How to Tighten the Skin With Preparation H

Preparation H is an over-the-counter medication that relieves discomfort associated with swollen, itchy or inflamed hemorrhoidal tissue 1. Because Preparation H contains Phenylephrine HCl 0.25 percent, a vasoconstrictor drug that causes blood vessels to constrict, it is also a popular remedy for swollen eyes and puffy skin, according to the Preparation H website 1. However, there are no clinical studies to prove alternative uses for Preparation H. When applied to affected areas, Preparation H forces excess water out of the skin, creating a smooth and lean appearance 1.

Determine whether Preparation H gives you an allergic reaction, swelling or rash 1. Apply a small amount to an inconspicuous part of your skin such as the inside of your elbow or behind your knee and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wait at least 24 hours to see if an allergic reaction, swelling or rash appears.

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

Learn More

Apply Preparation H to smaller areas with your finger or apply with a brush or washcloth to larger areas you wish to appear tighter or more toned 1.

Wait 10-15 minutes and rinse your skin. Reapply Preparation H if you did not achieve the results you want 1. Rinse thoroughly.

How to Use Cornstarch to Relieve an Itchy Skin Rash

Learn More

Apply lotion to the area you treated with Preparation H to prevent dryness and scaling 1.


There are no clinical studies that prove Preparation H effectively reduces swollen eyes, tightens skin or one that recommends alternative uses for Preparation H, reports "Newsweek."

Excessive use of Preparation H on your skin can cause dryness and skin scaling.