Shrink pimples. Sandalwood can reduce random pimples overnight. Treat pimples with a paste made from one teaspoon of sandalwood powder mixed with one teaspoon of turmeric. Sandalwood has antimicrobial properties, making it a popular herbal antiseptic for treating minor skin abrasions. It helps heal cuts, scrapes, and burns. The distilled oil is used in perfumes, The essential oil is distilled from the wood and used in aromatherapy for tension, anxiety and as an aphrodisiac.