Neem Oil: Nixing Oily Skin & Acne
While Neem oil has been used in India for generations for medicinal, cosmetic and cooking purposes, word of Neem oil has slowly reached the U.S., where it is has been creating buzz as an effective acne treatment and skin care ingredient.
Neem oil is derived from the seeds and fruit of the Neem tree, a flowering evergreen variety that's native to India. Locals utilize almost every part of the tree, including the bark, the leaves, the seeds and the fruit. With so many possible uses and benefits, it's no wonder the Neem tree has been called the "legendary medicinal tree of India" by the Neem Foundation. Read on to learn more specifically how Neem oil treats and improves problem skin.
How Does Neem Oil Treat Acne?
It sounds counterproductive to treat oily skin with oil, but some consumers apparently swear by Neem oil and its ability to combat acne blemishes and even reduce the signs of inflammation. Its active ingredients include numerous liminoids that fight bad bacteria, and quercetin, which has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. To treat acne, Neem oil is available by itself in its purest form, and also in various creams and soaps. Some consumers use Neem oil and/or Neem leaf extract, Neem powder and Neem capsules to treat their acne. The form of Neem you use is up to you, since one type of Neem might work better for your skin than another.
Neem oil isn't reputed to remove acne scars or cure acne, but it is an effective, gentle cleanser that can be helpful for a majority of skin types. Neem ingredients' anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits can not only kill acne-causing bacteria, they can eliminate excess oil and even help fight free radicals—all to keep skin looking smoother and more radiant.
Professional Acne Treatments
It's true that using Neem oil and other topical acne treatments can make a big difference for some patients; but for more severe acne symptoms, or for certain skin types, advanced cosmetic skin treatments might be the better option. Laser-based skin treatments like IPL Photofacial, Blue Light Therapy, and even Fraxel Laser Resurfacing can be effective when it comes to removing deep-set acne scars and blemishes.
Neem oil will help clean and treat excessive oil production and clogged pores, but it can't help erase deeper cystic acne, or remove old acne scars. That's why, for the most enhanced skin rejuvenation results, consumers might want to try combining Neem oil with laser treatments, or with Microdermabrasion and/or Chemical Peels to treat acne symptoms in a more complete manner.
If you're interested in professional laser skin care procedures, or dermabrasion and peel treatments for your acne, we recommend visiting with a trusted dermatologist or cosmetic provider in your area. They can give you an in-depth skin assessment and make informed recommendations concerning which acne treatments will yield the best results for you.
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