Pimples, acne, black head, white head, hyper pigmentation, uneven skin tone, oily, dry, sensitive skin. These are all skin conditions I've dealt with at different times in my life. Acne and pimples were the first two that I encountered as I became a teenager.
I remember waking up one day, dreading going to junior high school, wondering/dreading what awkward social situation might occur that day, hoping that I could somehow just fly under the radar, learn what I needed to learn, and go home without anyone noticing (I was shy and introverted in a brand new school). I got up, went to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and there it was, a massive pimple outbreak! I was hideous! I was pizza face! I was scared to even look at myself. I thought, surely this would warrant a day home from school, or even the school telling me to go home so I didn't cause a panic from being the pimple monster. Sadly this was not the case, I had to go to school, and explain to everyone that I had no idea what had happened to my face.
My face looked something like this, but less delicious:
From then on, I became obsessed with taking care of my skin. I tried any and everything I could get my hands on, and developed a twice-daily regime of keeping my face as clean as I could and my pores as un-oily as possible. Without naming any names, I put many store-bought products on my face, and I didn't care what was in them, I just wanted them to work. I got a little bit of relief, but it was an ongoing battle.
Today I am a little older and a little wiser, and I've discovered a new weapon in the fight for clear skin. This weapon is known as African Black Soap! It is made with a healthy mix of all-natural ingredients that have a variety of protective and healing properties. The soap is traditionally made from the ash of freshly harvested plants and barks, including plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. The leaves and bark are sun-dried, then roasted in a kettle or pot at a constant temperature. After roasting, water is added along with palm kernel oil, palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa pod powder.
Black soap works by cleansing the skin using the natural ingredients added to it. The ash from the plantain skins saponify the oils turning them into soap unlike traditional soap that uses sodium hydroxide.
When you first use the soap, you'll see that it's firm but not like most bar soaps. It can crumble into smaller chunks. When you wash with it, black soap goes to work by penetrating the skin to remove impurities. It doesn't remove existing acne, instead it helps to prevent excessive oil production and bacterial growth which help to create acne in the first place. Because of this, when you use black soap you may experience “purging” where it seems like your skin is getting worse. I went through this for two weeks after being encouraged to stick it out. Afterwards my skin was very clear and vibrant as black soap also helps to fade dark marks from the iron, vitamin A and vitamin E it contains.
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. Black soap is great because it can clear acne, but is gentle enough for all skin types.
Black soap is great to use for back breakouts. It helps to clear bacteria-causing acne on your face, it does the same for your back. I use this on my back nightly with no adverse side effects.
For eczema & psoriasis; the natural fats in black soap from the coconut and palm oils help to relive tight, itchy and dry skin and the iron, vitamin A and vitamin E help to promote healthy moisturized skin.
Though black soap is not a cure-all, it’s one of the core components of my skin cleaning regimen. Without it, i really don’t think my skin would be in the condition that it’s in now. After my first week of using african black soap, I noticed my skin starting to clear up, and the dark spots on my cheeks started to lighten up and start looking like the surrounding skin. Not only that, but in my opinion, it just feels better when I use it than other soaps. And I can feel good that this soap is made from all-natural ingredients. I started out using raw African black soap, and then found out about black soap infused with essential oils that smell good too, so now I'm totally sold.