For centuries Africans have used the African black soap to clear blemishes, combat acne, oily skin and other skin issues. Although, the benefits of the soap goes well beyond that. It’s an all natural 100% soap with no preservatives, scents or chemicals!
Also called Black Soap for short, is soap made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks such as cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, plantain, and shea tree bark.
The black soap is traditionally made in West Africa, typically Ghana, from secret recipes. The varieties of black soaps made in Africa tend to be pure, while soaps made in Europe or the U.S. tend to have added artificial ingredients.
The ingredients are sun-dried and roasted, which is how the soap gets its deep color. Water and oils such as coconut, palm and shea butter are then added. The soap is then left to sit and “cure.”
African Black Soap Benefits
African black soap has long been used for healing problem skin. It’s an exfoliate that is also a cleanser that gives your skin a healthy glow. There are also claims that it can thin fine lines, even out dark spots, and ease eczema, razor bumps and blemishes.
African Black soap is suited for any skin ethnicity. It can be used daily and is excellent for washing away makeup. Add African Black soap to your beauty regime.
If using a raw bar soap, beware of potentially scratching your skin with particles of tree bark or pods. To avoid this, gently apply soap to your face with fingertips and gently rub it on. Wash and rinse with cold water.
Don’t leave the soap on your face for long periods of time to avoid any unpleasant effects. Although black soap is used by many Africans, it is suited for any skin ethnicity.
However, it is wise to test it on your palm first if you’re caffeine sensitive.