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Raw Potato Pimple Treatment: Does The Viral TikTok Hack Work?

Oct 25, 2019 ByLaura Lee

Unfortunately, almost everyone has dealt with acne at some point in their lives. There is no worse feeling than waking up to find a zit on your forehead. Luckily, TikTok stars have shared their trick to battling a breakout. And it probably isn’t what you expect: potatoes. Yes, that’s right! It all started with a viral video from @sierrastyles. The TikTok user posted a video with the caption, “Share to save a life.” So obviously we needed to investigate more. Is the seemingly innocent potato an at-home acne treatment?

PopSugar asked dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD< whether this viral trick has any scientific backing. Surprisingly, it does. “Potatoes can help the skin in main ways,” he said. “First, starches soothe inflammation and absorb oil. Second, because potatoes are rich in vitamin C, they can help minimize the risk of developing dark spots as the pimple resolves.” But he does point out it isn’t a cure-all. “A potato in no way takes the place of traditional acne products and treatments,” Dr. Zeichner said. “But if you are quarantined, at least your pantry may offer you some skin benefits.”