The average hemorrhoid cream contains an astringent that may be useful on facial conditions. An astringent, such as witch hazel, constricts body tissue and reduces inflammation. The action of the astringent should reduce swelling, making the area less noticeable. There is no scientific backing for the use of hemorrhoid cream to reduce redness on the face, but the Canadian variety of Preparation H with Bio-Dyne, recommends their product for facial use. Bio-Dyne functions as a vasoconstrictor, to tighten blood vessels and reduce redness, reports Elle.com. If you have red spots caused by blemishes, applying a hemorrhoid cream sparely to the area may help.
Wash your face using a mild cleanser and warm water. Pat the region with a clean, dry towel.
Apply a small amount of hemorrhoid cream to a cotton swab or the tip of your finger. Use as little of the product as possible.
Dab the cream onto the red area and let it sit. During daytime hours, you may wish to rub the cream into the skin to dissolve it. Use your fingertip to massage the area until the cream disappears.
Wash your hands thoroughly to remove any bacteria from the red area and any cream that may be on your hands. This is especially important if you are treating acne or an infected area.
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CNN Health reports the extensive use of a hemorrhoid cream may actually increase redness by causing a rash, so if you apply this product to your face, do not use for over a week.
A study published in the Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation tested an extract of Bio-Dyne, live yeast cell derivative (LYCD), in mice. After 24 days LYCD-receiving mice achieved 100 percent wound closure.
Hemorrhoid cream may only be effective on conditions with swelling, such as acne. The cream will reduces inflammation. Do not allow the cream to get in your eyes. If this happens, flush eyes immediately with water and seek medical help.
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