Top 8 Products You Should Not Use to Heal Cold Sores

Products You Should Not Use to Heal Cold Sores

Products You Should Not Use to Heal Cold Sores

Top 8 Products You Should Not Use to Heal Cold Sores

We understand that before we entered the market, there wasn’t an effective treatment for cold sores, and the very best one's still had you waiting 7-10 days for the cold sore to heal. That being said, there are some products you should definitely not apply to your cold sore. Although some of these products in this list might seem crazy, people are really searching for these makeshift remedies!

1. Aftershave on Cold Sores

People have been applying aftershave to their cold sores as they believe the alcohol will help dry out the cold sore quicker. Whilst that is true, this can also lead to more bleeding and cracking, which cold sore are prone to anyway. Additionally, there are also a range of chemicals that make aftershave on cold sores very unhelpful. Aftershave on cold sores can cause additional pain and discomfort.

As well, applying aftershave on cold sores can also increase the risk of spreading the virus to other parts of your face or body. Cold sores are highly contagious and can be spread through contact with the fluid inside the blisters. When you apply aftershave to a cold sore, you may inadvertently spread the virus to other areas of your skin, which can lead to additional outbreaks. 

Aftershave on cold sores can lead to secondary infections too. Using aftershave on cold sores can also increase the risk of developing secondary bacterial infections. When the skin is dry and cracked, it becomes more vulnerable to infection, and applying aftershave can introduce bacteria to the area, increasing risk of infection.

Finally, using aftershave on a cold sore could potentially reduce the effect of our brilliant cold sore oil treatment (oldsore). The treatment removes your cold sore in 24 hours, so we would strongly advise not using this. 

2. CBD Oil for Cold Sores

This one isn’t as bad as the last one. But CBD oil is a natural product derived from the hemp plant, and it is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. However, there is no reason to use CBD oil on your cold sore when oldsore’s cold sore treatment will remove cold sores in significantly less time!

Research on CBD oil for cold sores is limited but previous research has suggested that CBD oil can help to reduce pain and inflammation on cold sores. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD is speculated to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps regulate various bodily functions, including the immune system and pain perception. 

3. Tea bags for cold sores

Tea bags make for a great drink… not so much as a cold sore treatment! Despite no scientific evidence supporting tea bags effectiveness in treating cold sores, they have still been suggested as a cold sore treatment. The theory behind their use is that using tea bags as a cool compress can help to cool down any redness around the cold sore. Firstly, when using tea bags there is a risk that the tea bag could be contaminated with bacteria or other microorganisms, which could lead to infection. Not only this, but if you use a hot tea bag as an anti-inflammatory method, the tea bag could be too hot or cause irritation to the affected area. This could worsen the symptoms of the cold sore.

4. Vanilla Extracts for Cold Sores

    Another alternative cold sore “remedy” some people have used is vanilla extract this is believed to reduce discomfort and the duration of cold sores due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It should be noted that vanilla extract can actually make your cold sore symptoms worse instead. 

    Firstly, vanilla extract is often made with alcohol which can irritate the skin leading to the cold sore getting worse. 

    Also, the high sugar content in some vanilla extracts could also feed the virus and worsen the cold sore. 

    Vanilla extract has a lack of antiviral properties. Vanilla extract does not have antiviral properties that can target the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores. While it does have some anti-inflammatory properties, this may not be enough to effectively treat the virus.

    Our cold sore oil is a much better solution, that heals cold sores a lot sooner without running the risk of making it worse.

    5. Bleach on Cold Sores

      This is one we cannot believe some people have tried. One crazy method people have had to try and heal cold sores quicker is by applying bleach. Bleach is a very strong chemical that can be harmful to the skin and can cause burns, irritation, and scarring. Additionally, bleach is not an effective treatment for cold sores as it does not target the virus specifically. So, it is really not worth applying bleach, and it can lead to a lot of health risks!

      6. Toothpaste on Cold Sores

        Toothpaste is a common household item that many people have tried to use to treat cold sores. The idea behind this remedy is that toothpaste contains ingredients such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol, which can dry out the cold sore and help it heal faster. However, using toothpaste on cold sores can actually do more harm than good.

        Toothpaste can irritate the skin around the cold sore, leading to redness, swelling, and further discomfort. The harsh chemicals in toothpaste can also make the cold sore worse and delay the healing process. In addition, toothpaste is not sterile, which means that it can introduce bacteria to the cold sore, leading to infection. 

        7. Salt for Cold Sores

          Some people believe that applying salt directly to a cold sore can help it heal faster. Salt has antiseptic properties that can help prevent infection and reduce inflammation. However, using salt on a cold sore can be very painful and can damage the skin.

          Salt is very abrasive and can cause the skin to dry out and crack, leading to further discomfort and delaying the healing process. In addition, applying salt to a cold sore can introduce bacteria and cause infection.

          In conclusion, while it's understandable that people want to try anything to help their cold sores heal faster, it's important to stick to treatments that have been proven to be safe and effective such as oldsore cold sore treatment that is made from natural essential oils.

          8. Nail Polish Remover

            Some people have tried to use nail polish remover to dry out their cold sores. Nail polish remover contains acetone, which can dry out the skin and cause the cold sore to scab over faster. However, using nail polish remover on cold sores is not recommended.

            Acetone is a harsh chemical that can cause skin irritation, burning, and even chemical burns. Using nail polish remover on cold sores can damage the skin and delay the healing process. In addition, the fumes from nail polish remover can be harmful if inhaled, leading to headaches, dizziness, and nausea.


            In conclusion, oldsore offers an effective solution to cold sore treatment, relieving you of the stress and frustration that comes with cold sores. With its specially formulated cure, oldsore can effectively remove your cold sore in under 24 hours.

            At under $15 per bottle, oldsore is a cost-effective and reliable option for anyone who suffers from cold sores. By choosing oldsore, you won't have to resort to unproven home remedies that may not work.

            To order your bottle of oldsore, simply visit our website and place your order. We've made the process simple and user-friendly, ensuring you get the treatment you need as quickly as possible.

            Don't let cold sores interfere with your daily life. Order your bottle of oldsore today and turn that cold sore into an old sore.