How neem is beneficial for acne-prone skin?

Nourish Mantra

How neem is beneficial for acne-prone skin?

A gentle touch of nature will work exceptionally well for your skin other than any other ingredient. Neem is a wonder ingredient from nature's lap that works exquisitely to gear up your beauty game. Ditch the fancy chemical-based ingredients from your skincare vanity and get healthy, rejuvenated & bright skin using evergreen neem.

Neem- a medicinal plant is beneficial for your skin

The curative neem plant has abundant green leaves that have antiseptic, antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and healing properties. It is an ancient herb that is a reservoir of fatty acids, vitamins & minerals, which is a prerequisite for healthy skin. It embodies active elements like nimbidin, nimbolide, nimbin, nin binene and azadirachtin that carry valuable medicinal properties that help get rid of every skin problem, even the problematic pimple & acne.

What are the incredible medicinal properties of neem for the skin?

  • In Vedas, neem is called a Sarva roga nivarini, which means it's a cure to all ailments.
  • Neem inculcates uncountable stellar benefits for your skin due to the presence of phytochemicals. Rural households still use it to neutralize various skincare issues like fungal infections, psoriasis, acne & pimples. In the everyday hustle, you may not be able to use neem in its pure form so look for neem-enriched face wash, face scrub or face mask.
  • Neem is specifically used for treating pimples & acne; neem for acne helps to cleanse the skin cells of irritants & dead skin cells that otherwise may get formed into pus & inflamed acne. This acne seems to be red-colored protrusions on the facial skin that are painful & unbearable if not treated early. It effectively removes acne, pimple marks & gives a blemish-free appearance.

Role of neem for acne-prone skin

neem benefits for acne

When you see acne as your enemy, but it sticks to your skin as your best friend, everything seems to be not in place for your skin. As everyone wants a healthy relationship with their skin, use a supernatural and effective ingredient to get rid of acne & its marks. Neem for acne is a therapeutic ingredient to treat stubborn pimples & acne. Yes! These bitter leaves fight with acne that hampers your flawless skin. All thanks to its innumerable healthful properties.

What's so special about neem leaves as a cure for pimples & acne?

  • Some prime medical agencies worldwide strongly believe that neem offers immunomodulatory, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, antimutagenic & anticarcinogenic properties.
  • Being a great source of so many properties, neem for pimples & acne is touted as one of the best natural ingredients above other remedies for treating acne. It balances the skin's oil production, thus controlling & preventing acne from its roots. It kills acne-causing bacteria, thereby preventing newer pimples from forming. It repairs & heals the pimple scars & harmful effects of acne breakouts.

Benefits of neem leaves for pimples & acne

There is no particular reason for frequent pimples or acne popping on the skin. But the most common factor of acne formation is hormonal imbalance & unhealthy lifestyle that leads to skin breakout & inflammation. Here are the benefits of using neem over pimples or acne:

  • Discourages bacterial growth

The healing properties of neem leaves are beneficial for acne-prone skin as it tends to help remove the presence of bacteria on the skin's surface, leading to breakouts more often. The antibacterial properties aid in combating acne, and anti-inflammatory properties reduce the redness of the skin, thus soothing painful acne. A little science behind acne formation is that when the skin produces too much sebum or oil through sebaceous glands, it clogs the pores. The acne symptoms begin to form when debris, like dead skin cells, gets clung in the pores & the combination forms bacteria called P. acnes. Inflammatory acne appears when the body acknowledges this bacteria & sends white blood cells to attack it to heal the area. To curb the body's inflammatory response, neem leaves should be used as it makes the breakouts less visible & may not pop up in the future.

  • Expels excess oil

Hormonal changes are common, but they affect the skin differently when they hit. Excessive formation of sebum is one of the primary causes of hormonal changes. An increase in sebum production combines the dead skin cells that block the pores. These clogged pores result in acne blemishes. Using neem leaves for acne & pimples help in unclogging the pores and balancing sebum production.

neem benefits

  • Squeaky clear skin

Neem works miraculously for acne-prone skin. It helps to get rid of skin irritations and deals with hyperpigmentation. The presence of vitamin E in neem helps in reviving damaged skin cells. It also reduces inflammation, scars & redness left behind by pimples. Nimnidin, an element in neem, soothes irritated skin. Neem has a cooling effect that cures sensitive skin, which is more vulnerable to inflammation & burns. Using neem for pimples and other skin conditions like rashes, sunburns, eczema, psoriasis & acne will give clear and healthy skin.

How to use neem leaves for pimples and acne?

  • As a facial oil

Neem facial oil will effectively treat your acne-prone skin, but you need to dilute it with a carrier oil. You must take a clean cotton ball to lightly dab the pure neem oil onto the acne-affected skin area. Keep that cotton ball for at least 20 minutes to let the oil soak into the skin and get the maximum out of the oil. The healing properties of neem oil will treat the acne issue. Once done, wash your face with lukewarm water & follow it regularly to get optimum results.

  • As a mask

Neem leaves or oil based face masks will help to soothe & calm the skin. You can either make a face mask at home with the help of neem powder for acne & mix it with aloe vera gel & apply it all over your face. Keep that for at least 15-20 minutes & rinse it off with cold water. Or you can add neem oil to your clay mask as well.

  • As a paste

Using neem paste for acne on your skin will benefit your skin with the goodness of all its properties. You can make the fine paste of neem at home easily. All you can do is grind 10-12 leaves of neem with water. Then apply the fine paste to your face & wash it off after 15-20 minutes. Do it consistently, and apply it biweekly.

  • As a powder

You can use neem powder for acne to get clear skin. Take at least 2 tablespoons of neem powder & add water to it. Be mindful while pouring water; you don't need a runny consistency. You require a thick paste to apply on the skin. You can also add a pinch of turmeric to the neem paste. Apply it on your skin for 15-20 minutes & then rinse the pack with lukewarm water.

Other benefits of neem

  • Boosts moisture in the skin

Fatty acids & vitamin E in neem leaves get absorbed into the skin quickly. It nourishes & moisturizes dry & cracked skin. Adding it to your skincare routine will help to create a protective barrier against environmental stressors, barricading skin against moisture loss.

  • Prevents signs of premature aging

Neem has antioxidants, vitamin E and triglycerides, which is why this is one of the best ingredients in most of the anti-aging products. It helps to diminish wrinkles, hydrates the skin & makes you look toned. Count on this natural goodness if you want to keep the aging signs at bay.

  • Root out blackheads & whiteheads

Neem is like a tonic for the ones whose skin is more prone to blackheads & whiteheads. It slough away the impurities, dust, bacteria & dead skin cells from the pores. The exfoliating benefits of neem will help in reducing enlarged pores.

  • Fixes uneven skin tone

Some of you may have experienced skin discolouration. It happens due to the excessive production of melanin, a substance in the skin responsible for the color of the skin. The increased production of melanin in the skin cells causes discoloration & dark patches that make skin tone uneven. Since ancient times, neem glow face masks have been used to improve skin tone. The neem's antioxidative properties reduce melanin production in the skin cells.

  • Safeguards against environmental damage

Neem also can safeguard the skin against environmental triggers. It has abundant antioxidants that neutralize the free radical damage on the skin & imparting a younger-blemish-free look.

Ways to use neem leaves for different skin concerns

1. For oily skin

You need:

  • Neem powder
  • Rose water
  • Lemon juice

How to use it?

  • Take 2 tablespoons of neem powder, 2 teaspoons of rose water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Mix all of them to create a paste.
  • Apply & let it dry.
  • Massage the paste in scrubbing motions & rinse off.


  • Kills acne-causing bacteria
  • Sloughs away impurities
  • Control excess oil production
  • Makes skin clear & flawless

2. For dry skin

You need:

  • Neem paste
  • Turmeric powder
  • Pure coconut oil

How to use it?

  • Take 1 tablespoon of neem paste (after boiling the neem leaves), 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder & 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
  • Stir all the ingredients to make a paste.
  • Apply & let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse off & moisturize your face.


  • Antifungal properties from neem & turmeric prevent skin infections.
  • Adds on much-needed moisturization.
  • Makes skin soft, supple & clear.

3. For acne-prone skin

You need:

  • Neem leaves
  • Cucumber
  • Argan oil

How to use it?

  • Grate a half cup of cucumber & mix it with dries & crushed neem leaves.
  • Mix argan oil in it & form a paste.
  • Gently apply the pack all over your face.
  • Let it dry & wash it off.


  • Clears acne
  • Soothes the skin
  • Rejuvenates & refreshes the skin

4. For pimples & acne scars

You need:

  • Neem powder
  • Rose water
  • Lemon juice

How to use it?

  • Blend 2 teaspoons of neem powder, 2 teaspoons of rose water and a few drops of lemon.
  • Apply the paste evenly & let it sit for 15-20 minutes on your face.
  • Wash it off with cold water.


  • Reduces pimples
  • Fades acne scars
  • Brighter complexion

5. For dark spots

You need:

  • Neem paste
  • Yogurt

How to use it?

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of neem leaves paste with 2 tablespoons of yogurt.
  • Apply this paste & let it dry.
  • Rinse off & moisturize.


  • Clear blemishes & dark spots
  • Soothes the skin

6. For anti-aging

You need:

  • Neem leaves
  • Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Honey

How to use it?

  • Take two teaspoons of dried & crushed neem leaves, half a cup oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Mix all the ingredients and form a paste.
  • Apply & let it dry.
  • Wash it off with normal water in gentle scrubbing movements.


  • Moisturizes & nourishes the skin
  • Helps to remove toxins
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Diminishes fine lines & wrinkles

7. For glowing skin

You need:

  • Neem leaves
  • Basil leaves
  • Honey
  • Multani mitti

How to use it?

  • Take an equal number of basil & neem leaves. Crush the leaves to make a paste.
  • In the paste add 1 tablespoon of honey and half cup of multani mitti.
  • Apply & leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off in gentle scrubbing motions.


  • Removes impurities
  • Sloughs away dead skin cells
  • Makes skin clear & glowing

Neem leaves in Nourish Mantra’s product

Holy Basil & Neem Vardaan Mud Mask

A formulation of natural ingredients that is a perfect detoxifying companion to your skin. This mud mask is inspired by Ancient texts and comprises basil extracts, neem leaves & tea tree oil nourishment. This mask is a herbal surge of hydration. Basil wards off skin irritation and boosts skin metabolism & elasticity. Neem leaves help to remove dark spots, heal dry skin, treat oily skin, bring out a natural glow and remove acne & pimples. Tea tree oil reduces redness, inflammation, unclogs pores & promotes the healing of existing acne.

Holy Basil & Neem Vardaan Mud Mask



1. Is it effective to apply neem on the face?

Yes, it is! It will help to withdraw bacteria from the skin's surface & other toxins from skin cells. It stimulates collagen production & reduces dryness, thus, giving you a fresh & rejuvenating experience.

2. How much time does neem require to work on your skin?

It usually depends on the skin type, texture & extent of bacterial infection & exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

3. Can neem oil, leaves/ powder be applied directly on the face?

Yes! although it is best to do a patch test on a small skin area. If you are using pure neem oil, then dilute it with any carrier oil.

4. Will adding neem to your daily skin care routine have any benefits?

Using neem in your daily skincare routine will work magically for your skin:

  • Draws out dark spots, acne scars & blemishes
  • Pulls out impurities
  • Puts an end to blackheads & whiteheads
  • Therapeutic benefits against infected skin, pimples & rashes
  • Brightens up the skin tone
  • Enhances the natural glow
  • Reduces wrinkles & fine lines