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Use Neem Oil To Get Rid Of Zits Naturally
Acne is a problem that affects countless millions of people. Unsightly breakouts on the face and other areas of the body can lead to embarrassment and discomfort for anyone affected by them. While acne primarily affects teenagers, it can occur in people who are well into their adult years. This has led to the development of a multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry and gotten dermatologists plenty of business over the decades. And yet, acne continues to persist.
What if we told you there was a new, all-natural method for clearing your skin that few people have ever heard of?
Introducing Neem Oil
There are many different kinds of over-the-counter commercial acne treatments. These include many brands of creams, gels and wipes. Large numbers of people do get the clear skin they’re seeking by using these products. Many, however, do not, and end up feeling more frustrated than they did before. On the other end of the spectrum are the heavy artillery prescription treatments like Accutane, but these come with potentially dangerous side effects.
Clearly a third option is needed, and sometimes looking back to nature is the wisest option. There are many different types of natural gels and substances like aloe vera that are great for the skin, but there aren’t many that are specifically known for treating acne … until now.
Neem oil is a natural oil that’s derived from the seeds of the neem tree, which is native to the Indian subcontinent and Myanmar. The oil of these seeds has been used in various medicinal compounds for thousands of years, but it gained new popularity in the 20th century for its potency as a natural pesticide and insect repellant.
Neem oil contains a variety of compounds which can be used to ward off insects, and it has been approved by the EPA for use in several different forms of insecticides. But it also contains many natural compounds that are exceptionally good for human skin.
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The Benefits of Neem Oil
The benefits of neem oil are rooted in the unique combination of compounds which heal and clear skin. One of the most important of these is the high concentration of essential fatty acids which are found in this oil. These fatty acids are absorbed by the skin, hydrating it without making it greasy. Some of these fatty acidic compounds include oleic acid (a key component of extra virgin olive oil, which has numerous health benefits), palmitic acid, linoleic acid, and stearic acid. Each of these compounds offers documented abilities to rejuvenate and restore a healthy, vibrant appearance to skin.
Another key ingredient found in neem oil that benefits the skin is vitamin E. This vitamin is added to many different cosmetic products and brands of soap because of its antioxidant properties, and because it how it can help strengthen natural skin elasticity by improving the body’s natural production of collagen. This keeps your skin looking taut and young, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
But What About Treating Acne?
Here’s where things get really interesting. Neem oil contains two different compounds called nimbin and nimbidin. These two ingredients allow neem oil to alleviate the swelling and redness that occurs with acne. The oil also has antibacterial properties which can help clear away bacteria and clean out pores. This in turn prevents further breakouts from occurring on the sites where neem oil has been applied.
To use neem oil to get rid of acne, you want to mix it with a carrier oil and apply it directly to a pimple. It’s important to start out with just a little, because some people’s skin might not agree with it. For example, try blending ten drops of neem oil and 1 teaspoon of coconut or olive oil that has been slightly warmed. Let it sit for one hour, then wash it off.
Again, these are the recommendations for first time use. As you become more experienced with neem oil, you can try leaving it on overnight to see if it produces even better results.
Many people are skeptical of natural remedies, but neem oil has beneficial, acne-fighting compounds that are backed by science. Give it a try, and don’t be surprised if you end up with a fresher and clearer-looking face.