Sesame Oil



Sesame Oil description

Sesame oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats along with vitamin E and lignans (especially one called sesamin), antioxidant plant compounds that have a notable calming effect on skin.[br] [br] As with all non-fragrant oils, sesame has moisturising and emollient properties and can help prevent water loss from skin’s uppermost layers.[br] [br] Sesame oil is a natural source of omega-6 fatty acids, and its fatty acid profile helps ensure a healthy skin barrier by complementing skin’s natural supply of ceramides and lipids.

Sesame Oil references

  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, December 2017, ePublication
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin, April 2017, pages 97-101

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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