Abreva is a product that claims clinical tests can prove that it will increase the rate of healing and get you looking your best again quicker than rival products, but how do we decide if this is the right product?
If you have ever had a cold sore then you will know exactly how irritating it is and how long it takes to heal. A cold sore on the lip can last for weeks if left untreated. Abreva is a medically formulated cream that is applied directly onto the affected area and left to soak in and fight the harmful bacteria.
Abreva states that their product is the only non-prescription cold sore treatment that is approved by the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) and that it will “fight cold sores fast and land that knockout blow.” Further reading reveals that Abreva feels that their product will reduce the size, redness and soreness of the cold sore within days.
The product is said to offer a reduction in the time spent itching and scratching at that tingling pain that a cold sore radiates into the face. Abreva is claimed to be a safe product that can be used on children as young as 12 years old.
Abreva’s official website shows photographs of models with a cold sore and then a second photo showing reduced redness and size with a caption claiming that the axons picture was taken 24 hours later.
There is of course no way in which to prove this other than buying the product but from reading multiple user reviews, the general consensus is that this product does live up to its claims and outperforms its rivals in its market.
One tube of the Abreva medicine cream costs $29.95 and includes free delivery when bought from the website. Some superstores will frequently run promotions on medical creams where it can be bought cheaper.
The worry with all medical cold sore cream is that continued usage will make the body immune to the effects of applying the cream. This may become apparent to those unfortunate people that get continual cold sores but for the majority of people, cold sores occur just once or twice a year.
Once opened, the cream should be used within 12 months and applied to the infected area no more than 3 times a day. When purchased, the cream will arrive with a box and a manual that outlines the basic usage of the product. There are several circumstances under which the cream should not be applied and these guidelines should be followed for the sake of the users’ health.
Abreva works best when it applied to the cold sore in the early stages of the bacterial growth. This will prevent the rate and size that the cold sore will grow to in total. The product contains a substance named Docosanol. The formula that makes up Abreva contains 10% of Docosanol which is the active ingredient that prevents the good cells on the lip or face from becoming infected with the cold sore.
The price is perhaps a little on the high side for these types of treatment but cold sores are usually a genetic viral infection of the body that some people will get constantly, and other will not get in their lifetime. Therefore, for those people that have cold sores popping up on a regular basis, this product is worth a try.
Our Final Abreva Review
The only way that it can be seen whether or not Abreva is the best way to heal a cold sore is to try it. When a cold sore appears apply Abreva directly to the infected area and compare the size and soreness of the cold sore with the last one that appeared. From reading a multitude of online reviews, it appears that Abreva is very highly thought of by the consumer in most cases but there are the odd few that have not been satisfied with the product.
This will always be the case with any product. Given the number of people that have tried it, statistics say that there will be a few cases where it did not work, either from user error or other factors.
This product has received mostly excellent reviews from online reviewers and so it would get our recommendation. The best thing to do would be to buy the product and try it on your skin. Everyone will react differently to different formulated substances but the chances are that it will work for you.
Let’s face it, cold sores are embarrassing. If you’re not comfortable picking it up in stores, get some Abreva shipped to your door from Amazon.