How African Black Soap Cleared Up My Skin

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By Jenell (pictured above) of

Do the words – pimple, acne, black head, white head, hyper pigmentation, uneven skin tone, oily, dry, sensitive – describe your skin??

They all used to describe my skin at one point or another, and I’ve used just about every product known to man to help get my skin on the right track.  I spent lots of money on face washes, cleansers, exfoliates, astringent, toners, spot treatments, wipes, and moisturizers in hopes of clearing my skin.

Nothing worked well enough.  The results seemed promising after the first few weeks, but then slowly but surely the products lost their effectiveness. I was constantly seeking the next best thing.  Until one day I was introduced to African Black Soap.

What is Black Soap?

Black soap, or African Black Soap is made up of dried plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pod powder, and kernel oil and has been used for generations as a natural remedy for acne, eczema, body odor, and to alleviate oily skin. Its many uses include using it as a body soap for cleansing or lathering and using it as a shampoo.

Natural black soap  is actually brown and not black (funny, I know). It is a natural source of vitamins A & E, iron and an all-natural for all skin types, from rough to sensitive, and is said to keep skin smooth and hydrated–but without increasing oily skin for those prone to it. It gives your face a deep cleansing leaving it fresh, and healthier.  It helps work against premature signs of aging and wrinkles, alleviates bumps and spots, is great for removing makeup, and is good for deep cleaning without drying out or irritating skin.  It can be used by any ethnicity and for men or women.

A Piece of Black Soap

How do I use Black Soap?

I use black soap on my face only.  I cleanse my face with black soap in the morning and then again at night. The black soap removes my makeup very easily, which has saved me money because I no longer need to buy those makeup remover wipes!  I’ve been using black soap for a year and in the video below you will see an up close and personal view of the condition of my skin.

My skin is clear, smooth, and glows.  My skin has never looked so good and its new health is directly attributed to my use of black soap.

Ladies, have you tried black soap? What were your results? Are there any other natural skin remedies that you try?

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Black Girl With Long Hair

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila, founding editor of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008), social media and black beauty enthusiast. When I'm not here, I'm moderating a Facebook group for black mothers called Black Moms Connect.


122 thoughts on “How African Black Soap Cleared Up My Skin

    • ZedHair African Black Soap is available at Lush Living, Crossroads and Jubilee Chemist Outlets in Kabulonga and Cairo Road, Lusaka. K30 for a bar.

  1. I just started using it, I hope it works :( but it is drying my skin a little bit. What kind of moisturizer should I apply after washing my face with this product?

  2. i used zeel soap on my face, and there has been any change unstead there’r increasr of eczema and pimple on my face. what can i do to clear them off

  3. i used zeel soap on my face, and there has not been any change instead there’r increasr of eczema and pimple on my face. what can i do to clear them off

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    • In Nigeria? Really? Go into any market…..I don’t mean supermarket, any local market and ask for blacksoap. I’m Nigerian but not currently there and wish I had access to the real thing.

  5. Eh you people in African Countries need to get off the internet and go to the market and ask your aunties about this stuff. It’s not new, kmt!

    • Exactly!! My mom just called her cousin to ask her to bring some raw shea butter and ose dudu (african black soap)

    • Lol it’s weird how all these wonderful things come from African countries but we struggle to get a hold of it because it’s not as widely available here as it is overseas, funny? Unless you’ve got the time to go look for it, internet it is!

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  7. Hi Black Girl With Long Hair,
    Having a dry skin i thought it would not be so effective for dry skin but it actually was. Really nice natural soap from Africa. Loved it!!!

  8. Use with caution, it can make your skin peel. (Mostly in delicate parts.)
    Such as eyelids, under eye lids, in between eyes, Chin, sides of the upper lip skin.

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