How to Rub Preparation-H on Acne

by Darla Ferrara ; Updated July 18, 2017

Preparation H has a number of nontraditional uses.

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Preparation H has a number of nontraditional uses. According to, over the years rumors spread that Preparation H would reduce eye puffiness, enhance the appearance of muscles and make pimples less noticeable. Although not approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for anything but hemorrhoids, you may find it useful, in partnership with an eye drop solution, for a minor acne breakout.

Soak a cotton ball with an eye drop solution. Do not use a solution for contact lens or saline. Stick to a product that is a vaso-constrictor or designed for red eyes.

Hold the soaked pad on the pimple for three to five minutes and then wipe the affected area with a clean towel.

Place a small dab of Preparation H onto your fingertip. Spread a thin coat of the medicine over the swollen area. Let the Preparation H sit for several minutes and then wipe it off with a moist cloth.


  • Do not apply large amounts of Preparation H to your face. This product can have side effects that includes blistering and skin flaking. Liberal applications may cause more problems with a serious skin condition. Generally, Preparation H may work best to reduce the appearance of one or two pimples.

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Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.