Sesame oil is an edible vegetable oil containing anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral properties, deriving from sesame seeds. Unlike the more traditional approach to fighting acne such as topical ointments or medication, which can be harsh and drying to already irritated skin, the use of sesame oil is a gentle, natural treatment which can be taken orally by being included in a varied diet or directly massaged into the skin. This process avoids the skin getting overly dry and producing more oil to compensate, making acne worse.
Using oil to remove build up of oil can seem counter productive but, sesame oil contains good mono and polyunsaturated fats and high levels of vitamins A and E, which are known to effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as hydrating and soothing inflamed skin.
Acne can be hereditary, hormonalor caused by environmental factors including bacteria and certain medications. Over time sesame oil can restore the skins natural balance and massaging your face gently with the oil daily will loosen and remove excess build up of the body’s natural oil and debris which collects below the surface of the skin, combating acne and clogged pores.
Pros of sesame oil for acne
• Removes dead skin, bacteria, toxins and oil build up
• Soothes irritated skin
• Helps to reduce skin blemishes/scars caused by acne
• Acts as a sunscreen to protect inflamed skin
• Improves circulation when used to massage skin
Cons of sesame oil for acne
Takes time to notice improvement and might not cure acne immediately.
• Some people might find the odour unpleasant
Other health benefits
• Skin – The primary use for sesame oil isthe wonderful benefits it provides the skin, from the inside and out. This oil can be used as a moisturizer, emollient, anti inflammatory, sunscreen lotion, anti wrinkle solution, massage oil, cleanser and to fight fungal infections, penetrating the skin easily.
• Hair – This type of oil is a great conditioner and moisturizer for dry hair and encourages the growth of healthier, thicker hair.
• Nails – Similar to the effects on hair, sesame oil can be taken orally or massaged into nails for stronger, healthier nails with less breakage.
• Bone health – Oils of this type, containing magnesium, calcium and vital nutrients introduced in to your diet promote the growth of healthy strong bones.
• Blood pressure – Sesame oil regulates blood pressure and boosts circulation.
• Serotonin levels – Serotonin is the “feel good” hormone produced by the brain. Sesame oil as part of a balanced daily diet can increase serotonin levels, helping to fight off depression and anxiety.
In addition to the above benefits sesame oil can be used as an all over massage oil, giving it direct access to the skin and allowing it to work its magic in numerous ways for overall good health. The massage aspect will allow you to rid yourself of stress, aches and pains and aid relaxation, while benefiting your skin.
Sesame oilcan also be used for cooking or added to food to quickly and easily to increase your oral intake. Many people also practice oil pulling with sesame oil,which is the process of swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes each morning, before spitting it out. This rids your body of toxins and creates fresher breath and a whiter smile.