Zilactin cold sore relief gel basically contains antiseptic and numbing agents. It contains benzyl alcohol as an active ingredient. As you may already know benzyl alcohol has a positive action on itching and pain and is antiseptic.
Zilactin’s inactive ingredients include salicylic acid, a peeling agent, boric acid, a mild anitseptic, tanic acid commonly used to treat wounds or prevent blisters and other ingredients. I give further details about these ingredients in my OTC cold sore medicine page. Please give it a visit for further information.
Furthermore Zilactin cold sore relief gel action is long lasting because it forms a “bioadhesive seal” where it is applied. The seal protects the skin and keeps Zilactin’s ingredients in place. Zilactin’s website isn’t very informative.
Is Zilactin Cold Sore Relief Gel really efficient?
Well, I don’t see in these ingredients anything that really targets the cause of cold sores i.e. herpes but I see many things that can alleviate the symptoms and keep the cold sore area germ free. Alcohol can help dry blisters faster. Zilactin doesn’t contain any moisturizer but its salicylic acid is likely to make your lips softer (depending on its concentration). You are not very likely to become allergic to it. But it is possible. You may also find it a little too drying.
My conclusion is that it is a nice product to alleviate the symptoms. It is useful if you experience a lot of pain and already have fever blisters. It protects the skin and prevents bacterial infection. But I don’t see how it could stop herpes cold sores from appearing. Don’t use for prevention it could be harmful to your skin if used over a long period of time.
You can buy it here Zilactin Cold Sore Relief Gel
Here is some more information about Zilactin cold sore relief gel:
Indications for Zilactin cold sore relief gel:
Cold Sore/Fever Blister Treatment
Patented bioadhesive promotes healing
Relieves pain for up to 6 hours
adults and children 2 years and older: Dry affected area. Apply with cotton swab or clean finger up to 4 times daily. Allow to dry 30-60 seconds.
children under 12 years: Adult supervision should be given the in use of this product.
children under 2 years: Do not use, consult a physician or dentist.
Other Information: Do not peel off protective film. Attempting to peel off film may result in skin irritation or tenderness. To remove film, first apply another coat of Zilactin to film, and immediately wipe the area with a moist gauze pad or tissue. Contains alcohol 73% by volume. Store at 15-30°C (59-86°F).
Zilactin cold sore relief ingredients:
Active Ingredients: Benzyl Alcohol 10% (Cold sore/fever blister treatment)
Inactive Ingredients: Boric Acid, Hydroxpropyl Cellulose, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Salicylic Acid, SD Alcohol 37, Tannic Acid
Warnings for Zilactin cold sore relief:
Flammable: Keep away from fire or flame
Stop use and ask a physician if: sore mouth symptoms do not improve in 7 days, condition worsens or symptoms clear up and occur again within a few days, swelling, rash or fever develops, irritation, pain or redness persists or worsens.
Apply only to affected area, do not exceed recommended dosage, avoid contact with the eyes, do not use for more than 7 days unless directed by a physician or dentist.
Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.
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