Monday, October 19, 2009

The Weekend Lip Healer: Lip Clear Lysine+ Cold Sore Treatment


Every four or five years, I'm bothered by a pesky cold sore (or fever blister). It arrives unexpectedly — usually before or after an illness. If I'm on top of my game, I can usually minimize its symptoms by proactively treating my lip with Abreva. This will typically heal the sore in less than a week.

Unfortunately, last week I was caught off guard and my only tube of Abreva had expired in 2005.  So I pretty much suffered for six days since I was home ill and couldn't run out and get something. And...gulp, I tried everything else in my medicine drawer — from Aquaphor to Neosporin to Liquid Bandage (extremely bad move). I was truly a mess...it was huge, painful, and cracked (and bled) every time I opened or closed my lower lip.

Once I was feeling better, I decided to make a quick trip to CVS and find some relief. However, before I left my house, I did a little online research about cold sores and treatments. In my reading, I kept finding very positive reviews for Lip Clear Lysine+ Cold Sore Treatment.

It is an natural thick salve treatment with Zinc Oxide as the primary active ingredient. It is chalked full of Lysine, as well as 14 healing herbs and vitamins. According to the company, it is clinically shown to reduce healing time by 50% or more. (Compared to an untreated cold sore.) It soothes, doesn't burn, and provides a protective layer over the sore which lasts longer than Aquaphor or other creamy substances. I found that I could apply at night before bed and most of it was still on my lip in the morning. I guessing that the product's beeswax and honey have something to do with its staying power.

The good news is that after frequent application for 48 hours my cold sore is nearly gone. It's finally healed over and I know I'm on the mend. While I may have started the treatment late in the game — a cold sore typically lasts for 10 to 14 days — I feel that Lip Clear jumpstarted the healing process and left my lips feeling soother than before. I would definitely use this product again. Next time, I'll start it on day 1.

Purchase info: Lip Clear Lysine+ Cold Sore Treatment is available at most drugstores including CVS and CVS.com. It retails for approximately $7.99 (now currently on sale at CVS.com for $5.59) for a .25 oz tube. The good news is that it qualifies as a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) item if you have this type of pre-tax health spending account through your employer.

Editor's update (Nov. 2, 2009): There is a coupon for Lip Clear at their Web site ($1.25 mail-in coupon available through July 15, 2010) along with a store locator. Enjoy.

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