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Without fail, cold sores seem to pop up at the worst times like before an important interview or a wedding where you’ll be in everyone’s photos. But even if a cold sore has you feeling not very fabulous, you can still face the world with confidence.

To conceal or not to conceal?

The quick answer is yes and no. While it is ok to use lipstick or concealer on your cold sore, there is one exception depending on the stage of your cold sore. You should probably skip covering it up if you have an open cold sore because that could cause it to get infected. It’s best to wait for a cold sore to become partially healed and scabbed over before trying to cover it up. One of the best ways to help heal a cold sore fast* is using Abreva® Cream as soon as you feel the tingle of a cold sore coming on.

After you’ve done that, here are some ways you can look and feel your best when your cold sore is in the healing stage.

Now that you have these helpful tips, you’ll be able to conquer the day next time a cold sore pops up. Share this article with your friends on social media in case they are prone to cold sores, too.