Fever blisters, infamously known as herpes simplex two, hurt and don't look too pretty. Embarrassing blisters can crack, bleed and ooze and may take up to two weeks to heal. You can't hide in the house for a fortnight until the fever blister fades; however, you can take a few steps to hide them. The best way to shorten the life of a fever blister is to treat it when you first feel an outbreak coming on. If you missed the all-important onset, you'll have to practice some camouflage techniques.
Ladies should follow these steps to hide ugly fever blisters.
Ice, ice baby: When you feel the first tingles of a lip blister, apply ice. Dropping the temperature of the skin will reduce the size of the fever blister. Ice the fever blister as long as you can before treating it.
Treat it nice: Apply fever blister medication to the skin. Allow the skin to absorb the medication before proceeding.
Soothe and smooth: Fever blisters will tighten the skin and make it pucker slightly. Medication may dry it out even more. Soothe the skin with a topical emollient but don't use too much. Slippery lips will be difficult to cover.
Get them primed: You'll need a lip primer to keep lipstick on your lips, especially over the blister. Don't make contact with the blister directly with the tube. Instead, dab some primer on your clean fingertip then rub it on your lips. Primer will have a slight drying affect but it will hold the color in place.
Brush on color: You'll need a disposable lip brush for the final step. Dab a smear of lipstick on a paper plate or towel. Pull paint from the paper, not from the tube as you don't want to contaminate your entire lipstick. Dip the lipstick brush in the lipstick and paint the color over the primer. Use the color sparingly and paint it on carefully over the blister. Avoid wild colors like fuchsia or red. These are hard to control with a lip brush and may end up looking messy over a fever blister.
Color suggestions: Try natural lip colors that cover the skin but match your natural lip tones. Sheer blushes, natural taupes and soft pinks are good for hiding a fever blister.
Hiding a cold sore is tough but with careful skin care and diligence you can shield this ugly condition and curb some of the pain.
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