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I just ordered a new line of facial care products including raw black soap, detoxifying scrub/mask, purifying toner, and soy renewal moisturizer. Up until now, I've tried EVERYTHING from store bought stuff like Ambi to tv stuff like Proactive. I'm really excited about trying organic products... hope it works! The website I ordered from is owned by my sorority sister, *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules.*. I've heard wonderful things about her line!

Like yourself, I've tried many OTC products, including ProActiv 3 times. Currently, I've been using Max Clarity since July 10th. I'm still on the fence about its effectiveness. I mean, it's definitely decreased the amount of oil on my face, but I still breakout often - maybe I'm just purging. I'll finish my 60-day trial & see what happens.

I've always wondered about Black Soap & natural products for acne-prone/oily skin. I visited the website u mentioned & I'm seriously considering ordering the facial skin care line of products. Please (if u don't mind) keep my posted on your progress with these natural products. I'd really appreciate it! :) Good luck w/ the products - hope they work 4 u.


"the girl you all love to hate..."

"Always live each day to the fullest, because tomorrow is not promised. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift - that's why it's called THE PRESENT!

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I just ordered a new line of facial care products including raw black soap, detoxifying scrub/mask, purifying toner, and soy renewal moisturizer. Up until now, I've tried EVERYTHING from store bought stuff like Ambi to tv stuff like Proactive. I'm really excited about trying organic products... hope it works! The website I ordered from is owned by my sorority sister, *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules.*. I've heard wonderful things about her line!

1 last thing - can u suggest a good powder, mineral foundation for acne-prone/oily skin? Your suggestions r welcomed! :) Thanks in advance.


"the girl you all love to hate..."

"Always live each day to the fullest, because tomorrow is not promised. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift - that's why it's called THE PRESENT!

:)"


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I've been using African Black Soap from Coastal Scents for about three weeks (I began to use it a little before I began the regimen), and so far I'm thrilled with it. I can't judge its effectiveness if used alone as I've only really used it with the other products in my regimen (BP and Cetaphil moisturizer) but in conjunction it's been working great. My skin hasn't looked this good in a long time. I found that the first time I used it I felt a little stinging on my lip and when it was under my nose it kind of burnt a little for some reason but after the first day that stopped and now I haven't had a problem since, using it 2 times per day. Also my skin is fairly sensitive and prone to dryness and aside from the first few days of the regimen with BP, I haven't had much problem with flakiness or dryness. It has worked great for me and didn't cause any significant initial breakout. I have heard that if the soap is pure black and smooth then that means it has extra ingredients and is not as authentic; the kind I got from Coastal Scents is a big brown lump with a fairly rough, almost crumbly, texture. When you pull a little piece off and get it wet it gets darker and smoother as you mold it. It lathers great by the way and smells good to me, very natural. I love the stuff :wub:

Oh and as far as mineral makeup, I suggest Everyday Minerals. It has very few ingredients and has never given me any problems. It gives good coverage as well. I love that too :) Good luck!

Peace ;)

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I've been using African Black Soap from Coastal Scents for about three weeks (I began to use it a little before I began the regimen), and so far I'm thrilled with it. I can't judge its effectiveness if used alone as I've only really used it with the other products in my regimen (BP and Cetaphil moisturizer) but in conjunction it's been working great. My skin hasn't looked this good in a long time. I found that the first time I used it I felt a little stinging on my lip and when it was under my nose it kind of burnt a little for some reason but after the first day that stopped and now I haven't had a problem since, using it 2 times per day. Also my skin is fairly sensitive and prone to dryness and aside from the first few days of the regimen with BP, I haven't had much problem with flakiness or dryness. It has worked great for me and didn't cause any significant initial breakout. I have heard that if the soap is pure black and smooth then that means it has extra ingredients and is not as authentic; the kind I got from Coastal Scents is a big brown lump with a fairly rough, almost crumbly, texture. When you pull a little piece off and get it wet it gets darker and smoother as you mold it. It lathers great by the way and smells good to me, very natural. I love the stuff :wub:

Oh and as far as mineral makeup, I suggest Everyday Minerals. It has very few ingredients and has never given me any problems. It gives good coverage as well. I love that too :) Good luck!

Peace ;)

Ok, so I've been using Raw Black Soap & a natural toner for almost a month now. I feel like I've gone from moderate acne to more severe acne. I'm not sure if I'm purging or not, but I hate it!! Although I don't get the large, painful cystic-like acne, I've been breaking out all over instead of just around my mouth! I feel like crying when I look at myself in the mirror. :( I really hate my skin!! Nothing seems to work consistently!! I'm thinking about going back to ProActiv since they have changed their formula. Or maybe even Mary Kay....IDK. The oil was initially starting to decrease, but now I feel oily again. OMG!!! I just don't know what to do & I'm beginning to lose hope of ever having clear skin :(

Oh, I did order the Everyday Mineral products & at least I can say that I do like them....but they just hide some of the acne. It doesn't cure it....unfortunately.


"the girl you all love to hate..."

"Always live each day to the fullest, because tomorrow is not promised. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift - that's why it's called THE PRESENT!

:)"


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I use black soap in a liquid form from shea terra organics. I did use the one from Coastal Scents, but I didn't like it. The shea terra one is amazing though. Along with switching my skincare routine to natural/organic I also changed my diet and my skin is the clearest it's been in years. I have one active pimple.

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I use black soap in a liquid form from shea terra organics. I did use the one from Coastal Scents, but I didn't like it. The shea terra one is amazing though. Along with switching my skincare routine to natural/organic I also changed my diet and my skin is the clearest it's been in years. I have one active pimple.

Do you use anything else in addition to the liquid soap? How long have you been using it & what was the "severity" of your acne? I have had moderate acne for many years, with occasional large, painful cycsts around my mouth area. My skin is also EXTREMELY OILY. I'm just really frustrated, b/c nothing seems to work for me :(


"the girl you all love to hate..."

"Always live each day to the fullest, because tomorrow is not promised. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift - that's why it's called THE PRESENT!

:)"


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I'm using Nubian Heritage African Black Soap. I just used it for the third time a little while ago. I love it so far. I have no acne right now. I cleared everything up with a healthy diet and vitamins, and this soap is like the finishing touch.

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Hi! everyone

I love to use all natural product for my skin and hair. and if the smell of the soap is the problem at this web site *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules.* you have over 50 scents you can chose from. They have all natural soap, lotion, and hair care product. :whistle:

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Hi all

I have read all your feed back and I think I'm going to try the original black soap with the raw shea butter. Just before I do make any orders I wanna know a few things.

1. How long does it take before you see a change?

2. Do you have to use other skin care products besides the soap and butter?

3. Can this also help mild acne on your back?

Also if there is any other pointers you can give me I will greatly appreciate it , thank you in advance.

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I used the African Black Soap from Soapourri for like 10 years or so - I'm an adult acne sufferer. I also used Cetaphil moisturizer. It really kept it under control. I decided to give it up since I'm 50 and my skin is naturally more dry now.

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I have suffered with acne for over ten years now and let me tell you I have tried just about everything, medicinal and non-medicinal. The only thing that ever even remotely improved my acne was the birth control pill but I have had to go off it. My skin is extremely oily and I have 3 or more new pimples everyday. I'm so tired of having bad skin and feeling self conscious about the way it looks. I recently ran into an old friend of mine from college. Back then she had worse acne than me but now her skin in clear and amazing. She told me about this black soap and swears by it. She is from Africa so her mother sends it to her. I just wanted to see if anyone else had had any luck with it. Thanks for sharing. I am going to try it out and will let you know what happens.

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I started using African Black Soap as a cleanser and Jojoba Oil & Unrefined Shea Butter as a moisturizer about 2 weeks ago and in the past 3 days my skin has gotten so bad it's ridiculous. I'm hoping my skin is just purging and the natural things I'm using will help get rid of my acne.

I went from having like 10 pimples to around 40 and they're bigger than usual and really painful.

I've been using the african black soap as a body wash as well and my back acne and my back acne scars have cleared up A LOT! So I hope the same will happen with my face.

I got the African Black Soap, Unrefined Shea Butter, and Jojoba Oil all from Coastal Scents.

Edit: Last week I started using lemon juice all over my face before bed and left it on overnight so I don't know if maybe that caused this terrible acne I have right now or if my skin is just purging from the natural stuff.

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My mom got me this soap. It was pretty good, it didnt really break me out, but it didnt really clear me either. I used it for about a month or so. Maybe if i used it longer, it would have worked..i dont really know. The soap was a volcanic ash.

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I posted this as a new topic elsewhere, but I see there's a whole group of you who are trying/have tried the natural way, so I'm copying/pasting here.

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Post #1 dated 3/30/11

Hi everyone! I've been lurking here for years, and this is the first time I got the courage (and had a reason) to post.

I'm in my mid-30s, Black American woman, and I've had moderate to severe acne since puberty, and extremely oily skin. In my teens, it was just pimples on my forehead. As I grew older, they spread down to my cheeks, chin and pretty much wherever else they felt like showing up. I'm not very articulate in the different types of pimples, but I've had them all - from the big, white ones that can be popped, to the big, red ones that can't be popped, to the small, white ones, occasional blackheads, and occasional weird ones that turn hard... they all leave scarring (hyperpigmentation) and rob me of my self-esteem. These suckers have NO respect. They don't care if you have a big event. They will show up on the tip of your nose, center of your chin, cheekbone, middle of your forehead... they just don't care!

I've seen a dermatologist and taken Retin-A and Differin. I've also tried Proactiv, a gazillion OTC products, and for years, I've used the Neutrogena line of products (oil free acne wash, alcohol free toner, oil free moisturizer, Rapid Treatment, On the Spot BP). I have lots of dark spots from old pimples and I get new ones daily. They almost always get embarrassingly large and/or red or pus-filled before they'll shrink and die.

As I entered my 30s, I began to place more of an emphasis on my health in general. I don't eat very well, and until recently, I never drank water or ate vegetables. I hate them both, and saw no reason to force myself to consume something I didn't like. I was about to try a new regimen when something hit me. The one thing I never tried was the natural way. So, I went downtown to some shops, bought some natural stuff, went online and ordered some stuff I couldn't find in stores, came home and took about 10 "Before" pics, and I'm about to start on this:

Wash - Dudu Osun African Black Soap

Toner - Witch Hazel

Moisturizer - 100% Raw Unrefined Shea Butter

Internal - 60 oz. water daily, at least one green vegetable daily, and Herpanacine supplements

I'm starting today, and I'm going to give it 3 months (hopefully, I'll see some sort of change a lot sooner than that). I spent a lot of time today researching these products and saw that a lot of Black women have had success with this regimen, so I'm going to give it a shot. I'm getting rid of all my Neutrogena products and everything that has chemicals in it, and I'm starting from scratch. Whew... this is gonna be rough!

Wish me luck! I'll be sure to upload some before/after pics.


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30-something, Black American female, super oily, acne-prone skin with hyperpigmentation.

My all-natural, chemical-free regimen, as of 3/30/11:

Wash: Dudu Osun African Black Soap

Toner: 100% Natural Witch Hazel

Moisturizer: 100% Raw Shea Butter

Diet: 60 oz. water daily, trying to increase intake of green vegetables

Supplement: Herpanacine

Mask: All natural home-made mask. Ingredients: Bentonite Clay, Milk of Magnesia, Raw Honey, Aspirin, and Tea Tree Oil.

Products I've used: Proactiv, Neutrogena, Purpose, Differin gel, Retin-A


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Post #2 - posted today 3/31/11

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Next Day Update:

So I used the Black Soap, Witch Hazel and Shea Butter last night and again this morning. I LOVVVVE the way the black soap makes my skin feel, and I love how easily it lathers. It feels great going on and it leaves my skin feeling great after I've rinsed it off. It rinses off easily, too.

I hate witch hazel. I had forgotten how badly that stuff smells, and it's not easily absorbed into the skin (or maybe I just need to use less than I would with my regular astringent). But I'm determined to try the natural thing, so I'm going to stick with it.

The shea butter... *sigh* the jury is still out on the shea butter. I was really reluctant to try it since I have extremely oily skin, but I did a lot of research on it, and it's non-comedogenic, so it doesn't clog pores or anything. It'll take some getting used to. I'm accustomed to wearing my Neutrogena Rapid Clear during the daytime and Oil-Free Moisturizer at night. This stuff is so much heavier than anything I've ever worn on my face. It feels kinda sticky like Vaseline. But I read in someone's review that they suggest wiping it off after a few minutes, once it's absorbed into the skin. I did that today. I can still feel it on my face, but it's not as heavy. One positive I've noticed is that for the first time ever, my face has a matte appearance and not my usual heavy shine. Ordinarily, by 11:00a, I'm extremely oily and shiny... right now, there's a glow (for lack of a better word), but definitely not a shine. That was a surprise bonus.

I did some more research trying to find all-natural facial masks. I saw quite a few promising homemade masks. I'm going to try a combination of an aspirin and milk of magnesia mask, which I will make at home. I probably won't try that until the weekend.

All in all, I feel pretty good, but of course, it's only day 2.

I'll give another update in about a week, or maybe after the mask.


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30-something, Black American female, super oily, acne-prone skin with hyperpigmentation.

My all-natural, chemical-free regimen, as of 3/30/11:

Wash: Dudu Osun African Black Soap

Toner: 100% Natural Witch Hazel

Moisturizer: 100% Raw Shea Butter

Diet: 60 oz. water daily, trying to increase intake of green vegetables

Supplement: Herpanacine

Mask: All natural home-made mask. Ingredients: Bentonite Clay, Milk of Magnesia, Raw Honey, Aspirin, and Tea Tree Oil.

Products I've used: Proactiv, Neutrogena, Purpose, Differin gel, Retin-A


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After reading this thread, I am interested in trying the Halima Organics Detox Scrub and Mask... but I don't want to pay $20 for it ($8 shipping). :think:

We'll see...


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30-something, Black American female, super oily, acne-prone skin with hyperpigmentation.

My all-natural, chemical-free regimen, as of 3/30/11:

Wash: Dudu Osun African Black Soap

Toner: 100% Natural Witch Hazel

Moisturizer: 100% Raw Shea Butter

Diet: 60 oz. water daily, trying to increase intake of green vegetables

Supplement: Herpanacine

Mask: All natural home-made mask. Ingredients: Bentonite Clay, Milk of Magnesia, Raw Honey, Aspirin, and Tea Tree Oil.

Products I've used: Proactiv, Neutrogena, Purpose, Differin gel, Retin-A


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Wow I am amazed at this new soap. :D It's called Raw Black Soap from Ghana, Africa. I heard so many people say good and bad things about it. I wasn't really sure if i should try it on my skin because I have very sensative and oily skin. I also have a little acne spreaded throughout my face as well.

I ordered my soap from The Body Butter Shop online. They sent me the soap in raw form and with instructions. The instructions were very easy to follow. This soap wasn't like that solid black soap that I see online it was more like soft sand with lumps. When you squeeze together it becomes solid.

Well I must say I've been using this soap now for about 3 months and I must say I really like this stuff. It gives a great lather which I wasn't sure about but it does!! It makes my face so smooth and clean. I use it to remove my make up and it really works great when it comes to removing makeup. I'm so amazed. I gave some to my sister and she loves it.

My acne has disappeared and my oily skin seems normal now. Wow I'm amazed at this soap. I thought it was going to make my face ashy but it didn't. I will admit there was a little stinging at first but nothing I couldn't handle but once my skin got use too it I was ok. I use shea butter on my face as a moisturizer though.

Well if i had to rate this soap I would give it a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. 9 because it's in raw form so you have to form it into a solid yourself but it's easy to do. :dance:

I recommend this product. I bought it mine from *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules.*

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