So here’s the thing about black soap. It’s an age-old remedy for acne and helps to balance oily skins. I’ve personally been quite fond of SheaMoisture African Black Soap because it’s smoother and less irritating than many of the other black soaps I’ve seen (though note that I’ve read the more “authentic” black soaps tend to be more brown in color). BUT there’s something you should know about using black soap.
(Haha—if this were a video I’d dim the lights and switch over to dramatic music…lol)
I’ve received emails and comments from some of you guys telling me about a skincare problem you’re having. I ask what you’re doing in your routine (because I’ve found that sometimes people are sabotaging their skin with something they’re misusing or overusing in their regimen) and so many times the answer was cleansing the face with black soap daily.
I totally understand reaching for something like black soap because it’s something that’s been used from generation to generation and many are made of natural ingredients (though note that some have artificial ingredients added) BUT moderation is key. When I was using the SheaMoisture African Black Soap, I only used it 2-3 times a week max and it wouldn’t be something I’d use in my routine in the winter months. It’s a great deep cleanser for me in the summer months and I LOVED it for body acne but using it too often on my face could dry out my skin—and yes, you CAN “dry out” oily facial skin—what happens is it panics and then produces even more oil to compensate. Some people use it as an everyday facial cleanser and that can just be a recipe for disaster.
I also asked Rachelle Richardson, licensed esthetician and owner of Lespri Spa Services (a facial and massage service that comes to YOU) who joined us at our inaugural Face Flawless Skin Clinic her thoughts on black soap. Here’s what she said:
Black soap is a good deep cleanser but you want to ease yourself into using it and avoid using it daily. I suggest using it 2-3 times a week at most. Make sure to follow with a good moisturizer suited for your skin type. Overuse can lead to sensitized and dry skin. If you already have dry and more mature skin, it can make it drier especially during the cold months. If you have oily skin it can also dry out your skin triggering it to overproduce sebum (oil) and could result in breakouts. In addition choose a reputable brand of black soap where the ingredients are listed on the package. Avoid anything with artificial fragrances and dyes. Black soap is great for back acne. The skin on your body is more resilient than facial skin. It can handle more frequent use of black soap.
The key to a proper skincare regimen is in balance and understanding how often to use the products in your regimen. It’s also about slowing down and taking the time to read and properly follow the instructions that come with the products. You can read tons more skincare posts here or use the menu bar above to browse by topic.