What Are the Benefits of Neem for Skin?

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There are several benefits associated with using neem, a plant that is used in many Ayurvedic remedies, for skin conditions. Applied topically, neem oil or paste moisturizes skin, prevents and reduces acne and soothes inflamed skin. It also has been shown to help treat viral infections such as chicken pox and warts. Some people take neem for skin internally because it is believed to strengthen the immune system and give skin a healthy, radiant glow. Using neem for skin fungi, such as athlete's foot or ringworm, is another option.

Neem oil is a highly effective moisturizer that is comparable to cocoa butter. Individuals who have any skin type, from dry to oily, can use neem for skin. Neem oil heals skin that is cracked or damaged. It moisturizes dry skin on the face and body, such as elbows and heels, leaving it feeling soft and smooth over time. When using neem for skin moisturizing purposes, one should buy a lotion that contains neem or add a few drops of neem oil into an existing jar of moisturizing cream.

Acne is a common complaint of many men, women and teenagers around the world. Pores that are clogged with dirt, debris and bacteria often trigger this skin condition. Neem oil is an antibacterial formula that cleanses skin and treats all forms of acne, including blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.


Infection, injury and illness are all causes of skin inflammation. Neem oil can be applied to burns, sprains and strained muscles. It soothes inflamed skin and has analgesic properties, making the recovery process less painful.

Some people use neem for skin infections of a viral nature, such as chicken pox or ringworm. Some studies have shown that neem is effective at preventing the spread of viral infections. Despite inconclusive medical evidence as of 2011, many health care professionals have considered neem oil to be an effective cure for warts and chicken pox.

Improved fungi infections are another one of the many benefits of neem. According to laboratory tests, neem effectively fights fungi associated with athlete's foot and ringworm. It also can be used for inner fungi conditions, such as thrush and parts of the digestive system affected by fungus.

Neem for skin does not have to be applied topically. Some people ingest neem in the form of capsules, oil or brewed leaves because they believe it has antioxidant properties similar to those of vitamin C. When taken orally, neem is believed to keep the immune system functioning properly and give skin a healthy appearance.


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Post 3

My dog has scabies and the medication given to him by the vet has not worked. Can I use neem cream on his skin? I believe neem treats scabies right?

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@SarahGen-- What you can also do is buy neem oil and add a few drops of it to your regular face moisturizer. This will save money and the scent should not be a problem this way.

I do this all the time with my face creams and body lotions. I always put neem oil in my body lotion in the summer because I have white sensitive skin and I get sunburns easily.

Neem is great for sunburn. If I apply neem lotion to my skin immediately after a burn and for several days, I can avoid the painful flaking process.

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I have oily acne prone skin and I'm using neem lotion. I like that neem lotion has antibacterial properties and treats acne without drying my skin. Most acne products are very drying.

What I don't like is the scent. It doesn't smell very good. This is why I'm using the lotion because I heard that the oil smells even stronger. The scent is a small price to pay for the benefits though.

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