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Right now, your cold sore is pretty much over.
The cold sore virus is dead and the blisters have given way to an ugly yellow crust and scabs.
All that’s left to do is for your body to go into healing mode. It needs to regrow skin cells and repair the damage the cold sore virus inflicted to your lips.
Now, here’s the bad news. Depending on how bad your cold sore is, it can take a couple of weeks for your skin to fully heal.
Plus, even after it heals, there’s a chance you could see light scarring. It usually takes the form of a visible red spot that can take months to go away completely.
The good news is there are methods to heal your skin fast and reduce the odds of scarring.
You need to use treatments that promote healing. That means giving your body what it needs to repair the damage and regrow skin cells quickly.
If you don’t provide your body with what it needs as soon as possible…
…your cold sore scab will take a lot longer to heal.
You spend more days with constant pain, discomfort and unbearable itchiness.
You can’t laugh, smile or even eat without the scab splitting open and bleeding all over your face. This makes the healing process take even longer.
This means more days spent with big ugly scabs on your face that people can’t help but stare at in disgust. And you have no choice but to deal with it.
That means more days, weeks even, feeling ugly, unattractive, and flat out worthless.
Your confidence shatters. You’re too ashamed to even look people in the eye.
It’s embarrassing and depressing.
All you want to do is hide in a dark hole until it’s over.
But it doesn’t have to be like this…
All treatments have different action mechanisms that fight cold sores on different levels.
Meaning if you want to heal your cold sore scab quickly, you need to know what’s going to help your skin heal RIGHT NOW.
Let’s take a look at what this means for the stage your cold sore is currently at.
Based on your quiz answers, your cold sore has run its course and given way to a big ugly scab. This implies two things :
1 – In the previous stages, the cold sore virus hijacked the cells in your lips to make copies of itself. This process caused cells to explode from being too full. You’re left with countless destroyed skin cells in your lips.
2 – Your body builds a scab over the affected area. This allows it to protect the lower layers of damaged skin while it regrows new skin cells. These new cells will take the place of the cells destroyed by the cold sore virus.
Based on this activity, there are 3 main ‘targets’ you can address to help your skin cells regrow faster. This doesn’t work overnight, but it can cut days off the healing process:
Do you ever feel like even the ‘best’ cold sore treatment doesn’t help heal scabs? Heck, sometimes it feels like it’s slowing down the healing process!
So, what’s going on?
Here’s a few reasons why most cold sore treatments are useless during the healing stage of your cold sore.
Cold sore treatments seem useless for healing scabs because they are useless.
See, all cold sore treatments work by killing or interfering with the cold sore virus. Because if the virus can’t do its thing, it can’t cause any damage.
Take Abreva for example. It’s the most popular treatment available today. It works by blocking the virus from entering healthy cells.
Problem is, by the time a scab has formed, the virus is dead. Meaning there are no viral particles left trying to hijack skin cells in your lips.
Same for antivirals like acyclovir. They work by stopping the virus from making copies of itself inside infected cells.
But the virus and the infected cells are already dead!
That’s like sending soldiers to the battlefield… after the war.
When you have a scab, it means your skin sustained damage. It doesn’t matter if it’s because of a cold sore or you face-planted off your skateboard.
What’s important at this point is to rebuild the damaged skin under the scab. That way, new skin cells can take the place of those destroyed by the cold sore virus.
But to do that, the first thing you need is building materials. After all, you can’t build a house if you don’t have wood, bricks, and screws.
For the body, protein is the main building block. Eat more protein and your body will have an easier time regrowing skin cells. Don’t eat enough and your skin will take longer to heal.
Common cold sore treatments don’t provide the nutrients your body needs to regrow skin cells. So, it’s no wonder they don’t help heal scabs quicker.
If you’re like most cold sore sufferers, you probably rely on one treatment to get you through your outbreak.
Heck, I did this for years.
But it’s a mistake.
Especially when it comes to healing scabs and skin.
See, a single treatment can only address one of the three ‘targets’ mentioned above. Meanwhile, this leaves the other two ‘targets’ completely ignored.
When you do this, you’re healing your skin at one-third capacity.
But how can you expect to get rid of your cold sore scab fast if you’re only fighting one-third of it?
You can’t. Not effectively, at least.
Now sure, using one single skin repairing treatment is better than using none at all.
But it’s much more effective to address all three ‘targets’ together. That way, you’re not leaving anything up to chance.
Here’s what happens when you address all three ‘targets’ mentioned above…
Getting through the scabbing stage is like demolishing an old house to build a new one in its place. You need to follow a specific order, or else it won’t work:
1 – First, you need a demolition crew to destroy and haul away the old house.
2 – Then, you need to provide the proper amount of wood, bricks, cement, nails, etc. to rebuild the new house.
3 – And finally, you need to hire construction workers to use those extra building materials.
That’s why having a treatment strategy is more effective than using a single treatment.
Instead of healing the skin on a single level, this strategy heals it in three separate, but related, ways.
And when you do this, it creates a synergy that becomes more than the sum of its parts.
When you address the three targets above, your skin has no choice but to heal faster.
Now, in a perfect world there would exist a treatment that addresses all three ‘targets’ at the same time.
But there’s not.
So instead, here’s your best plan of action:
Of course, the strategy outlined above isn’t magic. It works best if applied as soon as you enter the scabbing stage.
Plus, I can’t tell you exactly how well it will work for you. It depends on many factors:
Only you know that.
But one is sure. The longer you wait to take action, the longer the healing process will take. And the longer it takes, the higher the chance of scarring that may take months to go away.
The thing about cold sores is they come back. Again and again, usually when you least expect it.
Meaning, you WILL have to go through this ordeal again at some point in the future.
But the strategy outlined above is only effective against the scabbing stage of a cold sore.
It’s designed to heal the damaged skin and get rid of the scab ASAP.
It’s not designed to stop an impending cold sore, or get rid of those painful, disgusting blisters.
Those are different stages that require a different treatment strategy.
But here’s the real question:
What are you doing to make sure you cold sores don’t come back?
Cold sore treatments aren’t designed to stop them from coming back every few months (or weeks).
You know what the best way to get rid of cold sores quickly is?
But preventing future outbreaks requires a completely different treatment strategy. One where you stop the cold sore virus from reactivating in the first place…
Cold Sore Control is a system that shows you how to get rid of cold sores quickly, and stop them from coming back at all. It reveals…
So, if you’re sick and tired of dealing with cold sores, click the link below to learn more about Cold Sore Control.
Because I’ve been getting them all my life, since before I was 5 years old.
From my late teens to my mid twenties, I got huge clusters of cold sores almost every month. They ruined my dating and social life for YEARS. That’s why I hate them so much.
At one point, I got fed up with treatments that don’t work and cold sores that kept coming back.
So, I used my background in scientific research to learn all I could about cold sores and the herpes virus.
This led me to discover unique cold sore treatment and prevention strategies. Stuff that works better than anything I tried before.
I now share my discoveries with cold sore sufferers from around the world on this website.
I’m happy you’re here and ready to get rid of your cold sores, once and for all.
So, let’s kill those cold sores, shall we?
I have a lot more cold sore fighting strategies to share with you by email.
A few times a week, I’m going to send you tips and tricks to treat and prevent cold sores. I want you to retake control of your life and never struggle, worry or suffer another outbreak again. So keep an eye on that inbox, I’ll see you there.