If you suffer from cold sores, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll be blessed with one the size of a freight train right before your high school reunion, wedding, or big work presentation. You know as soon as you can feel that small cluster of tiny, white blisters on your lip. Cold sores are caused and spread by saliva infected with herpes simplex virus type 1. These contagious fever blisters, which can linger on or around your mouth for up to a few weeks, are activated by stress, low immunity, or sun exposure.
Luckily, you have the natural powers to fight or at least shorten the duration of embarrassing cold sores right in your medicine cabinet…
1. Lip Balm with SPF
Too much sun exposure will often be the trigger for a nasty cold sore. That’s why it’s important to protect your lips just as much as other areas of exposed skin from harmful UV rays. Sun-induced cold sores can be prevented by applying a lip balm with sunscreen. Look for SPF 15 or higher.