What is African Black Soap?

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For centuries, women in West Africa (mostly in Ghana) have used black soap as a way of cleansing the skin. It is made from the ashes of locally harvested plants and barks such as cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, plantain and shea tree back. Contrary to the name, all-natural African black soap should be brown and not black. If it is black, it has artificial ingredients in it.


Naturally dismisses sunburn: sunburns usually result from sun radiations causing damage to living tissues of the skin and increasing the likelihood of getting cancer. The inflammatory properties of plantain in the African black soap is helps calm rashes down and the antibacterial properties will help against itching.

Moisturizing the skin: The excessive number of fatty acids and vitamins in the shea bark of the soap provides moisture to the body when it is used protecting dry skin.

Reduces stretch marks: The cocoa present in African black soap has proven to be helpful in reducing stretch marks, which are caused by the tearing of the superficial layer of the skin.

Reduces blemishes: The anti-scarring and anti-inflammatory properties in the soap help reduce blemishes like scars and pimples on the skin. The plantain in the soap helps in the growth and regeneration of healthy skin.

Healing wounds: The allantoin in the soap acts as a germicide and has antibacterial properties which helps heal injuries quickly.

Growth and development: The palm tree leaves in the soap contains different proteins and organic compounds which help in the growth of the body.

Healing insect bites: The Cocoa and palm tree leaves in the soap help in the reduction of itching and soreness that come with insect bites.

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Side Effects

Allergic reaction: It is not exactly common to have people react to African black soap but it does happen. You might have allergies to the cocoa or plantain while some react just because they used it the wrong way. Because of the raw ingredients, African black soap is seen more as an exfoliator and like every exfoliator, it should be used 2-3 times a week and not daily or else it could cause a reaction on your skin leading to break-outs and itchiness.

Excessive energy: Due to the presence of cocoa in the soap that contains caffeine, it could result in excessive energy, which in turn can result in nervousness, irritability and unstable concentration.

Gastric system dysfunction: Experts believe that the cocoa present in the soap cause gastric problems like constipation and stomach pains. They advise women still breastfeeding to not use the soap because it causes colic to the baby which is associated to gastrointestinal problems.

African black soap may not be the cure for everything but it has key ingredients for cleaning the skin, evening out skin tone and reducing blemishes. Before putting it in your skin regimen, try it out on a small portion of your body to make sure you do not react to it and make sure you use it properly for greater results.

Remember, we are all beautiful no matter what.

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