Okay. I know what you’re thinking. “Potato Soap?!”
If you’re like me and had no idea potato soap was even a thing, let’s explore this experience together. I found it and decided to try it. So, how did that go and what have I learned about using potato soap for the skin?
What Is Potato Soap
As we can tell from the name, potato soap is a bar soap made from potatoes. But how? And why?
Based on our research, potato soap is made using a soap base, juice from potatoes, and other hydrating or nourishing ingredients and fragrances (optional).
Recipes can vary based on the maker but the basic ingredients are what we listed above.
So why have people started making and using potato soaps?
Some other great natural soaps to consider are:
Benefits of Using Potato Soap
Potatoes, or the juice from potatoes have many benefits for the skin, one of which is skin whitening.
This is the main reason many people use potato soap. It is an organic treatment that helps to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
While there are more intensive and faster-acting topical treatments like hydroquinone, tretinoin, etc, many people prefer more organic ingredients. So, that’s where potatoes come in.
So here are the general benefits of using potato soap on the skin:
- Lightens and brightens the skin – potatoes contain vitamin C and azelaic acid. Both of these help to decrease melanin production in the skin. This will tone the skin and gradually help to fade away dark spots and pigmentation.
- Has anti-aging benefits – potatoes are rich in antioxidants (especially vitamin C, but also vitamins A and B). These help to protect the skin from free-radical damage which causes early signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. It also boosts collagen production in the skin which tightens and smoothens the surface of the skin.
- Helps to soothe inflammation – the ingredients in potatoes like Vitamins B6, and C, potassium, sulphur, copper, zinc, and flavanoids help to reduce redness, itchiness, irritation, and inflammation in the skin. This can be very helpful for inflammatory acne.
- Hydrates the skin – potatoes contain hyaluronic acid, which is the ultimate moisturizer for your skin. The vitamin C and other B vitamins also help to attract and hold moisture in the skin.
Some more effective soaps to lighten your skin are:
Is potato soap good for oily skin?
The starch that is found in potatoes can help to absorb and control oil on the skin, but it might be better to use raw potatoes for this rather than soap made of potato juice.
By using raw potatoes, you can get more of the starch directly onto the skin.
While potatoes can help with oiliness, they will not fix oily skin and will only control oil for a short time.
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Is potato soap good for your face?
As long as your potato soap has no other ingredients that will harm your skin, it is a good option for your face.
Not only is it nourishing and soothing, but it also cleanses the skin as potato juice has some astringent properties as well. It is a great organic alternative to other ingredients.
Is potato and rice soap a good combo?
The combination of potato and rice in soap can be very beneficial for the skin.
Both of them cleanse the skin, help to control oil production, have anti-inflammatory properties, have antioxidants, encourage collagen production in the skin and healing, and help to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
They are also both organic ingredients that can be easily added to soap to make them easy to use.
Side Effects Of Using Potato Soaps
Generally, potatoes are well tolerated by most people. However, irritation and allergic reactions are always things to keep in mind when putting anything on your skin, no matter how universal they might be.
If your skin becomes irritated or you experience signs of an allergic reaction (swelling, pain, hives or rashes, itching, etc) stop using the soap immediately and wash your skin off. If the symptoms do not get better, seek medical attention right away.
I always recommend that you do a patch test before applying any product to your face or all over your skin.
There is not much scientific evidence to back up the use of potato and potato soaps on the skin. The bulk of the information comes from millions of people who have tried and tested potato soaps and other potato remedies for the skin. It is based on their reviews and experiences that many people (myself included) decide whether we want to give potato soaps a shot or not.
Best Potato Soaps To Try
I have looked around for good potato soaps to try and here are a few that I liked:
1- Island Potato Soap (Scented)
This soap is made of Certified Organic Potato Juice (from potatoes grown on Prince Edward Island), Coconut Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Canola Oil, Lye, Stearic Acid, Essential Oils, or Fragrance.
It is available in a wide variety of scents like Peppermint, Vanilla, Honey, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Raspberry, Cordial, and Orange Ginger. I absolutely love the peppermint fragrance!
2- Island Potato Soap (Unscented)
This is almost the same soap as the one above, except that it does not contain added fragrance. Even though I love the peppermint fragrance, I cannot use highly scented products on my face (super sensitive).
So while I tried the scented Island Potato Soap on my body, I used the unscented one on my face. It is a great soap for sensitive skin.