Amazing Benefits of Using African Black Soap

Written by Gloria Irabor

African black soap is usually called alata simena, sabulun salo, ose dudu, and anago soap.

Although there are several formulations to this widely used soap in the market today but the major ingredients for it includes plantain skins, cocoa pods, shea tree bark, or palm tree leaves.

Here is an insight into how this special soap is prepared: First of all, the plants are collected together, then it is dried under the sun.

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After that, it is then roasted at a consistent temperature until it turns into ash. The ash is then added to water and various fats like palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and palm kernel oil.

This mixture is then heated and hand-stirred for a least 24 hours until it begins to solidify before it’s scooped out and left to cure for two weeks.

Now here are the health benefits in using this soap:

1. Reduces Inflammation and Skin Irritations

Black soap helps reduce inflammation and skin irritations. It is soothing on dry and irritated skin, relieving dry patches, rashes and red areas.

2. Helps to Heal Skin Problems

It eases the symptoms of skin conditions like acne. Users have said that black soap helps lessen, treat and clear acne, gets rid of blackheads, psoriasis and eczema.

3. Deep Cleansing Action

This soap has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is great for deep pore cleansing. It also is effective at removing makeup because of the oils and butters.

4. It’s an Effective Exfoliant

The ashes in black soap provide exfoliating properties to remove dead skin cells and thereby improve fine lines, soften and rejuvenate rough skin.

5. Fights Acne

In addition to the cleansing powers of lauric acid, African black soap also contains other nutrients and fatty acids that make it a robust acne fighter. Coconut oil is an excellent acne treatment since it is comprised of caprylic acid, capric acid, and vitamin E, which work in tandem to balance the skin’s pH levels and calm inflamed and irritated skin.

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Gloria Irabor

I love to be engrossed in a world of creativity and I detest injustice. I can analyse almost anything but most of all I try to get better in everything I do.

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