While I have used authentic African Black Soap in the past to combat a multitude of skin problems, it is not something I am able to use on a daily basis. Few people are aware just how strong black soap can be and that continued use… and misuse, can actually cause more problems. From extreme dryness, to burns, black soap can inflict quite a bit of skin damage on people who have mild to sensitive skin. In my particular case, using black soap anywhere on my face, except the jawline line where I once suffered from keratosis pilaris, was an absolute no-no. Within minutes of use, places like my forehead, chin, and cheeks would be red, inflamed and so dry my face felt like it would crack.
Given the number of people online singing black soap's praises, including celebrities, I decided to do a bit of research to see if I was somehow doing something wrong. This is when I discovered a multitude of other people, especially on YouTube, sharing their similar experience of dry, burning skin after using black soap. It was also where I discovered a Ghanaian vlogger who teaches how to properly use black soap, as well as other popular African beauty products.
It was under her tutelage that I learned black soap, for most skin types, should be used once a week… not every day. And if you have particularly sensitive or dry skin, you should use it on problem areas only, or not at all. Black soap, like any cosmetic, is not for everyone. Despite many glowing reviews, there are just as many negative ones, and if you find your skin does not agree with the soap, then discontinue its use.
Today, I continue to use black soap on my body, and wouldn’t use anything else. I love it. But for my face, I have found an alternative: Moroccan Black Soap. Unlike traditional black soap, usually made in Ghana, Moroccan black soap hails from North Africa and is made using minced olives and infused with olive oil and argan oil. It has become my staple facial cleanser, and does not in any way itch, burn or dry out my skin.
Moroccan Black Soap is definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a milder version of Black Soap.
Still love traditional African Black Soap, but want to avoid potential irritation? Why not try our popular Black Soap Bars, which come infused with shea butter and coconut oil.
Please note, African Black Soap should always be followed up with an intensive moisturizer.