I would like to publicly apologize to anyone I have ever recommended African black soap to. I’m sorry I played a part in weakening/damaging your skin’s barrier.
If your facial cleanser makes your face feel squeaky clean after you use it, toss it. That feeling is your cleanser stripping your natural oils, which you need. It shouldn’t be tight or dry. It should be soft & supple.
Despite knowing how drying black soap is and having dry skin, I’d tell myself that I’m stripping my skin of the moisture and my products would make up for it. So I’d really pack on products after cleansing and tbh, the glow was surreal.
African black soap disrupts your skin’s pH because it is super alkaline while your skin is supposed to be acidic. This damages your acid mantle (skin’s protective barrier). It makes the skin way too “clean” with nothing shielding it from outside factors, bacteria and pollutants. You will suck every drop of moisture out your skin and thin it in the process. Oils can’t add moisture back into your skin. Only humectants e.g. hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, glycerin. The long term damages of ruining your moisture barrier are simply not worth it for short term results using African black soap.
You know we think that if something doesn't cause adverse reactions right away it's okay, but skin degenerates over time with that kind of damage.
As you go through life, grow through it.