About Abreva Cold Sore Cream

Don’t let cold sores take away your confidence. Tackle the source of your cold sore right from the first tingle. Abreva can heal a cold sore in as few as 2½ days when used at the first sign.* Nothing heals a cold sore faster.**

Dealing with a cold sore isn't fun but knowing what causes cold sores, how they spread and the best way to treat them will help you take charge and defend yourself against future outbreaks.

  • *Median healing time 4.1 days. 25% of users healed within 2.5 days.back to content
  • **Among OTC cold sore treatments, when used at the first sign.

Abreva Cold Sore Cream

Heals in 2 1/2 Days


Abreva Cold Sore Cream Product Description

Abreva Cream  contains the only non-prescription ingredient approved by the FDA to shorten cold sore healing time.***

The product of years of rigorous scientific study, Abreva Cream works fast by penetrating deep into the skin*** to target the virus that causes cold sores. It blocks the cold sore virus from entering surrounding cells and reduces the duration of pain, burning, itching and/or tingling.1 If used as directed at the first sign of a tingle, Abreva cold sore cream can heal your cold sore in just 2½ days.*

***Abreva contains the only OTC ingredient approved by the FDA to shorten healing time and duration of symptoms.

****Based on laboratory data.back to content

*Median healing time 4.1 days. 25% of users healed within 2.5 days.back to content

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How Abreva Cream Works

Abreva cold sore cream contains 10 percent docosanol, which works by penetrating deep into the skin and preventing the cold sore virus’ entry into healthy cells, stopping viral replication.1 It provides a barrier to protect healthy skin cells and helps to heal the cold sore quickly. Docosanol also helps to shorten the duration of cold sore symptoms, such as tingling, pain, burning and itching. For instant relief from cold sore pain, try the new Cold Sore Rapid Pain Relief Gel from Abreva. Abreva Cold Sore Rapid Pain Relief Gel is not intended for use with Abreva Cold Sore Cream.


What Abreva Cold Sore Cream Works For

Abreva Cream is specifically designed to treat and heal cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Cold sores are small, fluid-filled blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. They can be painful and unsightly, which is why some people turn to natural remedies for cold sores, such as taking lysine supplements, when they get one. The hope is that the cold sore will heal faster, but most natural remedies can only provide superficial symptom relief. For clinically proven healing power, turn to Abreva.

Some find it hard to tell the difference between a cold sore and a pimple. Pimples can appear anywhere on the face and typically have a white or black head, whereas cold sores form liquid-filled blisters that later crust over. If in doubt, ask a pharmacist.

Abreva Cream can be used by those over 12 years old. Abreva Cream is not recommended to treat cold sores during pregnancy or while breast-feeding unless advised by a doctor.


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How To Use Abreva Cream

For best results, apply Abreva Cream to clean skin at the first sign of a tingle, bump, or itch. Use either your finger or a cotton swab to apply the cream, completely covering the cold sore and the surrounding area. Always wash your hands after applying.

Abreva Cream should be applied five times a day until your cold sore is fully healed, for a maximum of 10 days.

Other products can be applied over Abreva cold sore cream once it has dried. For example, you can apply lip balm if your lips have become chapped, or lipstick, which can help conceal a cold sore until it heals fully. Use a separate applicator, like a cotton swab, to apply cosmetics over an unhealed cold sore to avoid spreading the infection.


Where to Buy Abreva Cream

You can buy Abreva cold sore cream in your local drug, discount, or grocery store – look for it in the cough and cold or oral care section.

Abreva Cream comes in a tube or pump and both use the same formula. To be sure Abreva Cream is right for you, always read and follow the label or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Use the Abreva coupon to save $1.50 on your purchase.

Learn more about using Abreva Cream and keep your lips cold sore-free and in great condition with our lip care tips.

Read our reviews to see what customers think of Abreva Cream or contact us for more information.


1. Abreva Cream. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-20512/abreva-topical/details. Accessed 11/14/19.