For some unknown reason, long ago, a model decided to use haemorrhoid cream on her under-eye bags to reduce the swelling. This longtime beauty secret comes with a great deal of debate. Some individuals claim the remedy works like a charm, while others beg to disagree. Others view a formula change to the U.S. Preparation-H product to be the deciding factor, indicating the treatment won't work. The clearest point lies in the application of ingredients found in this product for healing skin ailments beyond eye bags, including burn treatment at the Shriners Burns Institute in Ohio.
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The use of Preparation-H to treat eye bags has been around for quite awhile. Among models and actresses, this isn't a secret at all. Many use the product to combat puffiness under the eyes. The theory is that puffy eyes weaken the skin around the eyes, resulting in looser skin that will wrinkle faster. Whether using the Canadian version or U.S. recipe, users of this method to control under eye bags should follow a rule of moderation. Using Preparation-H to reduce eye bags occasionally is fine, but certainly not every day.
Canadian Product Ingredients
Certain ingredients in Preparation-H make the treatment effective for use as an under-eye bag reducer. The Canadian version of Preparation-H contains biodyne, also called "live yeast cell derivative." Biodyne has been used to treat surgical scars, burns, bed sores and wrinkles, and is listed in the "People's Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies," 1999, by Joe and Teresa Graedon.
U.S. Product Ingredients
The U.S. version of Preparation-H contains phenylephrine HCI 0.25 per cent. This chemical is a known to restrict capillaries, and many dermatologists admit it helps reduce dark circles and puffy eyes. In short, phenylephrine restricts blood vessels, which helps temporarily reduce the appearance of swelling and dark circles under the eyes.
How It Works
Biodyne, the ingredient in the Canadian version of Preparation-H, works at the skin level, according to a study conducted on lab mice at Shriners Burn Institute. Topical application was found to accelerate wound healing by healing skin cells at a faster rate. Phenylephrine restricts blood vessels, which reduces the puffiness in the under-eye areas.
If you're bound and determined to try this best-kept secret, be sure to avoid getting any product in your eyes and apply when your face is clean. Make sure to only apply Preparation-H to the eyes just a few times a week. Some individuals experience a burning sensation after application. In addition, if you apply the U.S. variety containing phenylephrine too frequently, it can cause too much blood vessel restriction, which can cause headaches.
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