I’m particular about my skin and I’ve always wanted a skincare regimen that would work for me. Well I found one that didn’t work for me.
I have a very sensitive skin type. I usually easily react to substances, especially on my face. Like I said, I’m very particular about my skin. I went to boarding school in my Junior School years, up till the first year of Senior School. Let’s just say this didn’t avail good for my skin. I reacted to things I knew, and those I didn’t, everything from change of environment, to water, dirt, substances, even body sprays, coupled with the unwanted injuries I got.
Years later, I popped out of boarding school with a spot-filled skin due to these reactions I paid no attention to. Back then, taking care of my skin wasn’t priority, but leaving school and seeing other people with nice skin, I became a bit envious… I too wanted good skin. At first, I thought nature would take it’s course and the scars would disappear after a while, but later I learnt that it’s not just nature, and it’s not just the scars. A good skin is beyond a spotless skin, but that is a big step to it.
My research on skincare began. I wasn’t one to have so much acne breakout, sticking to a good hygiene and rubbing Shea butter once in a while was okay for me. I still had breakouts, sometimes on my chest and back too, and these left scars as well. This made me decide to take up a skincare regimen, and stick to it. Being someone who reacted to things easily, I wanted something natural-based.
After a bit of research, I heard of the African Black Soap (Dudu Osun). Consider this a Black Soap experience too. Black soap is supposedly natural, so I felt I’d have no problem with it.
Tip 1: Before you combine and contrast products, understand your skin type first.
My skincare regimen went thus: exfoliate twice a week, cleanse, moisturize. I used my Dudu Osun for exfoliating and cleansing on days I didn’t exfoliate. Here’s what I did. I melted it but cutting in bits, pouring in hot water and covering it up for a day. I did one thick, while the other was liquid, to serve as shampoo and body wash as well.
I added sugar to the thick one for exfoliation. So my daily routine was exfoliating with the sugar and Dudu Osun soap mixture, then I’d wash my face and body with the soap again, or with Dettol original soap (this soap is my main Gee..one of the only soaps I don’t react too). Then I’d dry my body and use coconut oil on my face and body. The Black Soap can dry out your skin, especially if you already have dry skin. For people with oily skin like myself, it reduces the oil but doesn’t really dry it out. On days I don’t exfoliate, I just rub the soap on my face, leave for a while, then rinse off.
Well… unknown to me, my face was too sensitive for such rigourous exercise. I started having big red acne. It started with one, then two, then three, and I knew something was wrong. It actually helped my complexion and my previous scars were fading, but I wasn’t used to these new type of acne. I was reluctant to stop as I was seeing some results. Prior to this time, I used a face towel and soap for exfoliation. I used honey on my face sometimes too, and sometimes as well, I rub my Shea butter.
Dudu Osun (African Black Soap)
Dudu Osun contains Pure honey, Shea butter, Camwood (Osun), palmkernel oil, cocoa pod ash, palm bunch ash, aloe Vera, lime juice, lemon juice, water, and fragrance. As you can see, the ingredients are beneficial to the skin.
I think it’s the lime or something else that was too harsh for my skin, along with the sugar scrub formula. I stopped the sugar and soap exfoliation formula face, and used it for my body alone. This soap is good for my body, but as we all know, the skin on our face is more sensitive… sometimes, too sensitive. After a while, I no longer saw the big acnes. What came afterwards was an outbreak of tiny pimples which I’m still battling with till today. They left a lot of dark spots on my face and some pimples still remain.
I quickly stopped using the Dudu Osun soap on my face and reduced it’s usage on my body. I saw improvements, but the damage had already been done.
Tip 2: Once you notice any sort of reaction, discontinue use.
Before Dudu Osun
Now I’m stuck with this
Fear not for I’ve not given up. Now I’m on an all-DIY, all-natural skincare regimen. In my next post, I’ll be sharing a few basic DIYs everyone should know.
My new regimen is honey and sugar once a week for exfoliating. I also have my Dove DeepCare complex body lotion. I continued with my Dettol, which has been a loyal friend.
Tip 3: Don’t give up. Talk to a dermatologist, if you don’t know what would work for you.
So basically, I’ve done a Black soap review, while giving skincare advice. I hope my skin becomes better, and we all achieve our skincare goals. Don’t get me wrong, this soap has worked for many, I think mine was more of my usage of the soap as the soap happened to be harsh for my skin. So remember tip 1, always understand your skin type.
If you have any suggestions for me, or a similar experience, leave it in the comment box below.
Till next time