African American skin responds well to natural, organic products. Many store-bought soaps contain artificial ingredients that can aggravate the skin. Some skin tones will reveal reactions to artificial products through discoloration, which isn't always apparent with lighter skin. Some of the best organic cleansers for African American skin are shea butter soap, olive oil soap and African black soap. If you prefer store-bought products, look for a hypo allergic, non-concomedegenic cleaners such as face Aveeno clear complexion cleansing bar. For astringent, use straight all natural witch-hazel.