In the form of oil or powder, sandalwood is able to sooth inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as calm irritated skin and flatten breakouts. In Ayurvedic texts, it is known to relieve the pitta dosha, which means that it has cooling properties. It is an astringent, which means it can induce minor contractions in the soft tissue, therefore soothing and tightening skin and reducing the appearance of pores. This is why it is an important ingredient in aftershaves too. Sandalwood’s antiseptic properties also help reduce infection in areas hosting pimples, cuts or superficial wounds, while its anti-microbial nature aids in keeping the skin clean. Moreover, it has a drying effect, so when sandalwood paste is applied to a red, inflamed zit, it can dry out and heal faster—making sandalwood a great oil or face mask ingredient for those with sensitive, acne-prone skin. Plus, sandalwood helps to sooth a sunburn and brightens skin due to its mild exfoliating properties as well. A painful sunburn or prickly heat can be quickly cooled down by applying sandalwood paste on it.