Preparation H for Puffy Eyes? A Doc Weighs In...

Dr. Janet Zand

July 16, 2021

 

 
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Have you heard of using Preparation H for puffy eyes?

(Yes, Preparation H, the hemorrhoid cream.)

Some say that because Preparation H reduces swelling and puffiness elsewhere on the body, it can help with under-eye bags, too. And according to Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist and other celebs, it really works.

But is it safe to try? And are there any side effects?

Well, to start, let’s look at what Preparation H actually is.

Preparation H is a steroid cream used for reducing swelling and redness caused by hemorrhoids.

So technically, it could work under your eyes. However, there are very serious risks...

First, Preparation H actually warns you right on the package to NOT use it elsewhere on your body (like putting it on your face).

And, it’s especially dangerous to apply it near your eyes. If you accidentally get it in your eye, you’re putting yourself at greater risk for cataracts and glaucoma.

Even if you swear you’ll be really, really careful when you apply it, it’s still going to do some damage. That’s because using topical steroids thins your skin, makes it more fragile, and leads to enlarged blood vessels.

And remember, all of this is happening to your eye area ... an area that’s already fragile and thin-skinned.

So as you can probably guess by now, I do not recommend using hemorrhoid cream for puffy eyes. Here’s what to do instead...

My advice

If you wake up with puffy eyes, start by using home remedies like cold cucumber slices, refrigerated spoons, or even cold tea bag compresses (both the caffeine and the cold can restrict blood vessels). Leave them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes.

Next, treat yourself to some parsley herbal tea. Parsley is a natural and gentle diuretic that can help flush out some of the extra water.

Finally, use a good eye serum that addresses puffiness. (I use one that works on puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles, to keep my routine quick and simple.)

So ... try these tips out, and let me know how it goes. And if your eye bags are an ongoing issue -- remember that Preparation H is never the answer! Talk to a dermatologist instead. They can give you the best advice for your specific situation.

 

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