A Word About…Cold Sores…

Sadly this is a fate shared by many (including yours truly), sometimes they’re known as fever blisters. At the end of the day they are also known as Herpes Simplex 1 or HSV-1. At this point should you want to know more about it I recommend you do an internet search, I am in no way and by no means an expert on the medical jargon, better yet, talk to your doctor. Trust me, they’ve seen worse than a cold sore on a lip. 

From a makeup product and a makeup artist point of view this isn’t great. Cold Sores (AKA Herpes) are/is contagious during a flare up.  

So my two cents is this…

Use a medicated method that works for you once you have consulted a doctor and she/he hasn’t prescribed something for you. I have used several methods finally settling on Abreva®. While for me it doesn’t prevent the outbreak it does lessen the amount of time I have to contend with it on my face, and the pain associated with it. There is no cure for them, once you get them, you have them forever, and the only thing you can really do once the flare up is in full swing is ride it out.

During the outbreak, I tend to forgo the makeup on the area if at all possible. 

This isn’t always an option for some, which is what prompted me to write about this topic.

First: Stop touching the sores….seriously stop touching them. 

Second: If the sores are open, don’t put any makeup over them, it’ll compound the problem if you put makeup on an open sore. 

Third: If you suffer from cold sores, don’t even think about passing along any of your makeup that you’ve used. 

Fourth: Any old sponges associated with your compacts…throw them out.

Fifth: If you have makeup brushes, you’ll need to clean them. I use Sunlight® or Dawn® dish soap…WHAT?! (Hollered the peanut gallery), you heard me…dish soap. On film sets they use 99% Alcohol to clean  & 70% Alcohol to disinfect when they are in a hurry. 

How-To:

Cleaning brushes:

For those ladies who joke about never washing your makeup brushes, I would consider doing so, otherwise you’re just smoothing bacteria onto your face. 

So I put a small and I mean small dab of dish soap into the palm of my hand, rinse the bristles of the brush to get it damp, then just swirl the bristles in the soap in the palm of the hand, do that for a few seconds, then rinse. Smaller brushes you can do a few together at a time, the big powder brushes you need to do separately. A word of note, do not submerge your brushes in hot water, it will melt the glue in the ferrules and destroy your brushes. After a rinse and shake out, lay them horizontally to dry. 

Sixth: Don’t apply the makeup directly from the container to your face – for example: Lipsticks/Gloss – nor should you ‘double dip’ the sponge or brush into a container – for example: foundations, concealer. 

Seventh: Keep the application light, don’t cake it on, because then it really will stand out. 

Above all else, keep putting the medication on it. 

And don’t pick at it…