Loading... Please wait...

Black Soap Benefits

Is African black soap for all skin types? How to use African Black Soap


African Black Soap is considered to be safe and beneficial for all skin types—dry, oily, normal, combination and even sensitive in some cases. For the most part, users of African black soap have found it to be beneficial, even soothing and refreshing to all skin types.

soap-black-bar-sample.jpgBut while some find the soap moisturizing, others might find it drying.   Skin will react in different ways depending on the individual and the product, especially since black soap is organic, seasons can change and can vary from batch to batch and can have varying proportions


Upon first use, even those with oily skin might notice that the skin feels dry and tight. This might last for a week.  It’s believed this is caused by the soap drawing out impurities and excess oils.  After a few days the PH levels of the skin will balance out (which is why it is believed to be good for both dry and oily skin.)

The soap can also cause a tingling, sometimes burning sensation leading to red skin.  This also seems to eventually resolve, but before using African black soap on the face, do a patch test on another part of the body, like the inside of the elbow. Many are using Black Soap as a alternative to department store soaps which are filled with artificial fillers and harmfull ingredients.


Dry Skin


  • For some individuals the raw black soap dries out the skin.  Other black soap that includes shea butter, or another moisturizing ingredient in the formula will probably be better for dry skin types. 

  • If it’s drying out your skin, try using less.  A little goes a long way and using too much soap will definitely be drying to already parched skin.  If you have sensitive and/or dry skin start out by using it only once a day.

  • Be sure to use moisturizer ( Organic Shea Butter ) or a hydrating serum or oil afterwards, especially if your skin tends to be dry, and during winter months when cold weather could further dry out the skin.

Help for Dry, Winter Skin

Oily skin

  • African black soap is a great benefit for those with oily and acne prone skin.  It’s efficient for deep pore cleansing because of its natural exfoliating qualities.  For some oily skin types it seems to keep the skin hydrated without increasing oil.

  • Even if you have oily skin you should moisturize afterwards with a non-comedogenic lotion or oil like sweet almond oil and virgin coconut oil.


Cleansing with African Black Soap

  • If you are using raw African black soap, take the soap apart and knead it into a ball to make sure there aren’t any jagged edges, and rub between hands to work into a lather.  If you apply the soap directly to the skin, do so gently, because there could still be particles that can tear the skin.

  • Washing and rinsing with cool water can help reduce the possibility of stinging and redness.  Avoid getting the soap in the eyes.

  • If you have sensitive or very reactive skin, don’t leave the soap on the skin for a long period of time.

  • You could experience tingling or a burning sensation in acne areas, open sores and cuts.

  • If your skin feels squeaky clean afterwards, it means the skin is too dry. Try reducing the amount of soap that you use.  A very small amount (the size of a marble) can cleanse the face and neck.


Natural Exfoliation

African black soap deep cleanses because of exfoliating properties, so you don’t need to scrub hard.   Avoid rubbing the skin with raw black soap, especially on delicate facial skin.  Lather up soap in hands first before putting on face. The soap contains ash granules and other debris that might not dissolve quickly and can scratch and damage the skin.


Reactions to African Black Soap

  • If you break out in a rash or contact dermatitis discontinue use and consult your dermatologist.

  • If you are latex-allergic you could have latex fruit syndrome and could have a reaction the plantain ash in black soap, as well as palm and coconut oil. 

  • If you have a chocolate allergy or are sensitive to caffeine, also be aware that there could be a high concentration of cocoa pods (which make the ash) used in the soap.

 jixed9j9t.pngAuthentic African Black Soap