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Is Visine good for skin spots?

Leah sees spots: My grandmother always says to put a drop of Visine on spots. I’ve never done it, but was curious as to whether there is any truth in this. And would it damage the skin?

The Right Brain’s red-eyed reply:

Visine reduces red eye because its active ingredient, tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride, constricts the superficial blood vessels in the eye. But skin spots, like acne blemishes, scars and age spots, are not caused by dilated blood vessels. Therefore, there doesn’t appear to be any benefit to applying Visine to your skin. In fact, there’s at least one good reason NOT to use Visine any place else except your eyes. And that reason is related to a nasty practical joke.

Visine and potty humor

Supposedly, you can prank someone by someone by putting a few drops of Visine in their drink to give them an amusing case of diarrhea. (This is assuming of course, that you’re the kind of person who finds diarrhea amusing.) But according to Snopes.com, this prank is actually an urban legend; Visine will NOT give you the runs. But it will cause vomiting, seizures, difficulty breathing, blurred vision and it can even induce coma. Now THAT’S entertainment!

Visine ruined my love life

What does this have to do with your skin? Imagine the following scenario: The night of your Big Date you discover a nasty pimple on your face. Taking your kindly old grandmother’s advice, you dab a few drops of Visine on the zit. Later that night in the throes of passion, as your main squeeze’s lips brush across your rosy cheek, he gets a tiny taste of tetrahydrozoline hydrochoride. Sometime after the vomiting and tremors subside, but before he slips into a coma, he drives you home. You do NOT get a good night kiss.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

Visine may or may not ruin your date, but it won’t do anything for your skin spots. Slather on some Clearasil or cover up with some Face Spray Foundation instead.

Does anyone else have a favorite grandma’s home remedy they’d like to ask about? Vomit your comment for the rest of the Beauty Brains community.

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  • Aba Dee February 20, 2016, 4:31 pm

    I actually tried this last night to experiment. I used CVS brand Maximum Redness Relief Eye Drops with .05% tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride. I am 45 years old and have developed moderate redness in my cheeks as I have gotten older (no bumps or spots, just noticeable redness that is difficult to cover with foundation.) I followed my nightly skin care routine (Clarisonic, 3 drops of Jojoba oil on my face and neck. Once that’s fully absorbed into my skin I apply a thin coat of virgin Coconut oil to my face & neck before bed.) Last night after my Jojoba oil was fully absorbed into my skin I saturated a cotton pad with the eye drop solution and applied it to my right cheek only (which is more severe than my left cheek.) I saturated the area & allowed it to fully absorb into my skin (2-3 mins) I then followed up with a thin coat of virgin Coconut oil on my entire face as usual and went to bed. I ran to the mirror when I woke up and was so excited!!! My redness in the area I applied the eye drop solution to was easily 75% less red and no irritation. It’s much less red than my usually better left cheek. I can’t tell you the boost this has given my confidence. So yes, I am only 24 hours into this experiment but I am very pleased. If I find there are any adverse developments moving forward I will update this post.

    • Allison Martin May 4, 2016, 5:52 pm

      Aba Dee – Random comment, but if the redness is symmetric on both cheeks and distributed in sun exposed areas it sounds like you might have Rosacea which is treatable by a dermatologist. Worth checking out!