The 7 Best Korean Face Masks for Acne

by maru | Last Updated: June 2, 2021

Mary Lou here, guys.  Are you looking for the best Korean face mask for acne? No need to look any further because I’m shortlisting our favorite picks based on my personal experience.

While I am a big advocate of using local products, I can’t help but give myself a treat now and again with Japanese and Korean beauty products. I first started with Korea’s BB creams a few years back and went on to try their face masks.

They are gorgeous, people! Korean face masks are a treat for both the skin and the eyes. Their packaging is always eye-catching and makes shopping loads of fun.

Applying the face mask is an awesome ritual on its own too as it is a very relaxing experience for me. I light some candles, pick my favorite essential oil,  turn on our aromatherapy diffuser, and put on my favorite music for the week.

I nearly always fall asleep. (But please don’t fall asleep for real otherwise you’ll wake up with an extremely dry face!)

What are Korean face masks?

With Korean face masks, you get a small, soft sheet, soaked in the appropriate essence which is placed over the face. The aim of the Korean face mask is that the moisturizing essence on the sheet will soak into the skin, hydrating it, while the active ingredient gets to work on problem areas, including acne.

Korean face masks are intended for regular, but not daily, use, although they can be used daily. In general, once or twice a week is recommended.

When you’re treating acne, the important things are to ensure the skin is hydrated and to minimize irritation. People who are prone to acne often have very sensitive skin meaning it can be a challenge for to find appropriate facial cleansing treatments.

For the following reviews, we’ve focused on how different Korean face masks work for acne, specifically.

Disclaimer: As with all the skin care products we review, just remember that we all have different bodies that react to different things in different ways. The key is to listen to your body to find the best product suited for your skin.

Here’s a quick sneak peek of our picks. Scroll down to see our full reviews.

Best Calming
BENTON Snail Bee Mask Pack (Pack of 10)
Best for Pore Care
LAPCOS Charcoal Sheet Mask, Daily Face Mask with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil to Detoxify and...
Our Top Pick
MEDIHEAL Official [Korea's No 1 Sheet Mask] - Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Mask (5 Masks)
Brand
Benton Snail Bee
Dermal Korean
MEDIHEAL Care Solution
Active Ingredient
Snail + Bee Venom
Tea tree, salicylic acid
Tea Tree
Prime
Best Calming
BENTON Snail Bee Mask Pack (Pack of 10)
Brand
Benton Snail Bee
Active Ingredient
Snail + Bee Venom
Prime
Best for Pore Care
LAPCOS Charcoal Sheet Mask, Daily Face Mask with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil to Detoxify and...
Brand
Dermal Korean
Active Ingredient
Tea tree, salicylic acid
Prime
Our Top Pick
MEDIHEAL Official [Korea's No 1 Sheet Mask] - Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Mask (5 Masks)
Brand
MEDIHEAL Care Solution
Active Ingredient
Tea Tree
Prime

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The 7 Best Korean Face Masks For Acne

Best Overall: MEDIHEAL Tea Tree Care

MEDIHEAL Official [Korea's No 1 Sheet Mask] - Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Mask (5 Masks)

I’ve lately fallen in love with the MEDIHEAL brand. I used to keep away from the brand before because they looked a bit daunting and somewhat expensive, but happily, I received some samples from friends and the rest is history. I also realized they’re priced just about the same as other face masks.

I’ve chosen this as our pick for best Korean face mask for acne rather than the Amazon-popular Dermal Korean because I feel this is more acne-specific, works excellently, and MEDIHEAL is a brand that Koreans trust.

These sheet masks have been around forever but they’ve upgraded them so that you can tell if it’s time to remove the sheet mask. All you need to do is to keep an eye on the pressed logo. It will start to become visible when the 15 minutes is up thus acting as an alarm of sorts. This is important because keeping any sheet mask for too long has the completely opposite effect. It will dry you out like a water vampire. (Sorry to scare you but I fell asleep with a mask once and boy was that a mistake.)

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MEDIHEAL Official [Korea's No 1 Sheet Mask] - Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Mask (5 Masks)
1,348 Ratings
MEDIHEAL Official [Korea's No 1 Sheet Mask] - Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Mask (5 Masks)
  • Clearly balanced in 15 minutes. This all-in-one calming mask keeps your skin looking on its best behavior.
  • Infused with a naturally clarifying elixir of herbal extracts, it starts working right away to minimize signs of trouble.
  • Willow bark exfoliates buildup, while purifying rosemary + tea tree oil deep clean your pores.

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If you have 20 minutes of your life to spare, you can watch BTS’ Suga and JHope do a live of themselves trying out face masks. JHope uses MEDIHEAL’s tea tree one. Click on the characters beside the video quality toggle to change the subs to English.

Best for Calming Breakouts: Benton Snail Bee Essence

BENTON Snail Bee Mask Pack (Pack of 10)

Never thought of putting snail essence on your face? No, neither did I till the Korean beauty industry came along. It also has manuka honey which is known for its soothing, anti-bacterial properties.

While it may sound a little gross, there surprisingly isn’t much of a scent so you can focus on relaxing, rather than being distracted by an overpowering smell.

And they do offer prompt relief from acne, possibly because of the anti-bacterial action of the manuka honey. Or maybe it really is all down to the snails.

As well as providing effective anti-bacterial relief for acne, these face masks are refreshing with an easily absorbed essence. This further helps those with acne as there is no product clogging up the pores and potentially triggering further outbreaks.

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BENTON Snail Bee Mask Pack (Pack of 10)
  • Volume: 20g/ea
  • Expiration Date: 24months from manufactured date
  • Manufacture date & Lot No.: Shown seperately(YY/MM/DD)

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Best for Acne Scars: MEDIHEAL I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask

MEDIHEAL I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask EX.10 Masks - Skin Clearing, Freckles and Dark Spots Care,...

As any acne sufferer knows. the worst thing after red and pus-filled breakouts is the scarring that is left after. It’s not a pretty sight to see discolorations and scars on one’s face. Thankfully, there are now effective products that can help lighten these blemishes. A good complement to other products you use is this particular sheet mask by Mediheal — the I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask. It’s a mouthful but it’s super worth it.

This sheet mask has Vitamin C, white mulberry bark extract and niacinamide to lighten your dark pigmentation. These natural ingredients are much safer than a lot of other harsh ingredients previously used in lightening skin products like hydroquinone and mercury. This is also probably why it works very well for people with sensitive skin.

If you’ve tried all sorts of things like facials, peels, and other derma solutions and they haven’t really worked, give the I.P.I Lightmax a trial period of 1-2 weeks. It was effective for me and others, and it may work just as well on you.

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Cons

MEDIHEAL I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask EX.10 Masks - Skin Clearing, Freckles and Dark Spots Care,...
100 Ratings
MEDIHEAL I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask EX.10 Masks - Skin Clearing, Freckles and Dark Spots Care,...
  • Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), Morus alba bark extract and niacinamide brighten dull darkened skin for an improved skin tone
  • I.P.I (Intense Perfection Indicator) : Intensive, specialized brightening care for dull darkened skin [Improving appearance of freckles and...
  • Formulated under unique, safe non-paraben preservation system with 1,2-Hexandiol & Salix alba (white willow) bark extracts, the mask is skin...

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Best for Pore Care: LAPCOS Charcoal Sheet Mask

LAPCOS Charcoal Sheet Mask, Daily Face Mask with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil to Detoxify and...

Charcoal beauty products are known for one thing — they are super cleansing. They can absorb dirt and impurities to leave the skin clean. Ever since charcoal became a thing in beauty products, I’ve been a huge fan hence my charcoal-infused facial washes and face masks.

What drew me to try LAPCOS though is that apart from charcoal, it also had salicylic and tea tree oil. Once I saw these ingredients, I knew it had the potential to be a great pick for acne problems. And true enough, after several uses and succeeding recommendations to friends who had similar good experiences, I realized that it’s an awesome brand, it works well on my skin, and it’s value for money. It is popular for a reason.

If the Charcoal variant works well for your breakouts, try the other variants also like Cica (regeneration) and Escargot (damage care). I haven’t had a chance to try the others.

Pros

Cons

LAPCOS Charcoal Sheet Mask, Daily Face Mask with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil to Detoxify and...
2,644 Ratings
LAPCOS Charcoal Sheet Mask, Daily Face Mask with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil to Detoxify and...
  • DETOXIFY & TIGHTEN SKIN - Our Charcoal face mask, features fine Charcoal powder, similarly works to purify and brighten. Like a magnet, the...
  • TEA TREE & SALICYLIC ACID - Clarifying & brightening, a beta hydroxy acid, which makes it particularly effective in ridding skin of...
  • YOUTHFUL CLEAR SKIN - The multitasking ingredient also holds anti-aging properties, tightening and minimizing the appearance of enlarged...

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Best with Cica: Rael Bamboo Sheet Mask

Rael Bamboo Face Sheet Mask - Natural Facial Mask with Tea Tree Oil for Acne Blemish Skin (Tea Tree,...

I first picked up this sheet mask because of the lovely packaging. As you might understand by now, I’m a huge sucker for a pretty box or container.

Happily, Rael did not disappoint on all fronts. Natural and with organic goodies inside? Check. Paraben-free? Check. Cruelty-free? Check. And most important of all, can it banish breakouts? Check, check, check. It helped clear out my small breakouts in a matter of days.

Another friend with bad cystic acne used this product for several months, and the effect on her was quite astounding. She used to have big ugly acne that left dark spots, but her skin was much improved.

One last thing I’ll mention is that it has cica or centella asiatica. Cica is a recent favorite ingredient nowadays in Korean beauty products because it has a huge list of benefits for the skin. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It is healing and soothing. After tea tree oil, the next ingredient I get excited about when it comes to acne is cica.

If you can get ahold of this product, I suggest you buy a handful of these face masks and try them for consecutive days.

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Cons

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Rael Bamboo Face Sheet Mask - Natural Facial Mask with Tea Tree Oil for Acne Blemish Skin (Tea Tree,...
800 Ratings
Rael Bamboo Face Sheet Mask - Natural Facial Mask with Tea Tree Oil for Acne Blemish Skin (Tea Tree,...
  • Purifies and Balances - A silky soft, skin-hugging mask infused with a healthy dose of tea tree oil and naturally antiseptic ingredients to...
  • Instant Moisture Boost - Infused with almost a full ounce of concentrated serum in each mask. A quick and easy pamper session for your skin...
  • Clean Ingredients - Free of synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, parabens, PEGs, phenoxyethanol, mineral oil, silicones, sulfates, and...

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Best Two-Step Sheet Mask: FaceTory Soothe Me Tea Tree

FaceTory Soothe Me Tea Tree 2-Step Sheet Mask with Tea Tree Oil for Acne Prone Skin (Pack of 10)

With most face masks, you tear off the top of the packaging and slide out the essence-laden sheet. FaceTory’s Soothe Me face mask has an extra step though.

Step 1: Open the small packaging that contains the liquid ampoule. Massage it onto your face. (Make sure you cleansed prior and used toner.)

Step 2: Open the package with the sheet mask. Pat the sheet mask into place. Collect the leftover essence and pat it onto your face mask and neck. You can also massage some onto parts of your body that usually get dry like elbows, knees, or even feet.

That’s it. The primary advantage of the FaceTory product over others is that you get extra ampoule product. An ampoule is a supercharged serum of sorts so it’s definitely a plus.

One other thing that stands out about FaceTory is their sense of community. They have a lot of fun and informative videos on their YouTube channel. They even have subscriptions. My personal favorite would be their do’s and don’ts video. I highly recommend this for face mask newbies.

Pros

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FaceTory Soothe Me Tea Tree 2-Step Sheet Mask with Tea Tree Oil for Acne Prone Skin (Pack of 10)
265 Ratings
FaceTory Soothe Me Tea Tree 2-Step Sheet Mask with Tea Tree Oil for Acne Prone Skin (Pack of 10)
  • Calms blemishes and redness | Controls the production of oil and sebum | Purifies skin for even and smoother complexion | Helps with...
  • Contains Chamomile Flower Extract and Tea Tree Oil Extract to calm and purify for a smoother and more even complexion
  • Best for oily or combination skin types

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Best Starter Pack: Dermal Korean Collagen Essence

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet Combo Pack (16 Pack)

Korean Collagen Essence is an affordably priced pack of sixteen varieties of Korean face mask. If you’re new to the world of Korean sheet masks, this is a good place to start.

These face masks seem to be more about beauty than skin treatment, and some of the varieties can actually trigger an acne flare, which is not desirable. This is potentially down to ingredients within the masks interacting with skin sensitivities, rather than anything directly related to the acne itself, but is still best avoided if you are specifically looking to treat acne.

As part of a wider skin care regime which includes appropriate acne treatment, however, these may be suitable as an occasional, refreshing facial treatment.

For acne, I would recommend the following: Green Tea, Snail, and Royal Jelly. The Charcoal is also good for keeping the face clean and killing off bacteria.

Pros

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Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet Combo Pack (16 Pack)
  • Dermal Korea collagen essence full face facial mask sheet 16 combo pack
  • 16 different types of facial mask will help your skin more healthy, clear and elastic (as pictured)
  • Contains vitamin E and collagen which keeps your tired skin lively and healthy

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The Cutest: Mediheal Line Friends

In case you go out and look for this cutie face mask, the entire product name is P.D.F. AC-Dressing Ampoule Mask (Line Friends) from Mediheal. It’s not just extremely cute, it did its job excellently when I tried it out.

As promised, it brought the redness down and calmed my inflamed breakouts. (I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets self-conscious when your acne just decides to take front and center. I get comments from friends even when I’m trying to forget I have pus-y zits on my face. Gross, I know.)

You may not believe it but I saw a distinct improvement after just one use. I don’t know how it will react on your face, but I highly recommend you give it a try if you’re suffering from redness and swelling. It’s overall a big help and I tend to think of this as my recovery mask.

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The Best Ingredients For Acne

If you come across other brands of face masks or beauty products, read the ingredients and look for the good stuff like tea tree oil, green tea, honey, and HA. Check out our complete list below and why each ingredient is good for breakouts.

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If you enjoyed this article, check out my complete guide to the popular (and effective!) 10-Step Korean Beauty Skin Care for your face. It is my go-to regimen for seborrheic dermatitis flare-ups and/or breakouts and I’ve been swearing by it for YEARS.