06th June 2022

Neem oil for acne: 4 skin benefits and potential side effects

Dr. Devan Patel, PharmD
Neem oil for acne: 4 skin benefits and potential side effects

Neem is a tropical tree that native to parts of India. 

The neem plant leaves and extract have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties including antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Taking neem as a supplement is a great source of fatty acids which promote healthy skin and hair. Neem’s green leaves contain active constituents like nimbidin, azadirachtin, and nimbolide which help with hair and skin problems.

Neem oil has many medicinal healing properties that promote healthy skin and a clear complexion. Below, we will cover 4 potential skin and acne benefits that you might expect from using neem oil, as well as review any side effects you should look out for.


4 Benefits of using Neem oil for acne

1. Fights Bacterial Acne 

Acne can occur when your pores become clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria.

Neem oil has both antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help kill bacteria and help to prevent acne breakouts. Neem can also help control oil production in your skin that leads to clogged pores. 


2. Reduces Redness 

The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties in neem can help to soothe the irritation and inflammation associated with acne. It can also have a cooling effect on the skin, which can help treat skin sensitivity.

In addition, neem oil can soothe dehydrated, dry skin that often occurs with acne pimples.


3. Reduces Acne Scarring 

Chronic acne can leave behind scars that are impossible to cover with makeup. The deep pockmarks cause distress for many acne sufferers, especially after a long battle with skin problems. 

Neem oil contains antioxidants, moisturizing triglycerides, and vitamin E, all which are beneficial in keeping your skin healthy. Antioxidants fight free radicals that damage skin cells, while vitamin E and triglycerides keep the skin hydrated and supple. 

These elements help in repairing skin tissue and preventing acne scars from being as visible. 


4. Clears Blackheads and Whiteheads 

Used topically, neem oil can treat blackheads and whiteheads. 

Topical neem treatments tighten pores and exfoliate the skin to clear out impurities in pores. Neem can also help fight skin infections and aid in wound healing due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.


Neem oil side effects

Neem is a safe topical for most people with very few (if any) major side effects. 

But, neem oil may cause bad reactions in people with sensitive skin or those who are allergic. When using neem as a topical treatment, test the product on a small patch of skin before applying to a larger area space. Wait for at least an hour to notice any skin reaction. Should you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction like hives, severe rash, or difficulty breathing, stop use immediately and seek medical attention. 

It’s also important to mention that you should never ingest neem in oil form. Neem oil is extremely toxic when consumed. However, neem supplements from a reliable and trustworthy distributor are safe for consumption. 

Studies are unclear on whether neem supplements are safe for use in pregnant women. Therefore, it's best to avoid using neem while pregnant or breastfeeding.


SkinVite nutritional supplement for clear skin

Neem may be an effective supplement for skin health but can be more effective when combined with other beneficial supplements. 

SkinVite is an all-in-one skin health supplement that promotes clear skin and prevents acne breakouts.* It’s made from 20 different natural vitamins, minerals, and herbs, including neem. SkinVite’s unique formula was developed by a team of dermatologists and other leading skin health physicians. 

Every ingredient is backed by science for their effectiveness in promoting clear skin by treating internal causes of acne.* SkinVite can be used in conjunction with your acne treatment plan and regular skin care regimen. With all natural ingredients, SkinVite is a safe and effective alternative to prescription medications used to treat acne.*



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.