Why your face wash breaks you out

Over the years I’ve heard my friends get all excited and then complain about trying a new face wash because “It broke me out, so I quit using it!”

Stop right there!!  What do you think it’s supposed to do?

I was one of those people, quitting a face wash before I gave it the chance to work. It was an endless cycle of the latest and greatest product that “didn’t work” and breakouts. Eventually, it hit me!

Your skin already has dirt, clogged pores, and everything else that causes breakouts in there. Unfortunately, face wash isn’t magical and won’t make everything in your pores just disappear. Face wash gets rid of all that gunk the only way it can, speeding up the process to get it out! Hence, breakouts (it’s working!). I consulted a few esthetician on the topic to make sure I wasn’t crazy. They agreed!

So what do you do once your face wash breaks you out? Keep using it! If it didn’t break you out, it wouldn’t be doing it’s ultimate job of clearing up your skin.

It’s necessary to continue using your face wash daily. I suggest morning and night, but if you only pick one, pick night time! Never go to sleep with makeup on, it’s just not worth it!

There are also plenty other reasons to consider for causing breakouts like changes in your diet, added stress, changes in your daily medication and your exercise habits. These can all make a difference in your skin, specifically what you eat. I’ve found myself complaining about breakouts only to look back to the two weeks prior and see that I ate nothing but Chinese food and pizza (It happens to the best of us).

Now for my go-to, favorite face wash.


At first glance, this is obviously no average bar of soap.

African Black Soap by Shea Moisture is one of the best kept secrets in skin care. Almost everyone I’ve referred it to has come back a few weeks later to tell me how great their skin feels! So obviously, it’s a black bar of soap, but what’s special about it other than color?

IMG_1938It’s organic and formulated for oily and acne prone skin. SheaMoisture.com lists the key ingredients as:

  • Oats – help to soothe irritated skin while absorbing excess oil. You can see them in the smaller, used bar of soap to the right.
  • Aloe – moisturizes and calms dry sensitive skin.
  • Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant highly effective in protecting skin from free radical damage.

Other ingredients of the soap include palm ash, tamarind extract and plantain peel to treat eczema, acne, oily skin, psoriasis and other skin ailments.

These key ingredients mixed with other natural ingredients make a great bar of soap. At the end of my first bar I noticed a significant difference in the quality of my skin. I just bought my third bar of soap and don’t see myself changing products anytime in the near future.

It wasn’t clear, smooth skin from the beginning with African Black Soap, but I stuck with it. When I stick to a regular pattern of washing my face daily, keeping a steady and healthy diet, my skin stays clear easily!

African Black Soap along with my Pixi Toner have really helped to keep my skin in check. I hope you’ll find a face wash that works for you and stick with it!

3 thoughts on “Why your face wash breaks you out

  1. Skin-care really interests me so I loved this post! I agree that what you put into your body also plays a role on how your skin looks and feels. This week I’ve been craving junk food like crazy and now I’m dealing with the consequences of breaking out. I really like how the African Black Soap is organic too, I’d definitely like to try it!


  2. I’m definitely going to try this soap! It is so tough to find a face wash that actually cleans your face without it feeling like there is a film on our skin. I also love that this is pretty affordable when most products now are getting pricy!


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