10 Beauty Benefits of Neem For Your Hair and Skin

2. Treats Acne

Acne is a skin condition medically known as acne vulgaris characterized by angry, red pimples that can appear all over the body, but are usually seen on the face, chest and back. The pimples occur when a collection of sebum, skin cells, dirt, oil and other impurities clog the pores, which results in swelling. Acne is usually seen in teenagers, however it can affect adults too, of any skin type and color.

No one can be sure exactly what causes acne. In teenagers it’s likely a rise in hormone levels, but it can also be caused by medication, cosmetics and genetics. There are various ways in which to treat acne, which include antibiotics and topical creams, but these can have adverse effects. Some natural remedies aren’t strong enough to combat acne, however neem is an effective remedy.

Neem is an antioxidant, which means it inhibits oxidization of free radicals and pollutants that can cause acne. It’s anti-fungal and antibacterial, so it works well to protect the skin against pimple-causing bacteria. Neem is also a natural astringent. This means it contracts the skin cells, which smooths and tightens skin. This works well to treat acne as it can help remove excess dirt and bacteria. Not only this, neem also contains a compound called quercetin, which is a bioflavonoid that can fade scars.

There are countless ways in which to use neem for acne. You can create an oil mixture with a carrier oil, which can be used as a spot treatment by dipping a cotton ball in the mix and dabbing onto breakouts. Leave it on until it dries, or apply it before bed so it can work its magic overnight. Or, you can boil water, then stir fresh neem leaves in. Simmer for five minutes before removing from the heat, and allow the water to steep for an extra 10 minutes. Then strain and discard leaves before pouring the water into a spray bottle. Spritz onto your skin twice a day after cleansing and washing for a daily treatment.