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Ingredients to look for:

Patches don’t actually contain any ingredients, instead look for a brand that is easy to apply and as close to your natural skin tone as possible

BENEFITS of patches 

  • Can be helpful to conceal or “hide” a cold sore
  • May help to stop a scab forming


  • Sometimes the patch can look obvious, and attract more attention than the cold sore
  • Patches are not anti-viral & contain no active ingredients to actually fight the cold sore virus so you normally need to use another treatment in addition to the patch
  • Can be fiddley and hard to apply, it’s easy to waste a few patches trying to apply one correctly
  • Need to reapply them every day
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