Half of adults in the U.S. will deal with hemorrhoids by the time they celebrate their 50th birthday. That said, plenty of Americans probably have a tube of hemorrhoid cream in their medicine cabinet in the event they fall into that demographic. You might notice that there are other unorthodox uses for hemorrhoid cream floating around the internet. Read on as these myths are debunked.

Hemorrhoid cream for dark circles or wrinkles

Because one of hemorrhoid cream’s major jobs is to stop swelling and inflammation, there are some out there that believe it can be used to treat issues on the face in the same manner. If you’re considering applying cream to combat the appearance of dark circles under your eyes or wrinkles on your face, just don’t. The ingredients in these creams can burn and irritate the eyes, and might even do major damage, if you get too close.   

Can it reduce the appearance of acne

Some beauty enthusiasts also believe that this cream can be used to reduce swelling and redness associated with pimples and breakouts. The ingredients in the cream aren’t meant for acne applications and can even clog pores more leading to more pimples. It’s best to stick with traditional acne treatments widely available in stores.  

Tighten and tone muscles with hemorrhoid cream

Hemorrhoid cream works by decreasing swelling in affected tissue. Bodybuilders sometimes use it to exploit that function and to decrease the amount of fluid in certain parts of their body. The theory is that application of the cream makes the skin appear tighter and their muscles more pronounced. Using hemorrhoid cream in broad applications on your skin is not the medicine’s intended purpose and it could even cause your blood pressure to rise to dangerous levels.  

A dab of hemorrhoid cream on your cold sore

Pain, burning, and itching are all common symptoms associated with cold sores. And chances are if you’re suffering from one, you’ll do whatever it takes to make it go away. While hemorrhoid cream can help to stop the pain and itching associated with the sore, it won’t make them go away any faster, it doesn’t help prevent the transmission of the herpes virus to someone else, and it won’t keep cold sores from returning soon.

About Robert Cutler, D.O.

Dr. Robert Cutler has performed duties as a specialist in the field of Proctology over 30 years as a practicing physician. Over this time, he has had great success integrating patient care from both an efficiency standpoint and as a practical approach to holistic and preventative medicine. Dr. Cutler also performs FDA approved Clinical Trials and has had formal research training in Human Subject Assurance Training, OHRP/NIH and Good Clinical Practice for Investigators, Quintiles. Dr. Cutler continues to work on creating more affordable solutions to help people who are affected by ano-rectal problems as well as various chronic or acute skin issues.