Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that occurs in people of all ages. It is generally marked by red, swollen nodules, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts. The areas that are visible, especially face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms are prone to acne growth.
Acne is caused due to a variety of reasons…
- Hormonal imbalance
- Poor hygiene
- Poor diet
- Environmental factors
- Imbalanced production of oil
- Prescribed medication
The good news is that you can cure your skin from acne problems by using natural remedies. Since ancient times, neem oil has proved to be the best natural skin care product. It is considered a treasure in India and Southeast Asia due to its medicinal values.
What Is Neem Oil?
Neem oil is derived from the seeds of the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) or Indian Lilac. It is found in abundance and hence, it is quite inexpensive. Neem oil is light and non-greasy. There are many uses of Neem oil. Its antiseptic property makes it the key ingredient in many skin care products.
Nutritional Characteristics of Neem Oil
- It is rich in Vitamins (C, E)
- It contains minerals (calcium, phosphorous, etc.)
- It has rare fatty acids like Omega-6, Omega-3, and Omega-9
- Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Natural moisturizer
- Anti-fungal and anti-viral properties
- Anti-oxidant properties
- Natural Astringent
Benefits Of Neem Oil For Acne
Hormonal imbalance and poor lifestyle results in acne breakouts. Use of Neem oil can cure red, itchy, and inflamed skin. It is one of the best product that flushes out all impurities from your skin. Some of the benefits of Neem oil for acne are given below…
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Heal Acne Prone Skin
The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory property of Neem oil removes the bacteria from the surface of the skin. It prevents acne break-outs and skin irritation. Neem oil clears pimples and their scars. Apply few drops of Neem oil on infected areas. Leave it overnight.
Reduces Excessive Oil Production
Excessive oil production on the surface of your skin is the main cause of acne on your body. Neem oil help unclog the pores that produces oil on your skin. Rub a few drops of Neem oil on the areas prone to acne. Remember to deep clean your face before applying the oil.
Neem Oil As Healing Mask
You have the option of adding many natural bases to create the perfect anti-acne mask. Bentonite clay, warm water and few drops of Neem oil works best as a mask. Apply the mask and leave it for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes have passed, rinse it off with cool water to tighten your pores.
Neem Oil As Anti-Acne Body Moisturizer
Mix Neem oil and Coconut oil to create an over-all natural body moisturizer. Add at least 20 drops of Neem oil to 30-40 drops of coconut oil. Apply on your acne or areas prone to acne. Make sure to shower before applying this home-made body moisturizer.
Reduces Pigmentation Due To Acne
Neem oil reduces the redness, blemishes, and dark spots on your face. Vitamin E present in Neem oil help repair cell damage caused by acne on the surface of the skin. Take two drops of Neem oil and rub it on your infected areas. Make sure you do not scratch the acne.
How To Apply Neem Oil On Your Acne Prone Areas?
Always apply Neem oil after washing your face. Dab it on your effected areas with a help of a cotton ball. If you have mixed Neem Oil in a pack, apply the pack with your fingertips or a brush on the acne areas.
- Wash your face with warm water
- Clean your face with a cleansing agent
- Pat your face dry
- Take few drops of Neem oil
- Mix it with your moisturizer (or face pack)
- Apply on your face, hands and neck
- Leave it for the night (only 20 minutes for face pack)
- Wash your face after each application
Side Effects And Precautions
Neem oil is 100% natural and does not have any side effects. Avoid using Neem oil if you had a recent surgery as it lowers your blood sugar level. Also, stop using the oil before 2 weeks of surgery.