Does Potato Juice Help with Stretch Marks? (Things to Know and Tips)

How do you like your potatoes? Baked, boiled, fried? How about your stretch marks? Sounds weird right? Turns out, this method can be used to reduce those “tiger stripes”.

In addition to starch, minerals, and vitamins, potatoes are packed with enzymes that have been found to lighten the skin and speed up its production of new cells. How does that help with stretch marks? Here’s a short version: old skin cells disappear, and in their place come new ones which are lighter in pigment and even in tone.

More on that shortly, but for now here’s what you need to know: potato juice for stretch marks works like a charm. And the best part is, potatoes are affordable and easy to find. In this article, I'll be going over how potato juice works on stretch marks, how to use it, and things to avoid.

How Does Potato Juice Work with Stretch Marks?

In addition to lightening your skin, potato juice enhances the production of new skin cells. When that happens, older cells that had a mismatch in pigmentation are removed and replaced by new ones that look more even in tone. That is exfoliation, which is what every reliable remedy for stretch marks does.

If you’re a sucker for nitty-gritty details, then you’re probably wondering what gives potato juice that ability. Well, spuds contain catecholase, a skin-bleaching enzyme that is famous for removing dark spots, freckles, melasma, sunspots and – you guessed it – stretch marks.

And that’s not all. Potatoes are extremely rich in vitamin B. Eating just one of them will give you 46% of your daily vitamin B12 quota. In this case, you won’t be eating the potato, you’ll be using it topically. That vitamin B content will work magic on your stretch marks. Why? Because it exfoliates the skin, giving it an even tone and younger look.

What’s more, potato juice contains essential fatty acids and minerals that stimulate collagen production. Collagen enhances skin regeneration (elastin synthesis), which in turn promotes the growth of new, evenly-toned skin cells.

I know you’re probably here because you want to know how to use potato juice for stretch marks. But I’ll be remiss if I didn’t mention a few additional benefits of using this plant on your skin. For one, it works as an excellent treatment for wounds and bruises because it enhances skin cell regeneration. And due to its ability to stimulate collagen production, potato juice may be used as an anti-aging agent.

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How to Use Potato Juice On Stretch Marks

The first thing you need to do is extract the juice. Take one potato (yes, just one will do; if it’s too small, you can use two), wash it thoroughly and cut out any green spots and sprouts.

Peel and then cut it into small pieces. Throw the pieces in a juicer and extract their juice. Be sure to strain it so that it comes out smoothly.

If you don’t have a juicer, you can go ahead and grate a potato into tiny pieces. Place them on a linen cloth and then squeeze out their juice. This method won’t give you the most concentrated juice but it will still get the job done. You may need to use more than one potato though.

Now, once you have your potato juice for stretch marks ready, you can apply it in two different ways. First, you can use it as it is without any accompaniment.

Secondly, you can mix it with another product that can improve your skin. And you won’t find any two accompaniments that match potato juice better than Aloe Vera and coconut oil.

1.) Raw Potato Juice

Take a cotton pad, dip it in your potato juice and dab it wherever stretch marks appear on your body. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes to allow your skin to absorb all the nutrients packed in the potato. Rinse off with clean water and you’re good to go.

2.) Potato Juice and Aloe Vera

Whoever came up with the idea of mixing Aloe Vera and potato juice for stretch marks deserves an award. This combo contains everything you need to remove stretch marks, treat your skin and keep it nourished. Potato juice will deal with the stripes, obviously.

Aloe Vera, on the other hand, brings a ton of additional benefits to the table. We all know it as an excellent moisturizer, but beyond that, it also treats sunburns, reduces skin inflammation, fights aging and treats acne. More importantly (at least in this context), Aloe Vera gel hides stretch marks and leaves your skin looking evenly toned.

Usually, stretch marks appear when the skin’s elasticity is stretched beyond the limit, to the point of getting minor damages and tears. So, what Aloe Vera does is repair those tears. By doing so, it leaves stretch marks looking a lot better than they did before.

The other good thing about Aloe Vera is that it’s easy to incorporate into your potato juice routine. Add 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera to your potato juice (from one potato) and then mix them thoroughly.

Apply on the skin where stretch marks appear by dabbing using a cotton pad. Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off.

3.) Potato Juice and Coconut Oil

Like Aloe Vera, coconut oil has so many benefits. It contains medium-chain acids that have antimicrobial properties. That explains why it’s my (and many people’s) go-to oil for treating wounds.

Besides, coconut oil has lots of antioxidants. These compounds usually inhibit oxidation and as a result, reduce skin inflammation. That’s also part of the reason why coconut oil is used to treat acne. And if you don’t have acne you can use the oil as a moisturizer. It is arguably the best for keeping your skin hydrated.

So how do you use coconut oil with potato juice for stretch marks? The process is pretty much similar to that of Aloe Vera. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your potato juice and then mix them thoroughly. Using a cotton pad, apply the mixture on your skin where stretch marks appear. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off.

Things to Avoid When Using Potato Juice

Like every other beauty product, potato juice for stretch marks has its set of dos and don’ts. For example, it's highly recommended that you use organic potatoes rather than ordinary ones. Is there a difference between the two types? Absolutely!

While ordinary potatoes are grown using pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides (all of which are harmful to your skin), organic ones are not. That makes all the difference. Potatoes are root vegetables and will often absorb the chemicals.

When you use those potatoes on your skin, the damaging chemicals are transferred from the spud to you. Needless to say, the results may be detrimental, not only to the well-being of your skin but your overall health. Organic potatoes don’t get the same chemical treatment in their entire growth cycle. Instead, they are grown using sustainable guidelines.

Here are a few other things to avoid:

  • Avoid using stale potatoes. Stay away from spuds that look or feel weird. Watch out for a greenish color and mushy feel.
  • Avoid dehydration. Potato juice is not a moisturizer. If anything, it may leave your skin feeling very dry, which is why it’s beneficial to pair it with coconut oil or Aloe Vera gel. At the very least, drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid using potato juice entirely if you have potato allergies. That’s a thing, by the way, in case you didn’t know. Spuds have a protein called patatin. Studies have found that there are people who react negatively to this protein. If you’re one of them, it’s safe that you don’t use potato juice at all. Most people who are allergic to latex are also allergic to patatin.

Things to Know When Using Potato Juice

First and foremost, know if you’re allergic to potatoes. As I’ve mentioned, if you’re allergic to latex then there’s a high possibility that you will be allergic to patatin.

To be on the safe side, start by applying a patch test (preferably on your hand) before using potato juice for stretch marks on the rest of your body. Look out for signs of an allergic reaction. They include itchy skin, red skin, swelling, hives, rashes, just to name a few.

No allergic reactions? Great! Here are other things to know when using potato juice:

  • You can use a potato without extracting its juice. This is an option (albeit a less economical one because you’ll need more potatoes) if you don’t have a juicer, grater and enough time. Take a slice of potato and use it to massage the skin where stretch marks appear. Use circular scrubbing motions to gently exfoliate the skin and then wash off after 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Apply potato juice 2 to 3 times a week for best results. More often than not, the reason why we fail to get the results we need is that we underuse or misuse a product. In this case, if you use your juice less than 2 times a week you may end up being disappointed.
  • You can store potato juice, although that’s not recommended. Ideally, you should use the juice no later than 20 minutes after making it. That's when it's most beneficial. If you happen to have some leftovers, you can refrigerate it in an airtight glass jar for a maximum of 2 days.

Best Time of Day to Apply It

There’s no one-rule-fits-all here. You can apply potato juice for stretch marks at any time of the day or night. However, people generally prefer to use it at night before going to bed. That way it will have the entire night to kick some stretch mark butt before you take your thorough morning shower.

How Long Should I Use It?

It’s important that you give potato juice time to work, and that means consistently using it until the stretch marks disappear almost completely.

If you apply the juice at least 2 times a week, it will take anywhere from 3 to 4 months before you start to notice some changes. If you developed the stripes in pregnancy, they will start to fade after 6 to 12 months of using potato juice consistently.

Note that stretch marks are permanent and they won’t disappear completely. But with frequent use of potato juice, they’ll look a lot better over time.

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Final Thoughts

There you have it, a potato “regimen” to get rid of those annoying stretch marks. One good thing about this method is that it doesn’t have any side effects, of course, unless you are allergic to potatoes. And if it doesn’t work for you, you can take the party to the kitchen and make some French fries.

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