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Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract

Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract

What is Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract?

Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract is derived from the neem tree and is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties in skincare products. It's often used to help treat acne, eczema, and other skin irritations while also offering antioxidant protection against environmental damage.

How does this ingredient work in skincare?

Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract contains bioactive compounds such as nimbidin, nimbin, and azadirachtin, which possess antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds may inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation associated with skin conditions like acne and eczema, and help soothe irritated skin. Additionally, the extract's antioxidant properties may help protect the skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage, contributing to overall skin health. 

How does this ingredient compare to others?

Compared to some other botanical extracts commonly used in skincare, such as tea tree oil or aloe vera, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract offers a broader spectrum of benefits, including stronger antibacterial and antifungal activity.

Potential benefits of this ingredient for the skin

The potential benefits of Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract for the skin include:

  • Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Helps combat acne by inhibiting the growth of acne-causing bacteria like Propionibacterium acnes and reducing fungal infections on the skin's surface.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Soothes inflammation associated with various skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and dermatitis, promoting calmer and less irritated skin.
  • Antioxidant Protection: Helps protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by environmental factors like UV radiation and pollution, thereby preventing premature aging and maintaining skin health.
  • Oil Balancing: Regulates sebum production, making it beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin types by minimizing excess oiliness and preventing clogged pores.
  • Skin Healing: Supports wound healing processes and may aid in the repair of damaged skin tissues, contributing to faster recovery from skin injuries and reducing the risk of scarring.

Products we use this ingredient in

Purslane Prebiotic Moisturizer, Higher Capacity Cleansing Fluid


  • Saleem, Rubeena et al. “Effect of cream containing Melia azedarach flowers on skin diseases in children.” Phytomedicine : international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology vol. 15,4 (2008): 231-6. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2008.02.002