Break the Acne Cycle: Clear Your Skin Naturally with Black Soap

If you have ever suffered from acne, whether it be chronic or the occasional flare up, you know all too well that finding a product that actually works can be quite frustrating. You are left to delve through shelves of mostly chemically laden concoctions to pick from. A lot of the options are extremely drying, and/or not effective in the long term.

Some seem to work for you initially, and then you find yourself back to your original frustrating cycle of breakouts. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple, all-natural weapon in your acne fighting arsenal? 

African Black Soap Bodywash

Black Soap Bodywash 

It's African black soap, Africa's secret weapon for fighting acne. Think of it more like a silent ninja, since unlike most acne products on the market, it is extremely gentle on the skin. It is actually so gentle that it can be used on sensitive skin and for a host of different skin conditions, or to simply keep healthy skin healthy.

So, what exactly is black soap?

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It has various production methods and quality levels, depending on who is making it. Shea Radiance’s Black Soap is handcrafted in small batches by women’s groups in Ghana, West Africa, using their time-honored methods. In place of lye found in most commercial soaps, the ash of cocoa pods and plantain skins are blended with pure, unrefined Shea butter and coconut oils to create our black soap. Unrefined Shea butter is ideal, as it retains more of the beneficial, skin healing elements compared to the refined Shea found in most other brands. The ash saponifies the butters and oils, turning them into, well, soap.

How does black soap help with acne?

Black soap effectively cleanses the skin. It even completely removes makeup, though you should not use it as an eye makeup remover. It has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that deeply yet gently cleanses the skin.

The ash in the soap helps to naturally and gently exfoliate the skin, clearing clogged pores of excess oil, sebum and debris, without over-drying. This is key, since drying the skin too much can actually trigger more oil and sebum production. The soap also helps to tone the skin and improve its texture over time. It helps to clear up old acne spots.

Black soap effectively cleanses the skin. It even completely removes makeup, though you should not use it as an eye makeup remover. It has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that deeply yet gently cleanses the skin.

The ash in the soap helps to naturally and gently exfoliate the skin, clearing clogged pores of excess oil, sebum and debris, without over-drying. This is key, since drying the skin too much can actually trigger more oil and sebum production. The soap also helps to tone the skin and improve its texture over time. It helps to clear up old acne spots and even out skin tone all while lifting dead skin.

In addition, black soap provides the proper moisturize balance for the skin. The Shea butter and coconut oil help to smooth and hydrate the skin. Many other black soaps brands available can be too drying ours has the right balance of natural ingredients to keep your skin soft and smooth, while locking in the moisture. Black soap is great because it can clear acne, but is gentle enough for all skin types. We use only the best unrefined Shea butter as it has a higher concentration of skin calming, anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Additional Tips: Be patient, as black soap can take a few weeks to reach its full effectiveness. Some people may experience a skin purging effect as the soap naturally detoxifies the skin. You may see some breakouts initially that will clear to soft, glowing skin. We've made using black soap super easy to use by putting it in liquid form. Our liquid black soap creates an even more soothing effect because it has colloidal oatmeal. Both the bar and the liquid are perfect for the face and the entire body!  Consider following your cleansing ritual using a light, anti-inflammatory moisturizer, such as natural aloe vera. Aloe is great for soothing acne and irritated skin, providing moisture, without clogging the pores.

You can purchase our African Black Soap in the bar or body wash version on shearadiance.com. Enjoy!