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Can You Use Preparation H for Dark Under-Eye Circles?

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Julia Estrela has been working as a freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Estrela holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Connecticut College.
Can You Use Preparation H for Dark Under-Eye Circles?
Preparation H is used off-label to temporarily treat dark circles.

Preparation H is an over-the-counter hemorrhoid ointment also known for its off-label use as a treatment for dark circles. The idea is that because Preparation H works to temporarily shrink swollen tissue, topical applications to the under-eye area could temporarily de-puff bags. There is no solid evidence to support this theory, although Dr. G. Todorov of says that Preparation H might be good for an “emergency fix.”

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Regardless of whether or not the product works on dark circles, it is important to note that Preparation H is not intended for use on or near the eyes.

Step 1

Gently wash your face with a mild cleanser. Follow with one or two splashes of cold water to help reduce swelling.

Step 2

Lightly blot your face dry. Refrain from overzealous rubbing as this can further irritate the skin around the eyes.

Step 3

Apply a thin layer of ointment to the affected area, avoiding getting the ointment into the eyes themselves. Wait until it is fully absorbed before applying makeup.

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