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Got Acne, Rosacea, Inflamed Skin? Why Neem Essential Oil Is A Must-Try


Natural Beauty: Neem Essential Oil for Acne | Peaceful Dumpling

It’s exciting to find natural remedies for acne. In my experience, the best ones are both gentler and more effective than the conventional products. Also, while many conventional products tend to target one thing at a time (like acne or aging), natural products basically invented multitasking. For example, essential oil of neem, a tree native to India, is a powerful acne treatment that also fights general inflammation while soothing dry and sensitive skin.

This anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial oil has traditionally been used in Ayurveda to “pacify heat” or calm excess pitta, which can result in skin inflammation like acne, rosacea, rashes, over-sensitivity to the sun, or psoriasis. Neem has been used to treat burns, disinfect wounds, bolster skin immunity, and support healthy tissue.

This medicinal oil has a pretty strong scent, but don’t worry if the smell is too much for you. Neem oil is still effective when used in a carrier oil (just be sure to select a high-quality, non-comedogenic oil or butter like shea butter, rosehip seed oil, and argan oil).

Neem oil serum can be used as a moisturizer—a few drops mixed with your regular face lotion will do—or an oil cleanser. If you find that neem oil is too cooling for you, it can be mixed with organic sesame seed oil, which has warming qualities, according to the Ayurvedic tradition. Neem oil may also be mixed with other acne-fighting essential oils like tea tree oil and clary sage oil.

Natural Beauty: Neem Essential Oil for Acne | Peaceful Dumpling

Not ready to try your hand at DIY neem oil serum? Try a pre-blended serum like Evan Healy Neem Immortelle Purifying Infusion, an earthy blend of neem, immortelle (a very rare and healing essential oil), sesame seed oil, and olive oil. Mountain Rose Herbs also offers a neem oil blended with olive oil to enhance neem oil’s pourability (when not blended with a carrier oil, neem oil tends to be more solid at room temps).

Natural Beauty: Neem Essential Oil for Acne | Peaceful Dumpling

Jouer Cosmetics Daily Clarifying Treatment Oil contains neem oil among several other skin-loving oils.

Natural Beauty: Neem Essential Oil for Acne | Peaceful Dumpling

Neem Tree Farm All-Natural Facial Serum is a luxurious blend of neem, rich carrier oils, and other essential oils (lavender and rosewood) suitable for delicate skin.

In my experience, neem oil was very calming and soothing, and not harsh like some excessively drying oils can be. (Ever put oil on your face and got surprised when your skin was dry to the point of peeling? It happens!!). Neem oil seemed to reduce current breakouts and prevent future ones–but my ultimate solution was taking Estroblock and a DHT blocker to balance my excess estrogen. If you *know* that your acne is caused by hormonal imbalance, that might be the way to go–but breakouts of any kind can benefit from this soothing oil.

Have you tried neem essential oil for acne or other skin woes?

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Photo: Mary Hood Luttrell, Jouer Cosmetics, Neem Tree Farm 

Mary Hood Luttrell

Mary Hood Luttrell

Beauty Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.
  • Juhea Kim

    You give the best ideas for oils and natural products to self-experiment with. This will be the next one I try!

    p.s. Since I banned coconut oil *and* jojoba oil from anything I use, and adding tea tree oil spot treatment to my regimen, my skin has cleared up dramatically. I found I can’t even use above mentioned oils to remove eye makeup!!

    • I’m so glad to hear that you’ve found a good regimen for you skin! I’m hearing more and more about people having difficulty with coconut oil. I tend to avoid putting in on my face these days–just in case!

      I thought about you when I was writing this article because we’ve talked so much about pitta woes! haha

      • Camilla Dahl Alvestad

        Hey now, is coconut and jojoba not good for pitta skin? Oh no why did I not know this, haha. I did in fact switch jojoba for raspberry seed oil for daily use, but still remove make-up with coconut oil. What do you guys use for that? I think I will give this neem stuff a go to 🙂

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