Written by Shea Keaveney
In a recent survey, a whopping 91% of African black soap users were satisfied with the results of using ABS on their face and body. That is why we never get tired of telling you all about our number one selling product. With only 4 natural ingredients, we are proud to bring you one of the purest black soaps on the market.
One of the reasons why African black soap is so popular is due to the range of skin problems that it may be able to help with. Skin diseases are ranked as the fourth most common cause of human illness and African black soap has been known to help with common problems such as: oily skin, sensitive skin, dry skin, acne, eczema, psoriasis and even scalp problems. If you do suffer from any of these problems then our organic African Black Soap could be the answer. It is no wonder that supermodel Jourdan Dunn recently credited African Black Soap with helping to keep her skin in perfect condition.
If your face seems to be shiny or greasy, you could suffer from overactive sebaceous glands which results in oily skin. Luckily for those who suffer from oily skin, our African black soap can be a great answer because of one of the main ingredients that we use – Shea butter. It is important not to avoid moisturisers when you have oily skin, as this may lead to the overproduction of oil. Instead, choose a non-comedogenic moisturiser such as Shea Butter. Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. Soap is deeply cleansing and cleans pores - it has a comedogenic rating of 0 so does not clog pores.
People with sensitive skin sometimes find they’re susceptible to rashes, redness and dry patches. If this sounds like you, try to avoid products overloaded with synthetic ingredients. If you have sensitive skin you may have experienced a burning feeling when applying products that contain ingredients like Hydroxy Acid, preservatives and alcohol. Chemicals such as Parabens have been found to irritate skin and harm the reproductive system. Brands often use Parabens such as: butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. We keep it simple, which allows the soap to be suitable for all skin types including sensitive. Our African black soap is made from 100% clean ingredients with no irritants or known allergens - Roasted Cocoa Pod Ash, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Water.
Those with dry skin will often find themselves searching for a revitalising moisturiser to counterbalance the harsh effects soap can have on the face. Soaps containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) can have a drying effect which is bad for those with dryer skin types. Alternatively, the shea butter in our soap acts as a moisturiser and emollient which will help to nourish dry skin. If you do suffer with dry skin, try using the soap on another part of the body before you apply it to the face, this will ensure that the soap is not too harsh to use on your face.
According to a study into African black soap, 91% of participants were satisfied, and of this 91%, 51% were very satisfied with the soaps effects on their skincare ailments. 23% of these participants were assessing the soaps effects on acne.
Another key ingredient in our African black soap is roasted cocoa pod ash. The ash found in African black soap contains antimicrobial properties that fight the causes of acne. Also, the rough texture of the bar makes it a great exfoliant which helps your skin to breathe reducing the chances of a breakout.
The benefits of African black soap are not just limited to facial problems. The antiviral and antibacterial properties of the soap can help cleanse the scalp. Whilst the moisturising effect of the Shea butter can nourish damaged scalps making it a great combatant to an itchy scalp. The ash in the soap makes it a god send to dandruff sufferers too as it can help to kill yeast that leads to dandruff in the hair.
African black soap may also be the answer to your eczema problems. A 2017 study shows that whilst only around 7% of black soap users use it to treat eczema, 100% of these were at least ‘somewhat satisfied’ with the results.
Those that suffer with Eczema or Psoriasis will experience inflamed skin that is often dry, itchy, cracked or sore. Therefore, it is important that sufferers avoid products that will further aggravate their condition.
One of the main things to look out for if you suffer from these conditions is scented products. It’s not surprising that pleasant smelling products are appealing to consumers, but do these artificial aromas come at a cost? Artificial fragrance is a well-known irritant to the eczema community with The National Eczema Association believing that 8-15% of eczema sufferers have an artificial fragrance allergy. This makes Kokoa’s raw, authentic, organic and traditional African black soap great for those with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Our African black soap gives off a natural, ‘earthy’ scent due to no added aroma or harmful fragrances.
Our African black soap is a great option if you suffer from a range of problems! However it is still a must have even if you are lucky enough to be blessed with problem free skin. Not only can our traditional African black soap be the answer to all your skincare problems, it can improve the look and feel of your already healthy skin without jeopardising your skin with harmful toxins.