DIY Sandalwood (Chandan) Face Mask / Pack For Acne & Acne Scars

Sandalwood mask is amazingly effective in treating acne and acne scars. Acne is a skin disease that involves oil glands. I read that nearly 70% to 90% of the teenagers all over the world, are affected by acne. Acne, though not such a dreadful disease can leave scars on the face. Acne usually reduces with age, though there are exceptions for it.

I feel more than the physical effects like pimples and scars, the stress caused by it is the worst, as it affects mainly the teenagers. Though there are millions of medicated creams and lotions for acne, almost every cream comes with a side effect. This home remedy for acne is very mild and can be used continuously even for months together, without any side effects.

The ingredients used in this remedy are vetiver and sandal wood. Vetiver is an antiseptic and is very effective in preventing acne. Now vetiver essential oil is getting very popular for it’s wonderful properties. Vetiver is native to India and it’s name is derived from Tamil name “Vettiver”. Sandal wood is very good in diminishing scars left by acne.

Together they make a wonderful treatment for acne. To make this home remedy for acne, Soak dried vetiver in water over night. Next take a sandal wood bark and rub it into a paste with vetiver water. Add few drops of vetiver essential oil and apply on the affected area continuously for best results.

Sandalwood (Chandan) Face Mask / Pack For Acne & Acne Scars

1. This is vetiver. It is dried and sold in the markets.

2. Soak vetiver in little water. Since we are using it for external application, we need a thicker concentrate. Soak a big bunch with little water overnight.

3. The next day, strain the vetiver water. Rub a sandal wood bark on the sandal wood stone along with the soaked vetiver water till you get a thick paste.

4. Add few drops of vetiver essential oil to the paste. Apply it on the affected area. Wash it off, once dry. This sandalwood mask smells very good!


  • This paste has to be applied continuously at least for some days, to be effective.
  • The left over paste can be refrigerated.
  • This paste is very cooling.


  1. Anonymous
    January 2, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    Very curious as where to obtain a sandal wood bark and sandal wood stone?

  2. ramya
    January 4, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    Hi, I got my sandal wood bark from khadi (Government run shop)store, near my place. Sandal wood stones are usually passed down from generation to generation and mine is more than 100 years old! If I find a place, where you can find sandal wood stone I will let you know………

    • taritaa
      April 20, 2014 / 8:39 am

      sandal wood can be rubbed on a marble roti(chapati) rolling board(chaklota/patli) which is available in most utensil shops. you can also use a marble mortar and rub the sandal wood in it as if it were a pestle.

  3. Anonymous
    March 23, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Where will i get vetiver. I mean which shop?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 25, 2015 / 5:36 pm

      Here in Tamil Nadu we get it in country medical shops…

  4. Anonymous
    April 8, 2015 / 3:03 am

    Hai ramya sis please let me know other benefits of vettiver. Thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 9, 2015 / 7:03 am

      Hi, I have already posted all the benefits of vetiver, please look it up in the blog…..

  5. vinothini govindaraj
    August 10, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Hii..alternative for vettiver oil? wheather Sandalwood powder nd vettiver powder will be effective?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 14, 2015 / 4:21 pm

      You can use sandalwood essential oil. But if you don't have it don't worry, use only vetiver and sandalwood powder..

  6. akshita
    January 8, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I has small bumps all over the face for many years.i dont have pimples.but it leaves scars too.if there is any remedy?i have double cheeks when i overweight.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 31, 2016 / 12:45 pm

      You can grind pure turmeric and holy basil leaves and apply as a face pack, it is usually very effective for treating all kinds of skin problems. When you are using the pack, you might experience burning sensation if you are using fresh tulsi leaves, it is normal…

  7. akshita
    January 13, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Hi ramya sister i have small pores and warts over my face.weightloss leads to my cheeks are little saggy.any remedies there…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 6, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Dear Akshita, I would suggest massaging your face daily with any unrefined oil daily also I would suggest turmeric based face mask from the blog weekly twice. For warts we use ammanpacharisi plant, you can read about it in the blog. You can also try applying a drop of pure tea tree oil on the warts too, it might take daily application for a few weeks to see results…

  8. Ezhil Nila
    April 3, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Hi, I want to know what is to be done with the vettiver after using the water. Can we reuse it ? Would it be effective?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 4:28 am

      You can use reuse the vetiver, it will be effective…

  9. Preetha
    October 4, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Hi Ramya, Please let me know if red sandalwood can be used instead of sandalwood?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 4:05 pm

      You can use red sandalwood powder instead of sandalwood powder…

  10. Preetha
    October 12, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Thank you so much Ramya… Its a wonderful blog… 🙂

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 3, 2016 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you…:)

  11. Gokul
    April 5, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Will Sandalwood paste or Vetiver Affect Facial Hair Growth if applied on men's face? Especially if the facial hair growth is in nascent stage?

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