Since I had an acne regime down pat, I was very nervous about switching to natural skin care products. I whole heartedly thought I would be a pizza face again. Since I saw so many nice reviews on African Black Soap, I decided to give this one from Shea Moisture a chance.
What it is: A bar soap specifically formulated for those with acne prone skin.
Ingredients: African Black Soap Base, African Shea Butter, Oats, Aloe, Plantain Extract, Vitamin E, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Ash, Rosemary Extract, Iron Oxides
Where it's found: Target for $4.99/bar or buy online
EWG rating: Unfortunately, this specific product from Shea Moisture was not listed. Their other soaps are rated at a 0 (low hazard). I looked up each ingredient and, of the ones I could find, they each rated 0. Therefore, I'm going to guess this would be a 0-1 on their scales.
Side story, so I periodically get bacne. Gross, I know. However, this year, I used the new Alberto VO5 collection and it broke my back out horribly for months. As soon as I switched shampoo/conditioner it became less angry. This soap calmed it even further. Now, I'm nearly bacne free.
As for my face, I am still experiencing breakouts but it's only around my time of the month. I am happy that my breakouts have not been cystic, though, since that is generally my issue. With this, I'm getting a few bumps on my chin. Overall, the soap has been keeping me fairly clear.
My one complaint would be that it's quite stripping. It leaves my face feeling tight after use. I highly suggest using a moisture rich lotion with this.
My husband has also been using the soap. He feels it has helped to control his oil production.
Overall, I'm pleased but not head over heels. One thing is for certain, though, I have barely made a dent in this thing so I'm sure it will last me quite a while. If you're combo or oily, I think you will enjoy this bar. For dry people, not so much. As for the acne prone, I think you will be happy with the results, too. Having said that, I would love to find a natural soap that completely eradicates my acne (like my former chemical laden skin care routine once did).
What are your favorite soaps for acne?
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