Eczema and Psoriasis are two common skin conditions that can cause significant discomfort from symptoms that can include itching, flaking, burning, scaling, and redness. If you suffer from either (or both), you know that treating these conditions can be difficult, as both tend to flare-up repeatedly in response to various stressors and changes in the weather. If you want solutions that are gentle on your skin and safe for all skin types, try products containing African black soap as the main ingredient. It is made from cocoa pods, coconut oil, palm/palm kernel oil, shea butter, and plantain bark. Different regions of Africa have different formulations.

Black soap has a slew of benefits for the skin and scalp as it is: 

  • antibacterial and antimicrobial
  • soothing
  • non-comedogenic 
  • anti-inflammatory
  • acne-fighting

It also helps to reduce the loss of collagen and may help to mitigate the effects of sun exposure. 

Follow these tips for best results:

  • if you have very dry skin, look for formulations that have extra moisturizers. 
  • if you have oily skin, regular black soap without extra oils and butters will help to balance it out.
  • If you have scalp psoriasis use black soap shampoos that have been specially formulated for the hair and scalp in order to avoid build-up.

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SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bar

For skin that needs extra soothing, this bar contains shea butter, aloe, and oats to calm inflammation. Skin is left clean and refreshed and in a more balanced state.

SheaMoisture Men African Black Soap & Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

This hydrating and invigorating shampoo will cleanse the scalp and hair, removing dirt and impurities without stripping away beneficial oils. 

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Eczema & Psoriasis Therapy Body Wash

f you are dealing with flare-up after flare-up of eczema and/or psoriasis, this body-wash can help you get your skin back on track. It is gentle, non-irritating, and will leave your skin feeling baby soft.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Eczema & Psoriasis Therapy Body Lotion

After you have used the African Black Soap Eczema & Psoriasis Therapy Body Wash, follow it up with this luxurious moisturizing lotion. It will give your skin the hydration it needs without clogging your pores.

OKAY Pure Naturals African Black Soap Original

Use this soap to keep your skin feeling its best. It has lots of nourishing ingredients such as olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera. You can also create a lather and use it to shampoo your hair.

tgin African Black Soap with Shea Butter + Charcoal

Besides skin-loving black soap and shea butter, this bar contains charcoal to help deeply cleanse and remove dirt and impurities from your pores. It is a good choice for acne-prone skin.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Body Lotion

Calm irritated skin and keep it feeling soft and smooth with this everyday lotion.

Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo

If you are battling scalp conditions, reach for this shampoo. It has botanicals and black soap to heal your scalp and keep your hair healthy. It also comes with a nozzle for ease of application.

Naturally Curly shop reviewer, D. Walker writes:

My type 4 hair loves this shampoo. I apply directly to my scalp once a week and all over my hair once a month. If I only shampoo once, then my hair is clean without being dried out. I will shampoo twice if I feel the need to clarify my hair. A staple in my hair regimen and the only shampoo I have purchased for the last year.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner

Acne-prone skin is sensitive skin. Many toners can leave delicate skin feeling dry and stripped. Not this toner! It’s a mild astringent that will leave your face feeling refreshed and soothed.

Dr. Woods Raw Black Coconut Papaya Soap with Organic Shea Butter and Pump

Like all Dr. Woods Black soaps, this one is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin, yet it cleanses well. It can be used as an all-over body wash or as a face wash.

What is your favorite African black soap product? Let us know in the comments. For more about African black soap click here