A Closer Look At Black Soap for Skin Care
eResearch spotlight on the use of African black soap in skin care
Edited By:Raja Sivamani , MD, MS, AP
Skin Research Spotlight: "Discovering Black Soap: A Survey on the Attitudes and Practices of Black Soap Users"
Black Soap History
Already well-known throughout African cultures, and emerging as the new cure-all for acne and breakouts in America, African black soap is a powerful cosmetic remedy. Composed of ingredients such as cocoa pods and palm oil, black soap claims to moisturize and soothe the skin.
Black Soap Study
Though popular internationally, researchers sought to study black soap’s effect on the skin in a recent study. In the study, researchers surveyed 100 black soap users about their reasons for using black soap. While the primary reason for the product’s use was for helping with acne, many reported using black soap for dark spots, razor bumps, eczema, and fine lines. The vast majority of the black soap users reported that they were satisfied with black soap being helpful for their skin conditions. The study found that black soap was reported to be most helpful for acne and least helpful for eczema.
Black soap is becoming widespread among age groups and different countries, and the study’s results suggest that the product is highly liked by its users. More research is needed to explore black soap’s effects on the skin. However, for those in search of a new product for their skin, this all-natural soap may be a welcome addition to your skin care regimen.
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- Lin A, Nabatian A, Halverstam CP. Discovering Black Soap: A Survey on the Attitudes and Practices of Black Soap Users. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol.2017;10(7):18-22; PMID: 29104719 Link to research.