Indian Natural Remedies for Acne

Article by Brianna Mobilian

The Indian culture is known for its bold and rich flavors that come from their spices. The spices that provide a wonderful taste on the palate and fragrance to a room are also able to provide a beautiful and radiant skin complexion.


Turmeric, also known as haldi, is one of India’s most popular spices.  In India, the ancient wedding tradition, the Haldi ceremony, is held for a bride and groom. During the ceremony a paste of Haldi, turmeric, is spread on the bride and groom’s face, feet, and hands. Turmeric has a rich yellow-orange color that is turned into a paste to revamp the bride and groom. While the Haldi paste has several ingredients, you are able to make a simple turmeric paste with only turmeric and water. Honey can be an added ingredient to provide additional antibacterial properties. A homemade turmeric paste face mask can be left on the skin for fifteen minutes, and repeated several times per week.

Turmeric contains dietary fiber, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, and zinc. It has many properties such as: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial. It is able to eradicate bacteria from the skin, eliminate excess oil, soothe red and inflamed skin, and heal acne scars. This Indian natural remedy for acne is one you will want to use over and over again.

Neem Leaves

Neem leaves are known for the medicinal benefits. They come from a plant that grows in India called the Azadirachta Indica or Neem tree. Many Ayurveda blends use Indian neem leaves as an essential ingredient due to its many properties. Some of these properties include analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-viral. Neem leaves are able to treat wounds, insect bites, reduce pain, eliminate fungal disease, treat malaria, and treat viral disease. They are also able to eliminate acne, eradicate acne-causing bacteria, moisturize the skin, lighten acne scars, sooth irritated skin, and tone the skin.

Neem Flower

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Neem leaves are versatile in their usage to eliminate or prevent acne. You are able to use neem oil, and apply this to infected skin. As an alternative, you can boil neem leaves until they turn soft and rinse with the green-colored and property filled water. Neem oil or boiled neem water can also be added to a turmeric paste mask for a potent acne fighting solution.


Fennel is a popular ingredient in many Indian culinary dishes. To promote digestion, fennel seeds are chewed after meals in India. Fennel contains calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and zinc. They are rich in antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Fennel can ease digestive issues, heal snake bites, eliminate toxins from the body, treat inflammation, heal acne inflamed skin, and prevent acne. Fennel oil can be applied topically to the skin, or fennel tea can be consumed to heal acne. Just like neem leaves, you can boil fennel seeds and use this water as a skin toner.


Brianna Mobilian is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pre/Postal Specialist, Certified Postnatal Yoga Instructor, and passionate mother. She enjoys living her life as holistically as possible, and teaching her family and others to do the same.

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