Potatoes

PotatoesAs we age, the skin under our eyes becomes thinner, allowing the blue veins beneath it to show through as dark, shadowy circles. Stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, health problems, and long hours in front of computer and television screens also contribute to dark circles.

There are plenty of commercial creams that claim they can erase dark circles, but they’re often ineffective, and they sometimes come with unwanted side effects. If you don’t want to waste time and money on those, and you don’t want to cover your dark circles with thick layers of makeup, try erasing them once and for all using potatoes. We’re about to tell you how, but first we’ll tell you why this works.

Is Potato Good for Dark Circles?

  • Potatoes contain natural bleaching agents that lighten skin when used regularly over time.
  • Potatoes contain catecholase that helps to reduce puffiness under the eyes.
  • Potatoes provide the moisture skin needs to rejuvenate.
  • Potatoes contain the nutrients and anti-oxidants skin needs to stay firm, smooth, and bright.
  • The vitamin C, starch, and enzymes in potatoes nourish skin.
  • The vitamin A in potatoes keeps skin firm.
  • The combination of coldness and starch creates an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces swelling of the vessels which are under the eyes to diminish the dark circles.

How to Use Potatoes to Reduce the Appearance of Dark Circles:

Potatoes can be used alone or in combination with other natural ingredients that keep skin firm, smooth, and bright. Try all the methods below until you find the one that works best for you.

1. Potato Juice

  • Peel and grate a small potato.
  • Strain grated potato through cheesecloth to extract juice.
  • Refrigerate juice until cool.
  • Soak 2 cotton balls in potato juice and apply them to eyes.
  • Leave on 20 minutes.
  • Remove cotton balls, rinse with cool water, and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

2. Potato Slices

  • Chill 1 potato into the refrigerator.
  • Cut 2 thick slices off the chilled potato.
  • Place slices over eyes, making sure to cover dark circles.
  • Leave on 20 minutes or overnight.
  • Remove potato slices, rinse with cool water, and pat dry.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

3. Potato Puree

  • Peel and chop one frozen potato.
  • Place chunks in blender and puree.
  • Apply pureed potato to skin under eyes and leave on 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 2 times a day.

4. Potato Poultice

  • Peel and grate a small potato.
  • Chill grated potato in refrigerator.
  • Wrap grated potato in cheesecloth and place over eyes, making sure to cover dark circles.
  • Leave on 20 minutes.
  • Remove, rinse with cool water, and pat dry.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

5. Potato and Cucumber

  • Peel and grate a potato.
  • Strain grated potato through cheesecloth to extract juice.
  • Peel and grate a cucumber.
  • Place grated cucumber in blender and puree.
  • Mix potato juice with cucumber juice and place in a refrigerator.
  • Soak two cotton pads in mixture and apply them to eyes, making sure to cover dark circles.
  • Leave on 20 minutes.
  • Remove pads, rinse with cool water, and pat dry.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

6. Sweet Potato with Apple Sauce

  • Peel and chop a sweet potato.
  • In a blender, mix sweet potato with 2 tablespoons unsweetened organic apple sauce until smooth.
  • Apply mixture to skin under eyes.
  • Leave on 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

7. Potato with Honey and Olive Oil

  • Peel and chop 1 potato.
  • In a blender, mix potato chunks with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of raw honey until smooth.
  • Apply mixture to skin under eyes and leave on 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat twice a week.
  • Or you can mix potato juice and olive oil and apply regularly on dark circles.

8. Potato, Almonds, and Lemon Juice

  • In a blender, mix 5 blanched almonds, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 peeled and chopped potato, and ¼ cup of fresh cream until smooth.
  • Use cotton ball to apply mixture to clean under-eye skin.
  • Leave on 20 minutes or until completely dry.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat regularly.

9. Potato with Tomato

  • Peel and chop a potato.
  • Chop one tomato.
  • In a blender, mix tomato and potato until smooth.
  • Use cotton ball to apply mixture to clean under-eye skin.
  • Leave on 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

10. Potato with Lemon Juice

  • Peel and chop 1 potato.
  • Juice 2 lemons.
  • In a blender, mix potato with 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and 4 tablespoons of plain water until smooth.
  • Chill mixture in refrigerator.
  • Once chilled, soak 2 cotton balls in mixture and place over eyes, making sure to cover dark circles.
  • Leave on 15 minutes.
  • Remove cotton balls, rinse with cool water, and pat dry.
  • Repeat twice a week.

11. Potato with Yogurt

  • Peel and grate one potato.
  • Strain through cheesecloth to extract juice.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of potato juice with 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt.
  • Use cotton ball to apply mixture to clean under-eye skin.
  • Leave on 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat twice a week.
  • Or mash small boiled potato with a teaspoon of yogurt and apply on dark circles.

12. Sweet Potato and Honey

  • Grate 1 small sweet potato and soak it in ice water for 5 minutes.
  • Remove potato from water but do not pour the water out.
  • In a blender, mix 2 tablespoons of potato with 2 tablespoons of raw honey until smooth.
  • Apply mixture to clean under-eye skin.
  • Leave on 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with saved potato water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

13. Potato Starch, Barley Powder, and Banana

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of potato starch powder, 1 pinch of barely powder, and ½ of a banana until smooth.
  • Apply to clean under-eye skin.
  • Leave on 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat regularly.

Tips and Precautions:

For best results, follow the advice below when using potatoes to reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles.

  • The best time to apply commercial creams is after you rinse off the potato treatment.
  • Don’t wash the potato after peeling as it will lose nutrients and starch.
  • You can use the potato with the skin if you prefer.
  • Always use fresh, raw potatoes for these treatments.
  • Get 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Eat a healthy diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid excess sugar and carbohydrates.
  • Reduce stress with yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises.
  • If dark circles do not begin to disappear after 7 days, consult a doctor to find out if they are an indication of a more serious health problem.

Have you tried using potatoes to reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles? Check out this post to find out other home remedies to getting rid of dark under-eye circles. Tell us which methods worked best for you!

71 comments
  1. Just thinking…..even tho this may sound absurd…..maybe a whole body soaking in the potato puree, or in one of the combinations, might have the same positive effects on our whole body’s skin area.

  2. im using potatoes slice and put on my eyebag..but the problem is, my eyes get irritating n swollen more..why is that happening to me n is it common issues??

  3. Potato doesn’t work at all I m using it from last 2 month but it has not work yet so plz suggest me some cream name

    1. Yes, potato has anti-wrinkling properties. Extract juice from potato. Apply it over the furrow lines and leave it on for few minutes to completely dry. Rinse off with water. Repeat 2 times a day. You can also mix potato juice with aloe vera gel, coconut oil or olive oil and follow the same process.

    1. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. So it is difficult to choose between them. Try both of them and learn which one works best for your skin.

  4. Is it okay to extract potato juice and store it in the refrigerator and use when necessary…. without having to extract it individually every single time you use it?
    Will the pre-stored potato juice still be effective?

    1. Pre-stored potato juice will have less effectiveness when compared to freshly extracted ones. It will be better to extract it freshly every time.

    1. It is difficult to tell the exact time period but with regular application you can surely see the improvement in few weeks.

  5. Can i use potato on my whole face? Because there is discoloration on my face and also dark circles under eyes, and if i can apply potato juice on my face then how to apply it??? And can i use this on night for best results?? And one more thing , why u recommend to put potato juice on refrigerator????

    1. Yes, you can apply potato juice on the whole face and leave it on overnight and rinse in the morning. The mild bleaching properties of potato lightens the skin. We recommend putting the potato juice in the refrigerator for a cooling effect. It helps to soothe the nerves and blood vessels under the skin and shrink the open pores.

      1. This sounds amazing I’m sat here with grated potato under my eyes for the dark circles and overall tiredness with a bit of puffiness, and reading through the comments. Really appreciate how you’ve taken the time to reply to each comment.
        I’m definatley going to try on the dark acne scars. Will it work for that ? I’m curious.

  6. Is it good to keep aftr rubbing potatoes on face for over night???? Can u suggest me effectiveness natural to get lighten the skin?? Is it good while using this natural treatment can do smoke in morning???

    1. Yes, you can use sweet potatoes for lightening the dark circles. Cut a slice of the potato and rub it on the dark circles for a few minutes. Rinse off with water and pat dry. Alternatively, you can apply sweet potato juice on the dark circles to lighten them.

  7. I extracted potato juice and stored it into refrigerator but it turned black… is it safe to use now?

    1. Nope, avoid using potato juice if it is turned into black. We recommend using freshly extracted ones for better results.

      1. Then how to use them chilled? It turns black everytime kept for 1-2 hrs. Are we doing something wrong? Suggedt please

  8. Can i use ice cubes that are made of tomato, cucumber, lemon,potato pullp?
    Can i blend all these ingredients n apply ?
    Will there be any adverse effect ?

    1. Yes, you can. As all the ingredients are natural, it would not have any side effects. But we recommend performing a patch test before trying out the method.

    1. Both of them are helpful, however the effectiveness differs from one person to another as it depends on the skin texture, healing capacity and other factors.

  9. I have Put a potato in freezer and daily i cut a slice from it and place over my eyes is it okay? one potato in freezer and i think it will take 1 or maybe 2 weeks to finish that same potato

  10. and please tell me any method to get white complexion naturally
    i have even tried vitamin E capsule mixed in cream for face and hands but my skin its so stubben nothing literaly nothing effects my color remains the way it is why 🙁

    1. You can try any potato method mentioned above in the article. If your skin is darkened by any environmental factors like sun exposure then potato is helpful in lightening it.

  11. I grate a fresh potatoes and obtain the jucie i place it in the refrigerator to cool but when i took it from the refrigerator the liquid on the surface change. Why is that so?

    1. The phenols and the enzymes meet the oxygen from the environment, causing a chemical reaction to take place. This chemical reaction results a discoloration. But it is not harmful and you can still use them.

    1. Nope, you shouldn’t. It is better to avoid application of commercial creams for at least few hours after the potato treatment.

  12. Great website
    My question is
    I have hyper pigments. I have about a month for my face which is currently pretty bad .i am travellling after a month
    1. Can I try different things on different days ,for example potatoes on Monday cucumber juice on Tuesday and other things on different days for better effects
    2 does leaving any application on the face for long have good or bad effects

    1. It is better to stick with 1 – 2 remedies in a week as too much can lead to another skin problems. Usually leaving natural ingredients on the skin do not pose any bad effects. However patch test to be on safe side.

  13. Can black patches on the face due to cream reactions that have been long standing for about 10 years finish with potatoes remedy s

  14. Hii… When I do this method then I washed my face with normal water..
    After that I used coconut oil on my face at night.. Is it safe na there is no side effect??
    Plzzz suggest me for this dark circle problem..

  15. I have very dark circles lids and below how long before I see results iam applying potato,tomatoe and lime juice all together two times daily Thank you Laurie

  16. Hi , I have very sensitive skin. A few months ago I used commercial cream and got alergic reaction. It left dark spot on my skin and it is still eching. It gets worse when I am in the sun. My question is can I use the potato treatment? Would it help for the dark spot?

  17. Good day,
    I’ve stored slices of cucumbers at a time.and have placed them over my eyes in the morning for 20 minutes or so. I now want to try the potato method. Can I do the same with potatoes? Thank you.

  18. Some fantastic information contained within this article! I have to say that advising others to apply lemon juice on the skin; let alone under the eyes where the skin is most sensitive is just poor. It worries me that so many don’t acknowledge this. Lemon is far too acidic for the skin. Bicarbonate of soda faces the opposite problem – being too alkaline

  19. I have dark spot due to remove my facial hair..so my question is ! Is it potato can help to remove darkspot which caused by removing facial hair

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