Preparation H for Puffy Eyes

Like thousands of other women, I’ve tried Preparation H for puffy eyes and under eye bags. After weeks of applying it under my eyes, nothing really changed.

In fact, on some days, it seemed to make my eyes look worse because the formulation I was using was petroleum based and was very greasy. I even wondered, is it even safe to put hemorrhoid cream under your eyes?

Why some say Preparation H works for puffy eyes

Being desperate to do something about those bags under my eyes, I did some research on Preparation H for under eye puffiness and if a hemorrhoid cream could tighten skin under the eyes.

I wanted to know:

  • How did this rumor get started?
  • Who started it and why?
  • Did it work for anyone, ever?

Most of the information I found on the internet about this “myth” was started in the late 70s and early 80s. Apparently, Preparation H was good for under eye wrinkles and was the go-to under eye miracle smoother for models and beauty contestants.

They all swore this oily concoction really worked to reduce under eye swelling.

And why shouldn’t it? One of the claims Preparation H makes is that it soothes and reduces swollen tissues.”

Well, isn’t that what our puffy eyes need? Something to soothe and reduce swollen tissue?

Preparation H formula change

Preparation H Original for puffy eyesPreparation H - Original Formula from Greece

So, what I later found was that the original Preparation H formula changed. It used to contain two important ingredients:

  • Live Yeast Cell extract
  • Shark Liver Oil

These two were the main active ingredients. And (for reasons unknown) the Preparation H formulation sold in the United States no longer contained them.

Live Yeast Cell extract and Shark Liver Oil are known to have anti-inflammatory, soothing, and healing properties. Apparently, if you intended to use Preparation H for puffy eyes - it had to be the original formula to be effective.

Even though I couldn't find any studies indicating that these ingredients are effective in reducing inflammation of the eye!

So, I still don't know why people raved about Preparation H for puffy eyes, but I was determined to find out if it worked! I managed to find the original Preparation H formula on the internet, from Greece. 

So I bought it!

Preparation H Original Formula with Live Yeast Cell extract

I was so excited to try it!! But, to be honest, I never noticed a difference – even after days of using it. I even kept it in the refrigerator hoping the coldness would further help reduce under eye puffiness.

Just imagine how embarrassing it was when guests/friends happened to help themselves to a beverage or snack and open my refrigerator to find a tube of hemorrhoid cream sitting on the shelve next to the mustard!

UPDATE: Amazon no longer carries the brand from Greece. But I found this one (see link below) that does contain the ingredient Phenylephrine.

Preperation-H with Phenylephrine on Amazon

Preparation H for Puffy Eyes - In Theory It Should Work

Since Preparation H was designed to reduce inflammation and tissue swelling, it's logical to assume that it should help reduce swollen under eye tissue too. In fact, some dermatologists feel that - for special occasions - Preparation H could be helpful to reduce under eye puffiness and even discoloration.

"Preparation H is a vasoconstrictor" says founder of Smarter Skin Dermatology, Dr. Sejal Shah. "It can also make any bluish discoloration less noticeable."

Whether you decide to try it or not, we recommend you use caution and avoid applying the cream or gel to close to the eyes as it can cause irritation. 

Difference Between Puffy eyes and Swollen Eyes
What Works to Lessen the Appearance

Preparation H helps reduce swollen tissues - which is why many assume it can help reduce swollen eyes. But what if your eye issue is due to bulging fat pads and not swollen eye tissue due to excess fluid or inflammation?

Then it's logical to assume that anything that reduces temporary inflamed tissues (like Preparation H) won't do much for that problem.

My puffy eye issue is twofold: Excess or bulging fat pads under the eyes AND temporary under eye swelling due to various reasons like:

  • lack of sleep
  • too much salt
  • allergies
  • cold

That's why I get better results with a skin lifting/tightening under eye serum. While a serum won't get rid of excess under eye fat pads, it can help make my eyes look less puffy. Which makes me feel better about how I look.

Click here to watch a video how this Instant Eye serum for puffy eyes helped my friend Bobbie look more awake. Bobbie has excess fat pads under her eyes. And while the serum didn't make them magically go away, it did help make her eyes look less puffy.

It’s been my favorite eye lift serum since 2012 because nothing I’ve tried works as well as this does. Other serums may work to reduce the look of puffy eyes, but left my sensitive skin tight, dry, or peeling. Unlike Preparation H, this serum reduced the look of puffy and crinkly skin under the eyes. 

Can Preparation H be used on bags under the eyes?

So, is Preparation H safe to use on puffy eyes? No, not really.

Despite the fact that it contains ingredients that can cause side effects like eye irritation or worse. It can also clog pores and cause breakouts.

In my opinion and based on my experience, Preparation H does not help reduce under eye bags or wrinkles. I get much better results with a skin-firming serum along with some dietary changes like consuming less salt, or getting more sleep.

Also See:

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