Abreva Conceal Patch {Review}

Have you heard of the Abreva Conceal Patch?!

What is it?: Abreva Conceal (buy here) is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out. It creates a protective barrier that allows air in with MicroAir technology while keeping contaminants out.

My Overall Thoughts: The Abreva Conceal Patch is a great product to help cover up ugly cold sores. The patch is VERY thin, so it feels very comfortable on the skin. After a little time, I completely forgot it was even there. The application of the patch is as simple as applying a sticker. The trick is to make sure that the skin is clean and clear of any oil and lotion before applying the patch. Once applied, you can apply lipstick, lipgloss, and even foundation to hide the patch.

The only drawback to the patch is that it can be slightly visible if it wrinkles on your skin. Honestly, even if the patch gets a bit wrinkly, it’ll still look a whole lot better than the nasty cold sore you’re trying to cover up… so it’s definitely the better option. 🙂 If you want to minimize the wrinkling… I suggest cutting down the patch to size (before peeling off the back) to fit your cold sore.

How to Use Abreva Conceal:
1. Clean/dry area and open the package with clean hands.
2. Peel off tab “1” and then “2,” while holding the rectangular tab. Avoid touching the sticky part.
3. Place the round patch over the cold sore and press for 15-20 seconds.
4. Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face. Apply makeup on top of Conceal to ensure that the cold sore blends in with the rest of your lips or face! Just remember to use a tapping motion when applying makeup. Rubbing may rub off the patch, or… the foundation may settle in the edges of the patch making the patch more visible.

Photos: Below are some pictures of the Abreva Conceal in action. I didn’t have a cold sore, so I just applied it to my arm to show how invisible (or visible) the patch is. In the photo, I’ve applied some foundation and powder to the patch. What do you think?!? Can you see the patch in picture 4? Not bad right!? 🙂

Some Tips & Tricks on Applying Make-Up over Abreva Conceal:
– Lips: Lip-gloss looks great over Abreva Conceal. Try using a regular lipstick (any kind) then covering with a tinted gloss.
– Lip Liner: Lip liner can be applied as usual, just be gentle when applying on top of Conceal.
– Liquid Concealer: Liquid concealer, or a liquid spot treatment, works well over Abreva Conceal.
– Foundation: Liquid or powder foundation can be applied on top of Abreva Conceal.
– If possible, keep Abreva Conceal away from where your top and bottom lip meet. This will prevent it from slipping during the day as you eat and drink. However, do place the patch wherever the cold sore may be – whether it be on your upper lip, lower lip, chin, etc.

Remember… the Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out (available here). If you’re looking to conceal a cold sore, the Abreva Conceal is perfect for you. If you’re looking for medicine to help you heal the cold sore, this may NOT be the patch for you.

What do you think?! Will you be trying the Abreva Conceal?!

ps… I’m back in the States and will posting all of my photos from Korea later this week! xo

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Abreva via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Abreva.



  1. October 5, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    I got a cold sore yesterday and it looks nasty! im grossed out at myself. So after numerous sessions of ice alcohol and Xovirax on it for 2 days I googled n damn! Hallelujah 🙂 after reading the bad reviews I walked to CVS anyway! It wont work propertly unless you clean the area very well and by this I mean I put alcohol in a cutip and burned that bastard. Finally I applied my sticky miracle patch! yes anything is better than the nasty look of a cold sore. I can see the clear plastic yes but I cant see the nasty bubbly huge ugly raw cold sore. This is so painfull who would want to even consider putting make up on it??? I chose to just let it be, my lips are very dry cuz I’ve been avoiding anything on them that makes my CS worse so i put chapstick (not on the patch). This is a miracle and $10 seems reasonable for such great solution to my traumatic Years of finding something to cover them.

  2. ROCKY
    February 11, 2014 / 11:22 am

    I love the fact its easy to eat and drink with them on! Though wishing they had flesh colors to hid them better. Also very difficult to apply makeup due to the plastic like material. Another down fall is again it wrinkles when its applied I heard cutting it helps but I feel that would make it worse. Hopefully if its upgraded adding some type of dissolving medication.

  3. Janet Raubenstrauch
    April 19, 2013 / 5:52 pm

    I was very excited to learn that Abreva had developed a patch to cover up a cold sore! Last week I contacted a horrible cold sore and went right to the pharmacy to buy some. I was very disappointed with this product! First of all it was quite expensive for six small non medicated patches……but if it worked, they would be well worth the cost. They wrinkled and it was impossible to apply makeup to the slippery material that they are made from. They would be better if they were made of a flesh colored material! I will not buy again!

  4. Valerie
    March 22, 2013 / 8:55 am

    I have been battling a cold sore in corner of mouth for over a week – more on my skin area than lip. I read a review and ran to Walgreens before work. Unfortunately it looked like I had a big piece of plastic on my face and wrinkled and looked way more obvious than the cold sore itself. I will probably put one on at night to help it finish healing – but feel like I just wasted $10. Very disappointed.

  5. Ariana
    February 22, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    These work on a flat surface, too bad a cold sore usually is not flat! Mine crinkled and looked terrible. Makeup wasn’t even an option. Sad too, I really thought this would work =(

  6. November 6, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    OMG these are my life savers. Where to buy?

    • November 14, 2012 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks for visiting again Fyndy!~ 🙂 These are available here!

  7. Joanna
    November 6, 2012 / 7:03 am

    I love the idea that it keeps contamination out but, I would have love for it to be medicated. I do hope they make that possible in the near future 🙂 Love the review btw 🙂