How to Use African Black Soap

pic of African black soap

You can apply the soap directly to your skin.

You may also consider rubbing the bar on a soft washcloth first for gentle cleansing or use on rashes.

With whatever method you choose, make sure that you thoroughly rinse the soap off with lukewarm water after use.

Afterward, apply your favorite moisturizer to your damp skin.

This will help lock in the soap’s natural hydrating effects.

Potential side effects and risks

Although African black soap can work well for all skin types, using it correctly is key to preventing unnecessary side effects.

Some people find black soap to be drying.

You may be able to reduce your risk for this by adding a teaspoon of raw honey to your soap mixture.

To do this:

  1. Gently break a piece of the soap bar off and drop it in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Use a spoon or fork to break the soap down into smaller pieces.
  3. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey to the bowl.
  4. Mix the honey and soap together to create a black soap paste. You can add more honey as needed.

If you’re new to African black soap, consider using it once every couple of days to start.

You can gradually increase your use as your skin gets used to the soap.

It’s possible to be allergic to any soap. If your skin becomes irritated or develops a rash, discontinue use.

Natural black soap is also rough, so it can irritate or even break your skin if you’re not careful.

Stinging and burning are also possible.

If you’re using a raw block of soap, use gentle, circular motions as you glide it along your skin.

The best way to prevent skin breakage is to smooth out the soap and combine it with water, or use it with a washcloth.

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