Preparation H for Wrinkles - The Dermatology Review

Preparation H for Wrinkles

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09.28.18 AD DISCLOSURE

Using Preparation H for Wrinkles: Effectiveness, Skin Treatments, and Side Effects

Preparation H has long been known as an effective treatment for those who suffer from painful hemorrhoids, but it also has a more unusual use in some skin care circles, as some have found that using Preparation H for wrinkles works to lessen the appearances of eye bags and other fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. While this might sound strange to some people, the ingredients in this ointment have worked for many people when other, more expensive, options have not. If you are considering using Preparation H for wrinkles, you should make an effort to understand how its active ingredients may affect your skin. While it may work for you, there are several side effects that you may experience. Before using Preparation H for wrinkles, consider your own individual skin type to avoid long-term damage to the sensitive skin around your eyes.  Preparation H has been specifically developed for hemorrhoid pain and itching. We do not recommend for wrinkles wrinkles.

Preparation H History

Preparation H was first formulated by a company called American Home Products, where it was created in 1936 when the company acquired a sunburn lotion formula and used it to create a new product to treat hemorrhoids. American Home Products, which changed its name to Wyeth in 2002, was eventually bought out by the drug giant Pfizer in 2009.

The formula for Preparation H has changed several times, but those who use Preparation H for wrinkles do so because of the product’s ability to shrink blood vessels the same way that the product stops hemorrhoid pain and swelling and can temporarily sooth the skin.

Using Preparation H for Wrinkles

If you decide to try using Preparation H for wrinkles, it is best to use the product at night before you go to bed. Begin by washing your face to ensure that there is no dirt, excess oil, or cosmetic products left on the skin. This is an important step in any skin care routine because all these extra substances on your skin will prevent any cream from fully penetrating the skin, thus reducing the treatment’s effectiveness.

Before using preparation h for wrinkles on your face, test a small patch of skin on your arm and wait ten to fifteen minutes to watch for any reaction. If no discomfort or skin irritation occurs, you can then apply the product to wrinkles around and under the eyes, but do not rinse it off right afterwards, so it has time to take effect. Also, when applying the product, take care to ensure that the cream does not come in contact with your eyes.

If you want to apply Preparation H for wrinkles during the day, you can apply a bit of mineral-based concealer over it to hide the shine before you leave the house. Keep in mind that this product does have a distinct odor, so using as little as possible will reduce the chances of anyone nearby being offended by it.

Side Effects of Using Preparation H for Wrinkles

Few side effects are believed to have been reported by people who use Preparation H for wrinkles, but if you have sensitive skin, it may sting and cause temporary redness when you first apply it. However, keep in mind that not everyone always reports side effects, and often individuals may attribute a skin reaction to the wrong product. Therefore, if you’ve never used Preparation H for skin care, make sure to start small so that you don’t inadvertently create a bigger problem.

If you have acne-prone skin, using this product to treat your wrinkles may not be the best choice because it is oil-based and comedonal, which means that it may clog your pores and contribute to the development of acne, particularly blackheads. To reduce the chance of acne flare ups while using Preparation H for wrinkles, make sure that you wash your face several times a day with a facial wash designed to prevent acne and use the product as sparingly.

  • Faye 09.04.18 Reply

    Several years ago I mentioned to a friend that her mother’s complexion was so pretty and that I wondered what facial products she used. Her mother was about five years older than I. She told me Prep. H. and that she had been using it for some years. I could not believe this but she said it was true and that her mother had been using it for some years. She really did have beautiful skin.

  • Natalie 04.11.18 Reply

    I have used preperhation H on my face since I was 15 years , I love it , I look at friends that I went to school with they have really visuale wrinkles !! They look way older then me , love love it , I put it on my face after shower !! Never had problems with acne !! ❤❤❤

  • Katie 01.13.18 Reply

    I must say good luck to you if it works for you.I used preperation h under my eyes before bed and when I woke up had the worst rash ever.I’ve had it several months now and it burns and itches. Looking worse than it did to begin with. Good luck if it works for you.

  • Erica B. 09.07.17 Reply

    To me and I’m no expert, but how can preparation H help eye wrinkles like Botox? I hear so many say they use it for this. Prep H is a vasoconstrictor same as visine it constricts the blood vessels making them smaller or tighter-like the snake boa constrictor squeezes- if you will. Botox from my understanding relaxes the muscles allowing the skin to stretch apart this is the complete opposite of a vasoconstrictor. Since prep h constricts ,wouldn’t that make more wrinkles like pinching a napkin tight . I don’t know that I’m right but I think my logic is. Maybe its the placebo effect or great genes. Just a thought. Can someone explain how I’m wrong? Thanks

  • Christine 03.20.17 Reply

    I’ve been using Preparation H on my upper lip area, under and around my eyes and forehead also my neck for over 20 years now. I’ve tried OTC expensive products. Ordered many skin products online and some of these Top Super Models who have their own anti-aging creams? And nothing compares to the effects that Preparation H does for me. I’m 53 years old. I’m serious when I tell you I don’t look near 53. I get carded still! years ago I watched and Oprah Winfrey show, A lady stood up in the audience with smooth non-wrinkled skin. She looked fabulous. Oprah asked her what her secret was? The lady said she uses Preparation H for over 40 years! That was when I started using it for myself. It really work’s. Don’ even bother with those expensive creams that say Anti-aging on the bottles.
    I swear by Preparation H. Never had one side effect. I use every night after cleansing my skin. Heavier on forehead. Most stress lines I believe are on the forehead. I Use under and around the eyes,. and upper lip every night. I have no wrinkles at all!
    It’s hard to believe but, this is true and it does work. I told my OBGYN what I used on my skin, she said I think your using the product backwards LOL. She thought I was kidding but, I wasn’t!

  • Amanda 01.02.16 Reply

    I just started using it for eye bags and small wrinkles. My grandmother passed away at the of 75 and everyone believed her to be 10yrs younger and I spent the funeral visitation explaining she looked young but was elderly with health issues. She used prepH often. I began using it recently and have seen immediate results. I use it about 2-3 times a week on my face, neck, and chest. I focus around my eyes and my upper lip, neck fine lines, and center of my chest. Then sleep in it.

    If I wake up with bad eye bags I will put it on under my eyes while I make breakfast and wipe it off before makeup. I’ve found a good hour is enough to reduce eye swelling for the day.

    I’m 38, look pretty young anyway, but really want to stay that way! haha!

  • SharonWalker 09.15.14 Reply

    Thank you I will try it myself. TY

  • Anonymous 09.05.14 Reply

    Can you please let us know how you use it or when do you apply it and for how long.? Thank You. 🙂

  • Cindy 06.18.14 Reply

    I read online that Sandra Bullock uses Preparation H for her face. I thought it strange, but I went to the store and bought some. I use it about 2 times a week along with my other hydration creams (Loreal products). I can’t say enough about the Preparation H cream. After I use it, the following day my face has diminished looking wrinkles. I will continue to use it and gave some to my sister and she has had the same results. I have had no negative reactions and will continue to use it for my fine lines and wrinkles. I just turned 54 and co-workers who did not know my age complimented me and said I looked close to 10 years younger. My personal feelings are that the preparation h cream has helped along with keeping my face hydrated to prevent wrinkles.

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