My skin has been really fussy lately. It all started a few weeks ago when my face erupted in more than five breakouts along my jaw line and cheeks. And these raging zits just won’t quit! As I have mentioned quite a few times, my go-to remedy for breakouts is Paula’s Choice 2% BHA (salicylic acid) liquid that usually works like a charm to fend off those pesky pimples I get every now and then, but this time around even that didn’t seem to help very much. Neeedless to say, I was getting really desperate to find out a way to combat these breakouts.
And that’s when I decided to try out Neem. Because of my Indian roots, I have always known about the antibacterial properties of this Ayurvedic medicinal herb traditionally used for purifying and cleansing. I had also heard that it can be very helpful to treat acne so I finally caved in and ordered Neem Capsules from Amazon.
The only ingredient in these neem capsules is Neem leaf. The recommended dose is 2 capsules two times daily, preferably with food. I couldn’t believe how quickly these Neem capsules managed to calm down my angry skin and speed up the zit-be-gone process! Within 2-3 days, most of the pimples were reduced in size and redness and by the end of the week, my skin was smooth and zit-free again. It’s worth noting that I did continue to use the 2% salicylic formula once a day as a spot treatment on the larger, more painful pimples.
So, obviously, I am impressed by the results I got from these Neem capsules. That said, neem should not be considered a miracle cure for acne and I wouldn’t recommend relying completely on Neem (whether it be capsules or neem oil/powder) if you have acne-prone skin and suffer from constant breakouts, because at that point, it is more important to find a skincare routine (and develop healthy eating habits) that can really clear up your face.
Many people take neem capsules as a regular supplement to support their overall health, and neem capsules may help you. However, different people have different reactions to substances, whether drugs, foods, or herbs. Also, depending on what else you are taking there may be unexpected interactions. You may just be the first person ever to have a neem allergy…
Have you ever tried Neem in any form? What are your go-to acne busters? Do tell!