You may have seen the recommendation to take neem capsules for acne.
Now let's assume you understand what causes acne, you live a healthy lifestyle, you follow a suitable, gentle skin care regime and you already do everything that can be done externally.
Does it make sense to combat acne from the inside as well?
Taking neem leaf capsules cleanses the blood, and cleansing the blood will clean up acne. That is the claim you may have heard.
The ingredient in neem capsules is neem leaf. In traditional medicine neem leaf has indeed been recommended and used as a blood cleanser for many hundred years.
Modern research shows this is possibly a result of neem's positive effect on the liver (but research in this area is patchy at best).
The liver is one of the most important and impressive organs in your body. One of its many functions is to eliminate and breakdown any toxins. An unhealthy liver will lead to many health problems, and those problems will also show as unhealthy skin. (I won't go into more detail here because this is a complex topic.)
A healthy liver is certainly desirable. Neem does protect and support the liver. But an unhealthy liver is not what causes acne!
If you read through the previous pages in this section on neem and acne, then you already know that acne is not caused by blood impurities. Diet and lifestyle can make existing acne worse (i.e. trigger breakouts), but they don't cause acne.
Neem leaves are also known to be very powerful stimulators of the immune system. Again, a healthy immune system will also be reflected in healthy, radiant skin.
But acne is not caused by a weak immune system! And like an unhealthy liver a weak immune system is generally the result of our diet and lifestyle. Junk food, lack of exercise, stress...
So whether you focus on the liver or the immune system, taking a pill or capsule instead of eating a healthy diet and leading a healthy lifestyle... It certainly is not what I would recommend!
Neem capsules can support your liver and immune system, they may help them deal with environmental stresses and with the unhealthy things that you put into your body, and they may help your skin.
Many people take neem capsules as a regular supplement to support their overall health, and neem capsules may help you. But neem capsules are not a magical quick fix for acne. They are only one tiny part of any acne treament regime.
And before you go and buy those neem capsules for acne, I recommend you also read the page on taking neem leaves. Capsules are the least effective way to use neem leaves. Fresh leaves would be best, followed by neem tea made from fresh or dried neem leaves.
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