Discovering black soap: A survey on the attitudes and practices of black soap users

Ann Lin, Adam Nabatian, Caroline P. Halverstam

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The participants evaluated and reported their attitudes and applications of black soap. Data on sociodemographic prevalence and user satisfactions of black soap were collected and analyzed. RESULTS: The age distribution of participants was uniform among the specioed age categories: 1) 18 to 29 years; 2) 30 to 39 years, 3) 40 to 49 yesars, and 4) 50 years and older. The sex distribution favored women, comprising 74 percent of those surveyed. a signiocant number of participants were born in either Africa (23%) or the caribbean (19%). Black soap usage was applied to mitigate many dermatologic conditions, including acne (23%), dark spots (20%), razor bumps (13%), eczema (7%), and one lines (4%). The most popular usage was for overall skin care (70%). The vast majority of users found black soap helpful for their skin condition (51% very satisoed, and 40% somewhat satisoed). Conclusion: The survey results indicate widespread usage and satisfaction with black soap for reduction in symptoms of various dermatologic conditions. Further investigations are warranted to discover active ingredients present in black soap that may unveil future therapeutic options for various dermatologic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-22
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017


  • Africa
  • Black soap
  • Caribbean
  • Dermatology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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