Beeswax has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to help with wound healing. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that beeswax has wound healing activity. In this study, the researchers observed that when applied topically to rats, beeswax helped to promote the growth of new skin cells, as well as reducing inflammation and scarring.
The use of thanaka in Burmese and Karen culture is deeply ingrained, and it is considered a symbol of national identity. Women and children, in particular, use it to enhance their complexion, protect their skin from the harsh sun, and keep their skin soft and supple. Moreover, thanaka is often applied to the face and body in decorative patterns during festivals, weddings, and other celebrations.