If you have acne prone skin, you already know how crucial it is to choose cleansers and moisturizers that don't contain pore-clogging ingredients like mineral oil and petrolatum. But, if you've been neglecting masks, pull up a chair and let's dive right into the best Korean face masks for acne.
Masking is a major part of the Korean beauty way of treating acne. Remember when Korean sheet masks shot onto the beauty scene years ago and were so easy to use, mess free, and affordable that they continue to be a major trend today? Or all of those Korean bubble masks that fizz up on your skin like a crazy science experiment and leave you looking more radiant?
There's a solid reason why we keep turning to Korean beauty to address our skincare needs — most products are designed specifically for our individual skin conditions and, in most cases, if a mask claims it's going to help treat acne —it's going to help treat acne.
These 11 top-rated Korean masks for acne contain ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide that help heal acne, prevent new breakouts, and strengthen your skin's barrier to protect it. And they wouldn't be Korean masks if they weren't just plain fun and pleasurable to use.
1A Tea Tree Sheet Mask That Rids Skin Of Excess Sebum
Bid farewell to shiny skin and excess sebum with this tea tree mask sheet, a 20-minute treatment that you apply to skin after cleansing. Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is often used as a natural treatment to help unblock sebaceous glands and clear up pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. TonyMoly is known for its delightful and fun collection of sheet masks (broccoli and tomato are standouts), but you can't beat the power of tea tree oil if acne and oily skin are your number one concerns.
2A Sheet Mask That Lightens Acne Scars & Clears Up Pimples With Salicylic Acid
Dr. Jart Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution Mask Sheet, $16 (Pack of 5), Amazon
It may look like a prop pulled straight out of a horror film, but the Dr. Jart microfiber sheet mask contains antioxidants like Glutathione to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of red, irritated skin, salicylic acid to heal pimples and whiteheads, and tea tree oil to control oil production. After cleaning skin, apply this mask for 10-20 minutes and then remove it and let the remaining serum absorb into your skin. Reviewers say this clears up their acne and even lightens hyper-pigmentation that results from acne scars.
3A Steamy Spa-Like Treatment For Clogged Pores
Credit naturally sparkling water, charcoal powder, and mineral enriched volcanic ash as the powerful secret ingredients in this blackhead steam pore pack, which does an incredible job of cleaning pores of makeup, excess sebum, and other impurities that clog them and cause pimples. Apply this mask to your T-Zone or all over your face, enjoy the "warm steam-like feeling" on your skin, and wash it off after 15 minutes. Reviewers say this helps make pores less noticeable and makes skin feel "silky smooth."
4A Green Tea Sheet Mask That Calms Acne-Prone Skin
Green tea really is a miracle ingredient — it even works in K-beauty products like this green tea sheet mask, which absorbs quickly and addresses acne and oil without drying out your skin like so many other acne products can do. Reviewers call this mask calming and refreshing and say it doesn't irritate sensitive skin and can even heal "raw skin."
5An Overnight Mask That Heals & Soothes Breakouts With 85 Percent Propolis Extract
If you have troubled skin that's as sensitive as it is prone to breakouts, try this calming and soothing overnight honey mask, which contains 85 percent bee propolis content and royal jelly. The mask is designed to reduce inflammation and rid skin of bacteria and dry flakes while simultaneously protecting it to prevent further damage. Apply it before bed, wash it off in the morning with warm water, and reviewers say it will leave your skin softer and help curb breakouts.
6A Strawberry And Sugar Exfoliating Wash-Off Mask That's Gentle Enough For Sensitive, Acne Prone Skin
Love it when masks are made from ingredients that look and smell good enough to eat — and this black sugar and strawberry wash-off mask is all that and then some. Vitamin C-rich strawberry reduces excess sebum, while black sugar (which contains minerals like calcium, niacin, and phosphorus) is a natural, non-abrasive exfoliant. Your skin will be smooth and free of dead skin cells, but also nourished thanks to omega-3, omega-6, and other fatty acids found in strawberry seed oil.
Reviewers with acne and sensitive skin say this mask doesn't irritate — but you may want to start off slowly and use it once a week until your skin becomes accustomed to it.
7A Vitamin C-Rich Mask That Fades Acne Scars That's A Favorite In Korea
If you have acne, you may also have acne scars — and there are few better ways to help lighten and fade those dark spots than with Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask, which is chockfull of lightening ingredients like Vitamin C and other acids. Apply this mask after cleansing and toning, leave it on for 5-10 minutes, and them remove and let the serum fully absorb into your skin. Reviewers say this mask actually lightens scars over time and makes skin glow.
8A Face Mask With Snail Mucin That May Help Hormonal Acne
Everyone wants in on the snail secretion craze — and, if you have acne or oily skin, its yours for the taking. This leave-in essence mask contains snail and bee venom that help clarify and make pores look smaller, moisturize and smooth skin, and improve skin texture. The real draw here is that some reviewers who say they have hormonal acne flairs are reporting fewer breakouts and clearer skin after using this mask. They say it can help with bumps and leaves your face feeling "fantastically fresh."
9A 5-In-1 Mask For Oily Skin With Volcanic Ash
Volcanic ash is the killer secret ingredient in this volcanic pore clay mask, which is especially formulated for oily skin and provides the following benefits: it deep cleanses, makes pores appear smaller, removes excess sebum, exfoliates dead skin cells, and enhances skin tone for a more even complexion. Allow this thick mask to dry on your face for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Reviewers say they can actually see a visible reduction in blackheads after just one use.
10A Vitamin-Rich Hydrogel Mask That Exfoliates Dead Skin Cells With Diamonds And Pearls
Technically, this hydrogel face mask is good for all skin types, but here's why it's especially great for oily, acne prone skin: it exfoliates with diamond and pearl powders to get rid of dead skin cells and then nourishes your skin with vitamins and plant goodies like aloe vera, green tea, sea kelp, and rose. It's easy to forget that acne prone skin doesn't just need exfoliation and healing — it needs TLC to moisturize and protect skin without drowning it in unnecessary oils that clog pores.
11A Snail Mucin Mask You Wear While You Sleep
Wake up to clearer skin when you apply this snail sleeping mask before bed and give it time to deliver the clarifying and hydrating properties of snail mucin extract. Reviewers with oily skin say they sometimes use this in place of a moisturizer and that it's gentle and doesn't cause pimples. Others say their skin feels and appears smooth in the morning and that their pores even look smaller.
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