“But I’ve never broken out from using black soap.” “It works for me.” I know these are probably some of your thoughts now as you read through this article. “What’s wrong with black soap?”
Most skincare advice on Pinterest talks about how black soap is great for treating acne and dark spots. However, this is further from the truth. Here is a breakdown of why you need to stop using black soap on your face:-
Black Soaps Can Cause Dry Skin
Black soap alkalinity is a cause for concern as it may injure skin’s acid mantle- a delicate protective barrier with an acidic pH. Skin that becomes alkaline loses its ability to fight infection, retain moisture, and starts to get dry, flaky, or worse, starts breaking out. Therefore, using black soap as a cleanser is not recommendable. It is advisable to opt for gentle cleansers instead.
Black Soaps Are Too Harsh For Sensitive & Eczema or Acne-Prone Skin
If you have sensitive and eczema or acne-prone skin, it’s advisable not to use black soap for treatment. Overusing black soap can strip off moisture in your skin barrier, causing it to be more sensitized and dry. Additionally, it can trigger overproduction of sebum on your skin which can result in breakouts.