About Invisible Cold Sore Bandages
Protect, Cover, Hide and Help Heal Cold Sores
Using hydrocolloid bandage technology to manage cold sores
What are Invisible Cold Sore Bandages?
Lip Clear Invisible Cold Sore Bandages are clear, hydrocolloid bandages made to be placed directly on a cold sore (herpes labialis, HSV1). The cold sore patch is designed to protect the sore from irritants, prevent contact that can spread the herpes infection, and soothe the sore. The clear cold sore bandages are barely visible, and when used with lipstick and makeup can hide the cold sore so that it practically disappears.
Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 1, which is contagious. Covering the sore with a bandage limits contact and transmission of the virus. Viruses can spread via toothbrushes, utensils or drinking glasses, as well as by kissing or sexual contact. The bandage limits that transmission.
In addition, since the bandage prevents secondary contaminants – bacteria and other irritants – from contacting the sore, it promotes the healing process.
Hydrocolloid Bandages are Better – Here’s Why
Covering a sore with any bandage stops it from hurting, protects it from irritants and contaminants, and speeds healing. Studies have shown that appropriately dressing a wound speeds recovery time by around 30 percent.
56 Studies Show Hydrocolloid Bandages Speed Healing!
However, hydrocolloid bandages are more effective. In fact, fifty-six studies show that hydrocolloid bandages speed healing more effectively than gauze bandages. Please note that no studies have been conducted on the Lip Clear bandage.
In a 2008 study published in European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology hydrocolloid bandages shortened average cold sore healing time as effectively as 5% acyclovir cream, the leading prescription topical cold sore treatment. The study examined 351 cold sores – 179 patients used the hydrocolloid bandage, 172 used acyclovir. Average healing time was identical, and those using the bandage had reduced scabbing and crusting compared to acyclovir users.
What is Hydrocolloid "Moist Bandage" Technology
Hydrocolloid is made of a combination of gelatin, pectin, and other polymers. Most hydrocolloid bandages are waterproof, but absorb the wound exudate. Exudate is the clear fluid that most wounds (including cold sores) emit. It helps the wound to heal – and hydrocolloid "moist" bandages allow the exudate to perform this role rather than drying the area like a gauze bandage. The moist conditions produced under the dressing are intended to promote wound healing, without softening or breaking down tissue.
Five Advantages of Hydrocolloid Moist Bandage Technology
- It speeds healing. Fifty-six studies show that hydrocolloid bandages speed healing more effectively than gauze bandages. The moist environment created by hydrocolloid is optimal for healing and skin growth.
- It prevents scarring and scabbing. Moist bandages keep the sore supple, limiting the formation of ugly scabs or scars.
- It limits pain. Twenty-one studies show that hydrocolloid patches improve patient comfort.
- It prevents infection. Thirty-five studies demonstrate that hydrocolloid bandages reduce the risk of secondary infection.
- It shortens cold sore duration. A major study of 351 patients showed no difference in average healing time between cold sores treated with acyclovir ointment (the leading prescription topical treatment) and those treated with hydrocolloid bandages.