Traditional acne treatments containing harsh active ingredients can overly dry your skin, causing redness, flaking and peeling. To compensate, your skin produces more oil, further complicating the situation. A sesame oil massage is a mild and gentle treatment that may be more effective in the long run than the continuous use of astringents and drying products.
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Acne is a combination of events occurring simultaneously beneath the skin's surface. Three components that contribute to acne, according to MayoClinic.com, are an overproduction of oil or sebum, the presence of bacteria and an irritation of the hair follicles from irregular shedding of dead skin cells. Factors such as hormones, heredity, bacteria and certain medications can contribute to the increase of sebum. When the hair follicle becomes plugged with sebum and dead skin cells, acne occurs.
According to Purdue University's informational page on sesame crops, sesame is one of the oldest cultivated plants and was a valuable oil crop of Babylon and Assyria. The largest producers of sesame today are India and China. Today the oil of sesame seeds is used in the manufacture of soaps, perfumes and pharmaceuticals. Sesame seeds are comprised of approximately 50 percent oil and 25 percent protein and contain the antioxidant sesamol, which gives the oil its long shelf life.
Because acne begins beneath the skin's surface, increased circulation can help in the process of clearing out bacteria and toxins. Increasing circulation through facial massages can make your topical medications more effective as well. Because of the solvent properties in sesame oil, a sesame oil massage can help to break up the excess oils and debris on your skin's surface. The scientific data of sesame oil has been evaluated by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel and deemed as a safe cosmetic ingredient.
In addition to a sesame oil massage, other mild treatments for acne include drinking green tea in moderation, taking vitamin B supplements and getting a healthy amount of vitamin D from the sun. Getting a sunburn, however, is counterproductive as the peeling and dead skin can clog pores. Exercising and drinking sufficient water can help with circulation and washing toxins from your body. If you must use stronger acne treatments, use them sparingly to avoid the cycle of drying your skin, triggering an increase in oil production, which can lead to additional breakouts.