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The Beauty Benefits of Black Soap

Ingredients to Watch: Black Soap

Have you been searching for a natural alternative to help clear acne? Then black soap is the ingredient you want to use more of in your skin care regimen. This soap recipe has long been used by tribeswomen in West Africa, but now that its beauty benefits are out of the bag, black soap can be seen at your local beauty depot.

What is black soap?
Traditionally produced in West Africa, black soap is comprised of ash and oil. Some formulations even include plantain leaves, shea bark, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and coconut and olive oils.

The beauty benefits:
Not only does African black soap contain antioxidant-rich vitamins A and E, but its anti-inflammatory properties help prevent breakouts in acne-prone skin. Black soap is also a great, sulfate-free way to combat oily scalp.

The products:
Black soap has popped up on the skin care scene in a variety of formulations. Nubian Heritage, for instance, carries a Black Soap Bar ($4) for the body and face. And to hone in black soap's acne-blasting benefits, try Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Wash and Mask ($18) for the complexion. Finally, go with Shea Moisture Black Soap Dandruff Elixir ($10) for dry-scalp relief.

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