I have found these to be great for an hour or two to hide a cold sore, however it does start to lift at the edges and become very noticeable and sort of flaps around a bit. I've also noticed that it keeps the wound very wet so I tend to take a short break to let the wound breathe and try out a little. I used the patches for 2 days but I prefer Zovirax cream when I am at home. Patches are good if I am heading out and want to hide the cold sore for an hour or two. They are also good for containing the coldsore and preventing you rubbing your cold...sore on your pillow, or towel or accidentally touching it. I'm going to the dentist in a few days and will wear one to stop any spreading. Previously I have always used cream and I would say this is my favoured method however the patches do have their good points too. Patches are quite costly in my opinion.
Purchased in January 2020 at Supermarket for $18.00.
After years of using a different branded cold sore patch, I tried Compeed, just because it was all the chemist had in stock at the time. I wasn't keen, as I thought it may be inferior. However, I love this patch. Cold sores are terrible things, painful and unsightly. Compeed patches helped it heal fairly quickly and I'm glad, that by chance, I ended up with this brand. Will buy only this brand from now on.
Good idea but not impressed
I get a cold sore every few years so I've just learnt about the patches. Instructions say they stay on for 8 hours but the longest I got was two hours. They just lift from the back and I have to remove them. I've gone through six in a day, too costly. I'm going back to the cream.
Changed the way I manage cold sores (long time frequent sufferer)
I have suffered cold sores as long as I can remember. I would use the creams which seemed to be ok but my sores would always end up blistering and very painful (not to mention confidence destroying). I'm in my 30s now and sometime in my mid 20s I discovered these patches along with Famvir tablets (prescription). My routine was to carry these patches and a dose of Famvir with me everywhere and as soon as that tingle came along I would take the tablets and apply the patch. I found that sometimes it would never even really come up and the area was...kept clean and moist. When I fell pregnant I became nervous because Famvir was out and I was solely reliant on the patches. I've had 2 outbreaks while pregnant so far, and the patches have done wonders on their own. Healing time is reduced, severity is significantly reduced and I can continue to work without feeling like I need to get a paper bag for my head. I don't use any creams with it, just replace the patches when they start to peel off and up my lyseine dose. Easy to apply once you get the hang, although I have had what was probably a bad batch once before which were more difficult to apply. Compeed brand seems to work better than others for application. Worth the money.
Use with acyclovir cream 5%
During the day I find the patch ideal to prevent me from touching and irritating the cold sore. I find my lips dry out in the aircon at work so the patch keeps the sore moist which in my experience aids healing.
At night I still use the chemist's cold sore cream thickly.
This routine along with Lysine, vit C a& zinc tablets have helped me reduce the severity of cold sore. I believe mine are largely stress and dehydration induced.
I have not experienced the problem of irritation from the patch. It comes off easily (but not too easily). It is very expensive though.
Purchased in August 2019 for $18.00.
I suffer from cold sores at least 2+ times a year and have been loyal to these patches for about 2 years now.
A few times my cold sores have been small and these patches completely healed them within 3-4 days. Others that are larger will take longer.
It’s a great product because it traps the cold sore preventing it from scabbing.
Consider cutting the patch in half in plastic before you do anything. This will make the application and look extremely discreet! Then peel the very corner of the half patch and apply appropriately. Hal...
I always use these
I very rarely get a cold sore. Maybe once every couple of years. But I find these patches get rid of the cold sore usually within 4 days and stop it from scabbing. The only annoying thing is they come off whenever you eat or drink... I need two packets for one cold sore. But definitely worth the effort of reapplying.
Purchased in February 2019.
Great but not perfect
Sit back and make yourself a cup of tea, my review and advice (Lifelong sufferer)
When applying make up, I found it hard to conceal the patch and thus there was a visible line that was the patch. Its important to use lip concealer in your lip colour and not make up you find at the $2 store thats in a skin shade (unless its overlapping on your skin). Theres a big difference. However, If you have no lip colour then use whatever skin shade necessary (foundation or concealer may work). You'll find decent ones online for about $25
For those wh...o struggled to keep it on, a)) Make it as dry as possible by applying alcohol b) Despite the instructions, (Eating and drinking) keep this to a minimum. Use a straw to drink and food pieces that fit in your mouth using utensils. Avoid acidic and watery foods, stick to dry foods as liquids tend to 'peel' the sides of the patch, thus, making it less stickier and falling off. c) Life hacker tip: The patches are fairly large and if the entire patch is too big, BEFORE you split them apart, cut them down in the middle. That way you have double supply and it doesn't look 'weird' on the skin. It should attach to the width of your lip and the size of the sore. Do not let the sore 'breathe' the whole point of these patches are so that the viral cells are killed via the inability to 'breathe', thus, fast forwarding the process a few days. For those in the Last stage:
Some skin seemed to come off a little when removed
I usually only get cold sores like twice a year maybe and when I do I usually just stick to my lypsine tablets and cream but this time around I got one worse than I usually do and wanted to try something different..
I found them really easy to put on and actually came off pretty easy but it just seemed to take some skin off with it, it didn’t hurt or anything but once it was time to come off my coldsore was bright red. Maybe if I try it just as soon as I notice symptoms next time but I think il just stick to my cold sore cream next time
Every time I try to apply compeed patches, they fail to go on properly, no matter how careful and methodical I am! I waste at least half the pack over a few days, poor design for application at consumers expense...and they are that! It's a shame because it can do the job otherwise!
I find they really do cover up the cold sore so it’s barely visible and it also speeds up the healing process whilst skipping the painful steps!! The only thing I would ask them to change or improve, they’re quite painful to remove and I do wonder whether pulling it off the cold sore irritates it. But other than that, I would highly recommend!!
Work well however difficult to apply
The patches work well once you get them applied. However this is extremely difficult. Have suffered since a child with cold sores. Used Zovirax cream in the past and a friend told me about Compeed. Found they really work but you need to apply as soon as you feel a lump appearing. The severity is reduced and I don't get the painful Skin cracking. Unfortunately my cold sores always form on my bottom lip towards the inside of my mouth so the patches need to be replaced every time I eat and drink. They are so difficult to apply that I end up wasting a few or need to apply 2 to get correct coverage. This is really annoying as they are expensive. Would like Compeed to improve the way they need to be applied.
Will never use again.
Had a small cold sore on my bottom lip, have previously used Zoviraz which I was happy with but decided to try something else. Well I totally regret it. Followed the instructions on how to remove the patch and not only did the patch come away but so did several layers of my skin! Ended up with a very sore bright red patch under my lip and it took 8 months to disappear!! Just be careful if you have sensitive skin.
Really was hopeful
So, I’m a long time cold sore sufferer. I got a small bump on my lip when I woke up and immediately threw a patch on. I continued this routine through the week - the sore was almost gone in four days! Miracle!! But, then I notice a bump near the old sore and it was spreading. Once I took off my patch -WHAM!! A sore has appeared the exact same size and place where the patch was placed. Fair to say I’m currently icing and alcohol rubbing to try get it down. I’ve been using compeed patches for about a year now, I’ve had mixed results. This experience however has turned me off them entirely. I’ll take my chances with a small cold sore over a huge monster any day.
A confidence booster, social enabler and product of discretion
I don’t get cold sores constantly but the past 3 years I’ve had one between the months of May-June and it usually goes quite big, extremely visible, painful, and always scabs over, but this time I tried the Compeed coldsore patches. Wanting a quick fix and a cover up because as everyone knows, coldsores are real blows to your confidence level because they spark that desire to stay inside and lock yourself in your room, my mother suggested trying these and so I did. More than £6’s, I was praying this would be worth the pennies and oh boy was it....Not only are these patches virtually invisible but makeup can still be worn over if necessary, foods and drinks can still be consumed, the coldsore itself looks smaller, lighter and less aggressive, they feel like they aren’t there when they’re on, they last up to 12 hours, they’re easy to apply (I don’t know why people claim otherwise- it’s ridiculously easy to apply) and the pack comes with a handy little mirror and 15 patches which, arguably, covers one coldores lifespan. I’m only on the second day of using these but they’re life saving. People suffer badly with coldsores, I’m lucky I don’t, but if you’re wishing for something exceptional to restore your confidence and allow yourself the ability to continue with your day without embarrassment, then please buy this product. It’s so worth it, so easy to use and affordable for what you have. I couldn’t give a better review if I tried, I’m so happy with this product!
Best product ever!
I felt the tingle in the morning so ran to the supermarket that evening after work, I could see a small cluster of blisters just starting to form. Put a patch on and used for 6 days straight, you couldn't see it through the patch and the patch was surprisingly invisible. It was barely obvious I had one. I found for me they lasted between 10 to 20 hours, so didn't need changed frequently. Normally my coldsores hurt but with the patch I felt no discomfort. Finally on day 6, I can't even see signs of any coldsores.
I have found what I've been looking for!
As a long time sufferer of coldsores, I swore by Zovirax ointment, until a recent outbreak of 5 within 9 weeks...at my wits end, in tears, I went to the chemist and Compeed Invisible Coldesore patches were recommened. Having tried the Zovirax patches years ago and thinking they were useless, I was doubtful but willing to try anything...
My usual 2-3 wk healing process was reduced to 7 days!! The only way I'd be happier is if I didn't get them!!
100% will keep on hand and use again..
A bit fiddly to get used to but by the end of the week I wa...
Can almost forget the coldsore
I get a lot of coldsores. With compeed patches the itch and the pain are masked somehow and this allows you to forget for a while that you have a coldsore. YoU can converse with people without being constantly reminded of the grossness on your face.
I do not think healing time is reduced, but sometimes it can reduce the severity of the blister formation.
Being able to function socially however is worth it even without speedy healing.
I have had some issues with application over time, but mostly get the patch on as directed.
Time a patch sta...
Just saw this at the Chemist warehouse today. Currently having big cold sores at the upper corner of my lips. I love how it concealed the coldsores, makes me feel more confident to talk or stand near to people. On top of that, I like how it covered up the coldsores, makes it less painful when drinking or eating. I do not find trouble in putting them on. The descriptor mentions that one patch should stay on for 8 hours, however I find this is not the truth in my case, I have used 3 patches so far in the past 6 and half hours. Other than that, I ...am loving this patch, it is better than keep applying the coldsore cream to the affected areas. I just put the patch on, feeling less pain and do not have to keep reminding myself to regularly apply the coldsore cream.
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