I’m sure you’ve noticed that a lot of Korean women have very smooth skin. Many of us might envy that. Apart from just the genes, their porcelain skin is a result of rigorous skin care regimes that they follow to perfection. In fact, Korean skin and hair care routines are now becoming fairly popular in the West. Many, including me, find them very effective too. A lot of beauty aficionados are trying to keep up with the latest trends to look and feel good. If your face is riddled with acne, you already know how difficult it might be to pick out a cleanser or a moisturiser that wouldn’t clog up your pores. Not only just cleansing of the pores but also prevention of further breakouts is necessary. In this article I’ll share 6 korean face masks for acne that I think are one of the best in the market just now.
What’s the Best Korean Face Mask for Acne?
I’ve done a little bit of research, asked around and here’s the list of the products that I think could help you with your acne. Do have in mind that everyone’s skin is different, so what might work for one person might not necessarily do the justice for another. However, that’s the reason why I’m recommending a couple products and not just one.
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Glutathione, Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil.
Calendula Officinalis, Houttuynia Cordata extracts.
Strawberry, Black Sugar (Sucrose), Shea Butter.
Vitamin C, ϒ-oryzanol, tocopheryl acetate.
Lotus extract, chamomile extract.
Green Tea, Cucumber, Bamboo, Aloe, Manuka Honey, Kiwi.
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Dr. Jart Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution Mask Sheet
If you’re into horror films, then this mask will oddly remind you of Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise. But don’t go just by the looks, because this mask can help your skin out quite a bit. This ultrafine microfiber sheet mask contains Glutathione, which aids in getting an even skin tone. If you have irritated, red skin, the Glutathione soothes it. As for the whiteheads and pimples, salicylic acid takes care of that. The other ingredient, Tea Tree oil, is possibly the best home remedy for acne as well (source). It dries out the excess natural oils from your skin, which very often are the main cause of acne, and gives you clearer skin. The serum nourishes the skin and lightens acne scars.
Thoroughly clean your face and apply a toner. Peel off the film from the mask, align, and apply it to your face. Let it sit for about 10-20 minutes and then remove it. Pat your face until the serum is absorbed and your skin will feel as good as new! If you have an extremely sensitive skin, you might love this one. It’s gentle on your skin and unlike most sheet masks that tend to be dense and greasy, it sits on lightly. The only setback is that since these sheet masks come in pre-cut sizes that are supposed to fit all face types, it may be slightly tricky to put them on your face.
Korean Face Mask – Sano Silk Mask
While the Korean skincare regimen may be rigorous, Sano Silk tries to cut down the steps with its all-in-one facial mask. It contains a range of various botanical ingredients that are free from parabens and all ingredients are 100% vegan as well as cruelty-free. It has a gel-like texture, which makes it easy to apply. It comes with a handy brush that you can use to apply a thin and even layer on the face, allow it to dry for 15 minutes and then rinse it off. You’ll enjoy the herbal smell and the cooling effect of the gel on your face. However, you might experience a slight tingling in your skin and it’s highly recommended that you don’t keep the mask on for longer than 20 minutes.
Apart from clearing acne, this face mask claims to reduce hyper-pigmentation and pore size. When it begins to dry, the proteins present in the mask tighten the skin, thus, targeting the fine lines and wrinkles. It’ll also help your skin to look a bit younger. I must say, that’s a win-win for all your facial needs. However, be careful while applying it on the thin skin under your eyes. The mask can get a bit uncomfortable. Also, using the mask can make your skin feel a little dry so don’t forget to finish up with a toner and moisturizer.
Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off
Skinfood is one of the most well known brands out there. The Black Sugar Strawberry mask might not have a long list of ingredients but it does have just what is necessary. The black sugar is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium. Furthermore, it contains vitamins like niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. Black Sugar is an organic scrub that helps with exfoliating your skin and clear the pores. The strawberries contribute towards the fruity smell as well as contain vitamin C and antioxidants that help your skin to revive and produce collagen. The ellagic acid present in the strawberries stops the excess oil production and prevents acne.
If you have sensitive skin, mix a portion of this mask with some water or a toner and massage it into your face. Avoid the eyes and mouth. Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Don’t be alarmed if it foams up when you’re doing it,it should come off pretty easily. Since this face mask also dries out the skin, you should conclude the routine with some toner and moisturiser. The sugar and strawberry seeds are actually visible when you open the tub, assuring you of the product being organic. It can double up as your exfoliator if you have sensitive skin. And a final note: no matter how tempting it smells, do NOT eat it.
Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask
If the humiliating breakouts are not enough, the acne scars and hyperpigmentation can be your source of embarrassment. However, this mask can make it feel lighter and brighter. The product can be used daily. Moreover, what sets it apart from most other cotton sheet masks is the fact that it’s made from cellulose. Thus, these masks fit better on your face and don’t drip all over your neck, in fact, you can stretch it and cover your jawline completely. The Vitamin C, tocopheryl Acetate, and Gamma Oryzanol has skin lightening properties. Vitamin C is the reason why it can help with collagen production and therefore fine lines too. Panthenol helps to calm the skin down and avoid irritations. The mask also hydrates and moisturises your skin so pick this up if it gets dry and uneven
Interestingly, MediHeal, the producer of the Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask, was founded in Seoul University. Thus, you can feel safe in the hands of trusted medical experts. In fact, since I am so particular about ingredients and have been keeping on their products. I have noticed that they’ve gradually decreased the quantity of alcohol denat, which often causes dry skin. Therefore, it looks like the composition of their products is constantly changing to achieve better results.
CELDERMA Korean Mask Sheet Pack
The CELDERMA Korean Sheet Mask helps to get rid of acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and reduces pore size. If you’re one of those who can’t make up their mind when it comes to choosing mask ingredients, then here’s the fun bit: this pack of 12 contains 3 types of masks: Jasmine, Hyacinth, Chamomile and Lotus extract. So you can use this to bring variety in your skincare routine. Not just in terms of fragrances, it affects the skin benefits too. The Chamomile mask helps in soothing any kind of skin irritation, hence curbing any active skin breakouts, while the Hyacinth mask allows the skin to retain moisture and lock it in. On the other hand, Jasmine masks help with moisturizing the skin and Lotus extracts purify it. Since it’s loaded with serum, you may even save some to topically apply it over acne-affected regions. None of these masks have an overpowering smell, which makes it all more delightful. Since these face masks are cotton, they might be quite runny and the serum is likely to drip everywhere.
Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Sheet
If you thought that the previous option of 4 types of sheet mask was a lot, what would you think of 4*4? No kidding, the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Sheet comes in SIXTEEN types. These are Green Tea, Cucumber, Bamboo, Aloe, Manuka honey, Kiwi, Shea Butter, Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Blackberry, Tea tree, Bija, Lime, Strawberry, Rose, and Rice. This set of masks can basically be your arsenal to tackle almost all your skin problems. Test them all to see what suits you best. Since we’re focusing on acne prone skin, the green tea, lime, strawberry, and tea tree face masks would be ideal for taking the skin problem. The Lime and Strawberry is rich in Vitamin C, which will lighten the skin, thus, camouflaging the acne scars. This vitamin also encourages collagen production (source) which helps with any scars. As I’ve said before, the healing qualities of the tea tree oil make it an effective natural remedy against acne. Green tea reduces the production of sebum without drying out your skin (source). Most of the other ingredients hydrate the skin, which is again indirectly helpful in preventing acne formation.
A word of warning, most of these face masks contain alcohol so they might feel tingly. For those who have sensitive skin and wish to use alcohol-free products, you can buy individual packets of Kiwi, Acai Berry, Rice, Shea Butter, and Blackberry. All the masks are paraben free.
So I’m pretty sure that by now you must be scratching your head and wondering what’s with all the hype around Korean beauty (or K-beauty as it’s popularly known)? If you quickly traced back their history, it’d reveal that Korean men and women, both, have valued their skin greatly from ancient times. It’s evident from the fact that they partake in rigorous skincare regimes that could be 10 steps long! But apart from the historical aspect, here’s why K Beauty is not just a crazy trend but a beauty phenomena.
As I mentioned above, Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask is still undergoing changes in composition to offer supreme experience. The Korean beauty industry is constantly trying to improve the products and meet consumer needs.
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Intuition and Innovation
The Koreans are very efficient when it comes to conceiving new ideas and releasing them into the market. They base it on their intuition and the feedback they receive, even if it’s negative criticism.
Beautiful From Within
This is the starkest difference between the Western mode of using makeup and K-beauty. While Western modes largely rely on covering up problem areas and blemishes, K-beauty products aim to treat the root of the cause.
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Now that you’ve read my reviews, I hope you found the best korean face mask for acne. All of them are slightly different. That’s the reason why you should be able to find something that specifically suits you. If you have any questions regarding the products, comment below and I’ll do my best to answer.