Hi, I hope this is the appropriate group to post this in. I tried my best to look for an appropriate topic and this is the closest I could come up with. Around this time last year, the area around my mouth --- specifically, between underneath my lower lip and above my chin --- got really red. My skin felt hot, itchy, and generally just irritable. This went on for about a week before I finally went to the student health center on words, a cold sore. The guy gave me some kind of skin cream, although I don't think that helped much because the cold sore/rash/whatever it was sorta just went away on it's own after a while. Well, as if on schedule, I think the sore is coming back. I'm not sure if this is necessarily a yearly thing though, but it was this time last year that this happened. (The guy at the health center also said that it could be stress-related.) Also, I've started a new regiment with my face. Before, I just used to haphazardly clean it with soap every now and then. (Must be a guy thing...LOL.) But now, I've started using St. Ives exfoliating cleansing cloths, astringent, and a moisturizing lotion. And I can't help but think that this might have led to the return of my cold sore? My question is, is the sore curable, or will it just keep popping up like this? Also, what kind of medication (if any) should I get for it? I have since graduated college, so I can't go to the health center anymore. I'm hoping there's something I can get over-the-counter at Walgreens or Safeway, at least. Thanks in advance.