Guys, it’s been a week. Today was supposed to be a recipe day and I’m really not feeling it. I didn’t want to miss a regular upload day, so I’m going to whine about where my head currently is instead. Last Wednesday, I got a cold sore and this post is going to be a mini rant on the conflicting advice regarding how to treat it. And trying to answer the question that’s been playing on my mind a lot this week, can your moisturise without touching your face?
Just a cold sore?
Now, I’d like to start by saying I don’t get them like normal people. I got my first ever one three years ago and within 10 days my entire face was covered in blisters. I looked so bad that the doctor I saw took photos of my face “just so the next doctor can see how bad it is in case they don’t see any improvement”. If I’m feeling brave enough when I post this, I’ll pop a picture in there to show you, but it really isn’t pretty.
Fast forward three years, this is only the second time I’ve had one and the thing currently taking over my face is headed on a similar path. I went to the doctors earlier this time, so it isn’t as bad. This time, though, I’m getting all of the side effects from the anti-viral meds. Ironically, one of the common side effects is skin itching, redness and blistering. How you’re supposed to tell if that’s happening considering why I’m taking them in the first place, I’ll never know.
How to treat it
But, getting to the actual point here, when this one first appeared and I started to work on containing it myself, I realised how conflicting the advice is.
Obviously, you’re not supposed to touch them, that’s a given. However, they say that the likelihood of an outbreak occurring or spreading increases when your skin is exposed to the sun. And if your skin is already dry (me) it’s more likely to spread over cracked skin than it is healthier skin.
As I sit here, having not moisturised in over a week, I’m thinking how that actually works in reality.
Sure, if it’s a small one in the corner of your mouth, that’s not a huge deal. You apply some lip balm with SPF and you’re done. Hopefully you have one in a tub so you don’t have to touch your lips with a stick. If not, apply some to the back of your hand rather than using a stick directly. Easy.
Can You Moisturise Without Touching Your Face?
But what happens when it’s on your actual face? I can’t moisturise the area because I’d have to rub it. The same rule applies for SPF and I don’t know what to do. As I’ve already said, I haven’t been moisturising. Because my skin is naturally dry, my entire face now hurts, not just the problem area.
I tried using a facial spray moisturiser briefly. This idea seemed genius to me at first, just spray and there’s no need to rub it in, so it isn’t spreading anything. What I didn’t account for is the lack of control you get with a spray. While spraying the bad area doesn’t make it any worse health wise, it is painful because my naturally sensitive skin is now slightly raw and exposed. So, that idea is binned and I’m back to square one.
I’d love to be able to tell you I had a lightbulb moment 10 minutes later and end this with an idea so beyond fabulous it would blow any dermatologist’s mind. But this post is ending where it started. If anyone knows how to moisturise your face without touching it, I’d really love to know. I know this post is somewhat pointless given that I’m giving you no tips or valid explanation whatsoever. But this is where my head is right now. The anti-virals are making me extremely tired and I’m struggling to keep focus. I have little to no desire to cook or eat. Which is slightly problematic, because if I ever decide I don’t want to post something I had planned (right now), my default is usually going to the kitchen and seeing what I can come up with.
Sorry for the slightly random post today! I hope this thing disappears soon and we can be back to business as usual next week. Also, if you have any amazing remedies, spill your secrets in the comments, please. I’m getting desperate.
Until next time,
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