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Over 1,000 People Swear By This Under-$5 Soap, And My Skin Is Ready

If you've got oily, sensitive, inflamed, or WHATEVER kind of skin, this stuff is soap-erfect for you.

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Skin is a fickle thing. It can be fine one minute, and the next be broken out with acne or dry as a bone. Or maybe you have the kind of skin that's a total drama queen — it's always something! What's the plan to screw up my life today? Blackheads? Eczema? Blotchy red patches? What will it take to calm you down, skin???

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Seriously, wtf?

Well, for lots of people (over 1,000 folks who have left five-star Amazon reviews), the answer is Shea Moisture African Black Soap With Shea Butter. This paraben-free bar contains shea butter, aloe, and vitamin E and can be used all over the body to absorb oil and moisturize — and many also swear by it to calm acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

It's black because it's made with ash to produce natural lye, instead of harsh chemicals. This brilliant bar has a light, sweet smell and is also cruelty-free, so you can feel good inside and out about using it. While the soap's primary use is for skin woes, reviewers have also mentioned using it to wash their hair or even clean makeup brushes! You're getting major bang for your 5 bucks.
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It's black because it's made with ash to produce natural lye, instead of harsh chemicals. This brilliant bar has a light, sweet smell and is also cruelty-free, so you can feel good inside and out about using it. While the soap's primary use is for skin woes, reviewers have also mentioned using it to wash their hair or even clean makeup brushes! You're getting major bang for your 5 bucks.

But you guys, while I could go on and on, I think it's time for me to shut up and let these mind-blowing before-and-after photos do the talking. Check out this change after only TWO WEEKS (!!!):

"I've had acne since puberty. At 38, I was near my wit's end and decided that facial acne was something I'd have to accept and live with until death. Every few days, there were new whiteheads, blackheads, or red spots. Sometimes these little monsters would all come at once! It seemed like no matter how often I washed my face or what product I used, the results were the same. More pimples, more embarrassment. Tomorrow it will have been two weeks since I began using Shea Moisture African Black Soap, and my face is SO MUCH CLEARER! My face is brighter and my skin tone seems to be evening out. I've had very few new whiteheads. Quite honestly, Shea Moisture soap has been a miracle worker for me. I wish I'd discovered this soap years ago! I strongly recommend this soap to anyone who has oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin, which is what I suffered from until recently. Before this soap, I envied people with clear, healthy skin. I can now say that I'm well on my way to being one of those people." —CalilnTx.
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"I've had acne since puberty. At 38, I was near my wit's end and decided that facial acne was something I'd have to accept and live with until death. Every few days, there were new whiteheads, blackheads, or red spots. Sometimes these little monsters would all come at once! It seemed like no matter how often I washed my face or what product I used, the results were the same. More pimples, more embarrassment. Tomorrow it will have been two weeks since I began using Shea Moisture African Black Soap, and my face is SO MUCH CLEARER! My face is brighter and my skin tone seems to be evening out. I've had very few new whiteheads. Quite honestly, Shea Moisture soap has been a miracle worker for me. I wish I'd discovered this soap years ago! I strongly recommend this soap to anyone who has oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin, which is what I suffered from until recently. Before this soap, I envied people with clear, healthy skin. I can now say that I'm well on my way to being one of those people." —CalilnTx.

Seriously, this stuff is boosting people's confidence and making them feel fabulous after years of skin strugs — someone hand me a tissue.

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"This soap is absolutely incredible. I've used so many over-the-counter scrubs, deep-pore cleansers, pore refiners, moisturizers, and skincare systems (including Proactiv and cytology) to no avail. I'm in my late twenties, I've suffered with moderate acne for a good chunk of my life, and I've never found anything that worked until now. After the first use, I could tell my face was smoother, and after a few days, I could tell my existing acne was healing and that I wasn't getting any new blemishes. After a week, my skin was clear. After two weeks my face was completely smooth, with no new breakouts. I'm happier than ever. Not only is my skin clear, but my confidence is boosted. I work in sales, so I'm face-to-face with people all day, and for the first time in my life, I feel like people aren't just staring at my breakouts. I recommend this soap to anyone who can relate. The pictures on the left are from about two months ago, and the other one is from this afternoon. I wash my face twice a day with this soap and it doesn't dry my face out at all. I don't use anything else with it. It's AWESOME!" —Danna Cammarata

If you're lazy like me, you'll be glad to hear this transformation occurred with very little effort: just adding this damn incredible soap to your routine.

"I've had acne for nine years. I mainly get cystic acne that sits mostly on my cheeks and chin. The marks are deep, red, and take weeks to go away (if they ever do). I've tried switching my laundry soap, multiple face washes, moisturizers, natural oils, changing my makeup, and many spot treatments. Some things would make the acne a bit better, but nothing would actually clear it up. I saw some friends on Facebook talking about this soap and I figured, what do I have to lose? The price is super reasonable. The bar is very large and I've sliced off chunks to use. I've been using this soap for a month. I noticed my redness decreased immediately. Over several days, I noticed I had no new pimples developing. After the first two weeks or so, the majority of my acne was gone. Now, after one month, a lot of my dark scar spots are gone or are seriously diminished. I only have a few remaining red spots. I haven't made any other changes to my diet, makeup, or skin routine. I've only been using the soap twice a day, morning and evening. It may not work for everyone, but it's absolutely working for me. For such a great value, it's worth a shot!" —TammyLou
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"I've had acne for nine years. I mainly get cystic acne that sits mostly on my cheeks and chin. The marks are deep, red, and take weeks to go away (if they ever do). I've tried switching my laundry soap, multiple face washes, moisturizers, natural oils, changing my makeup, and many spot treatments. Some things would make the acne a bit better, but nothing would actually clear it up. I saw some friends on Facebook talking about this soap and I figured, what do I have to lose?

The price is super reasonable. The bar is very large and I've sliced off chunks to use. I've been using this soap for a month. I noticed my redness decreased immediately. Over several days, I noticed I had no new pimples developing. After the first two weeks or so, the majority of my acne was gone. Now, after one month, a lot of my dark scar spots are gone or are seriously diminished. I only have a few remaining red spots. I haven't made any other changes to my diet, makeup, or skin routine. I've only been using the soap twice a day, morning and evening. It may not work for everyone, but it's absolutely working for me. For such a great value, it's worth a shot!" —TammyLou

And it's not just for your face!!! It may help with those annoying flare-ups on the rest of your bod, too.

"I bought this after reading the reviews about it helping with eczema. My 19-month-old has severe breakouts. After only a week I can see a huge difference. I only used this soap and coconut oil as a moisturizer. I'd started them on an elimination diet two weeks ago and I will gradually start adding those foods back in to see if it's allergies, but so far the black soap is amazing! The photos are before and after one week of use for severe eczema." —Tiffani
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"I bought this after reading the reviews about it helping with eczema. My 19-month-old has severe breakouts. After only a week I can see a huge difference. I only used this soap and coconut oil as a moisturizer. I'd started them on an elimination diet two weeks ago and I will gradually start adding those foods back in to see if it's allergies, but so far the black soap is amazing! The photos are before and after one week of use for severe eczema." —Tiffani

In summation, if you have skin and 5 dollars to spend, you should probably try this soap for an easy, natural glow-up. BRB, adding a bar to my cart RIGHT. NOW.

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