African black soap: one natural beauty product to cover all your needs

African black soap: one natural beauty product to cover all your needs

African black soap has tons of ultra-healing properties that are so worth it to spread the word. And it works for all types of skins. Let’s see what are the main characteristics and benefits of it.

What is African Black Soap?

This natural, hand-made soap is ideal for oily, dry, and acne-prone skins. "African black soap is handmade and used as a shampoo, face soap, and body bar. Its black color is due to the ash in the product," notes board-certified dermatologist Purvisha Pate. Unlike regular soap, this one has a rough texture, which makes it excellent for exfoliation.

Its rough texture makes it excellent for exfoliation

This soap is a mixture of water and the ashes of plantain skins or palm leaves, cocoa pod powder, palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and honey. As plants don't grow the same every time, batches can vary, even if they're from the same brand. It may happen that one could have more of one ingredient and cause a skin reaction. Black soap can not only have varying proportions and ingredients but depending on where you're getting your products, they can vary.

What are the benefits?

Antibacterial

This soap has great antibacterial properties that make it an effective cleanser and a natural alternative to others that aren’t natural.

It has many beneficial properties

Anti-inflammatory

 "The active ingredient in the ashes of the soap is sulfur, a potent antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory agent. The rough nature of the soap exfoliates the skin, and the sulfur kills bacteria and fungus on the skin. This works not only on the face but on the body as well, thus helping with shave bumps," says Patel.

Moisturizing

 This makes this soap great for soothing irritation caused by eczema or psoriasis."The oils in the soap stop excessive water loss caused by bathing so the water stays trapped in the skin, locking in moisture," says Patel.

Improves skin tone and texture

"The rough nature of the soap helps exfoliate the skin. Over time, it can help with exfoliating dead, hyperpigmented skin

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Helps with dandruff

 "The antifungal and anti-inflammatory activity of the ash helps kill dandruff-causing yeast," explains Patel.

 

Are there any side effects?

It really depends on your skin type, in general, it is very beneficial for everyone. However, if it causes you any kind of discomfort in your skin, stop using it.

African black soap has many uses

Remember that natural products are excellent but it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist if you have any doubts. The most important thing is your health and beauty!


 

Tina Reese

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