Got Acne, Eczema, or Dandruff? You Need Neem


OK, so we neem to know: what is neem oil, and where does it come from? For many of us, it’s an ingredient we’ve never heard of and have never used – let alone shopped for. But in Ayurvedic tradition neem has been used as the wonder ingredient to abolish acne for centuries.

Neem is a tree herb grown in semi-tropical climates, original to the subcontinent of India. In addition to the many natural agricultural uses of neem, this herb is slowly being popularized in the beauty world. Skin and hair care formulas use it to fight inflammatory disorders such as acne, eczema, dandruff, and a host of other conditions.

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The Many Health Benefits of Neem

Also known as Indian Lilac or Azadirachta indica, neem is a vibrant green tree with slender leaves and pale green pods. At full maturity, it looks like the perfect shady hideaway for a picnic or a good read. But within these leaves hides an abundant anti-inflammatory oil, which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years.

Neem is an antioxidant, which around here is code for ‘free radical exterminator’. For that reason, neem oil is sometimes prescribed as a supplement. Studies show neem oil is beneficial against disorders such as leprosy, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

Neem has also played a part in women’s health and medicine. A study on gynecological cancers showed neem as having a positive result on participants. In other studies, neem has even been considered a form of effective birth control.

Many studies suggest neem oil has stimulant effects on the immune system, which explains why skin conditions like acne and dandruff are often treated by the herb. We love a multi-purpose herb or extract, and neem oil makes for the perfect addition to many of our product formulas.

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Truth or “Hair”

Even for those who don’t suffer from scalp or hair irritation, neem oil is still beneficial. The oil from this evergreen tree is packed with hair benefits. Most notable is its high content of fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to increased hair growth and potential minimizing of hair loss – especially for those who experience pattern baldness.

The most common symptoms of suffering scalps, dryness, and dandruff, will benefit from neem oil. This active extract has a nourishing, healing impact on the scalp. It helps to soothe active irritation and penetrates deeper for lasting comfort. Depending on your hair type, daily or weekly use of a neem-infused shampoo or conditioner could gradually ease hair and scalp into better health.

Hair Care Made with Neem

Washing our hair means ridding strands of grease and product buildup – but it’s really our scalp that needs the reset. A thorough cleanse with our Healthy Scalp Shampoo can help inject neem right to the source of healthy hair: your scalp.

This neem oil shampoo deeply penetrates the scalp to help alleviate dryness while building an immune defense against dandruff, eczema, and similar issues. Follow with a layer of Healthy Scalp Conditioner on your ends from the ears down, for a boost of intense nourishment.

With support from strengthening provitamin B5 and moisture-locking kelp, this unstoppable shampoo and conditioner combo makes for a rejuvenated mane and happy scalp.

PRO TIP: Is your itchy scalp caused by something more than dryness? Neem oil can kill head lice, too!

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Neem for Skin Health: a Skin-Win Situation

Barrier Function

Neem oil contains essential fatty acids that are key for fortifying the skin’s cell membrane. This barrier, also called the stratum corneum, keeps hydration in and bacteria, damage, and toxins out. This barrier relies on elements like cholesterol, ceramides, and EFAs to function properly.

When your cell membrane is damaged by abrasive scrubs, harsh acids, or severe temperature fluctuations, serious issues can arise. You’re looking at inflammation, dryness, and acne flare-ups. Part of why neem oil makes a great dermatitis and psoriasis treatment is because it boosts immunity, and deposits those essential fatty acids for skin barrier health.

Phytochemical + Preservative Power

Limonoids are commonly found in citrus fruits, but can also be found in neem oil. They act as natural pesticides that protect the leaves of the neem tree. These phytochemicals have been discovered to work against cancers, with special consideration to the mouth and skin.

Neem oil also contains powerful triglycerides, which help it act as an emollient in skin care formulas. They can bind ingredients that aren’t innately compatible and are effective to some extent as a product preservative. Although there is mixed research on the purity and purpose of triglycerides, neem oil can still contribute preservative power, emollient abilities, and solvency in many of our products.

Gentle Cleansing

Since we know neem oil to be effective for protecting the skin’s moisture barrier, this ingredient is great to have in a cleanser. Many cleansers can leave the skin feeling too clean, dehydrated, stripped, and totally uncomfortable. These feelings can actually translate to damage – damage to our skin’s delicate moisture barrier.

Rather than using a harsh cleanser for acne or oily skin, try our Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Cleanser. It will make your cleansing experience a lot gentler, and far more sustainable for regular use. Supporting ingredients willow bark and tea tree are calming, detoxifying, and clarifying for clean, balanced skin.

Effective Acne Treatment

To follow up your neem oil cleanser, go for the Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Astringent. Neem, turmeric root, and parsley offer serious benefits for acne-prone skin by decongesting pores with detoxifying power.

The base of this acne astringent is tea tree water – as an antimicrobial, it helps to eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Algae and glycerin make this astringent far more gentle than those drugstore formulas you’re used to – they lock in essential moisture to leave skin soft and smooth.

It’s safe to say that with the help of neem oil, we’re transforming not just our skin care regimen – we’re improving the health of our skin. For more on powerful herbs, read our guide to detoxifying herbs, and don’t miss our feature on the wonders of lavender oil for skin!

Frequently Asked Questions About Acne, Eczema and Dandruff

How Does Neem Benefit Acne-Prone Skin?

Neem is a boon for acne-prone skin. Its potent antibacterial properties combat the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. Neem’s anti-inflammatory nature soothes skin, while its ability to regulate oil production helps maintain a balance, preventing clogged pores. This dual action not only addresses existing acne issues but also works preventively, making neem a comprehensive solution for achieving blemish-free skin.

Can Neem Oil Be Used to Treat Eczema?

Certainly, neem oil can be a beneficial treatment for eczema. With its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, neem oil helps soothe irritated skin. It also alleviates itching and supports the healing process for individuals with eczema. Neem’s natural compounds contribute to calming skin inflammation, making it a potential ally in managing the discomfort associated with eczematous conditions.

What Makes Neem Effective Against Dandruff?

Neem proves effective against dandruff due to its powerful antifungal properties. It addresses the root causes of dandruff by combating the fungi responsible for its occurrence on the scalp. Additionally, neem’s natural antibacterial qualities help maintain a healthier scalp environment, preventing dandruff formation. Regular use of neem-based products or neem oil can contribute significantly to reducing dandruff.

How Should Neem Be Incorporated Into a Daily Skincare Routine?

Neem can be seamlessly integrated into a daily skincare routine by utilizing products containing neem extracts as their active ingredient. You can use a neem-based cleanser to purify the skin, followed by a neem toner to balance and prepare the skin for further treatment. Incorporate a neem-infused moisturizer to harness its antibacterial properties and maintain hydration.

Is Neem Suitable for All Skin Types, Including Sensitive Skin?

Generally, neem is suitable for all skin types, even mildly sensitive skin. Its natural properties offer a gentle yet effective approach to skincare. However, individuals with allergies or extremely sensitive skin should perform a patch test to ensure there are no adverse reactions.

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