African Black soap is an all-around soap known internationally for its antibacterial, anti-acne, and anti-aging properties In addition, it lessens the appearance of hyperpigmentation or dark spots, helps control eczema, and is an overall wonderfully gentle cleanser.
Out with the old and in with the new! The newest holy grail is here and African Black Soap is trending for a reason.
Have I already mentioned that it’s gentle? It is incredibly soothing for your skin and that’s not all-it’s affordable and even safe for kids!
What are the ingredients of African Black Soap?
African soap is unlike any soap that you can get from your local drugstore.
It is organically formed by saponification with the use of local and ancient African method using palm kernel oil (Elaeis guineensis) and the filtrate of burnt cocoa pod ash.
The ingredients are water, ashes of palm leaves, shea butter, honey, cocoa pod powder, palm oil, coconut oil.
It is purely plant-based with no dyes, additives, or fragrances. It is handmade from African plants.
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More about the African Black Soap…
It is made from plant-products only native to West Africa, for example, from Ghana and Nigeria. It has been used in Africa for centuries as a shampoo, face soap, and body bar.
Do note: since the plants vary with nature, batches of soap may vary, too, and it may cause a skin reaction.
Like most skin products, it is still best to do a patch test before applying it directly to your skin.
What are the benefits of African Black Soap?
1. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
According to this study that compared African Black Soap to medicated soaps available in your local drugstore, locally-made traditional Black Soap exhibited a high level of antimicrobial properties that would kill the following bacteria:
- Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Bacillus spp., Escherichia coli, Corynebacterium spp.
These bacteria can cause boils, gastroenteritis, scalded skin syndrome, meningitis, urinary tract infection, Diphtheria, and more.
2. It is an anti-acne soap
Since it has anti-bacterial properties, it basically serves as protection that prevents bacteria from getting into your pores.
It does not dry out your skin and it also does not make your skin oily while balancing your skin’s natural oil production. Containing natural sulfur, it prevents and treats whiteheads, blackheads, papules, acne, and other skin conditions caused by bacteria build-up.
According to a survey, 51% of those using African Black Soap said that they are delighted with the results.
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3. It is an excellent anti-aging soap
Shea butter and coconut oil helps with collagen loss and encourage new collagen growth. Although the evidence for African black soap to reduce fine lines is limited, the good news is shea butter, one of its main ingredients, contains rich antioxidants that help the skin to delay photo-aging and age spots.
4. It keeps your skin supple and moisturized
African black soap is a natural exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and dirt trapped inside your pores. Meanwhile, it moisturizes without harming your skin. Its exfoliating effects are so gentle because it is chemical-free.
Shea butter and coconut oil have great moisturizing properties, cleaning your face and adding moisture without stripping off your natural oils. Hence, it won’t make your skin oily or dry. In fact, it may even correct your overactive oil glands.
5. It has anti-inflammatory properties
Since the soap has natural sulfur from the ashes of palm leaves, it calms the skin and kills bacteria. It’s a great aftershave soap to avoid razor bumps. It also helps with blemishes and other inflammation.
6. It’s safe for everyone!
If you have dry skin, oily skin, or sensitive skin – you can definitely use this soap.
In fact, there are even African Soap products for kids.
If your child has eczema-like mine, this is worth the try. But do a patch test first to be safe.
Acne-prone users swear by this product while a small percentage go against it. The positive reviews outweigh the negatives.
Remember that skincare products are not one-size-fits-all.
We all have different body chemistries, skin conditions, genes, and much more. So, what might work for others may not work for you. Please proceed with that in mind.
African Black Soap is purely organic and plant-derived, without parabens, fragrance, and other additives that can be found on other soaps that contain ingredients I can’t even pronounce.
How to use African Black Soap?
To prevent the soap from being mushy and to save on product, slice small chunks of the soap, use one chunk, and keep the rest in a container.
First, do a patch test to make sure you’re not going to have allergic reactions.
When you’re done with the patch test. Use one chunk of soap and rub it in between your palms, don’t put the soap directly on your face as it has a rough texture. Rather, rub or melt the soap on a gentle washcloth before you apply them to your skin.
If you want to exfoliate, you may apply them directly but do it gently.
Lather on your palms first before applying to your problem areas for rashes, boils, dry skin, eczema, and others. Use sparingly and don’t leave it on for too long.
Rinse the soap with lukewarm water and make sure to rinse thoroughly!
Apply moisturizer after using.
Warning: There might be a possible stinging sensation at first. If so, you should gradually introduce Black Soap to your regimen and not do it more than once a day to start.
If you find the soap to be too strong for you, you may dilute it in water. This will not affect its efficacy. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.