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7 Ways to Use Sandalwood to Get Acne-Free Skin

Soothing your skin: The Sandalwood Edition

Experience the magic of sandalwood in this edition of skin care with us! Harness the healing power of ancient Ayurveda with this woody, intense beauty ingredient that has been used in many traditional Indian rituals. Sandalwood can be used on your skin in myriad ways – sandalwood powder for acne or sandalwood for pimples and a sandalwood face pack for acne scars are among the popular ones.

What is sandalwood? What are the types of sandalwood?

Santalum album, or Indian sandalwood – also known as ‘chandan’, is a small tropical tree, which is the traditional source of sandalwood oil. These trees grow at a slower rate but possess an extremely distinctive fragrance. They retain their woody scent for years and years, making it an exquisite choice for skin care. 

Going deeper into the origin of this natural ingredient of beauty and skin care, we’ve listed below the four types of sandalwood trees that are native to India. 

  1. Indian Chandan or Indian Sandalwood
  2. Red Chandan or Red Sandalwood
  3. Swet Chandan or White Sandalwood
  4. Malayagari Chandan or Sandalwood

If you’re wondering how you can use sandalwood for acne or chandan for pimples, you’ve come to the right place. 

At some point in our adolescent years, each of us have struggled with acne, and a popular solution back then was  this advice - “put some haldi chandan paste on your pimples overnight and watch them disappear the next morning.” Even today, most of us  vouch for it! So, let’s understand why it’s such a revered ingredient and what are its benefits on your skin.

What are the benefits of using sandalwood for skin care? Why is it so beneficial?

There are a variety of sandalwood uses for skin and the most important one is using sandalwood for acne. Be it as a powder, paste or oil, it works its magic like a powerful antiseptic, emollient and anti-inflammatory solution for your skin. So, why is sandalwood good for acne and a quick fix for many of your skin’s woes? Here are a few reasons.

  • Anti-ageing
  • It keeps your skin from sagging, the formation of wrinkles and any damage that can be caused over time. Sandalwood is your miracle rescue ingredient that is rich in antioxidants to prevent these signs of ageing. 

    Here’s how you can make the most of it - In a bowl, add sandalwood oil, honey and egg yolk. Mix it well and apply the mixture on your skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then gently rinse it off with water.

    If you would like to opt for a natural and fuss-free alternative, you can try the sandalwood rich Coco Soul Body Lotion that minimises age spots and reverses sun damage. Why you should go for this nourishing lotion is:

    • Powered with Virgin King Coconut Oil, Sandalwood, Welmi and two other ayurvedic herbs
    • Virgin King Coconut oil promotes cellular repair and penetrates ten layers deep into the skin to restore lost moisture and repairs dry & damaged skin
    • Sandalwood has emollient properties. It also aids in minimising age spots and reverses sun damage
    • Welmi, loaded with vitamin C, makes the skin radiant
    • It is cruelty-free, MadeSafe certified and 100% vegan
  • Ayurvedic cure for pimples and acne
  • An anti-inflammatory agent, sandalwood has a soothing effect on the inflammation caused by pimples and acne. 

    Go for the popular haldi chandan or turmeric-sandalwood paste to see this magical cure. Add sandalwood oil to some turmeric powder and camphor to achieve this effect. Apply it to your zits and leave it on overnight and wash it off the next morning, with just plain water.

  • Softens the skin, removes scars
  • Take pure sandalwood powder and mix it with Coconut Oil or any carrier oil that suits your skin. Massage your face as you apply it and after leaving it on for a few minutes, wash off with water.

  • Goodbye, tan!
  • Mix sandalwood oil or powder with honey, lemon juice and curd. Apply this potent mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes, and voila! You’re done! The skin tan is now removed and your face is glowing with joy.

  • Heat shield
  • Prickly heat, as the word suggests, can really prick your skin and irritate it beyond control. With its rich antioxidants, it acts as a protective and soothing barrier that gives a calming, healing effect to your skin. 

  • Eczema treatment potion
  • Get rid of eczema with just a couple of drops of sandalwood oil over the area of your skin that is affected by it. Applying it daily will show you miraculous results!

    How can you use sandalwood for acne and pimples?

    Zap all your zits with sandalwood bliss! According to a research article published in the journal ‘Letters in Applied Microbiology’, sandalwood or chandan for pimples is the mild, easy way to treat it, owing to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. How do you know you have the right sandalwood for pimples? The strong yet soothing fragrance is a telltale sign!


    From an ayurvedic perspective, skin diseases are caused by doshic imbalance, and therefore treatment focuses on imparting harmony and balance for the individual. Ayurvedic skincare products are highly beneficial in balancing this Dosha in the body. Ayurvedic skin cream has herbal ingredients that nourish the tissues and penetrate deep to soothe and reduce inflammation, and help supply the skin with essential nutrients.

    You can turn to Coco Soul for an ancient, nourishing and healing Ayurvedic experience for your skin. You’ll find a wide range of natural, organic, vegan and cruelty-free products that are made up of herbs like aloe vera, neem and the goodness of Coconut Oil.

    Frequently Asked Questions on Sandalwood for acne (FAQs)

    1. Which sandalwood is best for pimples?

      ‘Rakta chandan’ or red sandalwood powder for acne is one of the best solutions. It is among the finest ingredients for your skin. Red sandalwood is effective in treating blemishes, rashes and acne, while also removing tan and dullness with its healing, cooling nature.

    2. Does sandalwood paste remove acne scars?

      Ancient Ayurveda and Indian traditions suggest using sandalwood as a healing miracle ingredient for bruises as well as scars. You can easily make a  sandalwood face pack for acne scars to make the most of this miracle ingredient. Mix sandalwood powder with a few drops of rose water and use this paste regularly to remove acne scars.

    3. What happens if we apply sandalwood on our face daily?

      Sandalwood has soothing and cooling properties, which make it a great way to combat excessive body heat on a daily basis. The benefits of chandan on face are innumerable, but its anti-inflammatory cure is undeniably the most important one. Regular or daily use of sandalwood powder or oil helps in fighting acne-causing bacteria, exfoliates the skin and soothes sunburn – among the other magical sandalwood uses for skin.


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