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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, I like the protection factor from this product and that it gives you a smoother surface to work with.
Brand Statement: Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out.
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About the Author: Carleen Coulter