When acne forcibly becomes your best friend, things might get too toxic (figuratively!) for your skin. However, all that a girl wants is a healthy relationship with her skin! We know that when acne attacks the skin, it can be irritating and painful. So, if you are on the lookout for yet another home remedy for acne, then you’re at the right place. Today, we are going to talk about a natural super ingredient that can help you get rid of annoying acne and acne marks – neem. Yes, the bitter leaves that you dislike so much can actually help you treat your oily skin and acne scars, all thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. This article lists how neem works for acne and the different ways you can use neem for acne, so go on and read ahead.

 

What Are The Benefits of Neem For Acne?

What Are The Benefits of Neem For Acne?

There are so many natural ingredients that can be used as a remedy for treating acne, so what’s so special about neem, you ask? Let us tell you. Using neem for acne helps balance the skin’s oil production, thus minimising acne from its roots and preventing acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

Moreover, its antibacterial properties can kill acne-causing bacteria, thus preventing newer pimples from forming. As far as pimple scars and harmful effects of acne breakouts are concerned, the anti-inflammatory properties of neem take care of them. However, that is not all.

Neem also benefits the skin in other ways. Neem leaves aid in healing sun damage. In addition to this, the rich content of vitamin C in neem stimulates the formation of collagen that gives the skin a smoother texture and prevents the formation of wrinkles. So you could say that neem is an all-rounder remedy for skincare!

 

How to Use Neem for Acne?

How to Use Neem for Acne?

Being an exceptional remedy for treating oily skin and pimples, there are several ways to use neem for acne. Moreover, since it is beneficial for all skin types, you can use those bitter leaves without worrying about any adverse reaction on your skin. However, do note that neem is quite potent, so do not use it too frequently. For those with oily skin, you need not worry about that.

However, it’s best to use neem leaves at your own discretion because you want their benefits, not any harmful side effects. Here’s how to use neem for acne:

 

Neem and sandalwood face pack

Neem and sandalwood face pack

As neem nourishes the skin and heals rashes and irritations, sandalwood soothes it and helps get rid of acne. These two ingredients are super nourishing for the skin and an excellent remedy for acne when used together.

What you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of neem powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water
  • Water as required

 

How to prepare:

  • Mix the two powders and make a paste by adding a little water and one tablespoon of rose water.
  • Apply this face pack evenly on the face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash with cool water and pat your face dry.

 

DIY Neem toner for blackhead removal

DIY Neem toner for blackhead removal

When using neem for acne, you can also use it in the form of toner to cleanse your skin. The antibacterial properties of neem will control acne breakouts and clear excess oil from the skin pores. Using a natural neem toner will treat blackheads and whiteheads and give you the best benefits of the leaves!

What you will need:

  • A handful of neem leaves
  • ½ liter of water

 

How to prepare:

  • Boil the neem leaves in water till the water turns green.
  • Cool it and strain the leaves.
  • Store the natural neem toner in a bottle.
  • To use it, apply it to your face with a cotton pad.

 

Neem, gram flour and turmeric scrub

Neem, gram flour and turmeric scrub

Is your oily, acne-prone skin becoming a challenge to handle? If your answer is yes, then this scrub will become an elixir for you. Prepared with the goodness of healing neem leaves, exfoliating besan and brightening turmeric, it will cleanse your oily skin, leave you with a brighter skin complexion and heal existing acne while also preventing breakouts.

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of neem powder
  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • ½ tablespoon of turmeric powder
  • ½ tablespoon of rose water

 

How to prepare:

  • Mix neem and turmeric powder with besan and add some rose water to make a paste.
  • Scrub this mixture on your face in circular motions for five minutes, and then leave it on the face for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash off with cold water.

 

Neem and cucumber face pack

Cucumber and neem face pack

Here’s another superb face mask that will fight against acne and soothe your skin. It will rejuvenate your skin and leave it feeling fresher.

What you will need:

  • ½ cup of grated cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed neem leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of argan oil (optional)

 

How to prepare:

  • Mix the cucumber and neem leaves together to form a paste. If you are using argan oil, add it at this step.
  • Apply the pack all over your face, but do not rub it harshly.
  • Let it dry and then wash it off.

 

Neem and lemon face pack

Neem and lemon face pack

This is yet another face pack that can help you get rid of those pesky pimples. Moreover, since lemon is a natural bleaching agent, it will fade those acne scars, giving you a brighter and more even complexion.

What you will need:

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of neem powder
  • Few drops of rose water
  • Few drops of lemon juice

 

How to prepare:

  • Blend all the ingredients together to form a paste.
  • Apply the paste evenly and let it sit for 20 minutes on your face.
  • Wash it off with cold water.

 

DIY Neem oil

DIY Neem oil

Here’s another way to use neem for acne. Neem oil, while extracted from the seeds, can also be extracted from its leaves. This DIY oil is easy to prepare and packed with vitamin E, thus solving your acne problems and keeping your skin younger-looking. It’s a great way to spot-treat acne and prevent new pimples from forming.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of neem leaves
  • 1 cup of coconut oil

 

How to prepare?

  • Take a cup of fresh neem leaves, add them to a grinder jar with a few drops of water. Grind until a paste is formed.
  • In a pan, add the coconut oil and gradually add in the neem paste. Keep the flame low and continuously keep stirring.
  • When the colour of the neem paste changes, it is an indication that the oil is ready. Turn off the flame and let the oil cool down.
  • When cool, strain the oil and store it in a bottle.
  • To use it for treating acne, dab it on affected areas using a cotton ball and let it stay for 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with warm water.

 

This super herb is a blessing for your skin and hair and highly effective for treating acne. So before using neem on your skin, always do a patch test on your forearm to make sure your skin doesn’t react adversely to it.

 

 

FAQs about neem for acne

FAQs about neem for acne

Q. Can I apply neem oil overnight?

A. Leaving neem oil on your face or hair for longer than required can cause irritation, so it’s best to avoid keeping it on overnight. When using it for your acne, do not leave it on your face for more than 15-20 minutes. If you’re using neem oil for hair, wash it off after 1-2 hours.

Q. Can I apply neem oil directly on the skin?

A. Yes, neem oil can be directly applied to the skin, but we suggest doing a patch test on your forearm first. Also, if you have sensitive skin, then it would be safer to use neem oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or sesame oil.

Q. How often should I use a DIY neem face pack?

A. If you are using neem for acne, use your DIY face packs twice a week for achieving the best results!