Fact Check: Does rubbing potato cure dark spots and hyperpigmentation?

Published on:
Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Quick Take

A social media post claims that rubbing a potato slice can make you get rid of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, blemishes and acne marks. We fact-checked and found this claim to be Mostly False.

Rating

The Claim

An Instagram post with the title, “Potato for Dark Spots” reads, “Just rub 1 potato slice daily on your face to get rid of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, blemishes and acne marks.” The post reached more than 3k likes until we last checked. 

Potato claim

Fact Check

What can be the cause of dark spots and hyperpigmentation?

Dark spots and hyperpigmentation are caused by an overproduction of melanin, the pigment that gives color to our skin, hair, and eyes. Melanin is produced by specialized cells called melanocytes. When these cells become overactive or are stimulated by various factors, they produce more melanin, leading to the appearance of dark spots and patches on the skin.

Several factors can contribute to the development of dark spots and hyperpigmentation:

Does rubbing potatoes eliminate dark spots and hyperpigmentation?

Not exactly. There is a lack of credible scientific evidence in proving that rubbing potatoes eliminates dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Potatoes do contain certain compounds, like vitamin C and enzymes, which may have mild skin-lightening properties. But their effectiveness in treating hyperpigmentation is not well-established. Research shows that potato skin may have some anti-inflammatory effects, which raises the possibility of soothing any pain or burning sensation caused due to acne.

However, the research was done in vitro, and further research is needed to find conclusive results.

On the contrary, other research shows that patatin, an essential compound of raw potatoes, can harm the skin. Patatin is also known to cause allergies when applied in raw form. Additionally, another study found that due to the presence of patatin, raw potato sensitivities could also be linked to latex allergies in adults. 

Dermatologist Dr. Kannagath

Dermatologist Dr. Jyoti Kannangath says, “Internet is filled with videos and blogs about the efficacy of potato or its juice for curing acne, pigmentation and scars. It is used as such or in combination with lemon juice, yogurt, milk, oatmeal, etc. Potato’s skin healing benefits are attributed to an enzyme catecholase, but no scientific studies can back this up. Some animal studies have shown the anti-inflammatory effects of potato skin extracts, but it is yet to be tried in humans.

There are claims that potato may reduce signs of aging, increase glow, and decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Still, it’s important to remember that most of these effects are anecdotal. This means they are based on user reviews and not clinical evidence.”

Can there be any side effects of using potatoes on the skin?

Yes. In some cases, using raw potato on the skin can cause an allergic reaction due to the presence of a binding protein called patatin. The signs of an allergic reaction to raw potatoes include redness and/or swelling of the skin, itching, hives, itchy or runny nose, difficulty in breathing, wheezing and rarely, anaphylaxis (a life-threatening condition). 

How to prevent hyperpigmentation and dark spots?

Preventing hyperpigmentation involves using broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, avoiding prolonged sun exposure, and protecting the skin with appropriate clothing and hats. For existing dark spots, treatments may include topical creams containing ingredients like hydroquinone, retinoids, vitamin C, or alpha hydroxy acids, chemical peels, laser therapies, or microdermabrasion. Consulting a dermatologist can help determine the underlying cause of hyperpigmentation and provide personalized treatment options.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Disclaimer
Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Dr. Shikha Shiromani
Dr. Shikha Shiromani
A dental surgeon by education and medical writer by profession, Shikha is responsible for research and fact-check.

More in

Questions
Fact Check
Interviews
Stories
Videos
Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

More in

Questions
Fact Check
Interviews
Stories
Videos
Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can home remedies remove dark spots?
Not exactly. Rubbing potatoes for dark spots and hyperpigmentation lacks credible scientific evidence. Potatoes contain compounds with potential skin-lightening properties, but their effectiveness is not well-established. Some studies show anti-inflammatory effects, possibly soothing acne. However, raw potato compounds like patatin may harm skin or cause allergies. Dermatologists caution against relying on anecdotal claims for skin benefits.

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

150,404FansLike
1,187FollowersFollow
250SubscribersSubscribe
READ MORE

Subscribe to our newsletter

Stay updated about fake news trending on social media, health tips, diet tips, Q&A and videos - all about health