Neem oil and skin

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Neem oil has several benefits when used to treat the face. These include reducing inflammation from acne and other skin conditions, stimulating collagen products (which is good for aging skin), reducing skin pigmentation, and acting as a soap to clean skin. It also serves as a natural insect repellent.

Here are a few more specific ways in which you may be able to treat your face with neem oil.


Neem oil is high in fatty acids and vitamin E, both of which are good at treating dry and damaged skin. It also contains anti-bacterial properties to keep secondary infections away. Although there is no definitive proof that it can cure eczema, as it is largely untested in the UK, anecdotal evidence suggests that many people have had success when using neem oil to treat inflammation and dryness that comes from eczema.


Neem oil is not a cure for acne, but it can be used to treat inflammation, to prevent infection, and to moisturise your skin. To do so, mix 10-12 drops of neem oil in 30ml of carrier oil (i.e. coconut, olive, or almond). Massage the mix into the affected areas. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.


Hyperpigmentation is caused by the overproduction of melanin in the skin. This can lead to darker patches. Topical application of neem oil is effective in evening out skin tones. If used on small areas, neat neem oil can be used. For larger areas, mix a few drops with a carrier oil to avoid irritation.


Neem oil is very potent, and although it is used around the world with great success, the side effects are not fully tested in the UK. Neem oil is known to cause skin irritation in some people, or when overused. To test whether or not you are sensitive to neem, do a skin test before you start. If you find your skin is irritated, discontinue use immediately.

In order to test small areas, you can use neat neem oil. Use a cotton ball or swab to lightly apply the oil, and allow 20 minutes for the oil to soak in to your skin. For larger areas, neem oil must be mixed with a carrier oil. To do this, add 10-12 drops of neem oil to a base of coconut, olive, or sweet almond oil and mix in. This solution can then be applied to your skin.