Sesame oil has many properties, which help to make it a beneficial oil for skin. It is antioxidant,tThis means it has the ability to fight damage by free radicals, or unstable molecules that can harm the cellular structure of your skin. It is antimicrobial, can kill harmful microorganisms or stop their growth. It is anti-inflammatory, it can reduce inflammation and swelling.
A 2005 animal study found that topical application of sesame oil may reduce oxidative stress, which can lead to cell or tissue damage. A recent animal study found that topical use of sesame oil was helpful for healing second-degree burn wounds.