I am not a doctor, but this shit is true and it works. I used to get cold sores a lot when I was a kid, which is great fun when you’re already self-conscious and anxious. Thankfully someone shared this tip with me when I was in high school. I’ve only had one since then, and it was gone in two days.
Apply liquid foundation (for dudes: it’s make-up – I know, sorry) as soon as you feel it coming. Reapply as often as you can. Whatever’s in that stuff prevents the cold sore from ever developing. If you don’t catch it before it appears, keep applying the foundation as much as possible. It will heal in 2-3 days as opposed to 7-10 days.
While you’re here, know this:
Cold sore is a polite way of saying Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1)
It is not the same as Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2), which is associated with genital herpes
Other conditions caused by the Herpes virus include shingles and chickenpox
The majority of cases of HSV-1 are contracted during childhood, most times before the age of 10
HSV-1 is typically transmitted through social kissing, such as a relative to a child, and by sharing drinks and silverware
50% of Americans have the antibodies of HSV-1 in their blood by the time they’re teenagers
That number increases to 80-90% for Americans over 50
So pretty much everyone will get invited to this party before they die, but no one ever needs to have a blister on their lip cuz let’s be real – it’s not cute.
That concludes this Public Service Announcement.
Disclaimer: I am not claiming, stating or implying I have a medical cure for any illness, condition or disease. If this foundation tip doesn’t work for you it’s because you’re an alien. Please do not try to sue me. It’s not my fault. If this remarkably helpful tidbit sweeps the internet and people start buying liquid foundations by the case instead of your product, it’s because my magic bunny told them to. It has nothing to do with this post that I never wrote.