Do you use sesame oil for your skin? If not, you are dead wrong, as you are missing a lot, depriving your skin of a natural treasure!
In a moment, I will highlight the most critical sesame oil benefits for you, but today we will delve into a topic which explains how sesame oil reacts with your skin.
You will learn the answer to an essential question: is sesame oil comedogenic, and how will this fact determine your usage of sesame oil for massage and other purposes?
Why should you use sesame oil?
I will give you a few arguments why avoiding sesame oil would be a mistake:
1. It is a vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds and used from ancient times.
Just think about it – would it be so prevalent throughout the ages if it wasn’t precious?
2. It contains fatty acids (like oleic and linoleic acid). Your body needs them to survive. They oppose free radicals and have anti-ageing properties.
3. It is rich in minerals (like copper, calcium, and magnesium). Thus your bones remain healthy, and you help yourself avoid osteoporosis.
4. Vitamins (like vitamins E and K) are part of its formula, as well. Did you know you need vitamin E, which helps your blood get clogged?
5. It detoxifies the skin, holding moisture within the skin cells, and is a natural sunscreen, keeping the UV sunlight away.
6. It is suitable for skin wounds, cuts, and cracked heels.
7. It is one of a kind of massage oil, perfect for aromatherapy.
You can apply sesame oil only or blend it with other carrier and essential oils. Such blends decrease stress and pressure, refresh and strengthen the body, rejuvenate you, calm your emotions, and make you feel better!
All these oils are absorbed through your skin and cause positive physiological changes.
Just imagine – you are tired, in a bad mood, and upset. Instead of drinking headache pills or worrying about negative thoughts, you (and your partner) are doing a great massage that tames the negative talk in your mind!
And sesame oil plays a central role there.
Okay, now you know why you should include sesame oil in your skincare solutions. But let’s get back to the other core topic today:
Is sesame oil comedogenic?
To answer this question, let’s first see what does this mean? The term “comedogenic” comes from the word “comedo,” According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it means
a small bump or blemish on the skin (as of the face or back), usually containing a plug of sebum in a skin pore: such as open comedo (blackhead) or closed comedo (whitehead).
These comedos, or pimples, are caused by clogged pores. The pores are those tiny holes in our skin. Sometimes we can see them scrutinizing our skin.
What’s the role of pores? They are the home of the hair follicles. When the body produces more sebum than needed, combined with the dead cells on the skin surface, it can clog the pores.
This is how we get these unpleasant pimples, called blackheads or whiteheads.
Here comes the question: Can some carrier oils facilitate the process of clogging pores? What about sesame oil?
To clarify that, skin experts have created a so-called comedogenic index.
It is, in fact, a 6-point scale, where the lower the index, the lower the probability that oil is comedogenic. Here is the meaning of the range:
0 – Not likely to clog pores
1 – Low
2 – Moderately Low
3 – Moderate
4 – Fairly High
5 – High
What is the comedogenic index of sesame oil?
Sesame oil is indexed as moderately low comedogenic. It is in one group with oils like avocado, grape seed, and olive oil.
All of them are proven and excellent “allies” of your skin. Index 2 means that sesame oil has a low ability and tendency to clog your pores.
Sesame oil has another beautiful property: the skin very well absorbs it. The result? You don’t feel greasy, which is another thumbs up for using it as a massage oil.
To wrap it up
Use sesame oil with pleasure, irrespective if you treat acne, cracked feet, or skin burn, protect yourself from the sun, or give yourself and your partner a massage. It is in the right relationship with your skin, and you should not worry about its comedogenicity level.
Mixed with other oils and compounds, it will bring you to the next level of experience. You can find on the market proven natural cosmetic formulas, including sesame oil.
What is your next step? Search and test products which work well for your skin. Now you are familiar with one more instrument to treat yourself in the best possible way!
I would love to hear from you! Do you (plan to) use sesame oil? Leave me a message, and I will answer you!
Take action and take care:)