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Neem is a powerful herb that contains a number of bioactive compounds like nimbin, nimbinin, nimbolide, nimandial, ninnene, gedunin, nimbidol and many others. Various studies have concluded that neem extracts have antiallergenic (treats allergy), anti-ageing, antifeedant (protects plants from insects and animals), antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antipyorrhoeic (treats pus), diuretic and other biological properties.  

Neem is also rich in vitamin E, carotenoids, linoleic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, vitamin C and quercetin. One of the major components of neem, azadirachtin, is one of the most potent insect repellents.

Every part of the neem tree is used for its multiple benefits. For instance, the bark is dried, ground into a powder and can be used as toothpowder or to treat gastric problems. Neem's twigs are used to brush teeth. Neem leaves are either consumed naturally or converted into a paste and then applied on the skin and hair.  

Here are some of the benefits of neem for the skin.

  1. Neem soothes skin inflammation
  2. Neem slows down signs of ageing
  3. Neem helps remove blackheads
  4. Neem clears acne
  5. Neem reduces scars
  6. Neem for toning the skin
  7. Neem removes excess oil from the skin
  8. Neem treatment for fungal skin diseases
  9. Doctors for Neem Benefits for Skin

Many studies have concluded that nimbin, one of the components in the neem tree, has anti-inflammatory properties. This can help in treating inflammatory conditions of the skin such as dermatitis, poison ivy and drug rashes. Neem leaf extracts also have the ability to reduce inflammation of the body in a person suffering from leukaemia (a form of blood cancer).

Oleic acid present in neem helps in preventing the age-related changes of the skin like fine lines, pigmentation and wrinkles. Oleic acid penetrates the skin surface and supplies the skin with the lost moisture. It also acts as a barrier on the skin and prevents the evaporation of moisture from the surface of the skin.

Stearic acid present in neem leaves acts as a surfactant to help wash away excess oil and dirt from the skin. It can help in clearing all the pores, thus clearing all the blackheads. Oleic acid restores the natural oil of the skin without clogging the pores. It also helps create a protective layer on the skin which prevents the entry of dirt into the skin's pores. The barrier also prevents water loss from the skin, thus making it supple and soft. 

Neem oil can help in reducing the redness and inflammation of acne as it has anti-bacterial properties. Oleic acid present in neem leaves restores the natural oil of the skin without leading to breakouts. Neem capsules also help in regulating hormonal imbalance, which is one of the reasons for acne.

The fatty acids present in neem help in lubricating and restoring damaged skin. Thus, neem helps in reducing scar tissues present under the skin. A paste of neem can help in treating the scars left by acne, burns and wounds.

Neem oil can help in shrinking the pores of the skin as it has astringent properties. It can be applied before going to sleep for better results.

Palmitic acid found in the leaves of the neem tree acts as a surfactant and an emulsifier. Palmitic acid helps in removing dirt, sweat and excess sebum from the skin. Neem extracts also keep the skin supple by forming a protective layer on top of the skin.

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Fungal diseases of the skin like athlete’s foot and ringworm infection can be treated with the help of neem. Athlete’s foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the foot. Gedunin and nimbidol are two components found in neem extracts which have the ability to treat fungus. 

Dr. Krishna Bhalala

Dr. Krishna Bhalala

Dermatology
4 Years of Experience

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Dr. Ragini Puvvala

Dermatology
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Dr. Priyanka Mutyala

Dermatology
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