Indian Lilac, which is commonly known as neem, has been an integral part of Ayurveda for the benefits associated with it. It is an herb that is commonly available throughout the year and has benefits that only a few natural products can provide (1). Neem has antibacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that not only benefit your health but also can help you get rid of common beauty problems. So, read more about the uses of the neem also known as ‘Vepai‘ in Telugu, ‘Veppilai‘ in Tamil  (Aaru Veppila / Veppila) in Malayalam, (Bevu / Olle Bevu) in Kannada, ‘Nim‘ in Hindi, (Nim / Nimba Pata) in Bengali, ‘Limba‘ in Gujarati and ‘Kadulimb‘ in Marathi. Read more to know how you can use this miraculous herb in your daily beauty regime.

A. Benefits Of Neem For Skin:

Neem proves to be a miracle for people with problematic skin, thanks to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Neem is a boon for people with sensitive or oily, acne-prone skin.

 [ Read: Neem Leaves For Skin ]

Neem contains Vitamin C, which helps in getting rid of skin problems like blackheads, pigmentation, dullness and aging, thus leaving the skin with a youthful glow.

Here are some ways in which you can use neem to get that glowing skin you have always wanted:

1. Clears Acne & Dark Pigmentation:

Boil a concoction of about 20 neem leaves in half a litre of water till the leaves are soft and discoloured, and the water turns green. Strain and store in a bottle. Use this liquid as a skin toner by just dipping a cotton ball into it and wiping your face with it every night. Regular usage will help in clearing acne, scars (2), pigmentation and blackheads.

2. Prevents Recurrence Of Blackheads:

In case you have a very sensitive skin and are suffering from blackheads, dilute neem oil with water and apply it over the blackheads (3). Make sure that that you don’t use more than 2-3 drops of neem oil. Applying this regularly will help you in getting rid of blackheads and also prevent them from coming back.

[ Read: Blackheads Home Remedies ]

3. Treats Skin Infection:

To get rid skin of infection, prepare the concoction as mentioned above and add about 100 ml of it to your bathing water (4).

4. Prevents Acne Breakouts:

To get rid of acne, take about 10 neem leaves, boil them with small segments of orange peel in a little water. When they become a little soft, let them cook a little and then pound them into a pulp. Apply this to your face and let it sit till it starts drying after which you can rinse with cold water. This face pack will help in clearing acne and prevent breakouts (5). It also helps in getting rid of whiteheads and blackheads.

In case you have very dry skin, you can add a little honey and yogurt to this pack.

5. Turns Skin Clear:

Another effective remedy for acne and pimples using neem is to make a paste of neem leaves and turmeric and use it twice a week. Regular usage gives you a clear and flawless skin (6). You can also add some grated cucumber to it as well.

6. Treats Pimples:

Just like neem, tulsi is another herb that has many benefits for the skin. Grind together a few neem leaves with a handful of tulsi leaves or you can use the powder form of both, if they are available to you. Mix it with rose water to form a paste and apply it to naturally treat pimples (7).

7. Controls Excess Oils:

Oily skin beauties who are looking for some sebum control can make a paste by mixing neem powder with lemon juice and a little bit of yogurt. This will not only control the excess oil but also prevent acne and infections that are common problems associated with this skin type (8).

8. Adds Glow To The Skin:

For getting a glowing skin with a clear complexion (9), mix neem powder with rose petal powder, yogurt and a little milk to make a smooth paste. Apply it and let it rest for 15 minutes and rinse with water that is mixed with 2-3 tbsp. of rose water.

You can also add fuller’s earth or gram flour to this pack to make it into a scrub.

9. Lightens Skin Pigmentation:

To get rid of pigmentation and blemishes on the skin, mix neem powder, with tulsi powder, sandalwood powder and rose water to make a fine paste. Apply the paste on your face and let it dry before you wash it off with cold water. Regular usage will help in lightening the blemishes (10).

10. Treats Skin Dryness:

Not many people know about the moisturizing properties of neem but, nonetheless, neem helps in getting rid of dryness of the skin without making it oily, thus giving a very balanced effect (11). Mix neem powder with some water and few drops of grape seed oil and apply it to your face.


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  • shruti

    I have neem powder, how and when to consume or eat it?

    • Aparajita Chattopadhyay

      Hi Shruti, I would suggest you to consume neem powder, though you can use it for face and hair packs

      • shruti

        Hi aparajita, I am using neem powder in my face pack already.

        I had asked that how do I eat it, I mean in morning empty stomach 1 tsp powder only or with water?

        Thanks. Bye.

        • Aparajita

          sorry….my bad…what I meant was I would not suggest consuming neem powder especially if you are buying it from outside as you cannot be sure about the ingredient….its always better to consume the leaves and the fruits

        • dr Atiya

          only 2 or 3 fresh leaves , /just chew it and your mouth and teeth will be fresh like you are using miswaak ,really fresh and teeth will be saved from bacteria the whole day,,,,

  • Bhoomidutta

    Its one of the best nature offered health care ingredient!!! its justs like karela.. bad outside and good inside.. :)

    • Aparajita

      Ya i know bhoomi…its difficult to consume it but I guess we need to think about the benefits rather than the taste

  • Daksha

    Good one:) will start it soon

    • Aparajita

      Thanks Daksha :)

      • Gaurav

        I am consuming neem chutny 1 spoon daily…will it help in my acne…i have oily skin…and I want to know If there would be any side effects from it?

  • Simrin

    Very well written and explained.

    • Aparajita

      Thanks alot for reading Simrin :)

  • Leena

    Excellent write up on Neem. Certainly very useful.

    • Aparajita

      Thanks Leena

  • Sue

    In tip #23 regarding asthma you state to take neem oil orally (a few drops up to a full teaspoon) but then you end your piece with a warning against taking neem oil orally as it is poisonous. Which is it?

  • nilofer

    wheather neem leaves are beneficial to get ride of stone problem?

    • Aparajita

      Yes they are….regular consumption helps you to dissolve the existing once and also prevent them from coming back.
      You can consume it in two ways:

      1. quarter teaspoon of neem powder with honey but make sure you do not consume anything for atleast an hour after you have this
      2. Make neem tea. For this you need sun dry neem leaves and then use it as your tea leaves.

  • Ghost Ghee

    Some of the people below are giving out misinformation. It can be consumed no matter what whom ever says believe me I have cured so many things with it. You should put 1/8 teaspoon of organic ground powdered Neem in a blender preferably in a magic bullet because it is quicker to use & clean, But anyway you put the 1/8 teaspoon to a half of teaspoon into the blender cup & then blend it & then drink it. It is very strong & hard to get down, but it works for any infection at all inside of your body even parasites & infections. It did wonders for my Systemic Lupus & asthma & digestive system & it gives you a ton of energy. In my usual drink that I make for my self every morning it is:
1 tablespoon of organic ground powdered Wheat Grass
1 teaspoon of organic ground powdered Tumeric
1 teaspoon of organic ground powdered Bee Pollen
1 teaspoon of organic ground powdered Ginger Root
1 tablespoon of organic ground powdered Food Grade (Nature’s Wisdom Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth)
1 teaspoon of organic ground powdered Maca Root
1 teaspoon of organic ground powdered Gaba
1 tablespoon of organic ground powdered Flax Seed
1 teaspoon of organic ground powdered ( Natural Calm Natural Vitality )

All of this blended in a full glass of water with 2 ice cubes in it & then blended & then poured over two more ice cubes in it. Make sure that before every drink to stir it because it try’s to settle to the bottom, not all of the powder but some, so I always want to take it all. Do not take it at night because it gives you way to much energy & you will have a problem falling asleep, so take it in the morning or afternoon. Well anyway I hope this helps someone. Good Luck People!

    • Aparajita


      Thank you for sharing this additional information.
      I definitely was a wrong impression that neem powder cannot be consumed but now I have consulted some ayurvedic doctors who completely agree that not only neem powder is safe to be confused but also has a lot of benefits.

  • triptii kaaur

    Hi…the info was really vry helpful but if u can help me as im suffering frm rosasea skin prblm and my face has become vry dull and full of pigmentation marks and scars..pls help me as I want a clear and a beautiful hving a vry oily skin but sometimes it becomes dry….

    • Aparajita

      Hey Triptii,

      You could go for the home made neem toner that I suggested in the article. It will not only help you with the oily skin but also ensure that the other skin problems remain at bay.

      You could try adding neem oil to your face packs or massage it onto the affected area. But be cautious about two things- the quantity of the oil and when you massaging the oil, be very gentle.

      • triptii kaaur

        Thanxs a lot..I will surely try it amd get bck to u …bye and thanxs again

  • Dokta Laura

    Why does it say in one paragraph that the oil helps with asthma and at the end it says dont consume the oil? This makes it confusing.

  • Diabetic

    I recently started taking neem, but in pill form. Will this have some of the same affects on my skin, hair, nails and health?

  • Umm Hussain

    I am currently taking two neem pills a day, plus neem for skin and hair once a week. I cannot explain the difference due to acne under the skin type and I often have scalp discomfort. Neem toothpaste is next on the agenda. In Saudi Arabia, neem is only available in leaf form, so the tonic is a great bonus benefit in this article. Really great writing on such an amazing tree.

  • Shyam

    Hi…I have hair fall problems and balding of head…Currently now i am rinsing my hair with boiled neem leaves water for four days a week…Is it correct? suggest me any other thing…

  • Ken

    Hi Aparajita,
    I have some skin disorders on the torso and arms, which look like pimples.
    Can I use neem leave paste mix with coconut oil to apply? Using only neem leave paste alone cause me to experience “biting effect” and the skin look red when I remove the paste.
    Please advise
    Thank u

  • Modicia Martin

    My blood pressure is high my sugar is high and my liver is enlarged, I am drinking neem leaves twice a day is that a good thing? I see my sugar drop a bit

  • amee

    Very nice and educating write up, pls could you explain the improved blood circulation aand hormal imbalance i dont undertand what you mean by consume three leaves with honey, does it mean to chew three fresh leaves with honey?

  • Ns

    Hi, I recently purchased neem soap for my mildly acne prone skin. I’ve been using it for my occasional break outs, as well as for my dry itchy scalp, it has worked wonders. Thank you for the info.

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  • Bonnie Sariman

    Good morning to you all around the world, PRAISE GOD FOR YOU ALL WITH YOUR FAMILY! How amazing. My blood sugar was 8.6 mmlg yesterday tested my BSL has dropped to 7.6 mml how amazing as of today I quit drinking my metformin. I will just live on neem tree juice forever. Let us all thank our good Lord for showing us this wonderful and powerful herb, Amen. God bless you all and family.Love and prayers,Amen. Cheers,Bonnie Sariman. Papua New Guinea.

    • Ebony

      Oh God is amazing. He provided healing for us through nature…earth, trees, plants, etc. We merely need to research what plant, seeds etc heals what. lol. I’m a firm believer in natural remedies. I buy organic neem powder then insert the powder into empty pill capsules. That’s cheaper than buying the supplements in the bottle. I am a type 2 Diabetic and have high blood pressure. Well, after I discovered neem, my Blood sugar stays between 95 and 120. Blood pressure has stabilized to 103/72. Dark eye circles are almost gone. Dark skin pigmentation is clearing. Eyes are white and clear.Bad breath has disappeared. No more White coated tongue. Also, I make my own neem oil by placing 2 teaspoons of neem powder in a glass jar with plain castor oil. I then replace the cap on the jar, shake well, and place the jar in a cool dry place for about 2 months or so. Shaking the jar every other day.

  • Anonymous

    Hi neem oil is good !

  • thomas

    Can neem will decrease h bp

  • hardik

    thanks for this all info…

  • Arwany

    Where to buy the neem powder or neem oil ,,,,,??

  • Sherry

    Thank you for that wonderful information!

  • gundalina a. ramos

    Can I use neem capsules as multi vitamins and anti oxidant too?

  • StyleCraze

    Indeed its true Mirela….neem leaves are the best herbs that are widely used in the beauty, skin care products. Neem leaves help to clear the acne, pimples, pimple marks and all skin related problems and infections. Neem has been used since ages for maintaining a healthy skin. Its leaves have been one of the best home remedies for people suffering with regular skin problems like itchy skin, rashes, allergy and inflammation.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Deepesh, neem is the easiest and cheapest remedy for folluculitis. Neem has been used since times unknown in treating all kinds of skin disorders and rashes. It is rich in antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties which eradicate the infection most efficiently and heals the follicles. It exfoliates the dead skin and clears the congested pores. Boil lots of fresh neem leaves in two litres of water. When the water cools bathe the affected areas with this water twice a day.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Kawan, you have not mentioned what kind of skin problems you have. However neem juice is beneficial for skin in many ways like like blackheads, pigmentation, dullness and ageing. Neem juice also gives a glow to the skin.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Shama, to rid rid of acne, boil a concoction of about 20 neem leaves in half a litre of water till the leaves are soft and discoloured, and the water turns green. Strain and store in a bottle. Use this liquid as a skin toner by just dipping a cotton-ball into it and wiping your face with it every night. Regular usage will help in clearing acne, scars, pigmentation and blackheads.