The Best Korean Products For Combination, Oily, Acne prone skins
Latest Update : July 2016
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Etude House Wonder Pore Tightening Essence is a lightweight serum for combination to oily skins. It reduces sebum, slightly tighten pores and smooth them. The ingredients aren’t incredible but it is slightly acidic and it’s still a decent serum for teens and young adults on a budget.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Etude House Wonder Pore Essence here
Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence is a hydrating serum for combination to oily skins. It contains anti-acne, soothing and moisturizing ingredients like Green Tea extracts, Tangerine extracts, Grapefruit extracts and Citrus extracts. Green Tea is the main ingredient of this serum : it reduces sebum production, protects skin against inflammation and soothes irritated pimples.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence here
Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Clear Serum is for dry troubled skins and combination skins. It contains moisturizing and nourishing ingredients to keep skin healthy, and purifying ingredients to unclog pores. It’s a fine serum for teens and young adults on a budget.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Clear Serum here (use code 11244608 to get a 5$ discount)
Iope Trouble Clinic Treatment Essence is a serum for oily and acne-prone skins. It soothes irritated skin, reduces pimples inflammation and skin redness. It also contains Niacinamide, probably for lightening/reducing acne scars.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Iope Trouble Clinic Essence here
Iope Pore Clinic Tightening Essence is a serum for combination skins. It reduces sebum and blackheads, and boosts firmness of sagging tissues around pores.This serum is best for adults. (+30 years old)
Smart Shopping : Buy the Iope Pore Clinic Treatment Essence here
Laneige Pore Tightening Essence is for combination skins. It contains Salicylic acid to reduce inflammation and exfoliating enzymes to remove dead skin cells and debris in pores. Thuja orientalis seed extracts reduces and control excessive sebum in clogged pores.
Smart Shopping : Buy the new version of the Laneige Pore Tightening Essence here
O Hui Goodbye Pore Serum is both a cosmetic and a skincare product at the same time. It acts as a makeup base with a blurring effect on pores & smoothing effect on skin, and as a pore serum for combination skins. It contains Vitamin B3 and Provitamin B5 (smooth the skin), Artichoke leaf extract to firm the skin and make it more resilient, IPO system to minimize pores and fine powder to blur pores.
Smart Shopping : Buy the O Hui Goodbye Pore Serum here
Ciracle Pore Control Tightening Serum controls excessive sebum and enlarged pores, leaving the skin matt and fresh. It also reduces and prevents wrinkles, and improves skin elasticity.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Ciracle Pore Control here
Cosrx BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum is one of the best Korean serum for blackheads and sebum troubles. It contains 80% of White Willow Water (BHA) and Zinc Oxide. This little gem deep cleanses clogged pores and lightly exfoliate the skin.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Cosrx BHA Serum here
If you’re not familiar with BHAs and AHAs here’s a link on Paula’s Choice to help you understand how they work. Acids are great for troubled skins so if you’re not satisfied with most anti-blackheads or anti-acne products on the market you might find acids more effective.
Whenever I need to include acids in my skincare routine I always choose to use Paula’s Choice because they are cruelty-free, but Cosrx is also a great Korean alternative. Both brands are similar in terms of results.
Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid is a lightweight acidic toner for pores and blackheads care. If you’re unfamiliar with BHAs it is an ideal ingredient for treating blackheads, acne and enlarged pores. The BHA Blackhead liquid unclog pores, reduces blackheads and sebum on T-zone, exfoliates and smooth skin’s texture.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid here
Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Liquid is a lightweight serum for all skintypes. It moistures the skin, unclog pores, brighten and even out the skintone. It also reduces acne, hyperpigmentation scars, fine lines and refines skin’s texture. If you suffer from severe acne you’ll probably fall in love with this product.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead here
Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pad is a box of 70 cotton pads saturated with BHA toner. It is travel-friendly and very effective on pimples, blackheads, sebum, dull skin and enlarged pores.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pad here
Ciracle Red Spot Cream is a post-pimple cream that heals irritated pimples and lighten/prevent acne scars. This cream has excellent reviews and is a great choice if you wish to avoid acne scars on your skin.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Ciracle Red Spot Cream here
Etude House AC Clinic Intense Liquid Spot is a pimple/acne treatment. It contains purifying and soothing ingredients to soothe pimples and dry them quickly. Sponge formula makes it easy to use and unlike toners this one should be used on pimples only and not all over the face. It can be used at day time under makeup.
If you’re not really into Etude House here’s a similar (and better, actually) item by Ciracle.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Etude House AC Clinic Intense Liquid Spot here
Etude House AC Clinic Pink Powder Kit is similar to the Liquid Spot I listed above, and is more for very big and irritated pimples. It contains two bottle, a pink powder for night time and a pink powder water for day time. Both contain Salicylic Acid and Triclosan for antiseptic & antibacterial effects. Pink Powder contains Calamine, Sulfur and Licorice Acid, three powerful anti-acne ingredients.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Etude House AC Clinic Pink Powder Kit here
Innisfree Bija Trouble Spot Essence is a serum-like spot treatment. It contains Salicylic Acid and Nutmeg. This is a very decent product for teens and young adults on a budget but also for occasional breakouts and small pimples.
If you find the Innisfree Bija Trouble Spot too cheap, too heavy or simply not effective enough you can also try out the Laneige Trouble Relief Spot Gel. The Laneige works even better and has more effective ingredients than the Innisfree.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Innisfree Bija Trouble Spot Essence here
Ciracle Pink Powder is a very effective night spot treatment for small and big pimples. It contains powerful anti-acne ingredients such as Salycilic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sulfur, Calamine and Volcanic ash for optimal results. If you’re wondering what’s the difference with the Etude House Pink Powder there is (almost) none. The Ciracle contains Glycolic Acid (AHA) and the Etude House doesn’t, that’s all.
If you dislike powders you can also try an essence spot treatment of the same brand.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Ciracle Pink Powder here
Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination & Fresh Watery Cream are two lightweight & refreshing moisturizers for combination and oily skintypes. The green version is for combination skin and the blue version is for oily skin. Both are cheap yet effective moisturizers for teens and young adults on a budget or new to skincare.
Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Gel is a very lightweight and refreshing soothing gel for all skintypes. It has purifying, soothing and moisturizing properties and it can be used all over the body.
You can find tons of positive reviews about it on internet, and my own review here, so if you’re curious about it check it out.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel here
Etude House AC Clinic Daily Aqua Cream is a gel-type moisturizer for oily and acne-prone skin. It contains Salicylic Acid (Calm down inflammation, reduces and prevents pimples) and Hinoki Cypress extracts. This lightweight gel is oil-free, non comedogenic, provides soothing effect and long lasting moisture to oily skins, treats and prevents acne. It’s an excellent choice for teens and young adults due to the few ingredients it contains and low price.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Etude House AC Clinic Daily Aqua Cream here
Etude House Wonder Pore Emulsion & Balancing Cream are two moisturizers for combination to oily skin. The emulsion is lighter than the cream and can be used on its own or under a lightweight oil-free cream. Both tighten pores and reduces sebum on T-zone.
Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream is an excellent gel-type moisturizer for teens and young adults with oily skin. It contains 84% of Green Tea extract (anti acne), Clove Flower extract (controls sebum and keeps skin matte & smooth) and many citrus extracts (orange, citrus, tangerine, anti-bacterial).
Green Tea Balancing Cream is a little bit more moisturizing with a whipped-cream-like texture and is best for combination skin and dry troubled skin.
Laneige Trouble Relief Cream is a soothing and moisturizing cream with antibacterial proprieties. It suppresses bacterial growth to reduce inflammation of clogged pores, reduces acne and soothes irritated pimples.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Laneige Trouble Relief Cream here
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX is a lightweight soothing and moisturizing gel for all skintypes, including oily and acne-prone skin. It soothes & moisture irritated skin and controls sebum. It’s an outstanding moisturizer for young adults and adults.
If you have dry combination skin there is also a more moisturizing version here.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX here
O Hui Clinic Science Full Medi Moisturizer is an oil-free medicated moisturizer for adults. It reduces and prevents acne, controls oil production, reduces skin’s sensitivity and balances moisture & hydratation levels in skin.
Smart Shopping : Buy the O Hui Clinic Science Full Medi Moisturizer here
Ciracle Anti-Blemish Aqua Cream is a gel-type moisturizer made of Aloe Vera for all troubled skins. It is very lightweight and feels very refreshing on the skin. It provides moisture and hydratation to the skin, balances skin to reduce exessive sebum, provides a cooling and soothing effect, calms redness and red irritated pimples, keeps pores fresh and clear.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Ciracle Anti-Blemish Aqua Cream here
Ciracle Aqua Control Double Moisture Cream is an ultra soothing moisturizer for dry troubled and combination skins. It contains minimum ingredients to prevent irritating sensitive skins and promotes lasting hydratation of the skin.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Ciracle Aqua Control Double Moisture Cream here
Zymogen Facial Oil-Free Aqua Cream is a gel-type moisturizer for extremely oily skin. Molokheiya moistures the skin, Beta-Glucan reduces skin’s sensitivity, Corn Mint reduces enlarged pores and exessive sebum, Bacillus nourrishes the skin.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Zymogen Facial Oil Free Aqua Cream here
Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream is a moisturizer for combination, oily, very oily and acne-prone skin. It is made with natural ingredients and is designed to calm and reduce the size of scars on troubled skin. This oil-free ointment-like cream creates a protective barrier for the skin, keeping it clear, free of blemishes and soft.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream here
Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil-Free Moisture Cream is a very lightweight gel-type moisturizer for all skintypes. It moistures the skin, soothes irritated skin and pimples, tighten pores and reduces sebum.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil Free Moisture here
This is by far the most exiting part for me because I love wash-off packs. I can’t live without them. I have tried every masks I included in this list and I can’t even tell which one is the best since all of them are outstanding and provides excellent results on all skintypes. I know a lot of people find wash-off masks useless and only swear by sheet-masks but as far as I know – and based on my own experience – it’s a good idea to use both alternatively.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask and Laneige Mini Pore WaterClay Mask are two clay masks that absorb impurities, dirt and sebum. Both are similar in terms of efficacy and quality but I find the Innisfree a little drying comparing to the Laneige. They both leave the skin clear, bright and sebum-free.
Mamonde Lotus Micro Mud Mask is maybe my favorite mask ever. Just like the two masks I listed above it is made of clay that absorbs impurities, dirt and sebum. The reason why I love it so much is because it also brighten the skin, so if like me you suffer from dull skin you’re gonna love it. It also has anti-aging properties.
Smart Shopping : Buy the (wonderful) Mamonde Lotus Micro Mud Mask here
Innisfree Green Persimmon Pore Pack&Cream is a moisturizer and a sleeping mask at the same time. This gel-type cream is made with Jeju green persimmon extract to tighten pores, prevent collagen breakdown and reduces sebum. It’s an excellent leave-on mask for combination and oily skin.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Innisfree Green Persimmon Pore Pack&Cream here
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack is a moisturizing and soothing sleeping mask for all skintypes. It has been extremely popular all over Asia since years because of how effective it is. Laneige recently reformulated it and the new version is even more popular. In the morning the skin is bright, moisturized, clear, and pores are tightened. Since it is a little rich use it instead of your night cream if you have oily skin.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack here
Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask is a nourishing, hydrating and brightening sleeping mask for all skintypes. Some anti-troubles products can be a little drying so it’s always a good idea to bring back moisture in your skin while you sleep. In the morning your skin will be totally transormed. If you’re a fan of Skinfood Rice Mask (Skinfood is now banned from my blog btw, they released products with horse oil so they can now go to hell) you’re gonna love this mask.
Smart Shopping : Buy the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Mask here
Last but not least, Laneige White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack. I’ve been using these capsules since Laneige started selling them a few years ago and I can tell you they really make a difference in your skincare routine. These capsules moisture the skin, lighten acne scars, brighten dull skin, and improves skin’s overall apparence.
Smart Shopping : Buy Laneige White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack here