Confidence-Boosting Tips Plus $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!


I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore.  Some of my closest friends are cold sore sufferers and I know the toll they take on their confidence.  That’s why they turn to Abreva® cream at the very first sign of their cold sore to heal it fast! The median healing time is 4.1 days, but you could heal it in as few as 2.5 days when used at the first sign. Read below to discover other simple ways you can keep your confidence high.


Do you remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer said, “Look away, I’m hideous!”?

While I have never experienced a cold sore, I know that the appearance of one on my lip combined with the associated discomfort would make me feel as hideous as Kramer did.

In fact, when I experience a larger-than-life pimple on my face, I want the world to look away as well — so too, when I am experiencing a bad hair day, a PMS-driven I-look-like-a-sausage-stuffed-in-my-clothes day, and especially when I experienced a food allergy rash reaction all over my body, which lasted almost three weeks.

One of my best friends, Heather, has been has been a cold-sore sufferer since we were kids.

In fact, she just had two cold sores as recently as last week.

She always says that it is key to learn the symptoms of an oncoming cold sore because that’s the time to apply the medication (she actually uses Abreva® cream!), and nip it in the bud in order to shorten duration of the awful experience.

I can’t relate to the discomfort (except for when I get those mean pimples on my lip line because oh how comfortable that is!) but I know how it feels to have an interruption in your self-esteem due to an unsightly, unpleasant, and unwelcome intruder on the face.

Isn’t it amazing how a measly bump can feel as though it encompasses our entire being?

The truth is, cold sores happen. Pimples happen. Bad hair days happen, and days when we feel less than our best happens — to everyone.

Aside from treating the cold sores at the very first symptom with Abreva® cream, it’s important to develop a confident mindset to gracefully handle the situation and avoid dampening your spirit, especially right now with the holidays upon us!


Here are a few confidence-boosting suggestions which work for me:


It isn’t as bad as you think.


What seems all consuming and awful to us about our appearance is hardly noticeable to others unless we point it out first.

We are much more critical of ourselves and notice in greater detail each imperfection, but guess what?




I have learned to repeat this idea to myself over and over and if that doesn’t work, I just stop looking in the mirror so that I cannot dwell on what is bothering me.


And what about those bloated days where my pants feel like a sausage-casings around my legs? I have learned to tell myself that I am insane, I don’t actually look the way I currently feel and then I yell,


You are beautiful, just leave the house already!”


And on that note, you cannot hide from the world.


You may feel like dressing in disguise (as Heather and I did in the above photo) or hiding under the covers for a week until your cold sore heals and you feel more positive but that’s not reality.


Get dressed, put on your favorite outfit, do your makeup, blow out your hair.


It’s more important to dress the way YOU WANT to feel rather than dressing the way you are currently feeling. There is something about getting dolled up even when you least feel like it that will provide you with a mood booster.




Of course, I say exercise. Exercise makes you feel good.


Keeping up with your fitness routine and having an outlet for the negative energy is a great way to turn your mood around while staying in shape. Endorphins are a powerful thing!


Not to mention, the very last thing you need is to lose your fitness/fall off of the healthy lifestyle wagon all because of some cold sore. That certainly won’t help your self-esteem now, will it?


You could knock out your cold sore in 2.5 days*. Only Abreva® cream can do it, when you treat at the first sign**. Try Abreva® cream during your next cold sore!  Click here to learn more about Abreva® cream

*Median healing time 4.1 days. 25% of users healed in 2.5 days.

**Among Over-the-counter products


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  1. says

    I used to be a really bad cold sore suffer when I was younger. I now get them from time to time. But I always have Abreva on hand. Even though it is expensive it is the only thing that does the trick. So the money is worth it! I love how you mention no one else notices. Like any fault you may have you think it is the most noticeable thing ever, when no one else cares!
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  2. says

    Oh I have battled with acne my whole life and the best thing I learned from that is it is a part of life. Some of us have to deal with acne, cold sores, eczema and other skin related conditions. Everyone does! So don’t sweat it! Who cares, it is what matters on the inside after all. I also remember it is something temporary. You may have a cold sore but it will heal! And hey you aren’t the only one with one! So laugh it off!
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  3. Angie Jerde says

    I rarely get cold sores but I when I do it seems to be triggered by stress most of the time. Abreva and medications seem to work but you just have to give it time to heal. People above are right…others don’t notice as much as you think they do!

  4. Jen says

    While I haven’t had a cold sore, I can pimple-relate. I try and focus on putting on one of my favorite outfits, taking a little extra time with my hair, makeup, and of course try and eat healthy and exercise to boost my confidence even further (endorphin high!!)!

  5. natasha says

    Age (as in getting older!) has worked wonders for me….no vanity anymore…it’s all about just doing what you have to do/want to do to get through the day.

    Oh and a smile always works too (:

  6. Vangie K. says

    I haven’t ever had a cold sore, but my advice to anyone who gets one is, don’ t worry about it. Physical appearance shows nothing of a person’s heart! Great post:)

  7. says

    I do remember that Seinfeld episode! I think it was the one where he tanned way too much and got all leathery looking? Man do I miss that show. And while I’ve never had a cold sore either, I can definitely remember having to use some of those confidence boosters during times when I suffered breakouts pretty bad. It seemed like the end of the world back then, but yeah… it really isn’t as bad as you think.

  8. Natalie says

    My best tip is to realize that you are so much more than your looks. Exercise regularly, relax, and wear clothes/makeup you love!

  9. nicole dz says

    I use a great balm on my lips, makeup always works to cover the blemishes, and Abreva helps to get cold sores to go away and stay away.

  10. heather says

    I don’t get cold sores but if I did I would use cover up on it and get something from the pharmacy to cure it to feel more confident throughout the winter months.

  11. Jordan D. says

    I usually apply some Abreva and try to pretend like it’s not there. The less I stress, the faster it seems to go away! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Julie Wood says

    To help me stay confident through Cold Sore season I use Abreva which really works and put on a good concealer and nice lipstick!

  13. Carley says

    My best tip is hands down, a great outfit! Wearing clothes that you feel good in gives you confidence and boosts your mood!

  14. says

    Hopefully never get one! I’ve never had one before and hope it stays that way. I do like to keep my lips moisturized, especially in the winter!

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  15. Megan says

    Just remember that everyone else is worrying about an imperfection they think you’re noticing too. Smile and move on!

  16. Elle says

    I’m lucky enough to have not had a cold sore yet but in the winter, I always make sure to keep my lips moisturized so they don’t get chapped.

  17. Karin A says

    Get outdoors, stay busy, don’t dwell on a cold sore. Medicate (or/and) conceal it and relax. It won’t last forever.

  18. Madeline says

    I use a humidifier at home to help with the dry air, and to keep my skin moist. I also use a concealer if necessary!

  19. Barbara M says

    When I get a cold sore I treat it right away.
    Thieves essential oil is a good choice.
    thank you

  20. Jessie C. says

    My tips for staying confident through cold sore season are keeping on your exercise schedule and eat healthy with drinking a lot of water. Get treatment as soon as you spot the sign, do not wait.
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  21. Tracy says

    I haven’t ever had a cold sore (maybe it has something to do with growing up in FL) but I definitely know what its like to have a huge pimple and not want to leave the house! Cover up, cover up….and more cover up! Then some vitamin E!

  22. ELIZABETH P says

    I think the key to feeling confident is looking confident so buy a new outfit and use some light makeup and abreeva . truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. LAMusing says

    I’ve never had one, but I have had medication induced swelling that gave me the neck of a football player – so I threw on a scarf and moved on 🙂 Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

  24. Gina M says

    I learned that squeezing can make it worse! Aside from that, I stay confident by getting out the Abreva and concealer!

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  25. Sandy Klocinski says

    Use a concealer with a creamy texture, not a liquid. These concealers are usually sold in small jars, tubes, or compacts, and are very concentrated.

  26. Anastasia Falling says

    I medicate and then just pretend it doesn’t exist. Maintain my confidence by ignoring it since there isn’t anything else I can do about it lol 🙂

  27. Aurelie Red says

    I’ve never had a cold sore, but I would use some concealer to stay confident.
    And to avoid them, I drink water and use moisturizer.

  28. Rosie says

    I have found this to be a confidence booster – I’ve started making my own beauty cream with organic raw shea butter, organic coconut oil and lavender essential oil. You can lavish it on without worrying, in that it is sooo much less expensive than buying, you feel pampered and special! I esp like using it on my eyes and face in winter, it is good protection, along with sunscreen. It is also fun to give some as little gifts!!!! If you’re confidence is not so great, starting or ending your day with this beauty routine makes you feel great!

  29. Sarah Hirsch says

    to stay confident during cold sore season just know they can be treated and if you get one you’ll take care of it

  30. Sue Barney says

    I apply Abreva at the 1st tingle of a cold sore, it works great for me, stops them from getting all big swollen and painful. Love it!

  31. Sonya Morris says

    I have to keep lip balm on when it is cold and/or windy otherwise I am sure to get a cold sore! My tip is to treat them fast otherwise they seem to last forever!

  32. Betty C says

    I do get cold sores occasionally and they seem to be brought on by stress. I can tell in advance because of the tingling sensation where it will erupt. If I use Abreva right away the cold sore will hardly be noticed. I never mention them and no one seems to notice.

  33. janetfaye says

    To confident through cold sore season try to eat homecooked food with fresh ingredients and extra citrus fruit.

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  34. Carolsue says

    I apply Abreva at the first hint of a coldsore. If I get them, I can usually cover them up with concealer and/or lipstick and makeup.

  35. joni says

    The fastest healing treatment for cold sores is a simple white paste toothpaste. Cover the cold sore with the toothpaste over night. A dentist told me this trick and it really works.

  36. Crystal F says

    I just use Abreva on it as soon as I feel one coming. When I use Abreva on them they only last for a couple of days instead of a week. Thank you!

  37. Kerry says

    I’ve never had a cold sore. But I’d say to stay confident wear a cute pair of earring so people notice them instead of your cold sore!

  38. Stephanie Larison says

    Drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and wear some makeup to feel as if it’s not as noticeable.

  39. Ellie Wright says

    I try to stay hydrated and that includes my lips. I use lots of Chapstick, and Abreva if I feel the tingle of a cold sore coming on.

  40. Theresa Smith says

    Stay hydrated, take vitamin C, and keep Abreva on hand to use at the first sign of a cold sore.

  41. Candie L says

    I love the point that was made; no one can see the flaws as much as we do. I have learned it I act like it is not there, no one else notices. Thank you

  42. michelle tucker says

    I think because that cold sore is on me, it’s much more of an irritation and a big deal to me than anyone else. As long as I don’t make a big deal of it, no one else will either. So I try to keep my cool and be stress-free about it, thus releasing that negative energy in hopes that it’ll go away a little faster (of course with the help of abreva).