Public Service Announcement on that Cold Sore.

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.


Magic Bunny.


  1. I’m pretty sure my wife has infected me with this as I’d never had one in my life before I met her and she gets them from time to time. She has a pill that she takes right when she feels one coming to prevent it. I can ask her what it is, if you care to know. She swears by it.

  2. Let me consider this for a moment…. A male teenager walking around high school with a developing blister the size of a postage stamp, semi-covered in badly applied make-up.

    Bully alert. Bully alert. Bully alert.

    Just take the blister on the chin dude. That would be my advise, but I’m a dude too, so I’m slightly biased.

  3. A public service announcement indeed!

    I never get cold sores but I get a canker sore once or twice a year. Do you know what that is? It’s a form of herpes as well! Do you have a cure for that?

    To stop hiccups, bend over foreword and drink from the far end of a glass of water. It works EVERY TIME. Or was that your next post? Oops.

  4. I used to get horrible cold sores. My doctor presribed Valtrex. It’s a miracle drug. They could charge $100 a pill,and I’d still probably pay.

    • Valtrex is a great anti-viral drug! For people who don’t like to take meds or don’t have insurance, the foundation trick works wonders. Thanks for reading and chiming in! I should have mentioned Valtrex in my post : )

  5. I get them all the time, but I don’t feel like applying make up. Any other way to prevent them ?

    • Aw man that’s such a drag I know. Can you view is as medicine instead of make-up? I get not applying it before work and stuff, but even if you apply it at night it will help. There’s no real prevention for it other than the usual: healthy diet, rest etc. They’re called cold sores and fever blisters because that’s when they usually appear – when your immune system is weakened by stress or illness. Valtrex (valacyclovir) and acyclovir are both celebrated anti-viral drugs for both outbreaks and suppression. I can’t tell from the interwebs which one is best for what (there are several strands of herpes that present in different ways), but one of those may be a solution. Ask your doctor. And get some foundation : )

      • I like to call the bitter blisters because they make my face so bitter.

      • For guys you could try alcohol on a small piece of cotton as soon as you feel a tingle and hold it on the spot for at least five minutes so it can soak in and deactivate the virus. My blog has a post on cold sores if you want more details. Be well.

  6. I had to look up cold sores – to find out that I had mistaken the condition (in german “Fieberbläschen – fever blisters” for the bruised skin when you had to wipe your nose too often … that was cured by goosefat at my grandmothers – and my sister swears by it!

  7. I have a split-level version of the virus called Herpes Duplex. Will this still work?

  8. Thanks a bunch! : )


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