African black soap is a traditionally all-natural soap made in West Africa. It is made using plants originating in West Africa. These plants give the soap its dark color. According to one study on African black soap, traditional recipes used palm kernel oil and the filtrate of burnt cocoa pod ash.
African black soap is safe for most skin types and has antibacterial properties. These properties help remove bacteria from the skin. However, according to a limited research survey, a small proportion of participants use African black soap to reduce fine lines or wrinkles.
According to a research survey, 46% of people who use black soap for razor bumps reported being “very satisfied” with the results. In addition, the oils and fats present in African black soap may help soothe a person’s skin.
African black soap is naturally exfoliating. Exfoliation can help remove dead skin, leaving the skin fresher and cleaner after use.
The risk and side effects of African black soap are that some particles in the soap may cause mild irritation when a person rubs them directly onto the skin. To prevent this, a person can lather the soap instead and use that to clean the skin or hair.