Every winter I get hit with attack after attack of cold sores that take forever to heal and are hideous. What can I do to minimize the healing time while covering them up?
Cold sores are not only painful but also embarrassing, so I can understand wanting to cover them up. You should know, however, that they will take longer to heal that way.
Reducing daily stress and eating a healthy, balanced diet will help the healing process (and prevent frequent breakouts generally), but if you're looking to heal and cover one up immediately, try the Polysporin Cold Sore Healing Patch. These transparent patches have hydrocolloid to treat the sore and adhere to the skin invisibly, so you won't have a glob of shiny medicated balm hanging off your face. Big bonus with these: You can wear makeup over them without disrupting the healing cycle, so you can cover up the cold sore with a little foundation and/ or lipstick.
Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty specialist on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV. Have a beauty question? E-mail email@example.com.