If you've ever had a cold sore, you'll know that little tingling sensation on your lip, you know the one you often get out of nowhere - might soon result into something unsightly. Bingo, the next morning you have a cold sore.
As well as not being the prettiest thing to take centre stage on your face, cold sores are usually painful and can be contagious if left untreated too.
There are many natural remedies out there on the web, but if a cold sore arises out of the blue, you'll want to make sure you have a fast-acting topical cream to treat the problem before it arises.
If you're not sure what cream is best for you, we've rounded up some of the top picks available now below.
Best cold sore cream for 2020
Compeed invisible patches are a nice incognito option for treating your cold sore quickly. You'll get 15 invisible patches in a pack, which is good in case you need to keep some around for emergencies.
The patches act like a virus shield, thanks to Hydrocolloid-075 technology which is the active gel that acts as a second skin, reducing contamination and further aggravating the sore.
They can be used from day one of a cold sore attack and provide up to 12 hours of sore busting action for a quick recovery.
Price: ￡4.72, Amazon - buy here now
Get full hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties with this everyday balm from Base.
The bullet shaped lip complex is enriched with liquorice root, clinically proven to weaken the cause of cold sores. It's also got a healthy does of shea butter to keep lips hydrated, it's got an SPF30 to protect your lips in the sun too.
Price: ￡7.50, Feel Unique - buy here now
This invisible cream from Bonjela offers relief for sore lips, without leaving a nasty residue behind. The cream contains a UV-active medical ingredient, which is not only great for protecting your lips from the elements, but an effective solution in battling cold sore.
Price: ￡5.99, Amazon - buy here now
This lip treatment from Quantum Health provides instant relief for painful, burning or itchy lips, using a blend of vitamins, herbs and other soothing and hydrating topical ingredients like olive oil.
Use on a cold sore or sore lips from day one of an attack for the best results.
Price: ￡5.77, iHerb - buy here now
5. Cymex Cream
Cymex is useful for alleviating the symptoms of a cold sore and actively works to promote a quick healing time.
It soothes the tingling sensation, whilst helping to further stop lips from drying and becoming cracked, thanks to the hydrating blend of vitamins. It's also pretty good at controlling infections through antiseptic properties.
There's two tubes of cream in this set.
Price: ￡4.83, Amazon - buy here now
Zovirax cold sore cream is clinically proven to improve symptoms and treat the virus, reducing future flare ups.
It's suitable for both adults and children and is best recommended for use as you feel an attack coming on. Apply the cream liberally over lips at intervals throughout the day for the best results.
Price: ￡5.09, Boots - buy here now
Lypsyl's cold sore gel is a great solution for treat cold sores discreetly, the gel comes in a squeeze applicator tube, allowing you to properly treat the right area without contimation.
It's enriched with ingredients boasting antiseptic ingredients to prevent the bacterial infection, as well as anesthetic and astringent properties to relieve the pain and quickly dry up the sore.
Price: ￡4.20, Amazon - buy here now
Pucker up with a range of matte, gloss and liquid lipsticks in the best lip kits for 2020.