Many patients find it very effective to use sandalwood for acne, although this varies based on the person and the underlying cause of the pimples. It is most effective in clearing skin with breakouts caused by oil and bacteria. Hormonal acne breakouts may be unaffected by sandalwood treatments.
Sandalwood is a tree which is cultivated and used for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is often used in skin products in order to promote healing and to clear up blemishes as well as other skin conditions and redness. When using sandalwood for acne, it is often most effective to use it in its purest form as a powder or essential oil. It can be combined with other ingredients, most commonly rosehips, turmeric, honey, camphor, and water, for more powerful results.
Most times, using sandalwood for acne is considered a highly effective treatment option for those whose pimples are caused by bacterial infection of the pores. It s also good at drying up oil, so it is especially useful for those with oily skin. Sandalwood can be used as a powder combined with turmeric and water and then rubbed over the skin as a nightly mask, or it can be mixed with water as an essential oil and applied all over the face as an astringent. The oil can also be applied directly to pimples.
Although sandalwood is generally considered mild, there is a slight risk of an allergic reaction. Before using sandalwood for acne treatment, it is best to apply the mask or oil to a small area of skin ahead of time to see if an allergic reaction occurs. Signs of a reaction can include redness, itching, swelling and in severe cases, shortness of breath or dizziness. If any of these symptoms occur, use of sandalwood should be discontinued and medical help should be sought.