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I have suffered from cold sores since being quite young and at times they can be quite large, unsightly and uncomfortable. Although you can leave cold sores untreated as they will slowly clear up on there own there are various lotions and potions available to purchase that claim to help with the healing process and discomfort. One of these treatments is Cymex cream which I have recently purchased and tried after a cold sore breakout.
Cold sores normally form on your lips in a blister form and can last up to 10 days. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (cold sore virus), it is an extremely contagious virus but one that remains dormant in the body and may only occasionally result in a cold sore appearing. Some people carry the virus but never have a cold sore appear. (Information from NHS).
I purchased a 5g tube of the Cymex cream from Boots where it is currently priced at £2.79. This may seem a little expensive for such a tiny amount but a little goes a long way.
The cream comes packaged in a little yellow card board box with the cream inside being in a small metal tube. The tube is also bright yellow in colour with a little white screw top cap. It states on the tube that the cream is for cold sores and cracked lips and that the triple action formula relieves, controls infection and promotes effective heeling. To use the cream it advises to apply it sparingly every hour.
It is easy to dispense the cream by simply removing the small screw on cap and gently squeezing the tube. The white coloured cream is distributed through the slim pointed nozzle in a small strip. You only need to use a really small amount as it spreads over your skin easily and is quite greasy feeling once applied.
My cold sores when they arrive normally three to four times a year on average tend to be quite large and aggressive. I can go from feeling a small tingle to having quite a large blister in a matter of an hour. I decided to try this cream as I hate the way cold sores look when I have one and they can be quite painful. The only other method I had ever tried to help with healing is to dab my cold sores with perfume or aftershave as the alcohol contained in them helps dry the blister out but this is obviously not recommended and can sting. I tried to apply the cream as quickly as possible after I felt the cold sore emerging and found that the cream did seem to easy the tingle slightly. Although this cream did not act as a wonder cure and magically make my cold sore disappear the healing process seemed a little quicker than normal and my cold sore did not spread to other parts of my lips or my chin which often happens.
I have since also used this cream when I have had cracked lips due to a little too much exposure to the lovely sunshine we have been experiencing recently. I used the cream as directed around every hour for a couple of days and found that my lips looked and felt much better with the large crack that had appeared in the middle of my lower lip and was very sore now healing well.
Overall I think this cream is pretty good and I would purchase it again and recommend anyone suffering from cold sores to give it try. There may one day be a cream that actually stops the cold sore at the initial tingle or a treatment to cure the virus but until then this cream does help. T
I have been using cymex cream now for many years and have seen it change designs slightly but it has always been a buttercup yellow colour so you cannot miss it on the shelf. If you look on the packet it will tell you that it is a cream for cold sores and dry cracked lips. But it does so much more.
See I first tried this cream after going to my doctor a few years ago with what I thought was a lumpy/dry rash on my face. It seemed to be round my nose/upper lip and things I had tried had had little effect. My doctor gave me some of this Cymex cream and within a week it was gone! Since then I have used this cream for cracked painful lips, cold sores and dry skin anywhere on my body. I don't know why but it seems to work better than other creams or Vaseline. This could be down to its active ingredients (Urea BP (1.0% w/w), dimeticone 350 BPc (9.0% w/w), cetrimide BP (0.1% w/w)) but I am no chemistry expert so am not sure for certain.
Upon application the white cream feels quite greasy but actually rubs into your skin very easily and quickly. Please follow the label when it says that you should apply sparingly however! It is in a small tube and that is because you do not need very much. Also at around £3.50 for a 5g tube you do not really want to be wasting this.
As I ride my bike frequently all year round I tend to get dry cracked lips quite often so always have a tube of this cream at the ready to tackle anything before things get too painful and if anyone else suffers from similar problems I would recommend this cream very highly to them indeed. This cream also seems to be partly antiseptic as it does not provoke any infections starting up on cracked lips like I have had Vaseline do in the past. To put it short, thank you to whoever invented this cream.
We have been using Cymex Cream in our house for ages now. Both me and my other half seem to suffer from dry cracked and chapped lips and the occasional cold sore. Last time I bought a tube of this was from Boots and I paid around £3.50. It's a small tube, comes in a fairly bright yellow packaging, but the tube lasts for ages, despite it looking like it's only going to last you a few days, as you only need to apply a small amount to get excellent results. I personally really rate this cream as it prevents infection, it eases and comforts my dry cracked lips and also it sooths my lips when I feel that familiar tingling of a cold sore approaching.
The active ingredients in this little tube are Urea BP (1.0% w/w), dimeticone 350 BPc (9.0% w/w), cetrimide BP (0.1% w/w). I can't speak how these ingredients magically work together to give execellent results for me personally in preventing cold sores, and easing the my dry chapped lips, but I can only speak from a personal point of view and say that this stuff really does work incredibly well.
The cream feels a little bit on the greasy and slimy side when I first apply it but this soon disappears as it quickly sinks in and is absorbed nicely. It immediately gives a cooling and soothing feeling to my lips and I can actually feel it doing them some good almost instantly.
In cold windy weather, especially when riding my bike to work, I am prone to my lips drying out and then cracking at the sides of my mouth. This can be incredibly painful. I used to use good old Vaseline as a barrier method (amongst other things) but I have found that Cymex Cream actually does a much better job. Also, if my lips are already dry, cracked and bleeding at the corners, if I dab a bit of this on before I go out on the bike, I find it really does a good job at preventing the problem from becoming any worse and also prevents any infections from starting up as I was prone to with the Vaseline method.
Overall, I really do rate this cream very highly. It's in the medium price bracket, I feel, but certainly worth every penny as a good prevention cream and also an excellent way to keep dry cracked lips at bay.
I have never written a review before but after using this product for only 3 days, I felt compelled to do so. I have suffered from dry chapped lips for about 3 months now and this is the only product I have found that works. I have tried Blistex, Vaseline, Carmex and Zovirax (you name it, i've tried it) and although they provide temporary relief, this is the only product that has actually stopped the symptoms. I applied it for the first time on Saturday night and in the morning, my lips had started to flake (I read that this should happen after using Cymex) The flaking/shedding continued for another night but I continued using it every hour for the next day and my symptoms disapeared. My lips are now back to normal after 3 months of suffering. I honestly did not believe this would work but thought I might as well give it a go and I am so glad I did! I bought it from the pharmacy for around £2.50 but honestly would pay double that given it has done everything it said it would. I do suffer from coldsores but thankfully have not had one for a while so cannot say if it would work for them. It does however work wonders for sore, chapped lips. I would not leave the house without it.
It is packaged in a small yellow yellow box claiming to soothe tingling, relieve dry and cracked lips and control cold sore infection. The tube containing the cream was smaller than I expected but you don't need to use that much so it still lasts a while, I'm still on my first tube.
I am quite prone to cold sores so I use this cream fairly regularly. All you have to do is apply sparingly every hour as needed. The cream itself comes out very thinly because of the small hole in the nozzle and is a strong white colour. Upon first application I was worried that it would stand out and that I wouldn't be able to use it when I go out, however it spreads easily and is actually very clear once put on.
After quite a lot of use I have found that its not very good for fighting the cold sore once you have it but it is quite effective if you immediately apply if you see signs of the symptoms appearing. If you do this then you generally shouldn't have any trouble because you won't get the cold sore and the next morning your lips should be fine. As a lip balm it is quite good for dealing with dry and cracked lips although I usually just use a fruity Nivea lip balm from Superdrug because it has a much nicer smell and other lip balms make your lips shinier and have a nicer colour.
I find that the triple action formula is a bit misleading as it doesn't really soothe the tingling and when you have the infection it doesn't do a very good job of controlling it. I also don't like the 'taste' of it and it has a very strong smell which is vaguely like glue and not very pleasant.
A 5 gram tube from Boots costs £2.55 and £2.24 from the Co-op. It is quite a good price for dealing with cold sores despite it being more of a preventive cream but it is quite expensive for using as a lip balm because you can usually buy bigger packs for less money.
This is very much the season for chapped lips and I find the cold and this howling wind makes them absolutely hellish! Unfortunately for me I don't just get the chapped lips that I could solve with a good swipe of Vaseline. I find my lips crack at the corners and become very sore, and horrors of horrors I appear to have my first cold sore. No one who's suffered the pain of cracked lips can understand the pain it actually causes, you cant even open your mouth in the morning unless you wet it first.
I got Cymex on the recommendation of a pharmacist who said it was more effective than the likes of the more well known Blisteze for stopping infection at the corners of mouth. I was a little swayed by the fact they were also triple points at Boots.
You cant miss Cymex on the shelf, its bright buttercup yellow, it states on the packet that's its for cold sores and cracked lips. It boasts of its triple action formula in soothing tingling, relieving cracked lips and controlling infection.
And how does it do this? I am rather impressed by the way it says next to the active ingredients 'what makes the cream work' A little obvious maybe, but could make it easier for others.
Urea BP (1.0% w/w), dimeticone 350 BPc (9.0% w/w), cetrimide BP (0.1% w/w). Now I didn't know what all that was either but it meant I could go and check) it also has paraffin, celostearyl, alcohol and water.
It's in the smallest tube I've ever seen and you do have to wonder whether it's worth the £2.55 price tag, especially as it's at least 50p more expensive than the equivalent product. It does say to use it sparingly but every hour, so you may think it doesn't last long.
You do only need the slightest amount but as in the old saying 'a little goes a long way' It feels slightly greasy but absorbs quickly leaving no residue behind. It definitely eases it enough for me to open my mouth fully without too much pain and it cracking too much.
It seems to be working on the cold sore, it's definitely not getting any bigger or redder, but it isn't stopping it getting scabby and a little unsightly. The problems with the sides of my mouth don't seem to be getting worse either.
I do wonder if they've changed the formula from the first time I used it for quite nasty splits in the side of my mouth, they did stop the pain then. This time however my mouth was still painful and the effects wear off pretty quickly, my lips also seem to dry out quicker.
So I've had to take a two pronged approach, I'm using the Cymex to heal and stop infection which it does extremely well, but I'm having to use good old Vaseline to combat the dryness. I also have to use it in the corners so it's moist enough to open my mouth without it hurting. Although it's annoying to carry two tubes around it's the only thing to do at the moment.
I'm not quite prepared to give this up after already paying for it, but when this tubes empty I'll be giving something else a try
I suffer from dry and cracked lips, and the sudden blast of cold wintry weather we have been having lately has done little to ease my suffering. When I ran out of my beloved Blisteze cream when I was out and about a few days ago I headed into the nearest chemists which happened to be Boots to stock up.
I was dismayed to find that they didn't sell Blisteze so opted for this - Cymex Cream - which promised big things..but would it live up to my fail safe blisteze?
This cream comes in a standard sized 15g metallic tube, and is encased in a larger cardboard packaging which is a very eye catching bright yellow.
The wording is in a contrasting green and red colouring so definitely stands out on the shelves besides similar products.
Cymex is for cold sores and dry cracked lips, and claims to be a combination of a triple action formula and:
*Relieves cracked lips
It contains Urea BP, Dimeticone 350 BPC, Cetrimide BP and Chlorocresol BP. I have no idea what these are exactly as I'm not a pharmacist but apparently these are the active ingredients that make Cymex work it's wonders.
My experience of using this~
(*Please note I only suffer with dry cracked lips and luckily not cold sores so I can't comment on it's effectiveness in that particular area).
I applied this straight away as the day I purchased it there was a very cold biting wind and I wanted the cream to get to work immediately. To access the cream is a very simple procedure as you unscrew the small cap which protects the nozzle, and gently squeeze. Only the tiniest of squeezes is needed on the tube as the cream tends to emit very quickly so be warned!
I applied a thinnish layer of the cream to my lips and I found it soaked in instantaneous, which is always a plus in my book. The cream itself is a bright white in colour, whilst the consistency is slightly runny - if compared to similar products. It glides on to the lip area quite smoothly and as mentioned soaks in straight away.
The one thing I noticed straight away when I first used this was the lack of fragrance. Other products I have used in the past all have that 'tingling' cold medicinal scent, which I don't know whether it's just a placebo effect, but I always find that particular 'cold scent' makes it seem to work more effectively.
My lips were in quite a dire state when I first applied this cream but I have to say it did start working immediately. It lacks the tingling effect for sure, but it does live up to all it's claims that it soothes and relieves dry lips and at the end of the day that's what I bought it for.
At the risk of sounding shallow, I'm not overly keen on the fact it doesn't have a scent or indeed have the tingle factor that my good old Blisteze has. That aside, it does relieve the painful 'condition' of dry lips with minimum usage. It states that this can be applied (sparingly) every hour if needed, but after a few applications over one full day, my lips were back to their normal self again, so this is good stuff!
I do prefer Blisteze as you may have gathered by now, but I will use this again in the future if Blisteze is not available as it promises and delivers. It's widely available from pharmacists and costs around the £2 mark depending on where you shop.
Being the cold winter season and knowing I seem to be permanentely ill as soon as the 'snow' word is mentioned, I wanted to be well prepared with having the medicine cabinet stocked up with cough syrups, painkillers, plasters, lemsips, you name it. I tend to get the odd embarrasingly awful cold sore every now and again during winter so I bought Cymex cream to tackle the problem head on. The reason I chose this cream was mainly because it was cheaper than Blistex, which would be my remedy of choice, but also simply because the pharmacy I had stumbled in had run out.
So, Cymex is a cold sore and cracked lip remedy cream, which boasts to give 'relief from cold sores and dry cracked lips.' I'm thinking this is a very shakey claim, after all, it's not saying it will help get rid of them or actually help as such, perhaps the relief is knowing you went to the shops and have the cream sat in the cupboard. I apologise I can't help being sarcastic as I sit her applying Cymex on my dry cracked lips.
This small bright yellow tube comes in a matching box with the Cymex logo clearly on the front, unfortunately I disposed of the box before writing this review many months before, but the box does have the same information as the tube, I checked before recycling. The tube also states to use sparingly every few hour for relief The main ingredient appears to be Dimeticone. I bought this product for around £1.49 at Superdrug.
On applying my lips didn't feel as dry, and the formula went on with ease. I don't feel that there was any 'pain' relief and it hasn't taken my mind off the fact my lips feel sore and cracked although they are now well lubricated.
I find it difficult to rate this product because the claims it makes are so vague I really cannot judge what relief' is in the eyes of the manufacturer, the only relief I had was my lips were not dry and I feel I could achieve this with a chapstick or lip salve. I was hoping to get the same results as Blisteze which relieves pain almost instantly, they happen to sit side by side on the shelving at Superdrug giving the impression they both do the same job.
If your lips are dry I would highly recommend this as an alternative to lipsalves such as lipgloss or vaseline, but if it is pain relief you are looking for I can't stress enough it is worth spending the extra money to get a cream that offers this as well.
The scourge of winter is upon us and for those of us who spend a fair bit of time outside our lips are very vulnerable. So after a day of dressing the house for Christmas to rival the Griswolds and a day home delivering for a well known super market my lips started to feel dry.
I rushed accross to semi chem and bought CYMEX, with a promise that it will help cold sores and dry cracked lips.
I have been applying regulary for almost 48 hours and my lips are worsening. To the point that when I eat food that is spicy it is stinging.
The only relief right now is cold non acidic drinks. And the relief is hort lived.
I am normally a CARMEX guy but where I work during the week has little choice in lip products.
As a basic mosituriser I think that users will find that this help to fight of cracked lips and any potential infection. As a healer once the damage is done I do no recommend this.
It was only £1 from semi-chem but next time I will find a stockist of something more like CARMEX. For the extra money it will be well worth it.
If you want a perfectly kissable pout, this is the product for you!
It is completely natural to be rather confused by this statement - not least because of the bright yellow package and the unattractive tagline - 'Controls infection'. Never has such an ugly product been credited for doing this most beautiful of things (except for perhaps Preparation H - but we won't get into that).
Have you ever touched you lips and supposed that you needed a glass of water? Or you've put a new lipstick on, and your lips look dry? Well, have that glass of water - and then smear this on! It's not flavoured with papaya or vanilla, it's not the sort your friends will coo and sniff over - no, no, after all, it smells a bit like a hospital. Unless of course you have very strange friends.
What it does do - is work. Like a dream. In fact, I would say that it's really the only lipbalm/cream that does work. If you want smooth, crack-free lips - buy this.
In a couple of my previous reviews I have already expressed my love of lip balms and butters from The Body Shop. However, my ultimate lip cream is not one produced by the Body Shop and is one that is apparently not that common. In fact I was quite shocked that it was not even on the dooyoo database and I had to suggest it as a product. The cream in question is Cymex cream for cold sores and cracked lips.
Unlike the tubs of lip butters that I have previously reviewed, Cymex cream is sold in small tubes which are sold in a distinctive yellow coloured cardboard box. The design of the packaging is very similar to how the tubes of Blistex lip balms are sold and they are often found together on the shelves in the shops. The box containing the tube is actually quite small but is made larger by a flat piece of cardboard extending up from the box part. This flat part of cardboard has a hook when being sold can either be put onto a hook or can stand up on the base of the box. On the outer box the words 'Cymex' is written in large red writing with green circles forming a logo behind it. I don't particularly think that the packaging is attractive, however it is distinctive and practical and I guess that is all that really matters.
After removing the tube from the box you notice that the tube looks exactly like the outer box, as it is also yellow with the same logo on it. One major difference between this tube of cream and other similar tube-based lip balms is the fact that this tube is made out of metal - not a hard type of metal but a malleable one so that you can easily squeeze the cream out. Although this material does make it easier to get the cream out of the tube I have found that it does have some negative connotations. The main one being that it is splits easily when the tube has been squeezed flat. This is particularly annoying because once the tube splits a lot of the cream sporadically bursts out creating a lot of mess and unnecessarily wasting a lot of the cream.
Another minor grumble is the fact that because it is made out of a type of metal is that it can take on the outside temperature rather quickly. For example when I keep it in my handbag in a cold room both the tube and the cream gets cold quickly. The same happens if I keep it in my pocket in that it gets warm rather quickly. This however is not a serious problem and does not annoy me anywhere near as much as when the tube cracks.
On the end of the tube there is a long nozzle with a white screw top lid. This is easy enough to remove despite being quite small and fiddly. To get the cream to come out you need to carefully squeeze the tube so that the cream comes out of the nozzle. This is quite awkward because you have to be careful how much pressure you exert as sometimes the cream comes out in excess or sometimes you don't get enough. I find it best to squirt the cream onto my finger and then apply to my lips. If you try and squirt it directly onto your lips you could very easily end up with the contents of the whole tube on your lips so it's best to gently squeeze it onto a finger so you can see exactly how much there is.
Using the product:
Upon closer inspection, after squeezing out the cream you will notice that it does not really look like a traditional lip balm and almost looks like the type of cream you would put on your hands. It is quite thin and very white in colour. Again with most things that are strongly coloured I was a little bit apprehensive about what it would do to my lips; however the white colour disappears immediately upon application. Unlike traditional lip balms and butters like the ones I have previously reviewed Cymex is not scented. In fact it is quite difficult to detect and kind of smell at all both when it comes out of the tube and when it is on your lips. It does smell slightly medicated but that is about it. It is not unpleasant and is not noticeable at all, so you will not get people asking you what is that smell!
What I love most about this product is that the second you put it on your lips it sinks in immediately. It is also silky soft making it really easy to spread all over your lips. This is particularly good when you have really sore and painful cracked lips. Every time my lips get painful this is my ultimate cream of choice to make them feel better. The immediate sense of pain relief you feel is immense and it really does work wonders. The reason why I love this product so much is that it really does take the pain of cracked lips away. Not only that but it makes my lips so smooth that I can then proceed to rub them together without being in agony. With some heavier and thicker lip balms this just is not possible and although they may also take the pain away, the pain returns if you try and rub your lips together.
Another reason why I love this product more than most is the fact that it is long lasting. The directions on the box and tube both state that you should only apply this cream every hour, and I would certainly vouch for that. The relief provided really does last quite some time and I don't need to reapply it as often as some lip balms which often seem to dry my lips out.
I first discovered this product over four years ago, and I don't think I have ever let myself run out. I always suffer from really badly cracked/ chapped/ bleeding lips which are worse in winter and when they are at their worst this is the only product I trust to rescue them. Despite loving many other lip balms this really is my ultimate lip cream that I would never be without. Cymex is fairly pricey at around £2.50 a tube, however even if this was double the price I would still buy it purely for the sheer relief it provides when my lips are in the worst state they could be in. I would definitely recommend this cream for anybody who suffers with seriously dry and painful lips. As I don't suffer with cold sores I can't comment on that aspect of the cream although the claims about being suitable for dry chapped lips are certainly true as without a doubt it works.