Adult acne. No, just no. Didn’t we deal with that enough when we were younger? Why is adult acne a thing? But it is guys, it really is. And it’s annoying, embarrassing, and a major confidence killer.

It’s also frustrating when you’re doing everything naturally and expect your skin to just be happy with you and grateful that you try to take such good care of it. But then it rebels. I was completely stumped and didn’t know how else to treat the annoying and embarrassing acne that was camping out on my face.

Then, about two weeks ago I was minding my own business on Amazon, trying to buy more cacao powder (hot chocolate emergency) and somehow I stumbled upon African Black Soap. I had never heard of it before, but it intrigued me so I started researching it. It’s basically magic, that’s what I decided after reading about it.

It’s made from Plantain Peels, Cocoa Pods, Coconut oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Oil and Shea Butter. That might be one of the weirdest sets of ingredients I’ve ever seen for something claiming to be soap. But, somehow when those ingredients are roasted, cooked and left out to cure for a few weeks, they become soap.

It’s known for being good for all skin types, fighting acne, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, evening skin tone, treating eczema, minimizing scars and blemishes and just being a great all round cleanser. Seriously, this stuff must be magic if it can do all that! I was getting desperate because of my lovely acne goatee so I decided to give it a go. Guess what, it worked. I’m only about two weeks into it, but my face has almost completely cleared up. It’s amazing and I highly suggest trying it.

How to use

You’ll notice this is softer than the soap you’re used to. It also dissolves very easily, so be careful where and how you store it. I keep it in a soap dish on our bathroom counter rather than in the shower.

I wash my face in the evening before going to bed. I first wet my face, then wet the soap and rub it between my hands once or twice. This stuff is seriously sud happy and a little goes a long way. I lather my face and then wash it off with a wet washcloth. I immediately follow up with my toner and facial serum.

Things to consider

  • When you buy it, it will come as a large 1lb brick. I found it’s easiest to cut it up into smaller pieces to store and use later. I got 8 small bars out of mine and wrapped the extra pieces in Saran Wrap and stored in a ziplock baggie.
  • You might experience some burning during the first week of using it if you have acne. Be aware of how your skin is reacting to it, but this went away for me after a few days and my skin in turn started to clear up.
  • I don’t suggest rubbing it directly on your skin. Because it’s a natural, unprocessed product, there can still be particles of plant matter that can irritate your skin and give you more exfoliation than you were planning on. I have not run into this problem, but I’ve hear some others who have. I was also careful to do my research and chose this particular one because there weren’t any bad reviews of unexpected elements in it. Some other companies had people complaining about find rocks, glass and even screws in their soap. How awful!
  • When you see it, you’ll quickly realize that real African Black Soap is not actually black, it’s more of a spotted brown color and looks super weird. You need to be careful when purchasing African Black Soap. Versions made in Europe or the US tend to have artificial ingredients and fillers, but generally the soap that’s made in Ghana (where it originated) is a pure form. It’s usually easy to tell by looking at it and reading the ingredients.
Hope Reynolds

I’m a tea obsessor, book addict, Sci-Fi junky, archer, traveler and wife to William, a guy who is incomprehensibly loving and patient. We live in our favorite city, San Francisco, where we want to stay forever. And, as you’ve already gathered, I’m also super into experimenting with healthy food and natural skincare.

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