Does Preparation H Work on Wrinkles?

Author: Staff Writer

Preparation H DOES work on wrinkles. 

More Info: Preparation H can have a short term effect on wrinkles, tightening up the skin where it is applied. It also works well on bags under the eyes.

How Does Preparation Work?

Preparation H, at least as it is sold in the United States, contains phenylephrine, which is a vasoconstrictor. That is, it causes blood vessels to constrict. Taken orally, phenylephrine type drugs are used to reduce sinus pressure and nasal congestion by constricting the blood vessels. Topical use of phenylephrine in Preparation H works in the same way by constricting the capillaries just under the skin to reduce swelling and causing the skin to tighten, temporarily reducing wrinkles.

How to Use Preparation H for Wrinkles

Apply a small amount to the area of concern, gently rubbing the cream into the treatment area. Be careful not to get it into the eyes. Remember that the skin around the eyes is very sensitive, so always treat this area gently.

National Product Differences

If you happen to be Canadian, you can still get the older version of Preparation H which is no longer available in the United States. This version of Preparation H contains Live Yeast Cell Derivative (LYCD). It has been suggested that this formulation may help keep skin looking more youthful from the action of the peptides produced, however there are no studies substantiating this claim.

Works Cited

University of Cincinnati Magazine
Secrets of Sperti Ointment revealed: The Whole Story

Wrinkles Be Gone-Skin Treatment Choices

Expert Opinion 

Quote:  President Amy Miles, who used to work with Sperti (inventor of Preparation H), says the material does promote wound healing and reduce signs of aging. In fact, she has a tube of Viennese Preparation H on her desk to soothe chapped lips -- though "it kind of grosses people out," she admits with a chuckle.

SourceSecrets of Sperti Ointment Revealed: The Whole Story.
Univeristy of Cincinnati Magazine 

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