best korean face mask for acne

The 5 Best Korean Face Masks for Acne

8/18/18 Update: I’ve very recently updated this article so if you see stuff moved around, that’s because I went on another testing spree. I had a huge breakout not too long ago and while it was a huge bummer, it gave me the chance to try out some new face masks. 

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?

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.

The 5 Best Korean Face Masks For Acne

Here’s a quick peek at our top 3. Read the rest of the reviews down below.

innisfree It's real squeeze mask (10 pack, Green Tea)
Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, 16 Combo Pack
Our Top Pick
MEDIHEAL Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask EX. 25ml Pack of 10
Brand
Innisfree It's Real
Dermal Korean
MEDIHEAL Care Solution
Active Ingredient
Green Tea
Green Tea
Tea Tree
Customer Rating
106 Ratings
3,787 Ratings
121 Ratings
Prime
innisfree It's real squeeze mask (10 pack, Green Tea)
Brand
Innisfree It's Real
Active Ingredient
Green Tea
Customer Rating
106 Ratings
Prime
Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, 16 Combo Pack
Brand
Dermal Korean
Active Ingredient
Green Tea
Customer Rating
3,787 Ratings
Prime
Our Top Pick
MEDIHEAL Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask EX. 25ml Pack of 10
Brand
MEDIHEAL Care Solution
Active Ingredient
Tea Tree
Customer Rating
121 Ratings
Prime

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#5: MEDIHEAL Line Friends

Mediheal Line Friends P.D.F A.C Dressing Ampoule Face Mask Sheet 27ml X 10pcs

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. Sure it’s a mouthful but it’s super worth it because this face mask really does its job.

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.

Pros

  • Does its job of soothing inflamed and red skin
  • Saw immediate improvement (on me, at least)
  • Free from coal tar, formaldehyde, pthalates, parabens, sulfates, etc
  • High satisfaction and repeat purchases from other people who bought it
  • Cute ducky will always make you smile

Cons

  • The Mediheal brand is a bit pricier than other regular brands

Mediheal Line Friends P.D.F A.C Dressing Ampoule Face Mask Sheet 27ml X 10pcs
26 Ratings
Mediheal Line Friends P.D.F A.C Dressing Ampoule Face Mask Sheet 27ml X 10pcs
  • -Skin soothing / sebum control / Anti-wrinkle
  • -Giving nutrition of a whole bottle of serum to skin
  • -Cellulose mask sheet with silky sense of use

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#4: 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.

Pros

  • Great alternative to try if you’re not into tea tree oil
  • Soothes redness and swelling
  • Has the added effect of brightening your skin
  • Works for people with sensitive skin

Cons

  • Tastes horrible if you accidentally lick your lips
  • They reformulated and the snail ingredient got pushed lower down the list

Sale
BENTON Snail Bee Mask Pack (Pack of 10)
162 Ratings
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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#3: Innisfree Green Tea Extract

innisfree It's real squeeze mask (10 pack, Green Tea)

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.

Pros

  • If tea tree oil is too strong for you and your face doesn’t react well to it, green tea is recommended as an alternative because it is lighter and less strong
  • Good for folks with sensitive skin
  • Soothes itchy skin and very hydrating
  • Lovely lovely subtle smell
  • Covers the whole face very well unlike other brands

Cons

  • A tad pricier than other face masks on this list

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#2: Dermal Korean Collagen Essence

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

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.

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.

This is Amazon’s Choice for best Korean face mask for acne.

Pros

  • Most affordable face masks on our list; you get 16 instead of 10 for the same price or lower the price
  • You get a variety of face masks like cucumber and aqua
  • Sheets are strong and thick

Cons

  • Face mask sheet may be too big if your face is small

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, 16 Combo Pack
3,787 Ratings
Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, 16 Combo 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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#1: MEDIHEAL Teatree Care

MEDIHEAL Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask EX. 25ml Pack of 10

I’ve lately fallen in love with the MEDIHEAL brand. They’re a tad pricier than what I normally use, but it’s so worth it. You basically get what you pay for.

I used to keep away from the brand before because they looked a bit daunting, but happily, I received some samples from friends and the rest is history.

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.

Pros

  • Soothes red and inflamed skin; healing effect
  • Has centella asiatica extract which is used for treating wounds and burns (supposedly pricey but mediheal has it in their ingredients list)
  • Does not cause irritation (My skin got a bit red after use but came out better after a few hours)
  • Made my zits smaller (my experience)
  • Super hydrating and even brightening
  • The rest of the face masks included in the set are great too

Cons

  • May be difficult to get depending on your location
MEDIHEAL Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask EX. 25ml Pack of 10
121 Ratings
MEDIHEAL Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask EX. 25ml Pack of 10
  • 10 sheet
  • Silk Cellulose Mask Sheet
  • made in korea

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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.

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. I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now and not planning to stop. 🙂