Jane 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.
Philip sometimes joins me and he nearly always falls asleep!
What are Korean face masks?
Korean face masks typically feature 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 moisturising 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 minimise irritation. People who are prone to acne often have very sensitive skin meaning it can be a challenge for them 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.
Top 5 Best Korean Face Mask For Acne
|5||Dermal Collagen Essence||$||7|
|4||Benton Snail Bee||$$||8|
|3||Innisfree Green Tea||$$||8|
|2||Dr. Jart Micro Jet||$$||8|
|1||Tony Moly I'm Real||$||9.5|
Korean Collagen Essence is an affordably priced pack of sixteen varieties of Korean face mask
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.
Never thought of putting snail essence on your face? No, neither had we, but, thanks to the minds behind Benton Snail Bee Essence Korean face masks, which also include manuka honey, known for its soothing, anti-bacterial properties, you don’t have to.
While it may sound a little gross, there isn’t much of a scent to these face masks which many people see as a good thing as you’re able to 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 – we may never know.
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.
A face mask sheet that is the right size for your face – finally!
Innisfree Green Tea Extract offers a hydrating and pleasantly scented face mask that provides refreshing, hydration-focused relief for acne without aggravating sensitive skin.
Acne is helped by low-impact skin hydration as this encourages the pores to expel accumulated particles which aggravate the skin and trigger acne flares.
Green tea is also known for its refreshing and soothing properties. It is the ideal and gentle way to cleanse the clogged pores that can contribute to acne.
Using Glutathione, a powerful anti-oxidant, Dr. Jart’s solution provides targeted relief for acne and hyperpigmentation without aggravating sensitive skin.
When used as part of a general skin care regime, this face mask helps treat acne through the anti-oxidant properties of Glutathione which encourages the skin’s natural cleansing processes.
While some people may consider the price expensive for the five sheets that are included, these work very quickly on acne. More so when you consider the once-a-week treatment is often effective, meaning this box will easily last you a month.
These facial masks are also good for sensitive skin as they do not include any ingredients which are likely to cause aggravation.
Tony Moly’s I’m Real gives you plenty of options to choose from.
For problem skin, I’d recommend the following: the Red Wine for oily and blemish-prone skin, the Rice Sheet for healing delicate skin, the Seaweed mask to reduce redness, and finally (and arguably the best in this scenario) the Tea Tree Sheet.
Some people have experienced difficulty getting the mask to fit correctly which can mean that the essence doesn’t fully absorb into the skin. It may be more practical to use the Tony Moly treatment in the style of a facial wipe but still with the focus on cleansing and refreshing the skin. (For me personally, I gather the excess liquid and massage that onto my face.)
If you’re new to Korean face masks, check this video out. Ignore the crazed look. She’s just a mask-loving funny gal. She does make a good point of putting your packages in the refrigerator if you want an extra cooling boost from the heat.
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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. I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now and not planning to stop. 🙂
Last update on 2017-10-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API