it at the store first. Figuring out the shades can be tricky, which is why it is essential that you test a shade before purchasing it. If you use foundation, your job becomes simpler as the right concealer is but a shade or two lighter than the foundation used.

Those with dry skin may want to reach out for liquid concealers. These products can be applied either with the aid of cotton or with bare fingers. Those with oily skin will want to keep their distance from liquid concealers as they will give you a glossy appearance.

Women with oily skin must try concealer powders. When in powdered form, concealers can hold their ground even in humid conditions. Since the powder absorbs oil and other forms of moisture, you need not fret about your layer of concealer getting caked or running down your face.

Teens experiencing hormonal changes and those who are prone to pimples or acne are advised to opt for concealer sticks. The stick structure is of a different constituency than that of liquids and the concealer is evenly spread even over tough acne. Exercise caution when dabbing concealer sticks beneath the eye – you may want to rub in concealers with your fingers to avoid hurting the delicate skin beneath the eyes.

Concealer pencils are not a good option for those with sensitive skin. Pencils are what you should grab for if you have a fine scar or the defined contours of a tattoo to hide. Using pencils give you more control over the area that you wish to apply concealer on.

Concealers are also available in the forms of creams that are best applied after moisturizing the skin.

Choosing the right shade is a daunting task – you can use the blue veins visible on your inner wrists as the test zone. Apply the concealer on the blue of the veins to see if the color is shielded from view, and if the shade is the same as that of your skin. The tone of your skin will determine if you must reach out for yellow, orange or pink undertones in your concealer.

Yellow tones help ceffectively cover dark circles beneath the eyes and fine lines on the face. Those with skin of darker shades or black will want to reach out for orange-tinted products. Peachy tones are preferable for fair women, while those that are pink or white are best avoided (unless they are being combined with other shades).

Keep in mind that the layer of concealer comes after the application of foundation in the sequence of dressing up. When testing, dab the concealer along your jaw line or on the skin below your ear. Choose concealers a shade lighter than the shade of your foundation (which must be the exact same shade as your skin).

Make-up artists claim that finding the exact shade of concealers is often a task that does not seem worth the investment. Instead, you can simply purchase a foundation palette and combine two or more shades to arrive at the desired shade. When applying the concealer, you must take care that the applied part of the skin is neither darker nor lighter than the rest of the skin.

Whether or not you apply make-up frequently, it is always a good idea to know your skin tone and type, as well as be aware of the products that best suit your needs. Dark circles may be the scars of successful battles, but sometimes they serve you better when concealed. Concealers are products with long shelf life, and you can thus purchase one that serves you well, so that the product is within your reach should you need it.


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Nifty Tips for Using Makeup to Cover Acne

It’s not easy to figure out your approach to makeup when it comes to acne prone skin. Being able to cover the blemishes you have today might come with a price. As you may already know, makeup can potentially complicate matters and clog your pores. It doesn’t exactly mix well with oily or dry skin, and many of the most popular ones don’t have acne prone skin in mind. While you might be able to cover up the problem today, you could be facing further breakouts in the future that are much harder to hide. The good news is you don’t have to forgo makeup completely. With proper technique, the right products, and a preventative acne approach, you should be able to cover up your blemishes until your skin clears up. Here are some handy daily tips for using makeup effectively to cover up acne.

The Right Foundation – a good foundation is going to serve as the cornerstone to your makeup routine. While liquid foundations are more effective at covering up discoloration and blemishes, they also have a tendency to clog your pores. You’ll be able to find a better balance by using mineral makeup that is often less expensive as well. This lighter type of makeup that comes in powder form works better for sensitive skin, and you don’t have to worry about complications with caking and drying. It’s best to find a more natural mineral makeup with as few adages as possible such as Bare Essentials or Almay Pure Blends Mineral Foundation.

Good Technique – once you found a good foundation, it’s important to apply it properly. It might be tempting to use your fingers and simply attempt to cover your face as best as possible. But it’s far better to either use a brush to get overall coverage, or use dabbing motions on specific areas. When you rub your skin too profusely, it might provoke oil production or larger pores by rubbing makeup into your skin.

Don’t Overdo it – remember, more makeup doesn’t necessarily make your acne less noticeable. In some cases, you can actually make it more pronounced especially when you’re makeup itself stands out. Be aware of the lighting in which you apply your makeup, and try to wind things as naturally as possible. It’s common for people to overdo it only to realize their mistake once they set out into more natural lighting. It’s important to keep an eye on the ingredients of your chosen products as well. For example, if your foundation, concealer, cleanser, and topical cream all contain active chemical ingredients, you could end up with extremely dry skin. This is one area where you have to be very careful about over doing it.

Acne Concealers – with a good foundation already in place, you can go ahead and apply a gentle acne concealer to finish the job. Make sure that both your foundation and concealer match the tone of your face to avoid noticeable blotches. A product like Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer will help to reduce oiliness and overall glare. You can also find medicated concealers that will help with bacteria on your face as well. Some concealers such as Cover Girl Simply Ageless Concealer also contain anti-aging properties that ward of wrinkles and tighten up your pores.

Maintain Good Habits – no matter which products you choose, it’s important to maintain a hygienic routine on a daily basis. Wash your face well before application of any foundation or concealer. You also want to make sure that all of your makeup is completely removed before you go to bed. One of the worst mistakes that leads to more breakouts is falling asleep with makeup on your face no matter how natural you might think is. Also make sure that anything that comes into contact with your face is thoroughly cleaned whether it’s makeup brushes, clothing, hair, or your own hands.

This advice on applying makeup for acne prone skin comes to us from howtogetridofacnehelp.com where you can find further advice on general skincare or specific tips for how to get rid of acne.


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