The Easiest Way to Conceal a Cold Sore


It’s just about that time of the year where the season of sharing unfortunately includes colds and viruses! Cold sores can put a serious cramp in anybody’s beauty routine. Enter Abreva Conceal, a clear non-medicated patch that conceals your cold sore and enables you to apply makeup on top, lasting up to 8 hours. It creates a protective barrier that allows air in with MicroAir technology while keeping contaminants out.

Check out the simple steps below as I demonstrate how easy it is to use Abreva Conceal. Since I don’t have a cold sore, which is what the product is intended for, I demonstrated on a blemish.


  1. Wash your face with a mild soap, and use a fresh towel to pat your cold sore and the neighboring area dry
  2. 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.
  3. Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face. Voila! Conceal is in place.
  4. Apply makeup on top of Conceal to ensure that the cold sore blends in with the rest of your lips. I found that applying a liquid foundation with a small brush and finishing with powder helps set for flawless coverage. Nobody noticed that I had Conceal on and it stayed put for hours while I totally forgot I even had it on.

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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