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The Best Korean Products For Combination, Oily, Acne prone skins

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

Smart Shopping : Nature Republic Combination Watery Cream here | Fresh Watery Cream here

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.

Smart Shopping : Buy the Etude House Wonder Pore Emulsion here | Cream here

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.

Smart Shopping : Buy the Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream here | Balancing Cream here

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 andΒ  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

 

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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.

Smart Shopping : Buy the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask here | Laneige Micro Pore Waterclay Mask here

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

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  1. Adelaide
    June 29, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Hi Amy I’m new to skincare and want to try out Koreana skincare. Im turning 14 soon and I want to know if I would, need two cleansers for morning and Evening? I have oily to combo skin and I don’t know whether I should get to hear cosrx low ph good morning cleanser or the cosrx salicylic acid cleanserain or the innisfree green tea cleaNser?? Also what skincare routine would you recommend? I also want to know whathe toner, essence, serum, or moisturiser and also night mask/cream would u recommend for my skin TYpe?

  2. Ellen
    May 25, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Hi, I am Ellen, 23 years old. I used Laneige essential power skin refiner light set before. When I start using it, it was really good. But after I used two sets, its not really work on my skin anymore. My skin type is oily and dry, combination skin. Can you suggest me what kind of skin care should I use? Brand and toner, essence and cream. Your suggestion is very appreciated. I am looking forward for your reply. Thanks.

  3. Savi
    March 28, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Hi there!
    Im struggling with acne for 2 to 3 years now and its becoming quite problematic. I’ve visited dermatologists but as soon as their treatment ends my acne shows up again, I am a 21 yr old students and i admit im under alot of stress from college and grades. However i have tried several products (one actually) the tea tree range from The Body Shop and it failed horribly! my sin was irritant and i suffered alot and stopped using. I would love if you could recommend me a good skincare routine! My details are as follows,
    Country- Sri Lanka (ITS SOO WARM AND HUMID HERE)
    Products available- The Face Shop (so id like for u to recommend me products from their range) πŸ™‚
    Skin- Oily and Acne prone skin

    THANK YOU! <3

    • Samantha
      April 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Hey there, I live in Florida where it’s also very hot and humid. I’ve been using Innisfree apple juicy cleanser, and snail serum from Mizon and as long as I wash my face every morning and evening my skin stays SO clear. It’s when I slip up and don’t wash twice a day that I start getting oily and broken out again. My skin tends to be oily on my chin and T-Zone and flakey on my forehead, so these products really balance me out well. That, plus doing cleansing face masks once or twice a week really keep my system clear. And don’t be too rough on your skin (exfoliate gently with something like a good sponge or microfiber cloth, brushes and scrubs can damage your skin and make me break out or skin flake even worse).

  4. Vina
    February 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Hey, Hye Mi. I’m Vina currently 22 from Malaysia.

    I would like you to help me recommend products for my skin..
    I have very oily,acne skin with blackheads around my nose. I have lots of acne scars too. My breakouts gets worse especially during my periods. I’ve been using C+ Facial Cleanser (local product for acne,pimples & blackheads-prone skin) bought over the pharmacy for the past 3 years now. It do help but I still have my breakouts really bad recently with terrible scars. I also have acne on my back with terrible scars too. I totally lose confidence looking at my skin this way ! πŸ™
    Could you please suggest me products as I’ve never tried Korean products.
    I would prefer something that could relieve my acne,blackhead,oily skin, scars and something that would whiten my face too.

    • jia
      April 28, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Hi, Vina. I’m from Malaysia too, and now am 21 years old. I also have the same problem as you; acne scars, pimples, and a little bit of blackheads. I have combination skin; oily on my t-zone area and dry around my cheeks. Recently, I have tried a couple of Korean skincare products and the results are quite impressive.

      1. For cleanser, I have been using April Skin Magic Stone in black for about two months now. This cleanser did a really good work in reducing my scars, and I can see that this cleanser also whiten my skin too.
      2. For the acne treatment, I use COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad, and this works great in shrinking my pimple. I used this as a toner after I wash my face.

      Hope this can help you >,<

  5. Noor Farhana
    January 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Hi hye mi.. Its me again. I forgot to tell u that my skin also has some uneven skin tone. I really hope u can immediately reply my message for you. Plus, can you suggest me some make up product for me to look better? Thank you in advance!

  6. Noor Farhana
    January 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Hi hye mi.. I am a student on late teens.. I dont know about cosmetics. At first, my skin is just ok with a cleanser and toner. As i reached 16 years old, my skin has a lot of acne. But, my skin is not oily. But, the problems are the acne left marks and it still has a few acne. Plus, all this time i just use a local product. I guess the local product does not effective on me again. I am not talking about the local product is not good. I am just saying that my skin is not suitable to use it. Now, i am searching for an import products. I am from malaysia. I dont know what to do. Please help me to find an affordable products to fix my problem. I am a muslim. Please suggest me products which is suitable for me. I mean free from pork. I hope u understand. Thank you.

  7. michelle neo
    December 25, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Hye Mi,

    My son is 17 years old. He has acne regularly on his t-zone and they are often red too. He suffers from blackhead and white head on the nose. His cheeks would sometimes have acne but not as often as on his t-zones. He also has acne on his back. Can you recommend korean products that will be good for him.

    many thanks

  8. audrey
    November 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    hi Hye Mi,

    I’m 38yrs old having oily, acne prone skin (PCOS-hormonal imbalance). I’m living in the Philippines.
    Please help me as I would like to start a Korean beauty routine and I need your advice on the ff: (sequential order of use- dont know if it is right)
    Day
    1. Cleanser – Cosrx low ph good morning cleanser (5x a week)
    Scrub Cleanser – Cosrx salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser (2x a week)
    2. Toner – Cosrx natural bha skin returning a sol (not sure if it is a toner, bought one already)
    3. Acid – CosRx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
    4. Serum – Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin drop
    5. Moisturizer – Cosrx advanced snail 96 mucin power essence
    6.Spot Treat – Cosrx centella blemish cream (bought one already)
    7. Cushion – Laneige bb pore

    Night
    1. Oil cleanser – virgin coconut oil
    2. Cleanser – Cosrx low ph good morning cleanser
    3. Toner – Cosrx centella water alcohol free toner
    4.Acid (exfoliator 2x a week)– Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
    5. Serum – Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin drop
    6. Moisturizer – Cosrx advanced snail 96 mucin power essence
    7.Sheet Mask (2x a week) – ??
    8. Spot Treat – Cosrx centella blemish cream
    9. Night Cream – Cosrx advanced snail 92 all in one cream

    would also would like to know if there is any waiting time in between the products.. thank you so much and more power.

    lots of love from Philippines,
    audrey

  9. Hisly
    November 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Hello hyemi thanks for your article its really help me a lot!! but now i confuse. for cream i have cosrx cantella blemish cream and nature republic aloe sooting gel. Can i use both of them? If the answer yes. Whats first product i must apply?
    Once again thank you hyemii

  10. Vivi
    November 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Hi Hye Mi,

    I super love your blog and this article in particular. I’m still reading thru the comments section and my wish list has been getting longer and longer…. =)

    I’m in my late 30s and currently residing in the Philippines. I used to have oily skin, acne and large pores. For the past years, maybe because of aging, my skin has turned to combination and while I do not have acne episodes anymore, I have some deep scarring and large blackhead-prone pores. May I get your thoughts on my planned routine and items I have short-listed to purchase (indicated with asterisk ” * “):
    Cleanser: The SAEM Cleansing water > April Skin magic stone
    Toner: Dear klairs Supple Preparation Toner*
    Actives: It’s Skin VC effector or Dear klairs Freshly juiced vitamin drop*
    Essence: CosRx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid*
    Serum: Mizon Snail repair intensive ampoule* or Mizon All in one Snail Repair Cream*
    Moisturizer/ Pack: Dreamcloud cream or Mizon snail recovery gel* or CosRx Honey / Rice sleeping pack

    CosRx has been getting popular here in the Philippines but I’m not sure if I should or how I can incorporate it in my routine. I understand that most of its products are for acne-prone skin,

    I would greatly appreciate receiving your advise so I can improve my skincare regimen.

    Thanks!

  11. Emma
    November 2, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Hi Hey Mi,

    I posted a while ago but never got a response πŸ™

    I’m now 25 and have oily skin, acne, some light scarring, and large pores. My father was just in Korea and brought me back some Laneige pore foam cleaner. I picked this based on your replies to other posters. I am also interested in the UNT brand you mentioned.

    This is what I was thinking. Laneige: pore deep cleansing foam, trouble relief toner, trouble relief cream. UNT: acne med serum, acne med therme moisturiser, ex white laserwave serum.

    May I have your opinion on if this is the right direction? Or should I use a different combination?

    Thank you in advance!!

  12. Cindy
    October 27, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Hello Hye Mi, Thank You so much for this~ could you please suggest some cleansers and toners for dry and sensitive skin types please?
    Thank you!

  13. Patricia Ann
    October 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    HI Hye Mi!! I am 20 yrs. old from the Philippines. I’ve been following this blog for quite some time. I am new to skincare products and I don’t know what products I should use and skincare routine. I have a very oily skin, very very oily, and I have many acne on my jawline which doesn’t seem to heal. I also have breakouts on my face sometimes and it leaves dark spots T-T. I use Nivea as my facial wash and recently I started using Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Toner but after half an hour my face becomes oily again. Could you suggest what products I should use and the skincare routine I have to do please.

    I hope you could notice and answer me. Thank you!! =)

  14. Nicolle
    October 27, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Hello Hye Mi!
    I’m very happy to have come across this blog, it has some amazing information. My name is Nicolle by the way and i’m 20 years old. I have been going back and forth on whether i should buy the Soko Glam set for combination skin since my skin is combination. It costs a lot and i know most products are not for young women like me. I wanted to know if you could give me the routine you think would work best for combination skin types in order because i’m going nuts with thinking which products work best together or not and if they will have a bad impact on my skin. For now i have dry skin with a lot of acne and red bumps along my neck line, along with acne scars here and there. I love Korean products and how flawless their faces can look but i never know where to begin. Your blog seems like the right place to start so i’m going to buy what you tell me will work best. I would greatly appreciate it and i will keep coming back hungry for more beauty tips! Thank you so much and keep up the amazing work. Lots of love!

  15. Jenny
    October 25, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Hi Hye Mi,
    I was reading through your blog and I was hoping if you could help me out. I am 22 year olds and I am trying to change my skin care routine but I am not really sure where to start. I am currently using the innisfree jujube cleansing foam and the spot treatment and although it helped in the beginning, I feel that it is no longer as effective. I was wondering if you could give me some recommendations. I have combination skin and sensitive skin due to eczema, so it has been hard for me to find something that won’t make my face red.
    Hope to hear from you and thank you.

  16. Wendy Gacayan
    October 24, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Hi Hye Mi,
    Thank you for this post. Finally, I found want I have been looking for. I’m 30 yrs old from the Philippines and lived in Sydney, Australia. I know realised that I am a combination skin since only my T-zone is oily and the rest are dry. I have tried using Innisfree, Etude House and Laneige but I still have adult acne in my T-zone. Now I know the answer because I only use cleanser>toner>mostuiriser>sometimes sunscreen. To be honest, I haven’t found the correct toner for me, I was using Neutrogena and some other product together with the Korean products. Thank you again, I hope this time it will work.

  17. Faye
    October 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Hi! I’ve been visiting this entry of yours from time to time. I’m just planning to give korean skin care products a try & this is really helpful together with my thorough research for uses & feedbacks about the products I wanna try.

    I would just like to ask if I can use Cosrx BHA AHA Clarifying Toner & BHA Blackhead powder liquid at the same time or I could only choose one? I’m confused to what category of skin care regime is the powder liquid though. Is it a toner or an essence?

    So much love! Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      October 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Faye,

      It is recommended to use both at the same time, and the BHA Power Liquid is an essence. πŸ™‚
      Cleanser > Toner (BHA/AHA Clarifying Toner) > BHA Power Liquid > The rest of your skincare routine

  18. vivi
    October 6, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Hyemi!! this post is really help me for my skincare πŸ™‚
    So, i want to ask you a question. Should i use the cosrx bha liquid before toner or after toner?

    hope you answer this, thank you!^^

    • Hye Mi
      October 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Vivi,

      You need to use the toner before the bha liquid. πŸ™‚

      • vivi
        October 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        thank you for your reply, Hyemi ^^ what about the cosrx aha liquid? should i use aha liquid before or after toner?

        • Hye Mi
          October 9, 2016 at 1:41 pm

          Hi Vivi,

          You should use your toner right after your cleanser, before any other serum.
          Cleanser > Toner > BHA > AHA > Other serums/emulsion > Moisturizer > Sunscreen

  19. Lucie
    September 30, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Hello Hyemi!,

    I am a 28 year young woman with an oily skintype and enlarged pores. Now and then I get pimples on my chin. I’m new into Korean skincare and would like to try an light eyecrΓ©me or serum for the darker cirkles and bags around my eyes. Also I would like to know if it’s necessary to use a night crΓ©me or serum with my type of skin? What do you recomment that it’s not to heavy? I easly get pimples from too heavy crΓ©mes.

    Thank you a lot!

    • Hye Mi
      October 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Hello Lucie,

      You should try out the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid to minimizes (temporarily of course) your enlarged pores and sebum production, but also to refine your skin’s texture. You should of course use a night cream, even though it can be the very same cream you use in the morning, as long as it’s oil-free.

      • Lucie
        October 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        Thank you for the reply, I will figure it out! πŸ™‚

  20. Gaile
    September 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Hi Hyemi!
    You really have a lovely post.
    I’ve got a lot of questions and I have tried a lot of products, even consulted a dermatologists but none works. I know I am not using the right routine so a little help please.
    As per the comments above, I guess I have a combination skin as my face would shine in T-zone are as early as 10AM. I am using combination products as of the moment, derma stuffs and from face shop but I think none of it is helping.
    I am an Asian lady, 30yo with combination skin(oily on the T-zone), have large pores even after applying make up, pimple scars, pimple marks(black) and my pimple takes time to heal(burst). Please help me what are the complete products to use and the steps in doing so. I would also ask if there’s any products that can help for back acne?
    Apologies for too much questions and Thank you so much.

  21. Elisa
    September 21, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Hi Hyemi!
    I felt so happy when I found this page!!!
    I am an Italian 25y.o. girl living in Germany. I have always had a very nice skin, just some pimple sometimes but always smooth and healthy. I make up everyday with good productes and I do plenty of mask to mosturize… But: Since I live in Germany (and I’ve tried a lot of their bio and natural skin care producte) my T-zone is pretty oily and with enormous pore, especially on the chin and nose; also the pimple are increased. Now I would like to try korean skin care and leave apart some of this bio producte, because even if at the beginning they were very nice, I don’t think that my skin like them so much. What would you suggest?

    For what I’ve read, my idea was:
    -Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
    or: Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam
    – Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
    + BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by Cosrx

    (As for the cream, I really trust Italian Collistar “Sorbetto” line…)

    + too cool for school Pumpkin Sleeping Pack
    But I still don’t know what to use for the evening routine….

    What do you think? Is there something you would suggest me?

    • Elisa
      September 22, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Ah, befor I forget it: I’ve ordered the UNT Pore Refiner Serum! So I am not so sure anymore about the BHA Power Liquid by Cosrx… And I think about the Cosrx Aloe Vera Soothing Gel as mosturizing element…

  22. Elisa
    September 21, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Hi Hyemi!
    I felt so happy when I found this page!!!
    I am an Italian 25y.o. girl living in Germany. I have always had a very nice skin, just some pimple sometimes but always smooth and healthy. Since I live in Germany (and I’ve tried a lot of their bio and natural skin care producte) my T-zone is pretty oily and with enormous pore, especially on the chin and nose; also the pimple are increased. Now I would like to try korean skin care and leave apart some of this bio producte, because even if at the beginning they were very nice, I don’t think that my skin like them so much. What would you suggest?

    For what I’ve read, my idea was:
    -Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
    or: Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam
    – Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
    + too cool for school Pumpkin Sleeping Pack
    + BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by Cosrx

    What do you think?

  23. Syafira
    September 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Hello Hye Mi,
    I am really glad that I found your blog and this article. Right now, I am using skincare from the dermatologist, and I want to have a skincare that I can buy in the drugstore or online store. So I’ve been thinking that I want to buy innisfree skincare for combination skin (my T-zone is oily, my cheeks are usually dry but sometimes oily). I can’t decide which combination should I buy, so please can you help me decide? Here’s the details:
    1. – Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Cleansing Foam
    – Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
    – Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream
    – Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask
    2. – Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam
    – Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin
    – Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream
    – Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask

    Which one is better? One or two?
    Thank you so mucch.

  24. Anne
    September 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Hye Mi,
    Im Anne. I have combination, uneven skin tone, visible large pores, fine wrinkles & my nose often peeling.
    As i refer to your blog for the combination skincare, ive search few. Im thinking of using the etude house: baking powder cleanser, etude house : wonder pore fresher , etude house : wonder pore essence / it’s skin essence. Is it okay? Any better recommendation.

    Thank u in advanced

    • Hye Mi
      September 16, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      Hi Anne,

      Seems like we have similar skin troubles, expect that my skintype is very dry.
      For large pores I recommend Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid or Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. I very much prefer the Paula’s Choice over the Cosrx as it is too irritating for my sensitive skin, but the Cosrx is cheaper. For uneven skintone check out this post, you might like it. As for fine lines and nose peeling you might want to try the Hera Aquabolic Balancing emulsion and the Age away line (also from Hera). The Aquabolic Balancing is formulated for combination skin, it provides moisture to the skin without clogging pores. Otherwise the wonder pore freshner is an excellent choice.

  25. Carolina
    September 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Hello Hyemi,
    Thanks for this awesome post. I’m turning 20 and I think it’s time to have a good skin care routine. I have oily/sensitive and acne-prone skin type. I spent my teenage years with a lot of visits to dermatologist. The only two things I have right now are nature republic aqua max (blue one) and etude house pink vital water. Can you suggest what other stuff I should buy? I have used face shop’s green tea line in the past and got huge pimples within a week so I am wondering if innisfree green tea line is suitable for me or not? The brands I have access to atm are nature republic, etude house and innisfree. Can you help me make a routine based on those? If monmade is really good, where can I get it in UK? Thank you in advance.

  26. Joan
    September 13, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Mi

    im new to korean skin care, so would you recomand som product for me? (Some produkts that dont need sunschreen.)
    I got oily skin, but hydrated, My skin is a bit sensetiv and dull.
    I got blackheads, and shiny t-sone. during the day.
    Very hydratet around my eyes, and a bit dark.

    i really hope you can help me.

  27. Anan
    September 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    is the Innisfree green tea fresh skin to be applied before or after the green tea seed serum? on the instructions it’s said after but you’ve mentioned it as step2 after washing face???

    • Hye Mi
      September 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Hello Anan,

      The skin (aka toner) must be applied before any serum. It doesn’t make sense to apply a light, liquidy product after a thicker and richer one.

  28. Didichan
    September 7, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Hello Hye Mi,
    I have been reading your articles and love them. I just wanted to ask your for your advice on a skin regime, for oily skin I am 27. I am not Korean but I think Korean product works great for all skin type. Right now I am already using products from Innisfree and Mizon. I was just wondering what would be good for me, I am struggling with where to start.
    Thank you very much.

  29. brem
    August 24, 2016 at 4:03 am

    hi hye mi really nice reading your article, can you help me ihave a really bad skin, im 32 y/o old with pimples, blemished, oily, large pore, dull skin, i like korean products, i have innisfree white pore facial cleanser and super volcanic pore scrub, chika y chiko skin texture toner, innisfree whitening pore synergy serum, innisfree whitening pore cream, innisfree whitening pore sleeping mask, innisfree super volcanic pore clay mask, but my acne i not yet resolved. i also use skinfood vita water pore fit cushion bottle and its my sun cream.

  30. brem
    August 23, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    hi hye mi really nice reading your article, can you help me ihave a really bad skin, im 32 y/o old with pimples, blemished, oily, large pore, dull skin, i like korean products, i have innisfree white pore facial cleanser and super volcanic pore scrub, chika y chiko skin texture toner, innisfree whitening pore synergy serum, innisfree whitening pore cream, innisfree whitening pore sleeping mask, innisfree super volcanic pore clay mask, but my acne i not yet resolved. i also use skinfood vita water pore fit cushion bottle and its my sun cream.

  31. Sabeeka
    August 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Hi, just found your website and it is so informative. Thank you for doing all this hard work.
    I am new to Korean skin care and am looking for products for normal to combination skin. What gel/foam or water based cleanser would you recommend for that ? and a light moisturizer?

  32. Zharelly
    August 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Hi, I’m a 17 yo girls. I have oily and acne prone skin. I always have acne popped out every week, I don’t know why πŸ™ My acne scars is so lot. And I have uneven skin tone, my face especially my forehead is darker than the other area. Can you help me choose my skincare? I wanna try innisfree product….

  33. Sella Salsabila
    August 15, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Hello, Hyemi! I’m new to this haul, and very grateful you made this post, heaven guides me here! Thank you so much, and I have a question-for now, what abt mamonde pore corset ghassoul clay mask? I’ll be waiting for your reply, thanks again.

    xoxo

    • Hye Mi
      August 27, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Hello Sella,

      I find the mud mask (also from Mamonde) much more effective. πŸ™‚

  34. ichaprimadani
    August 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Dear Hyemi,

    what do you think of using cosrx one pimple pads as daily acid toner? i understand it’s an exfoliating product so i’ve been considering weather to use it daily or just once/twice-in-a-week exfoliator. i have combi & acne-prone skin, and been struggling with hyperpigmentation. i also have been slowly introducing a few AHA BHA skincare products to my skin, and i felt like they do wonder to my skin. so i’d like to step up my game with heavier AHA BHA products such as cosrx one step pimple pads and their AHA BHA power liquid thingy.

    hopefully you would read this, and if you do, please kindly give a feedback to my concern. thank you πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      August 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Hello!

      The pads are excellent as a daily toner, but if you really want an effective exfoliating toner you should try the Bravura London instead, it’s much more effective. πŸ™‚

  35. Megan U
    August 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Hi, Hyemie! May I ask, what type of emulsion/cream would work for a combo, acne prone skin? Also, I love your website!! It helped me choose a great toner and facewash, since there are A LOT of korean skincare; it could be overwhelming. Anyways, thank you! <3

    • Hye Mi
      August 16, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Hello Megan,

      Acne-Prone skin should use oil-free products only, thus they should avoid using emulsions. As for a cream I really like the Laneige Trouble Relief one. πŸ™‚

  36. Sabrina fadzil
    August 9, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Hyemi..
    I’m Sabrina..I really love reading ur post on this great Korean products..I want to ask u couple of questions
    I have a combination skin..oily on my tzone especially during afternoon.. recently my face is getting pimples on the cheeks area and on area between my two eyebrows.. it makes me really sad coz after the breakouts it leaves me a dark acne scars.. what should I do??
    These are my skincare line..jus to let u know if it’s the right skincare 4 me or not:
    Day: the faceshop rice water Bright cleansing foam, skinfood black pomegranate toner, faceshop core seed purifying essence, faceshop white seed real whitening lotion
    Night : same as day except the lotion I change it with nature republic soothing & moisture aloe Vera gel…
    Really hope that u can help me with my problem..^_^

  37. Aika
    August 7, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this!
    Sorry to tell you this but I did check this post before and it had circles that indicated if a product was for teens, young adults, and/or up. Thank you for updating, but I can’t tell anymore if these product are for me or not. I’m currently a 16 year old girl and my my mom won’t allow skin care products for adults on my skin.

    • Hye Mi
      August 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Hello Aika,

      I’m still working on this post please wait for the final update. πŸ™‚
      It doesn’t change much from before though, Etude House/Innisfree/Banila Co/Nature Republic/Cosrx/Recipe etc are still excellent for teens.

  38. Keana
    August 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hi, my skin type is oily and i’m 18 years old. I don’t really have problem with pores, acnes, blackhead ( i only have blackhead around my nose ), etc. But i have uneven skin tone that my forehead is darker than the other area and i have dull skin. I really want to find whitening & brightening products that works on my oily skin. So i’ve been thinking about using these products, here is the list :
    for Cleanser : Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser from Cosrx
    for Toner : Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner ( Light )
    for Serum : OST C20 Vitamin C Serum
    for Emulsion : Laneige Balancing Emulsion Light
    for Essence : Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence from Cosrx
    so what do you think about these products ? is it okay or i should change some of the products or i should change the step ? I’m still new in these skin care world. I really really need your help.

    • Hye Mi
      August 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Hello Keana,

      Cleanser : I don’t like the one you mentioned, it’s not bad but not excellent either. Try the Mamonde Rose Water Cleansing Foam or the Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA+BHA Cleansing Foam instead.
      Toner : Nice choice, I really like the Power Essential.
      Serum : It’s just my personal opinion but I find the OST to be very irritating and not very effective. If you wish to use Vitamin C I suggest you to try Paula Choice or Mad Hippie Skincare instead.
      Emulsion : Since you have oily skin you don’t need an emulsion, try a lotion instead. I heard the ones by Hada Labo for oily/troubled skin are really good. I forgot its name but I know it’s in a green bottle. I think their Kiwa-Mizu Amino Lotion is excellent as well for oily skin.
      Essence : Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence is much more effective than the Cosrx. If you don’t have a budget try the Hera Biogenic Effector instead, it’s amazing but very expensive. For your blackheads you can try Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid or Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid.
      Cream : ? I think you forgot to include your moisturizer. I really like the Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX.
      Don’t forget to use a sunscreen as well. πŸ˜‰

  39. Izzah Hazwani
    August 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hi hyemi!

    I need your advice for what product must i take from the clenser until the last step.. i hope can help me because i have and oily skin and got some pimple on my cheeks.. i have buy a laneige pore deep cleanser.. is the product is suitable for my skin? And what should i used for serum, toner and others step? I hope you can help me with my skin.. and also i hope you suggest korean product because im so into korean product right now.. hope do get the feedback from you soon..

  40. Belle
    August 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    hye , im 17 and im really new to products like this .. i dont even know what is toner nor moisterizer .. can you help me find a good product for myself ? i have pimple (or you can say acne) , i have blackhead , and my face is veryy oily .. my face also easily get red if i was exposed to dust and and if the temperature was so hot as in Malaysia its reallyy hot (my face get oily thus make my pimple really bright red) .. the only thing that is good about my face that my face is bright or you can say pale … please help me find the suitable product for my face ..

  41. Annabel
    August 4, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Hello Hyemi!

    Love this post a lot and i even bookmarked the post so i can refer back when needed to!

    I am 22 this year and have combination + acne prone skin.
    I have been having clean face (except for little zits) for about 2 weeks after switching up my skincare routine. However, recently i’m getting 2 huge acnes that hurts a lot on my forehead. I am considering to change my skincare routine again since most of the products i’m using now are not in your list, but my new routine has worked for 2 weeks. Do you think i should change it or stick to it for a little while to see how it goes?

    New Routine:
    1) Laneige Multi Cleanser
    2) Byphasse Soft Toner Lotion
    3) Missha The First Treatment Essence
    4) Missha Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule (only for under eye wrinkle cause it seem to cause red spots if i apply on my entire face)
    5) Oxy 5 Pimple Cream (during the night, will skip this during day time)
    6) Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
    7) Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

    On monday nights before i start Step 2, i will use Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Mask.

    Maybe my makeup is the one that causes the break out?
    I’m using Laneige Whitening BB Cushion and Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. I’ve only started using the No Sebum Mineral Powder for 2 days and it makes the skin around my lips & eyes flaky. I use Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover, 3 pumps, rinse, and another 2 pumps to double cleanse.

    • Hye Mi
      August 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Hello Annabel,

      1) The Laneige Multi Cleanser is very drying, maybe you should use something else instead. I heard Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA+BHA Foam Cleanser is excellent for oily/combo/acne-prone skin. I use the Gokujyun Foam Cleanser and I really like it. The Mamonde Rose Water Cleansing Foam is also an excellent choice, if you check the comments it’s a cleanser I always recommend even for oily skin.
      2) Never heard of this brand before.
      3)/4) Missha? Heck no! It’s one of those brands like Skinfood and Tony Moly that use super cheap ineffective ingredients, so hell no. Try the Hera Cell-Essence instead, it’s very effective and much better than missha, and at least Hera know what they are doing.
      5) Never heard of this product, is it a spot cream?
      6) Try the Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid instead, or the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. I don’t really like the Cosrx but it’s cheaper than the Paula Choice if you’re on a budget. If you decide to use one of the two apply it right after your toner.
      7) Nice sleeping mask, I really like it as well. You didn’t mention any day time moisturizer though?

      It could be your makeup, I honestly have no idea. If it’s your makeup it shouldn’t be hard to know : don’t use it for one or two weeks to see if there is any change in your skin.

      • Annabel
        August 10, 2016 at 11:07 am

        Hello Hyemi!

        I’ve stopped using the no sebum powder and my flaking skin has stopped. My acne’s been really on and off so i really don’t know what’s the main cause of it. I guess i’ll just classify it as hormonal acnes LOL πŸ™

        I don’t use any moisturizer because i don’t know which is good! i recently bought the Hada Labo Air Aqua UV Day Emulsion, combination-oily type to try out. It still made my face oily so i always avoid moisturizers, afraid they’ll only make my face even oilier.

        Can you recommend some good moisturizers?

  42. Qin
    August 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Hi, I’m facing an acne prone skins problem. Any recommendations products to use to . I had tried a lot of products but do not have a big effect. πŸ™

  43. Arifah
    August 1, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Hi Hyemi,

    Currently I am looking for best toner for my oily-acne prone skin. Resently, i’ve been using Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin and It’s great for my skin. But, right now I am concern with my large pores and blackheads around my nose and forehead.

    I am 23 y.o. And recently using COSRX AHA 7 whitehead power liquid for my whiteheads also. What is the best toner should i use? I prefer not to use large amount of alcohol in my skincare regimen.

    Thank you, and I am looking forward for your suggestion πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      August 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Hello Arifah,

      I really like Bravura London’s toners.

  44. Natasya
    July 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Hello Hyemi !

    I am 19 years old and I live in Malaysia where the weather is so hot. My skin type is combination type. Sometimes I got few pimples pop out on my face but sometimes there’s nothing. I got pimple scar on my face. Just wanna ask you whether my daily skin care is correct or not.

    Day:
    Cleanser – The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Cleansing Foam
    Toner – Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
    Moisterizer – Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream
    Sunscreen – Innisfree Extreme Safety 60 Sun Gel

    Night:
    Cleansing Oil – Banila Co. Clean It Zero (Resveratrol)
    Cleanser – The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Cleansing Foam
    Toner – Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
    Acne Care – Oxy 5
    Serum – Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum
    Eye Cream – Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Eye Cream
    Moisturizer – Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

    Sorry for such a long comment here. Hope to get your reply soon. Btw, really love your post. Thank you

  45. vivi
    July 28, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Hello Hyemi! ^^
    I want ask you a question, can i use Vitamin C serum after COSRX AHA liquid? if i can’t, how is the correct way to use it?
    hope you answer my question Hyemi, thank you πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      August 3, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Hello Vivi,

      Use the Vitamin C first then wait for five to ten minutes so the glycolic acid and niacinamide won’t mess up the vitamin C. πŸ™‚
      It’s best to avoid using glycolic acid at the same time as skin-lightening products though, maybe you could use one at night and the other one in the morning?

      • vivi
        August 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

        Hello Hyemi!^^
        but i use COSRX BHA blackhead liquid in the morning, you that it’s not effective if i use BHA and AHA in the same time..
        hmm what if use AHA today and vit C serum tomorrow?

        thanks for your reply and hope you’ll reply this question too ^^

        • Hye Mi
          August 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm

          Hello Vivi,

          You must NOT use Vitamin C and AHA the same time, both are exfoliating and you’re going to overexfoliate your skin if you use both the same day. Alternate between the two instead. πŸ™‚

  46. Alex
    July 27, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Hyemi πŸ™‚
    Can you please help mee!! I can’t choose a moisturizer, I have an oily, acne prone skin, but it’s very sensitive. I’m new in the whole Korean skincare world so please help me! :))

    • Hye Mi
      August 3, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Hello Alex!

      Try the Laneige Trouble Relief Cream, it’s awesome and very gentle even for sensitive skin. πŸ˜‰
      To decrease your skin’s sensitivity I recommend using the Hera Cell-Essence, it’s perfect for all skintype.

  47. July 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    u r very good blogger

  48. Sophia
    July 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Hi, I’m 15 and I’m going through some serious acne. There are few cyst pimples, acne scars and redness. I’m willing to change all my routine so could you suggest 1 or 2 routines please?

  49. Sophia
    July 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Hi, I’m 15 and I’m going through some serious acne. There are few cyst pimples, acne scars and redness. I’m willing to change all my routine so could you suggest 1 or 2 routines please?

  50. Gwyneth Devera
    July 23, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Unnie Hyemi! Where can i contact you? I want to have tips from you privately. Im a bit shy to have a questions for you in public

  51. Karla
    July 20, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Hi.
    Excellent blog. Please I need you to help me create a facial care routine with koreans products. The truth long ago the only thing I do is wash my face with soap suitable for my skin type and to apply moisturizer. I am 32 years old, oily skin with plenty of black and white dots especially in the forehead and cheeks, sometimes near my period I have one or two pimples. I live in a warm climate. Greatly appreciate your suggestion.

  52. Tita
    July 19, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Hallo..

    Can you help me about my skin?.. i am oily skin my face has pimples and dark spots my skin is getting older…i always had appointment to my skin doctor and its almost 1 year but not effective,,,i live in germany the weather always changing., i hope i could fine help in this site.

  53. Natalie
    July 19, 2016 at 9:03 am

    When I click to see examples to skin care routines, its not there.

  54. Shanisse
    July 18, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Hello Hyemi,

    I have combination skin, large pores, white/black heads prone and have blind pimples which cleanser, toner, cream, lotion, essence, mask or any skin care products are better for my skin type. I’m liking to buy between Innisfree or Mamonde.

    Looking forward to your reply soon πŸ™‚
    Thank you πŸ˜€

  55. Amalia
    July 18, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Hi hyemi, I’ve read this article since 2015 but i’m still hestitate for trying korean product and now I wanna try it. Can you help me for recomend a some products? I’m a beginner and I dont how to start it. I’m a 18 y.o i dunno have a what skin type, sometimes it can be really dry but it’s oily also during the day. I often changed my soap cleanser a lot due make my face really dry, and now i’ve been using Achnes cleanser it’s not really make my skin very dry but I thought it’s not really effective. I’ve been trying a some cream but no one can make me satisfied and now I’m not using any cream for daily and also I don’t using sunscreen. My skin become oily during the day and I have a whiteheads around my nose and chin, I don’t really has acne but, when my face become so dirty there are some acnes on my forehead. I’m live in Indonesia which entirely tropical and the sun is really hot. I’m so really sorry for my longer comment

  56. Betty
    July 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Hi! I don’t know whether my skin is combination type or oily type. Sometimes I got few pimples pop out on my face but sometimes won’t. I got pimple scar on my faces. Just wanna ask whether my daily skin care is correct or not.

    Day:
    Kiehl calendula deep cleansing foam- kiehl calendula herbal extract toner- kiehl blemish control daily skin clearing treatment- kiehl ultra facial oil free gel cream- kiehl ultra light daily uv defense

    Night:
    Kiehl calendula deep cleansing foam- nature republic soothing and moisture aloe Vera gel

    Errr I plan to change to innisfree or nature republic products, what’s ur suggestion? Sorry for comment such long at here. Hope to get your reply soon. Thank you

  57. Anna
    July 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Hi! I don’t know whether my skin is combination type or oily type. Sometimes I got few pimples pop out on my face but sometimes won’t. I got pimple scar on my faces. Just wanna ask whether my daily skin care is correct or not.

    Day:
    Kiehl calendula deep cleansing foam- kiehl calendula herbal extract toner- kiehl blemish control daily skin clearing treatment- kiehl ultra facial oil free gel cream- kiehl ultra light daily uv defense

    Night:
    Kiehl calendula deep cleansing foam- nature republic soothing and moisture aloe Vera gel

    Errr I plan to change to innisfree or nature republic products, what’s ur suggestion? Sorry for comment such long at here. Hope to get your reply soon. Thank you

  58. Agnesya
    July 14, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I keep coming back to this post whenever i wanna buy Korean products. Thanks for the post πŸ™‚
    I’m 18, used to have dry skin type, but after going to dermatologist and used their skincare products, my skin became a combination one!
    I’ve stopped using them, and now i’m having troubles with large, clogged pores and a lot of little bumps around T-zone and under eyes area. I don’t easily get acne.though. Redness and uneven skin tone on nose areas really annoys me.

    Can you please help me out?
    1. Which one is a better cleanser, laneige pore deep, white plus renew / innisfree green tea pure foam?
    2. I’ve been using Wonder Pore Freshner, but the result is just average. Is it caused by the creams that i use?
    3. Any cream suggestions for pore control + whitening?

    Thanks a ton! <3

    • Hye Mi
      July 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Hello Agnesya,

      Seems like we have, somehow, a similar skintype. πŸ™‚ I assume you have large pores and clogged pores because your skin became damaged by the products you previously used. Unfortunately it can’t turn back to what it was, at least for pores, but you can temporarely tighten them. You can also get rid of the bumps you have with a good serum or toner formulated with glycolic acid.
      For your uneven skin-texture I would recommend using an exfoliating serum (glycolic acid) like the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum. You can find a mini review of it in my current skincare routine post.

      All three cleansers you mentioned have different purposes and results : The Pore Deep minimizes pores size and excess sebum, the Innisfree moisturizes the skin and the White Plus Renew brighten dull skintone. I really like the White Plus Renew but I find it very expensive. Have you tried the Mamonde Rose Bubble Foam Cleanser? It’s perfect for all skintypes and very gentle.
      If you have a dry skintype it might explain why the Wonder Pore doesn’t work much. I also have very large pores and blackheads and the only product that works for me is the Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid. It’s great, very gentle and non-drying. It also minimizes redness! A Korean alternative would be the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid but I find it a little too aggressive for sensitive skin.

      If you have uneven skintone you should try the Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence or the Hera Biogenic Effector. Both are quite expensive but really worth the splurge. Once again you can find a mini review of both in my current skincare routine post. πŸ˜‰

  59. Andrea
    July 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Hi i have very oily and acne prone skin. Can yu please suggest products and skin regime from Nature Republic, The Face shop, Etude House and Skinfood. These are the only stores that are accessible to me. I would like to also try Innisfree but im not very familiar with online purchasing. Your answer will be very appreciated

  60. Ree
    July 9, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Hi! Thank you for posting this blog! I do have several questions regarding my regime. I’m a 27 year old with combo/oily skin who is looking for a regime to start out fresh (cleanser,toner,serum,moisturizer). Any recommendations? I do plan on purchasing the lineage water sleeping pack, missha time essence and UNT laser wave. What do you think? Looking for a cleanser and am/pm moisturizer.

  61. Natasya Florence
    July 8, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Hello Hyemi unnie!
    I’m Natasya from Indonesia.
    I have a really really oily skin specially on my T-zone. There are some conditions that makes my skin even more oily than normally do. Specially Indonesia is the country with tropical type of climate, that makes me easily get oily or sweat. I have tried many products of makeup and many trick but my makeup is doesn’t last as long as I expected and doesn’t as good as I want.
    Can you recommend some
    Korean-brand foundation or primer for oily skin? Just the product list that maybe can help me for a good makeup looks.
    And if you don’t mind, explain how to get a matte looks for a long time and of course the skincare routine before makeup that could help me against my oily,acne prone skin..
    Thank you

  62. Amanda
    July 4, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Hi im currently looking for a moisturizer can u suggest for me i have pimple prone skin but have dry flasks on my nose area

  63. Sarah
    July 4, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Hi Hye Mi!
    I am so happy that I found all of this wonderful information in one place- I have endlessly been searching for the best products for me. I was wondering if you could suggest a routine for me, since I am new to Korean facial care and I am looking to completely renew my skincare regiment.
    I have really oily skin all over my face and have recently started breaking out occasionally on my cheeks. I have enlarged pores across my nose and cheekbones and also tend to have blackheads a lot of the time. I am also 17 and looking for products that won’t break the bank, so any cheaper lines that you could suggest me would be much appreciated!
    Thank you so much for already so much help! I hope I’m not asking for too much, but I would love to have your opinion!

  64. Sabrina
    July 3, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Hi hyemi

    I’m 20 y/o university student, and live in Malaysia.

    I’ve got a lot of questions concerning my skin. I don’t have a lot of pimples. It come one at a time.

    However, I’m suffering from acne around my cheeks and chin. The one that’s from the inside of the skin. The only way to reduce it is by aggressively squeeze it using that round metal thing. It’s getting a lot of it around the area. What should I do to prevent it?

    I’m also planning on changing my skincare products to innisfre, or Etude House. Between these two, which do you recommend?

  65. Sally
    July 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hello!
    I love your blog because you recommend alot of good products but im not really sure which type of skin i have:(
    My skin is usually dry and quite oily, but if i put cream im scared itll be very sticky. But if i put less moisturizing cream my skin produces oil:(
    I also have alot of tiny small bumps on my forehead that i cant clear and i dont know what to do!
    Can u pls recommend me some products that would help my situation:(
    PS i am currently in korea! So i will be able to buy the products!

  66. Courtney
    July 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Hi,
    I’m stuck in choosing between three moisturizing products: Laneige Trouble Relief Cream, Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream and the Centella Blemish Cream. I have combination oily sensitive skin with eczema. I breakout rarely/occasionally. Mostly from stress and/or from my period. But I do have clogged pores but on my cheeks. My clogged pores look like half raised skin color bumps. They are only noticeable when you are seriously up close and invading my personal space. So I’m kind of in a pickle. Any suggestions??

  67. Mandy
    July 1, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Hi Hye mi!
    I’m Mandy, 21 years old. I’m really glad as I saw this post. I’m new to beauty products as I didn’t use any, so I would like to ask for some recommendation for the products that I should use daily. I have oily and sensitive skin. My skin condition is bad, there are pimples, pimples scars, large pore and dull skin. Can Hye mi recommend the whole set of beauty products that I should use

  68. Hara
    June 29, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I’m so glad that I have found this masterpiece of a blog!
    Do you have any recommendations to lessen/remove my acne scars and this weird bumps on my face? I have combination skin and I really don’t know what products to buy. Thanks!

  69. mai vi
    June 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Hye Mi πŸ˜€
    I’m a teen and I have combination skin with small (but quite a lot) pimples.
    First, thank god I found this post. I’m just starting to use skincare products so I’m REALLY lost in finding the perfect routine and products.
    I still don’t know whether to buy products from innisfree or skinfood. Can you help me with my skincare routine cause i litterally don’t know anything ( oh also can I skip any of the products if possible cause I don’t wanna waste too much money as a student :)? )
    Hope you can help me

  70. Camilla
    June 27, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Hyemi! πŸ™‚

    I just found your blog and i think its really helpful but i still dont know what product i should use. Im 24 years old and im new to this products. Can you please recommend me which products are the best acne prone face. I have oily face and acne prone face and it does leave a scar. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  71. Annie
    June 26, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Hello
    I am 33 years old now and looking a emulsion product for oily skin. so which brand is the best choice? Thank you

  72. Nazreen
    June 25, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Hello, I love reading your blog. My daughter is 22, with combination skin and a lot of acne hyper pigmentation . Can you please recommend good products for her ?currently she is using : sum 37 skin saver cleansing balm, and rose miracle stick,Klairs freshly juiced drop 5% pure vit c , Innisfree green tea seed serum,Innisfree green tea fresh essence,Etude house 10 in 1 wonder pore freshener , cos Rx low ph cleanser , laneige renewal water sleeping mask , for 2 months , but not much improvement

  73. Ann
    June 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Hello Hye Mi! I am slowly introducing Korean skin care products into my routine. I am using Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild Foam to wash my face and my skin feels great in the morning. (I’m currently only using Banilla and Co Clean it Zero, followed by Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild Foam, and Mamonde Rose Water Gel. I have other products coming in the mail). I’ve noticed that after I wash in the morning I start to feel oily. Should I use a dfferent cleanser in the morning? I was thinking maybe the Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Foam in the morning? Thoughts?

  74. Airah
    June 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Hai I really love your blog and beauty post.i will keep reading your blog <3 keep it up

  75. Cesca
    June 22, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Hey Hyemi eonni! I find this so informative πŸ˜€
    Anyway, i want to ask you about korean skincare for 17y.o teenager with combination skin. Can you help me about how to get rid of oily on my t-zone ? ^^

    And i want to ask, does Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask & Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream suits 17y.o teenager?
    Please reply! ^^ thankyou

  76. Lent
    June 21, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Hi Hyemi, can you recommend the perfect skincare for acne scar (exfoliation) for adult oily skin type?

    Thanks in advance :))

    • Hye Mi
      June 24, 2016 at 10:28 am

      hello Lent,

      I really like Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum and Paula’s Choice 10% AHA Weekly Treatment. They work great on acne scars and uneven skin-texture πŸ™‚

      • Lent
        July 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm

        thank you so much for the recommendation, hyemi! do you know where I could buy mad hippie exfoliating serum?
        oh anyway, I’m using C21.5 vit C serum and iope trouble clinic toner with the combination of laneige water sleeping pack sometimes. is that okay? I found that my acne was getting better but the scar is still a problem.

        love to hear from you bout this

        • Hye Mi
          July 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm

          Hello Lent!

          You can find the Mad Hippie serum on iherb.com , this is where I purchase it.
          I’m not gonna lie, I deeply dislike the C21.5 Vitamin C Serum. I find it too aggressive for sensitive skin and not as powerful and effective as the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum. The combination is fine but to get rid of your acne scars you might want to try Niacinamide or Glycolic Acid instead, this is how I got rid of mine. I use the Biogenic Effector from Hera (very expensive but TOTALLY worth the splurge, I talked about it in my current skincare routine post) and the Exfoliating Serum by Mad Hippie. πŸ™‚

  77. Jennifer
    June 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Best post ever for oily/combination skin. Thank you!

  78. Yani
    June 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Hello Hyemi! I need some help with my routine. I’m 20 y.o and i have combination skin, my nose, cheeks, and chin are oily (sometimes very oily), but dry/normal in other parts. Sometimes, my skin is sensitive. I always get acne on oily areas if the products that I used are not suitable. I also have whiteheads (not much) on my chin area. I’m a beginners Korean beauty user. Now, I’m using innisfree green tea balancing skin, innisfree green tea balancing lotion, and innisfree green tea cleansing foam. This product can reduce and control oil on my face. Although this product is suitable for my skin, but it was still lacking. After a few hours, I felt sticky on the oily area. So, I ask you to help me create a skin care routine (day and night) for bright, healthier, and glowing skin.

    Thank you Hyemi:-)

  79. Anna
    June 18, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Hi hyemi, can you reccomend me what skincare I should try bcs now there’s this red spot along my jaw. I want to get rid of it where it’s sometime become itchy and I feel so irritated. My skin also the oily type. I am using garnier pure active fruit energy foam but it does not make the red spot clear :(.

  80. Nini
    June 10, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I’m so glad that I found this post. Tho,someone suggested it to me.

    I want to ask something. I have oily skin and pimples around my jawline area. Do you think wonder pore trial kit will work best for me?

    • Hye Mi
      June 13, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Hello Nini,

      Wonder Pore is best for combination skin, if you have oily skin you should try something else like the Laneige Trouble Relief line. πŸ™‚

      • Yani
        June 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        Hello Hyemi! I need some help with my routine. I’m 20 y.o and i have combination skin, my nose, cheeks, and chin are oily, but dry/normal in other parts. Sometimes, my skin is sensitive. I always get acne on oily areas if the products that I used are not suitable. I also have whiteheads (not much) on my chin area. I’m a beginners Korean beauty user. Now, I’m using innisfree green tea balancing skin, innisfree green tea balancing lotion, and innisfree green tea cleansing foam. This product can reduce and control oil on my face. Although this product is suitable for my skin, but it was still lacking. After a few hours, I felt sticky on the oily area. So, I ask you to help me create a skin care routine (day and night) for bright, healthier, and glowing skin.

        Thank you Hyemi:-)

  81. Christa
    June 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Hello, Hye Mi!

    I am 17 years old and my skin is oily/combination, mainly it is oily but sometimes I have dry patches on my cheeks. My purpose of skincare routine is to get rid of my acne red (or brown, but mainly they’re red) marks and acne (too).

    AM (MORNING)
    Cleanser: SKINLIFE Medicated Acne Care Foaming Facial Wash
    Anti-blemish toner: ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Freshner
    Anti-blemish serum: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
    Hydrating toner: MAMONDE Rose Water Daily Skin Toner
    Hydrating serum: MIZON Hyaluronic Acid 100
    Moisturizer: INNISFREE Green Tea Fresh Cream

    PM (NIGHT)
    Cleanser: SKINLIFE Medicated Acne Care Foaming Facial Wash
    Anti-blemish toner: ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Freshner
    Anti-blemish serum: C20 Original Pure Vitamin C Serum
    Hydrating toner: MAMONDE Rose Water Daily Skin Toner
    Hydrating serum: MIZON Hyaluronic Acid 100
    Moisturizer: –

    Here’s my questions:

    1) What do you think about my planned skincare routine? Should I have a change on something, or are these good enough?
    2) As I said, my skin is oily/combination. How many times a week should I use the MIZON Hyaluronic Acid 100? I don’t want to cause a problem on my skin.
    3) What about my night moisturizer? Hm, I don’t want to use the INNISFREE as I’ll be combining it with C20 which is pretty strong. I want something that is pretty hydarting, much more than the one I use during the day. By the way, I’ve tried the CIRACLE Anti-blemish Aqua Cream but even though I liked it, I don’t think it was really great. So, please recommend me one!

    I want to keep my routine as simple as possible. As a starter, I will use CLEANSER – HYDRATING TONER – HYDRATING SERUM (if you think it’ll cause no problem, but if you think it causes no good then I’ll switch it to once a week) – MOISTURIZER daily, both day and night. ANTI-BLEMISH TONER and ANTI-BLEMISH SERUM will definitely be used only once a week.

    That’s it, please do help me, Hye Mi! Hehe, thank you! ^_^

  82. Sharz
    June 9, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Hi hyemi!.just drop by your blog and thanks for sharing a good info. I have large pores and many products ive tried before but result still same. Before this i try hansagae nature pore pack and comes with pore thighten serum,b.liv pore thighten. Do you mind to share what is the best product that works on combination skin? Right now im using laneige white plus range. In mind i want to try innisfree pores range but is it worth it as im living in 2 season country.

  83. mia
    June 9, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Hi Hyemi ,
    i got really bad whitehead.i wonder what kind of toner,serum and mostuirizer should i use.well,this is first time for me to take care my skin carefully.before this i only use useless products and did not work on me.huhuhuhu.i am so sad and depressed.
    HELP ME HYEMI!!
    i am so sorry for a long comment.i hope you could give me usefull advice for me.thanks

  84. jade budd
    June 7, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    hi Hyemi!!:-) Thank u so much for making this post!! I have acne prone combination skin & am currently using a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment for my acne, the downside is my skin is SO dry, but also pretty oily!! I was wondering what products u would recommend for my skin type?? thank u!!!

  85. Arriane
    June 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Hello! I’m obsessed with this list. I’m using it to build a regimen for my niece and myself. Anyway, what night cream do you recommend? I’ve been waking up with oily skin lately and dewy all day. This is pretty recent, about two weeks. But I have changing my skincare routine a lot these days because I’m breaking out, new pimple almost everyday. I have oily t-zone, combo skin (dry and red around the nose, normal everywhere else. At first, I thought my breakout was because I stopped my birth control but that was 6 months ago. My pimples are usually on my chin and right cheek. They’re medium size and usually leave marks that last for months. I also have large pores on my nose and cheeks.

  86. Ann
    June 5, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Hello Hye Mi! Your blog has been very helpful, and I have spent a lot of time reading your responses to people in the comment section trying to formulate a plan. I’m 32 and have oily/acne prone skin. I have lots of acne scarring, some deep black heads I’ld like to address, and hormonal breakouts. My skin has been sensitive in the past, so I tried to choose more mild products. I’m trying to balance anti-aging products and trouble products. What do you think of this plan?
    Cleanser (ant-trouble or mositurizing) Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild Foam
    Toner (anti-trouble with bha or aha) Hera Cell Essence
    Serum/Essence (anti-trouble with bha or aha) Iope Pore Clinic Tightening Essence
    Serum/Essence (mositurizing and soothing) Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel
    Cream/Emulsion (oil free, anti-trouble or mositurizing) O Hui Clinic Science Full Medi Moisturizer or Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX or Ciracle Aqua Control Double Moisture Cream (really not sure on this one, so if you have suggestions let me know. Trying to choose good products and not break the bank)

    exfoliation Paula’s Choice 10% AHA Weekly Treatment OR UNT EX WHITE LASERWAVE SERUM
    mask MAMONDE Rose Honey Sleeping Mask

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreicated!

  87. Alicia Adela Meilisia
    June 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Hello..
    I have oily acne prone skin.
    This is my skincare :
    Cleanser : Laneige Multi Cleanser
    Toner : Innisfree Jejubija
    Lotion : Innisfree jejubija.

    Can you recommend a essence or moiturizer for my skin?

  88. Leah
    June 2, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Hello Hyemi πŸ™‚
    I’m 15 years old and my face is usually oily during the day when I’m outdoor and just normal when I’m indoor. I do have a lots of pores and often get pimples. I’m using Cetaphil cleanser, which is very gentle, and I also recently started using Etude house wonder pore freshener and nature republic aloe Vera gel. My skin is a bit better and it’s very dry. I’d appreciate it if you recommend me some products and morning and evening routine.
    Thanks you

  89. Celine
    May 30, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Hello πŸ™‚
    Your post really helped me out, I was wondering do you recommend a face sunscreen?

    Thank you!

  90. Arissa
    May 29, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Hi Hyemi! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for this lovely post and I’ve definitely learnt more about skincare products. However, I would like to ask some questions about my skin care routine. I currently use Innisfree Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam, Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin Toned and also the COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad. Do you have any moisturizer to recommend as well, since I am lacking one. Is this routine sufficient and often, I still feel that my skin is too oily and does not feel that the products are able to help it. I also have the COSRX BHA Blackhead Powder Liquid but I do not really know where to fit it into the routine. I am a teen and have rather oily and acne-prone skin, with a lot of blackheads. I will usually wash my face with plain water in the morning; carry out the routine in the evening when I shower; and at night, I will wash my face with plain water before applying toner again. Do recommend me on ways to improve on my skincare routine. Thanks! :”)

    • Arissa
      July 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Hello Hyemi!

      I have also further read up on cleansers, in terms of oil cleansers and also shortlisted a few moisturizer. Is it okay for you to recommend me one which you think will suit me best. Other than effectiveness, another criteria will be the price, I’d is worth the price, since I’m currently still a student.

      For the oil cleanser, I am deciding between:
      Cremorlab Cleansing Oil
      Mizo No. 1 King’s Berry Cleansing Oil
      Banila Co. Clean It Zero
      Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
      I understand that you do not really review Innisfree products but is it possible for you to give me some advice regarding the other 3 and perhaps out of those 3, recommend me one that will be most suitable for my skin and age.

      For the moisturiser / cream, I am deciding between:
      Mizon Multi-function All-In-One Snail Repair Cream
      Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream
      Natural Republic 92% Aloe
      I would prefer to have a light-weight cream as the weather at where I stay is rather sunny and humid.

      Thank you!

  91. Henny Saraswati
    May 24, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Hyemi! I’m soo glad I found your blog! I will turn 30 this year and I start to consider using night cream and eye cream. I think I have a combination skin, because I don’t feel I end up with a shiny face in the end of the day. But I do have to blot my face with oil control film paper once or twice in the afternoon. My pores in the cheeks area are hugeeee , they are super visible. But the weird thing is, eventhough my t-zone tends to get a little oily in the afternoon, the skin on my nose cracks easily. Therefore, I have to put extra moisturizer on the nose area before I apply my makeup. My skin is a little bit sensitive as well. If my hands are dirty and I accidentally touch my face, I will have some kind of rash and red spot on certain parts of my face, like around my mouth, cheeks, or around my eyes. I also have baadddd dark circles around my eyes. So I think I need to get rid of it as well. As of now, I use Nature Republic Aloe Soothing Gel every morning to moisturize my face before I apply my makeup, and I use Etude House Wonder Pore Foam to wash my face after I clean it with a cleansing milk (I use a local , non-Korean brand). I also use The Face Shop Blackhead Clay Mask (I’m not sure this is the correct name) once a week to get rid of my blackheads. I also use Freeman’s (this is an US brand) Dead Sea Mineral mask once in a week. Are the products I mentioned above suitable for my skin? I also want to start using night and eye cream / serum. Can you suggest the suitable product for me? Thanks a lot, Hyemi! You are an angel! Xx

  92. Ellie Kim
    May 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hi! What are the best product for a teen like me who suffers in oily skin and also wants to whiten my skin?

  93. Dewi
    May 22, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Hello Hye Mi,

    Thank you for your very informative post! And I would like to ask some tips from you. Currently I read an information from one of onlineshop and they are recommend below step for Korean Skincare Routine:
    1. Double cleansing
    2. Exfoliating toner/acids
    3. Booster/pre serum
    4. Hydrating toner
    5. Serums
    6. Ampoule
    7. Facial oil
    8. Milk toner/emulsion
    9. Day/night cream
    10. Sleeping mask or conditioning oil

    I’m 27 yo and I have combination skin, and live in a tropical country which very humid and hot.
    My question, do those step really necessary?

    This is my current routine…

    Night
    1. Double cleanse – skin food rice cleansing oil then SKII facial wash
    2. Clear lotion SKII
    3. FTE from SKII
    4. Kiehls eye cream
    4. Novexperts peeling night cream — then stop in this step, and I plan to use this for only one month then stop and use for the following month

    Morning:
    1. Double cleanse
    2. Clear lotion SKII
    3. FTE SKII
    4. Cellumination Aura SKII as serum
    5. RNA power as moisturizer
    6. Kiehls eye cream
    7. SKII sunblock

    After one month with Novexperts peeling night cream, I wanted to use AHA BHA as exfoliator or toner. I heard that mizon aha bha is a great one but unfortunately discontinue -,- havent decided yet which one Im gonna use.

    Next, I’m planning to have below routine..
    1. Double cleanse
    2. Toner: Clear lotion skii
    3. First essense: FTE
    4. Hydrating toner: Organic soyedodam mist
    5. Serum: Manyo factory galactomyces niacin and cellumination aura skii (rotation use)
    6. Ampoules? Still dont know -,-
    7. Facial oil? Still dont know -,-
    8. Emulsion? Still dont know -,-
    9. Beauty of Joseon Cream and RNA power skii (rotation use)
    10. Laneige sleeping mask (for night use only)

    Do yo have recommendation for ampoules, facial oil and emulsion for combination skin and live in a humid and hot city like me?

    Your reply will be much appreciated!
    Thank you in advance πŸ™‚

  94. vivi
    May 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    hi, hyemi!^^ it’s me again, i want to ask you some question and hope you can reply this πŸ™‚
    last time you recommend me to use COSRX BHA blackhead liquid for my oily-acne prone skincare routine. have you tried the COSRX natural BHA skin returning a-sol? is it good? i’ve heard that is good for acne-prone skin. which one is better between the blackhead liquid and returning a-sol?

    thank you hyemi ^^

  95. Ninik Rachma
    May 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Hi HyeMi πŸ™‚
    Glad to know this post, helpful and complete enough for some product i’ve been interest like Laneige, Innisfree and COSRX.
    I live in tropical county (indonesia malaysia) with hot weather, the sun shine too much and have oily, big pores, acne skin type.
    Sometimes moisturize make it much more oily. Which right moist i should used?
    And maybe i need brightening/ whitening product, can you recomended the product?
    Thankyou ^.^ hope u can help

  96. Lucie
    May 19, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Hello Hyemi, and before anything else, thank you for this post <3
    I really wanted to love the wonder pore toner but for some reason, it irritates my skin(red bumps) SOMETIMES D: So far my skincare routine has been
    Mamonde Sebum Control foam
    Wonder pore tone which irritates my skin sometimes?
    Skinfood black sugar perfect first serum (really sad that skinfood's latest release has horse oil in it bummer) which I'm finishing, not sure if i should rebuy it but so far it does soothe and smoothen my skin…looking for alternatives though
    Mizon snail recovery gel(might switch to mamonde rose gel)
    ^a really random routine but my skin is combo, sensitive and i easily get closed comadones/balckheads ;-;
    Right now I'm looking for a good serum, not sure if I should get something a bit moisturizing or something to combat oil/pores? cosrx pore serum seems nice

    Sorry for the long post, Hyemi. I'm just trying to get a good skincare base, would love to get an advice from you <3

  97. nadia
    May 17, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Hi hye mi! I’m nadia from malaysia.
    Can u suggest a full skincare line for me? I have an oily skin type with large pores and small pimples around forehead and cheeks. I’ m 21 yrs old btw. I really need your help! Thanks in advanced

  98. Like
    May 13, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Hyemi! I really love your blog. It gives me so much information about skin care for me when I’m starting my skin care routine with animal cruelty free products. I need your advice for my plan to change my current skin care product. (Notes : I have difficulty in my country to find any products from UNT, Corsx, Ciracle, and Hera)

    I’m 25 years old and I have combination skin (oily in T zone area and dry in cheeks area) with acne prone skin. I also have blackheads in my nose and forehead and acne scars.
    Here is my current skin care :

    Morning :
    Cleansing : Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
    Toner : Innisfree Jeju Bija Trouble Skin
    Serum/Essence : Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence
    Make Up : Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 & Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream
    Lips : The Body Shop Lips Butter & NYX Lips Matte

    Night :
    Cleansing : Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil and Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
    Mask : Innisfree Jeju Pore Volcanic Clay Mask (2-3 times a week)
    Exfoliate : The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Seol Brightening Gel (2-3 times a week, if I’m not using any masks after cleanser). I really love this product but I only have sample size since this product too expensive for me.
    Toner : Innisfree Jeju Bija Trouble Skin
    Serum/Essence : Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence
    Eye Cream : Sulwhasoo Seomrian Cream (Essential Rejuvenating Eye Cream) and I used this only at night because this cream does not absorb to my skin and I find it too rich for me. I also have this product only in sample size since it is too expensive for me. I have very dark circle, deep line under my eyes, and wrinkle beside my eyes. My deep line has improved after using this eye cream.
    Cream : Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream or The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Inyang Neck & Face Sleeping Repair (2-3 times a week, if I’m not using any masks after cleanser) because I find this sleeping mask a little bit rich for me and I only have this product too expensive for me so I only have the sample size.
    Pimple : Etude AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot or Ponds Over Night Pimple Care Gel

    Here is my plan to change my skin care :
    Morning :
    Cleanser : Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Cleansing Foam
    Toner : Laneige Trouble Relied Toner
    Serum/Essence : Iope Trouble Clinic Treatment Essence
    Cream : Laneige Trouble Relief Cream
    Eye Cream : Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

    Night :
    Cleanser : Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil and Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
    Mask : Innisfree Jeju Pore Volcanic Clay Mask and Mamonde Micro Lotus Mud Mask (2-3 times a week)
    Toner : Mamonde Rose Water Toner
    Serum/Essence : Mamonde Rose Water Multi Soothing Gel
    Eye Cream : Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel
    Cream : Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX
    Pimple : Etude AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot or Ponds Over Night Pimple Care Gel
    Lips Care : Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (I plan to use it every night)
    Sleeping Mask : Laneige White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Mask/Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (2-3 times a week, if I’m not using any masks after cleanser)

    1. What do you think about my plan skin care to change my current skin care product? Please give me advice.

    2. What would you recommend for my dry and a little bit dark lips and also some make up products for natural looks which is from cruelty free brand?

    3. Do you think I need to exfoliate my face and wear sunblock before used BB Cream? If yes, what products should I buy?

  99. Alliya
    May 12, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Hi Hyemi!
    Seems like my comment doesnt appear πŸ™ so i want to ask u again about my skincare routines. Im 23 and i have oily skin and acne problems. Because lately im on a budget *sigh*, last week i bought skincares from innisfree and nature republic for this month skincare routines. Here’s my routines:

    -nature republic aloevera gel foam
    -etude house ac clinic toner
    -nature republic aloevera soothing toner
    -nature republic aloevera soothing gel (it’s fine for me)
    -innisfree green tea fresh cream
    -innisfree bija trouble spot (it works really good on me tho)

    And after using these products i find my T zone is becoming more oily especially at day time 😐
    Now im planning to buy laneige trouble relief cream and cosrx bha blackheads for my serum. btw, since next month im not on budget anymore, can u give me some suggestions for my skincare routines? It will be a huuuuge help for me! Thank you Hyemi

  100. Farah
    May 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Hello Hye Mi!

    I have a problem with my skin and i dont know how to start, with product. but after reading yr article, i would like to give a try for Laneige or UNT or any suitable Korean product for my skin problem.

    Here some details:
    Skin problem: Combination, acne (acne repeatedly appear at same spot), open pores and dull.

    Everyday I only use:
    Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser & Neutrogena Moisturizer for Oily to combination skin
    For clay mask : Innisfree Super Volcanic Jeju

    I hope to hear your advise and cant wait to have a skincare routine and improve my skin. Look forward to hear from you! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  101. Jackie
    May 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Hi
    Im a guy and i have an combination skin
    i have pimple over my face and large acne prone at both side of my face.
    i dont know what product should i get????? and
    i need good brand that is cheap and can turn my face into handsome πŸ˜€

  102. Aishi
    May 10, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Hello Hyemi!

    Can you recommend me the best products for my morning and night regimen for acne-prone and black/whiteheads-prone skin. Also, I do have oily skin but I think the products (acne treatment) Im using right now makes my face really dry and makes it patchy in some parts, it is really noticeable when Im applying powder or bb cream. My pores tend to be noticeable too due to the hot weather (living in the humid area). Should I use moisturizer if Im having my acne treatment?

    Your respond will be much more appreciated. πŸ™‚
    Love your post btw its really helpful πŸ™‚

  103. Snowie
    May 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!
    This is a good post! So glad that I found this!
    I need some advices on skin care products. I am currently 24 years old, combination skin. I am hoping to reduce the blackheads and make my pores smaller. I am planning to buy pore cleansing foam and also clay mask as the solution. However I couldn’t decide to test on Innisfree or Laneige. Can I get some suggestions from you?
    Thanks!!!

  104. Snowie
    May 9, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    This is a good post! So glad that I found this!
    I need some advices on skin care products. I am currently 24 years old, combination skin. I am hoping to reduce the blackheads and make my pores smaller. I am planning to buy pore cleansing foam and also clay mask as the solution. However I couldn’t decide to test on Innisfree or Laneige. Can I get some suggestions from you?
    Thanks!!!

  105. Arru
    May 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I’m 23 y/o, i have a super oily skin and pimples reaaally reaaally love my face (and i really hate them lol). right now, i’m a bit confused to pick sleeping pack that suits me best. here’s my routine:

    day:
    Cleanser: Nature Republic Aloe Vera gel foam
    Toner: Etude AC clinic Toner/Nature Republic Aloe Vera Toner
    Moisturizer: Nature Republic Aloe Vera pure gel
    Cream: Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream

    night:
    Cleanser: Nature Republic Aloe Vera gel foam
    Toner: Etude AC Clinic Toner/Nature Republic Aloe Vera Toner
    Moisturizer: Nature Republic Aloe Vera pure Gel
    Acid: Innisfree bija trouble spot

    can you tell me which toners suits me best? and i need some suggestions for night cream because my chin’s area is soooo dry and u know what? pimples “sit” in the dry area. so its really irritating. help me please Hyemi πŸ™ thankyou!

    ps: i cant buy UNT’s products in my country.

  106. Sharmaine
    May 8, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Hello, Hyemi!

    I just found this blog post and I’m really thankful I found it because it has everything I need to know about Korean products. So I’m 21 years old, have combination skin, and I live in a very humid country, so I constantly sweat and produce oil. Also, I recently used a collagen eye mask and the effect was horrendous. The whiteheads on my left cheek became inflamed and I’ve been applying a dermatologist recommended drying lotion and the inflamation still won’t subside! So current routine is

    DAY:
    sunscreen – Biore UV Watery Essence

    NIGHT:
    cleanser – Biore uru uru cleanser
    toner – (I’m using one with alcoholic one which I think is bad for my skin, so I’m still looking for a better one)
    exfoliator – Natural Aqua Gel: Cure
    moisturizer – clinique moisture surge intense (which I think I’m going to replace because my face becomes sticky in the morning)

    I know that my current routine is inadequate so after reading your recommendations from the post itself and the comments section, and because of my inflamed whiteheads, I made a potential skin routine

    possible skin care routine
    DAY:
    cleanser – Biore uru uru cleanser
    toner – Mamonde Rose Toner
    serum – Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid
    sunscreen (day) – Biore UV Watery Essence

    NIGHT:
    cleanser – Biore uru uru cleanser
    toner – Mamonde Rose Toner
    serum – (night) Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Liquid and Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel alternatingly
    moisturizer – Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence

    1. Do you have any comments about the new skin care routine I would want to use? And will the new routine solve my inflamed whiteheads problem? πŸ™
    2. Are clay masks really necessary? I use sheet masks every once in a while (more like twice every 3 months because I’m super busy with school)

    Thank you so much!!

    Love lots,
    Sharmaine πŸ™‚

  107. Marielle Alexis
    May 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Sun HyeMi,

    I find your blog really really helpful. I have an oily skin and I would like to ask what do you suggest for a good sunblock? Thanks so much and looking forward to more posts from your blog πŸ™‚

  108. Jannee
    May 7, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Hi, i am jannee. i would like to ask is etude house collagen moistfull facial freshener and emulsion suitable for oily skin? cause i found different comment for it as some said is only suitable for dry skim but some said is suitable for oily skin @.@

  109. Irene
    May 6, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Hi Hyemi!! I’m pretty new to full range skincare so, I was wondering as I read through the post I saw 2 categories of toner does this mean I should use 2 toners in my skincare routine?? Thanks, I found this very very helpful!! And I have combination skin btw.

  110. roziekin
    May 6, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Hi Hyemi,

    What a detailed blog you have here. Just came across this post when I’m googling Laneige. I’ve been reading the post plus all the comments for four hours. It’s 3am now…I need to sleep now πŸ™‚

    I’ve been googling a lot to find the best skincare routines for myself and I found it here. Thank you so much for this post. Now I know what I’ve been doing wrong in my skincare routines all this while…Will definitely come back to read more on the tips.

    By the way, I saw you recommend Mamonde products a lot. Just came back from Korea last week and now I regretted not stepping into any of the Mamonde store..

    Good job done and keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  111. Lilylieza
    May 6, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Hi Hyemi ☺️
    I have some question to ask, i as are person have skin combination problem. My face too oily and pores scars in my face area. Can you recommend to me what the best brand product for the scars and redness problem in my face.

    More question I want to ask, for the morning & night routine it’s okay if I use different cleanser?

    Tq

  112. Emma
    May 3, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Hi,

    I’m 24 and have acne along the jaw line and occasionally by the nose, acne scars, and pretty bad black heads on my nose. I’m currently using a pH balancing cleanser and occasionally exfoliating cleanser, then alcohol free toner, acne correcting cream, and oil-free lotion. When I’m short on time I use clean and clear face cleansing pads instead of the cleanser. I’ve been using this regime for about 6 months now and my skin has gotten better but it’s still not up to what I’d like. Do you have any suggestions for a new regime?

    Thanks!

  113. Louise Lane
    May 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Hi! Hye Mi πŸ˜€ I’m 16, and I’m looking for products that can brighten my old acne scars and remove my white heads. I’m currently using Etude House Happy Cleansing Foam Vit C, Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner and Skinfood Rice Wash Off Mask. The facial foam make my face oily after some hour. The toner just work fine same with the wash off mask. But still my face gets oily and the acne scars are still there. I get occassional pimple breakouts during ‘that time’ of the month an leaves mark. I hav lots of whiteheads also. How can I get rid of it while keeping my face moisturize an not oily? T_T Please help me. I’m always ready to change my routine πŸ˜€

    • Hye Mi
      May 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Hello Louise!

      You should try UNT EX WHITE LASERWAVE, it’s an oil-free skin-lightening serum for oily & acne prone skin. It will remove (or at least reduces) your acne scaars, blackheads, whiteheads and dark spots. I have used it myself for a long time and I really love it! If you’re not on a budget you could also get Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum or Paula Choice 10% AHA Weekly Treatment.
      Skinfood Rice Mask is ineffective, it doesn’t contain any interesting ingredient. If you’re looking for an effective skin-lightening mask you should try Laneige White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Mask.

  114. Kikay
    May 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Hi, Hye Mi! I thank God sincerely that I found your blog!

    I am 21 and very very new to skincare. I don’t use anything like makeup and other products on my face. I once use western product but it just too harsh to my skin. Since I live in a tropical country my face is a oily around the T-zone and suffered from visible pores on the cheek. My face is smooth and never get any pimple (except in the period time), but will be very red and becomes dry sometimes when I exposed to sunlight too much. I am currently trying The Face Shop The Smim pack since I got it from my friend who just came back from Korea, but it makes my oily face even worse and my pores are soooooooo visible.

    After reading your blog, I’ve figured out some daily routine. Could you recommend anything for my skin with a mid to tight range budget? I also plan to use a BB cream, is it suitable for me? Do I need them or not?

    Ah, I am wondering about trying these routines:

    Cleanser: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleanser
    Toner: Etude House Wonder Pore OR Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
    Eye Cream: Etude House Collagen Moistfull Eye Cream
    Serum/Essence: Etude House Wonder Pore Tightening Essence
    Moisturizing gel: Nature Republic Aloevera gel
    Sunblock (DAY): The Face Shop Oil Free Sunscreen
    Mask: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

    one last question: Could you recommend anything for my dry and pigmented lips? I’ve tried using lip balm but it’s not effective. My mom told me to try natural inggredients such as honey plus lemon. What do you think?

    Thank you and sorry for the long post. Have a nice day, Hyemi πŸ™‚

    • Kikay
      May 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Gi, Hye Mi.

      I just found out I can purchase Lotus Micro Mild Foam, is it better than Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleanser?

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      • Hye Mi
        May 2, 2016 at 6:05 pm

        Both are fine, as long as you use it only once a day.

        • Kikay
          May 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

          Hi, Hye Mi. I bought the Innisfree Jeju Pore Cleanser and use it only at night, then use hada labo moisturizing foam in the morning. It feels amazing, I was planning on using the Jeju Pore Cleanser twice a day but it might be too harsh for my skin, rite? Especially when I do use wonder pore freshner as well.

          I also bought Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner. I use Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner twice a day and Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid only at night, but I was wondering should I put the toner before Cosrx BHA or the other way round?

          Thank you so much for your help, have a nice weekend πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      May 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Hello Kikay,

      The Face Shop is a brand I deeply dislike, mostly because their ingredients are very cheap and often inneffective.

      Cleanser : Innisfree Jeju Pore Cleanser is a good choice, but you should also use a moisturizing cleanser once a day like Mamonde Rose Bubble Foam.
      Toner : Both are fine.
      Serum : Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (must! MUST!)
      Eye Cream : I never tried Etude House’s eyecreams so I have no idea if it’s good or not, I’m currently using Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel and I like it.
      Moisturizing Gel : You can also use pure Aloe Vera gel, you don’t need to purchase the one from Nature Republic if you can find a cheaper one in your country. Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel is also an excellent alternative as it contains brightening, moisturizing and soothing ingredients.
      Cream : a moisturizing gel is not enough, expect maybe in summer time but you should use one at least on nighttime. Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream or Laneige Trouble Relief Cream are both very nice.
      Sunblock : Innisfree No Sebum Sunblock is pretty nice, much better than TFS anyway.
      Mask : I loooove Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, good choice!

      Lip treatment : Coconut oil or avocado oil at night time will do wonders, and so will Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I know UNT Skincare have a lip-lightening product (I tried it in the past but the smell was too strong for me) it’s the Plush Blush. UNT is an excellent brand so you can order from them without worrying. πŸ™‚

      • Kikay
        May 2, 2016 at 9:02 pm

        Hi, Hye Mi!

        Thank you sooooo much for your advice. It helps a lot since I am new to skincare and don’t wanna get in the wrong track. I currently own nature republic aloevera gel and I love it ^^
        It’s such a relief that Laneige, COSRX and Mamonde is available here, but unfortunately have no access to buy UNT in my country, have to purchase online from abroad with very long term shipping πŸ™

        How about using Innisfree Jeju Pore Cleanser for day and Mamonde Rose Bubble Foam for night? and should I use the serum and cream day and night?

        Thank you so much for your help πŸ™‚

  115. Phea Amor
    May 2, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Hi Hyemi! I’m new here. I’m so glad finding your post because I’m having a hard time how to choose my skincare routine. By the way I am from the Philippines and the weather here is hot. And my skin type is Oily and have some acne not so many but there are some. I am 18 years old. Can you recommend me some routine that I can follow? I am still a newbie in korean skincares and I would love to try. I find your blog so helpful.

  116. Hitomi
    April 28, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Hi Hyemi,

    I’ve sent you my ‘plan-to-start-new-routine’ couple of days ago but have not heard your thoughts on it. Could it have gone to the spam folder? Really appreciate a reply from you.. Thanks in advance

  117. Babs
    April 27, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Hi hyemi! I need your advice!
    I’m 23 years old and in art school, therefore I sleep very little so my skin looks tired and has lost elasticity. Thing is, since I spend most (if not all) of my money in art supplies I can start buying beauty products but like, one per month. So my question is what product do I need most immediatly, not very expensive but that can definetly help me?
    I have combination to oily skin and little lines on my eyes πŸ™

    Thank you <3

    • Hye Mi
      May 2, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Hello Babs,

      Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX (not the moisture cream) would probably be the best choice. πŸ™‚

  118. aiza joycee
    April 26, 2016 at 12:44 am

    hi hyemi

    i have oily and acne combination

    can u help me..
    what product i use?

    .i want to try laneige product but what kind ?

  119. Hitomi
    April 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I love your blog – it’s so interesting and informative!

    I’m in my mid 30s and have been suffering from hormonal acne for the last few years. i have been using many different Korean brand skincare but have not been successful in my battle with acne. After reading your blog, I realized with horror that it could be due to the fact that I have been using products that you strongly disagree towards due to the animal content!

    After reading each and every single word on this page, I think I have finally managed to compile a routine for myself.

    Morning:
    Cleanser: Mamonde Rose Bubble Foam
    Toner: Laneige Trouble Relief Toner
    Serum 1: Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid
    serum 2: UNT acne med serum
    Moisturizer: Mamonde Rose Soothing gel
    UNT acne Therme
    Spot treatment: Innisfree Jejubija (can I use skinmiso spot repairing serum since I already have it?)

    Night
    Cleanser: Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild Foam
    Toner: Mamonde Rose Water
    Serum 1: UNT acne med or Cosrx AHA whitehead liquid (twice a week, only when not using UNT acne med as it contain niacinamide)
    moisturizer: Mamonde Soothing gel
    Moisturizer: Cosrx Centella Blemish Balm
    spot treatment: Ciracle pink powder

    ** moisturizing sheet mask twice a week, Mamonde Rose honey sleeping mask twice a week

    1. Can you please let me know what you think? Are there any redundant steps?
    2. Where should my sheet mask or wash off mask (eg. Mamonde lotus micro mud mask) fit in the routine? Is it right after toner? What should I put on after washing off?

    Would really appreciate a reply from you. Thank you so much!

    • Hye Mi
      May 2, 2016 at 3:07 am

      Hello Hitomi,

      I’m glad to see you also use UNT, I loooove this brand. <3

      The Acne Med Serum is an excellent choice but since it contains salicylic acid you don’t need to use the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid as well. Just pick one of the two, but in my opinion UNT > Cosrx by far.

      Otherwise your morning routine is perfect, nothing else to add. If you find the UNT Acne Therme not moisturizing enough you can try Mamonde Trouble Relief Cream or Laneige Water Bank Gel EX.

      For your night routine the cleanser is a huge no. If you’re gonna use anti-troubles products it wouldn’t be wise to use a drying cleanser like the Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild. Keep using the Rose Water Bubble Foam or pick a more moisturizing cleanser.
      The Rose Honey sleeping mask is an excellent choice, let me know if you like it as much as I do!

      As for masks you should use a sheet-mask right after your toner (do not wash it off btw!) and proceed with your usual skincare routine. Wash-off masks need to be applied on clean skin, thus right after cleansing, but before toner etc since you must rinse it off.

    • Hitomi
      May 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Dear Hye Mi,

      Thanks so much for your detailed reply – appreciate it very much!

      I’m loving UNT Acne Med & Acne Therme so far! The texture is really light and fast-absorbing! Thanks for your recommendations! And I love the Mamonde Rose Toner as much as you do!! The rose fragrance is so therapeutic!

      However, I couldn’t get my hands on some of the products so I’ve been on this routine for about 10 days now..

      Cleanser: Mamonde Super Moist Foam cleansing
      Toner: Mamonde Rose water
      Essence: IOPE Bio essence
      Serum: UNT Acne Med
      Moisturizer 1: Mamonde Rose soothing gel
      Spot Treatment: natural Tea tree oil

      Night:
      Cleanser: Mamonde Super Moist Foam Cleansing
      Toner: Mamonde Rose Water
      Essence: IOPE Bio essence
      Serum: UNT Acne Med (replace with Cosrx AHA twice a week)
      Moisturizer 1: Mamonde rose soothing gel
      Moisturizer 2: UNT Acne Therme
      Spot treatment

      Is it OK to have only 1 moisturizer in the morning and 2 moisturizers at night?

      Is it ok to add in IOPE Bio essence for my existing acne pigmentation?

      I must add, i really admire your effort and time for writing this superb blog and also have the patience to answer our never ending questions! Thank you once again!! πŸ™‚

      • Hitomi
        May 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm

        Oh 1 more question! Do you think I can include UNT Ex White laserwave to lighten acne marks in my current routine? Is it ok to use it while I still have active acne?

  120. Danielle Cruz
    April 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Hi! I know this is an old post, BUT GAHHH I loved this post! I was able to choose products that *might* fit me!!! I have a quick question, I have an oily/mostly combination skin.. Is it fine to use the Nature Republic’s Soothing & Moisture Gel 92% as my cream~ like the last step in a combination skincare routine? πŸ™‚ Thank you! An answer will save my life LOL.

    • Hye Mi
      April 25, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Hello Danielle,

      It’s fine for spring/summer but for autumn/winter you should use a stronger moisturizer like Cosrx Centella Cream, Laneige Trouble Relief Cream or Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX.

  121. Izky
    April 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Hyemi..

    I’m 24 y/o and i think i have combination skin, oily T-zone and i easily got acne on my cheek and chin. I used tea tree line from the body shop and i want to change it since it make my face looks dull and much more oily.

    I want to try Laneige but it’s to expensive for my budget, I’m considering Innisfree’s jejubija line and nature republic super aqua. Oh, and i used salmon cream from skin food for my dark circle. Can you help me?

    Thank you so much

  122. April 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Hyemi,

    I am in need of a really good advice for my skin πŸ™ i have oily and acne prone skin, i also have open pores said my derma. I’ve been using korean products for the past 3 years and i still can’t find my right line and right steps on applying the essence, emulsion and cream.

    I first used the rice bright facial mousse for cleansing because it really leaves my face white after washing… After that i used to use the wonder pore toner but i breakout from it so i stopped using it and turned into the face shop whitening line since i wanted my blemishes(pimple marks) to disappear. There is no name for the product but its packaged in a white glass bottle and includes emulsion only in the same line πŸ™‚

    I’m planning to purchase serums and boosters for my face since i have red marks in the cheeks that won’t go away.

    I alrady used the AC line of Etude and its ineffective for my face.. Wasted a lot of money buying the whole line.

  123. Neina
    April 20, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Hiyemi!!
    Thank you for this wonderful post. I totally feel like trying out other innisfree lines especially the bija one. I have a question about the cosrx products. I have those little annoying bumps πŸ™ that you’ve mentioned but I’m not sure if I should get the aha or bha one and when should i use it? My current skincare is the innisfree balancing line…do i use cosrx as a toner?
    Thank you. πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      May 2, 2016 at 3:12 am

      Hello Neina,

      For the annoying little bumps you should use both : AHA cannot unclog pores unlike BHA does, but it does even out skin’s texture, thus if you use both you will totally remove them. πŸ™‚
      I’m not gonna lie, I absolutely HATE Cosrx’s BHA/AHA toner. It’s irritating, not effective and just yuck.

      • Neina
        May 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        Thank you for replying <3
        if that's the case, would it be better to get the cosrx bha serum instead since i've been looking for a good serum and cosrx is pretty available here. Thank you πŸ˜€

  124. Lisa
    April 20, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Hi Hyemi
    I am 25 years old and have really oily skin and I need some help choosing products that will help control my oil and large pores. I already use some Korean products but I am not sure if they are the right choice for my skin. After cleaning my face, 2 hours laster the oil is back πŸ™
    Cleanser: Innisfree Jeju volcanic pore cleansing foam
    Toner & emulsion: Nature republic Aqua combination (green)
    Cream: nature republic Aqua watery cream (Blue).
    I have skin food black sugar mask which I use occasionally.
    I was wondering if you would be able to make some suggestions for me please.

    • Lisa
      April 20, 2016 at 11:13 am

      sorry
      *2 hours later

    • Hye Mi
      May 2, 2016 at 3:29 am

      Hello Lisa,

      The products you use are very cheap as they don’t have very interesting ingredients and are only purchased by people on a very tight budget.

      Cleanser : You can keep using the Innisfree if you like it, but I find the Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Foam much better for all skintypes. It’s moisturizing, soothing, brightening and of course very gentle. And it smells HEAVENLY.
      Toner : Laneige Trouble Relief Toner or Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner. You can also use a gentle toner like Thayers alcohol-free (I use the rose version) or Mamonde Pore Clean Toner. I had excellent feedback on the Mamonde.
      Serum : Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid or Paula Choice 2% BHA. Must have.
      Emulsion : Emulsions are best for dry/normal/combo skin, not oily skin as they contain oil. Use a moisturizing serum instead, like Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel.
      Cream : Laneige Trouble Relief Cream or Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream.

      Skinfood is definitely not a good idea. They use cheap and ineffective ingredients, try Mamonde Micro Lotus Mud Mask instead it’s awesome.

  125. Ryns
    April 19, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Hello! Thank you for this post, really. It seems helping a lot. πŸ™‚

    I have an oily skin with pimples, and my age is around 25-26. I wonder if it’s good to follow the innisfree recommendations you’ve put here (like the jejubija anti trouble skin, green tea fresh essence, bija trouble spot essence (or maybe etude’s intense liquid spot for this one), and green tea fresh cream)? Or should I use other products? I’m new on this, and sadly can’t really pick the “too-expensive” ones (that’s why I thought of picking Innisfree instead) Thank you. πŸ™‚

    • Ryns
      April 19, 2016 at 11:48 am

      *pimples and acnes, actually.

  126. Tia
    April 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Hi! Thank you for this post! It really helps! I have an easily oily skin and pimples problems. I was wondering if you could give me a certain suggestion that would best help me overcome these problems. Thank you once more!

  127. vivi
    April 17, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Hi, Hyemi! thanks for the information. but i still need recommendation for my skincare because i’m new to korean skincare. i’m 20 yo now and have an oily and acne prone skin. actually i’ve already have a skincare planning after read this but i’m afraid that it doesn’t fit my skin. so here’s it :

    -foam : innisfree jejubija cleansing foam
    -toner : EH wonder pore freshner/inisfree jejubija skin
    -serum : innisfree green tea fresh essence
    -acid : cosrx pimple pad
    -cream : innisfree green tea fresh cream/cosrx cantella blemish cream

    soo, that’s my planning hope you can give me a good recommendation for my oily-acne prone skin! Thank you Hyemi ^^

    • Hye Mi
      April 18, 2016 at 3:24 am

      Hello Vivi,

      You need to include more moisturizing products in your skincare routine.
      The Innisfree Jejubija Cleansing Foam is a good cleanser but it is going to dry out your skin if you use it with too many anti-troubles products, try to find a moisturizing one instead like the Mamonde Rose Bubble Cleansing Foam.
      Both toners you mentioned are good so pick the one you like the most. For your serum I would advice you to use Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid instead as it is more effective than the fresh essence. Cosrx Pimple pads are best used on whiteheads only, while the Cosrx Bha Liquid can be used all over the face. You should add another moisturizing product before your cream, like the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel or pure aloe vera gel. Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream is excellent.
      If you can get your hands on a soothing toner like the Mamonde Rose Water or one of the Thayers Alcohol-free toners it would be great to use it morning or night instead of the Etude House Wonder Pore.

      • Vivi
        April 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

        Thank you for your reply Hyemi! it’s really really help me β™₯
        one question, for my toner can i use cosrx bha/aha treatment toner? I heard from my friend it’s good for oily-acne prone skin

      • Vivi
        April 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

        Hi Hyemi! Thanks for the information that’s really really helpful β™₯
        Can i have one more question? I’ve heard from my friends that cosrx bha/aha treatment toner is good for oily-acne prone skin, can i use it for my toner? Or use the mamonde rose water? Hope you can reply Hyemi! ^^

      • vivi
        April 18, 2016 at 9:15 am

        Hi, Hyemi! thanks for your reply it’s really helpful for me

      • vivi
        April 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

        can i have some question again?
        i also have acne scars on my cheek and chin area, what product can i use to get rid acne scar? should i try cosrx AHA whitehead liquid? is it good?

        and I’ve heard that cosrx AHA/BHA treatment toner is good for oily-acne prone skin, can i use this? or just use the one that you suggest the mamonde rose water?

        and for another day serum can i use cosrx summer pore minish serum?

        hope you can answer this question Hyemi, thank you! πŸ™‚

        • Hye Mi
          April 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm

          Hello Vivi,

          For acne scars you should use glycolic acid and/or niacinamide. Paula Choice 10% AHA Weekly Treatment, Mizon 8% AHA or Mad Hippie Skincare Exfoliating Serum are great. Cosrx AHA Whitehead Liquid is also good but I find it a little irritating for sensitive skin.

          I’m currently using Cosrx AHA/BHA toner and I don’t find it particularity effective. It’s good (though it’s a little irritating!) but I find the Pixi Glow Tonic much better. I can use the Pixi Glow everyday while I can only use the Cosrx every two or three days.

          I find the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid more effective than the Cosrx Summer Pore Minish.

          • vivi
            April 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

            thank you for your advice Hyemi! it’s really help me to choose my skincare routine ^^

          • Azwa
            April 23, 2016 at 9:14 pm

            Hi Hyemi ! im 16 y/o. i have oily skin and i have problem with small pimples on my forehead , scars on my cheeks and blackheads on my nose . can you suggest on products i should use from cleanser to masks ? im more interested in etude house , innisfree , the face shop and nature republic products . and perhaps skin food if the product is not expensive

          • Azwa
            April 23, 2016 at 9:22 pm

            Hello hyemi ! im 16 y/o and i hv oily and sensitive skin . i have problems with small pimples on my forehead, scars on my cheeks and blackheads on my nose . sometimes i get big pimples too . im more interested in etude house , the face shop , nature republic and innisfree as the products are cheap and easy to get in my country. and maybe skinfood if its not expensive. can you please suggest on products i should use from cleansers to masks ?

  128. Devon
    April 17, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Hi again Hye Mi!

    I posted a while ago but have really taken on your suggestions (especially regarding certain brands, products and ethical issues e.g animal products – I had no idea about some of these things!) There’s still a few questions I have sorry πŸ™ The following is products I am planning to purchase or yet to purchase πŸ™‚
    I am 21 years old, mild rosacea, oily & sensitive skin, and black head issues.

    This is my current/planned skin care routine
    1) oil cleanser:
    Innisfree green tea oil cleanser – but looking at Laneige cleansing oils for next purchase. (Although it is quite expensive).
    Foam Cleanser:
    Mamonde Rose water foam cleanser.
    2) Toner
    Innisfree Jejubija Toner. Is innisfree okay to use for 21 years old? Next time I am thinking of buying Laniege trouble relief toner if it is better for me.
    3) Essence
    I don’t have one in mind, but I was considering Innisfree brand fresh cream essence if it was okay for my age group.
    4) Serum
    CosRx BHA is my current choice, – but yet to purchase πŸ™
    5) moisturiser for face: I have just bought Nature republic aloe vera cream but I am looking at purchasing Cosrx centella blemish or Laniege trouble relief cream
    6) exfoliator
    I am not sure what to consider at this time, maybe something from Paula’s Choice.
    7) Eye Cream
    Β I have fine lines around my eyes I want to help but not sure what would be best.

    Other than what is listed above I use innisfree sheet masks, Etude sebum control powder, and bb creams. ( I wear make up every day). AT 21 years old, is there anything I should be doing to take better care of my skin?
    Also, are any of the above products too much trouble-care or not enough moisture care? I wonder if I have an unbalance in my products.

    Lastly, I was considering new make up like Son & Park Foundation Stick. Do you have any thoughts on this product? There are not many reviews online (everything melts off my face even in Autumn so looking at alternatives to my go to foundation Estee Lauder Double wear πŸ™ )

    Thank you so much for all your help – it means so much!!!

    • Hye Mi
      April 18, 2016 at 3:39 am

      Hello Devon!

      1) If you wish to use a cleansing oil for removing your makeup just pick anything you want, it doesn’t really matter as long as it doesn’t contain irritating ingredients. I really like the Laneige cleansing oils but I also find it too expensive, especially since it’s just a makeup remover. Coconut oil is less expensive and also does an excellent job at removing makeup.
      The Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Foam is excellent for all skintypes, great choice.

      2) Both Innisfree and Laneige are great but I would strongly advice you to add a second toner to your routine to soothe your irritated skin. I find Mamonde Rose Water very good but I like the Thayers alcohol-free toners even more, and they’re cheaper! I’m currently using their rose alcohol-free and cucumber alcohol-free toners and they’re excellent for sensitive skin.

      3) You don’t have to add an essence if you don’t wish to, this step is totally optional. The only essence I have on my beauty shelf is the Hera Cell-Essence, it’s very expensive but it does wonder to the skin.

      4) Cosrx BHA is indeed a great choice, but if you can get your hands on Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid it would be even better. I find the Cosrx a little bit irritating while the PC is just fine.

      5) How do you find the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel? I find it not moisturizing enough and like to use it as a moisturizing “serum” instead. If you don’t have pimples/acne you should go for the Laneige instead of the Cosrx.

      6) The only exfoliators I use (and I really love them) are Mad Hippie Skincare Exfoliating Serum (7% glycolic acid, 3% lactic acid) and Paula Choice 10% Glycolic Acid Weekly Treatment. If you end up using a chemical exfoliator I would STRONGLY advice you to add more moisturizing products to your routine (Thayers alcohol-free rose toner or cucumber toner would be very appreciated) to avoid drying out your skin.

      7) Can’t help you with that, I’m also looking for an eye cream for myself! I heard Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel is very good but I haven’t purchased it yet.

      Innisfree and Mamonde make the best sheet masks on the market! πŸ™‚ I myself don’t use them much because I really hate how sheet masks feel on my skin but I have to admit they work very well.

      I haven’t tried anything from Son&Park yet, when it comes to makeup I almost only use Hera/Laneige/Innisfree/3CE or Western brands like Urban Decay.

      • Devon
        April 21, 2016 at 11:49 am

        Thank you soo much for your help!

        I’ve definitely taken on board your suggestions! (thank you so much for clearing up the confusion).

        Apart from swapping out Cosrx BHA for Paula’s choice 2%, would it be worth considering cosrx BHA blackhead and AHA toners at all? Or would the above be enough to help with blackheads anyway?

        I find the Nature Republic aloe vera gel good for now, as it was better than what I was previously using but I will be buying the cosrx centella cream next πŸ™‚ (I’ve only just started using the aloe vera gel so will post again after some time using it πŸ™‚ )

        I’ve just purchased the Innisfree long wear cushion and sebum mineral powder combo, so will see how that goes for now πŸ™‚ I also want to try the Hera CC cream, but will most likely buy a sample first!

        Thank you again so much!

        • Hye Mi
          May 2, 2016 at 3:18 am

          Hello Devon,

          Cosrx BHA/AHA Toner is an abomination, I don’t recommend it. It’s irritating, not effective and very inconvenient to use. I like the Pixi Glow Tonic (toner) better, but it’s totally optional, you can use another toner of your choice like Laneige Trouble Relief Toner or Mamonde Rose Water.

          As for your mother she should try Hera’s products, they have outstanding anti-aging lines. I gifted a few of them to my mother two years ago and she loves them very much! Sulwhasoo is also an excellent choice but it’s very expensive. If she likes using oils you should pick a nice rosehip-oil for her, it has some very nice anti-aging properties. The one I use is the Green Keratin one but I believe it’s only available in UK and US at the moment!

          • Devon
            May 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

            I have started to use Paula’s Choice 2% BHA and have also ordered their Weekly AHA 10% treatment also πŸ™‚ Hopefully this will help my blackheads and whiteheads πŸ™‚
            I have also ordered Mamonde Rose water toner πŸ™‚ (excited!)

            I plan to purchase the Hera CC cream next as the Innisfree long wear cushion only lasted 10 minutes on my face πŸ™ My mom wants to try the Hera CC cream too!

            Thank you so much – I’ll put some ideas together and find something suitable for her from Hera πŸ™‚

            Also I found the aloe vera gel moisturising enough if I decided to not wear any make up, but I had to use something more moisturising if I wore make up that day otherwise my skin felt tight and looked awful.

            • Hye Mi
              May 8, 2016 at 6:35 pm

              Don’t forget to use a sunscreen every day since you’re using chemical exfoliators! You don’t want to burn your skin. πŸ™‚

              Let me know if you love the Hera CC Cream as much as I do. Just use a good primer underneath and it should last all day long. I’m currently using Too Faced Hangover Primer and Urban Decay Tightening Pore Primer and both are excellent with this CC.

          • Devon
            June 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

            Hi Hye Mi, I had to comment here as it wouldn’t allow me to reply on your last comment πŸ™

            In my country we don’t sell UD or Too Faced so I’m on the lookout for another primer πŸ™‚ Overall I really like the CC cream but since it has gone to Winter I have had dry AND oily skin… I find the CC cream doesn’t like my current breakouts on my chin and drier parts of my skin (around my nose and the area between my nose and cheeks). However when it is well nourished and my skin set with a good primer I find it goes on a lot better (still looking for a better primer though). I also find that I have to let the CC cream sit on my skin for a while before applying translucent powder, if I apply it too early it kind of comes off (if that makes any sense).

            It has been hard finding the right products and alternating many to help my dry/oily skin. I found the Innisfree green tea gel cream for oily skin not moisturising enough now and so I am currently using a trial version of the Laneige Waterbank which I really like.

            I had to stop using PC 2% BHA twice a day too so now I only use it at night (to help my skin to not dry out). With the addition of using a Hyaluronic Acid mask as often as possible throughout the week.

            To combat my persisting blackheads I’ve started using Caolion blackhead steam pack – will see how this goes!

            My skin isn’t where I want it to be yet, but what a journey it has been so far!

            I’m tempted to try the UV mist cushion by Hera also πŸ™‚

  129. Alexa Cordero
    April 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Hello Hyemi,

    First off, I want to thank you for composing this very informative blog for us. I wanted to ask you if you can help me by narrowing down my searches and giving me your pick for a daily (day-and-night) skincare routine, as I am a young “adult”–19 years old–who is unknowledgeable in all realms of this sort. I have never had a proper, let alone fixed, skincare routine. My skin-type is oily, acne prone and very sensitive (certain acne pads that I retired my use of contained chemicals which irritated and flared my skin). I would greatly appreciate a personalized skincare routine (inc. products) from you. I look forward to your response. Thank you.

    • Hye Mi
      April 18, 2016 at 3:43 am

      Hello Alexa,

      May I know which acne pads irritated your skin? I have to know which ones to figure out which ingredients your skin doesn’t appreciate much, and hopefully it’s not salicylic acid or glycolic acid!

  130. FrenchFries
    April 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    Do I use the Etude House AC Clinic Toner after or before the Cosrx Blackhead Power Liquid?

    I’m new to Actives, so I’m not quite sure D:

    Thanks! ^^

    • Hye Mi
      April 18, 2016 at 3:52 am

      Hello Frenchfries,

      You should use your toner before using your blackhead power liquid. πŸ™‚

      • FrenchFries
        April 18, 2016 at 7:14 pm

        Thank u~ ^_^

  131. FATIN SAHIRA
    April 13, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Hi,THANKS FOR YOUR REVIEW.I am so interested in Mamonde lotus mild cleansing foam but then i found the no sebum cleanser.May i know which works best?

    I have skin type of oily/dehydrated skin with some spots.

  132. SARABRENNER
    April 11, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I have somewhat oily skin and I also have occasional acne. I have been using the Citrus Clear Pore Mask & their Moisturizer for about one year now, and it has really controlled the oil on my face. I really like this moisturizer in the summer months. It has retinol which is why it works well to even out skin tone. I would like to use more retinol products as I age and this is a good start. leaves my skin soft and moisturized. great under makeup.

  133. Hazira
    April 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    I have oily skin. Do you think my face will over moisturize if I using Laneige water bank gel after using Mamonde rose soothing gel? Or do i neep to skip Mamonde rose soothing gel after I use AHA/BHA?

    Thank you.

    • Hye Mi
      April 18, 2016 at 3:58 am

      Hello Hazira,

      No idea, try and see for yourself if your skin has troubles absorbing both at the same time or not. πŸ™‚
      You could also wait a few minutes (around 10) between the two if your skin feels too oily/greasy because of the richness of the products.

  134. Melia
    April 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Hello Hyemi!
    I have an oily, dull skin and several mild pimple. I haven’t find the right skincare for me and your article makes me confused because there are sooo much options. could you please help me find the right products? oh btw I’m a teenager..and my family isn’t rich, so I’m on a low budget :'(

  135. Gwyneth
    April 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Hello, Hye Mi!

    You suggest to use CIRACLE Red Spot Healing Cream only on the acne – is this because if it is used on the non-acne area, it will cause acne to form? I used it on my acne but sometimes I accidentally put it on the non-acne area near the acne and the next day – or the next few days – an acne appear. Is there is an ingredient in the product that most likely to cause this?

    Thanks!

    • Hye Mi
      April 18, 2016 at 4:02 am

      Hello Gwyneth,

      According to the brand it can be used all over the face but I find it way too rich for this. I just checked the ingredient list and expect dimethicone I don’t see anything that could trigger acne. That’s really odd, have you tried to use it all over your face again?

  136. Jacqueline
    April 9, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    I am not sure but my comment does not show up in this post even though I am sure it was already submitted. I may sound very annoying but in all honesty, I am just desperate of your advice.

    Thank you in advance.

  137. Gary
    April 9, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Hi, I’m Gary. I’m from Malaysia and the weather is really hot.
    According to your post in 2014, is there any changes for now year 2016? Is there have a new and more effective product for teen(19yrs old) oily&acne skin by Etube house and Innisfree?

  138. Vanessa
    April 8, 2016 at 5:21 am

    The most helpful post ever on internet. Thank you!

  139. Lily
    April 7, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I’m so glad that I came across your post as I’m a skincare noob. I’m 28, my skin type is combination skin which my T-zone is oily and cheek is dry. currently I am using Laneige products for my skincare, but I’m not sure whether am I using the correct products, please advise.

    The products I’m using are Laneige Essential Skin Refiner, Water Bank Essence, Water Bank Gel Cream (Normal to Combination Skin).

  140. Jacqueline
    April 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Hi, Hye Mi!
    I am your avid reader. In the end of the last year of December, I followed your skincare recommendation and I had to tell you that it was the greatest decision that I ever did. My skin was quite horrible, but my red acne marks were horrifyingly terrible. To sum it up – my skin was bad. However, with only two weeks of using the products that you recommend, for the first time since my elementary school, I had NO ACNE at all and my red acne marks were GRADUALLY FADING (very red to NONE AT ALL). I am serious, it was the first time I had the confidence to walk with a straight head instead of looking at the ground. I did not feel bothered anymore when people stare at me. The thing is – that time, I felt worth as a human being.
    Well, it did not last long. After that lovely two weeks, my skin started to act like a total bitch. That time, I was not sure what is wrong since I did not change anything in my routine – I do not think it was purging too, since purging happens about three to four days after using the actives – I tried a Vitamin C, adding the usage of actives, and whatnot.
    It took me FOUR MONTHS – yes, and I am not dumb but I was trying to deny the fact that my skin was getting worse – that I over-exfoliated my skin with the chemical exfoliation. My skin feels tight, looks flaky, INCREDIBLY SHINY (a sign of over-exfoliated skin; you can literally take my face as a mirror), and I can feel that it is lacking water – like, it is THRISTY for water. My skin is naturally oily, but even though my current condition indicates how dry my skin is, it still produces oil. I am taking the conclusion that my skin is dehydrated – lacking of water. I think, the only thing that I failed to notice in skincare routine is moisturizing the skin. I have this stupid view that I do not really need to moisturize my skin due to having oily skin. I get what I deserve, will not ever look down on moisturizer anymore.
    Right now, I have stopped using any actives (AHA, BHA, Vitamin C). I have red acne marks on both of my cheeks and chin, cyst acne on chin (I am not sure about this, I hope this is caused due to my period), and a few whiteheads. My chin is the grossest of all – the cysts hurt and there are many marks on that small area. I plan to focus on moisturizing my skin first before using the actives again. Please do take a look at my planned skincare routine – SAY anything that you want, your words are my saviour.

    Cleanser: CETAPHIL Gentle Skin Cleanser
    * I skip acid toner and serum (active) *
    Hydrating acid: MIZON Hyaluronic Acid 100
    Hydrating toner: MAMONDE Rose Water Daily Skin Toner
    Hydrating serum: * Have you heard of this serum? If you have, please give me your opinion. * ZYMOGEN Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Serum
    Sheet mask: * 3 times a week, and am I right that I should use it after serum? * MY BEAUTY DIARY Aloe, Bird’s Nest Sheet Mask
    Moisturizer: COSRX Centella Blemish Cream * I plan to use another moisturizer too because this cream will definitely not enough for my dehydrated skin, do you think gel moisturizer will be the good combo? And if yes, which one will you recommend? I tried the MAMONDE Rose Water Soothing Gel but it seems to be a little harsh on my skin – it made my skin red, felt a bit burned, and the next day there is a whitehead – I use CIRACLE Anti-blemish Aqua Cream, while it is great but I do not feel that much of moisturizing power. *

    I am sorry for my long comment. Please, please, help me by answering this comment. Thank you in advance!

  141. kathywong
    April 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Hyemi im just wondering if its good for teenagers to use white seed chia seed products (for whitening). Im looking for something that is suitable for t zone skin, makes skin tone brighter and not overly expensive. If its not good should i continue using the chia seed pack (including toner, moisturizing cream)
    Can you suggest a good aloe vera product with a reasonable price as well thanks

  142. nel
    April 4, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Hi Hyemi..

    Im fro. Msia..
    Really need ir hlp for introduce me some skin care product..

    I m now at korea holiday and will leave in 2 days time.
    So really hope tat u can help me on my skin problem

    Im 37 yr
    Pimple, acne , blackhead n whitehead..
    But my face is dry too.

    Please reply me as soonas possible. .
    Cos i wish to get some products before i leave

    I hope to hear from u soon
    Thank u very muvh

  143. Sarah
    April 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Hyemi πŸ™‚ THIS POST IS SOOO GOOD Malgem Fresh Toner>Malgem Moist>Malgem Emulsion>tfs aloe vera gel (i really like malgem bc its hypoallergenic :>)
    I have combo-oily skin and i’m thinking if i should just stick to one line..I’ve been eyeing Innisfree’s green tea fresh line but it might be too drying?? or the balancing one. I’m planning to change my routine since lately my skin has been bumpy near my jaw line and cheeks plus constant blackheads even though ive been using hypoallergenic products πŸ™ so im not sure if it’s because i need more sebum control or moisture? Thank you <3

  144. Fatin
    April 2, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Hi,i have a problem where my skin become oily again.previously the skin problem was spots and uneven skin tone,the skincare that i tried make my skin dry where i couldnt find the exact moisturizer.

    And sadly now,i stopped everything as my skin doesnt improve.My skin become oily,the acne came one by one and i could see my open pores.

    could you suggest the product for my skincare routine?Appreciate it that much.Btw,i am 23 years ola and a student (so more on affordable product)

    I hope you read this and could help solving my problem to get a better product.Thank you πŸ˜‰

  145. nana
    April 1, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Hello Hyemi πŸ™‚ I just found out about your blog and it’s a great blog!! i loved it!! But can i ask your opinion about any suitable or good cushion foundation that is suitable for normal to combination skin??

    • Hye Mi
      April 7, 2016 at 12:40 am

      Hello Nana,

      The only cushion I use is the Hera Ultra Moisture UV Mist Cushion since I very much prefer liquid foundations so I can’t really help you with that. I heard the Laneige BB Pore Cushion is excellent for oily skin though.

  146. Siti
    March 27, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Hye Mi,

    I want to ask for ur suggestion and advises. Im having a combination skin, which is sensitive, oily and acne skin. Ive tried The Face Shop product on the acne medication one but its not suitable and no progress on my skin.

    I also have tried the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleanser as im hoping during that time it can help with my oily skin but eventually my skin became worse and dry. then it started to dry and rashes came out.

    So right now, after i read ur blog about innisfree Jejubijia line product, do you think it is suitable for my skin which is combination of sensitive,oily and acne?

    And can you please show me how the routine should be done after cleansing and toner?

  147. Jet
    March 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Hi hyemi!
    I am seventeen this year, and i have a super duper oily skin γ… γ… . I even use a man facial foam and i’ll still get the sebum all over my face in the next hour. I also have an acne scars and pimple because i used an expired essence(I didntknow it was expired back then) how stupid can i be. Can you help me to find a best serum for me? I’ve used etude’s wonder pore toner and it works hell on my face so im kinda afraid of using the serum in the same line. Anw, im using an emulsion for a time being, shoild i stop if? Is that bad? Im also planning on using sulwhasoo’s soap bar. Should i give it a go? One last question hehe can i ise a product for adult like lanaige, hera, sulwhasoo etc.? thank you!!!^^

  148. My Tran
    March 24, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Hi Hyemi!
    Thanks to your post I now know how to deal with my acne problem. I will try out AHA and BHA power liquid, but I’m still wavering between Ciracle red spot cream and Cosrx Centella blemish cream. I have combination skin type. I can easily get acnes and they always leave scars. I want a product that can help getting rid of acnes quickly and fading scars. In your opinion which one is better? Thank you very much.

    • Hye Mi
      April 7, 2016 at 12:46 am

      Hello!

      For acne scars the best product would be AHA (glycolic acid).
      Acne, sebum, blackheads, large pores > BHA
      Uneven skin-tone, uneven skin-texture, scars, dark spots etc > AHA

      If you use both you should see excellent results within a few months. As for a cream I prefer the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream. The Ciracle Red Spot is nice but not as effective as the Centella.

      • My Tran
        September 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

        Hi Hye Mi,
        I used AHA and Centella blemish cream and they really did help my skin. Then after 1 month I got some ances around my jawline, I still kept using AHA and the cream for a while but it didnt get any better, so I used the treatment from Acne.org that contains benzoyl peroxide. I knew that benzoyl peroxide would make my skin get more acnes before actually make them all go away. They say this process would take 2 months top. But after using it for about 3 months my face broke out like crazy and it was just getting worse so I stopped using it and came back to AHA and the centella cream, but still, no better. Now my face got to another level of awfulness. I have blemishes all over my face. I think it was partly because I’ve been wearing makeup for half a day everyday (I use EH double lasting foundation). I then stopped wearing makeup for 1 week but it was still the same. Now I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to wear makeup but at the same time I can’t show my bare face in public.I wore makeup before but the worst I got was just unsmooth skin. I really really need your advice on how to get my face out of this tragedy.
        Thank you very much.

        • Hye Mi
          September 19, 2016 at 11:50 pm

          Hello!

          Wow that seems terrible. πŸ™ Could you please send me a picture of your acne at blog@sunhyemi.com (+ with your age and skintype) ? I need to see how your skin looks to help you.

  149. Lillian
    March 23, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Hyemi,

    I’ve been having skin problems for a while now.

    I really don’t know or understand what my skin type is and also what I need to do to help. I have had acne for a while now, but the main problem I seem to be having now is that my skin looks very thick, pores open, and I have a lot of scars and what seems like “dents” on my skin.

    For me, my skin is dry only after I wash my face. I currently have been using the neutrogena grapefruit acne wash for about 5 years – this was what really helped clear all my acne. So, my skin is dry and my skin is pale after washing my face. However, I don’t put on anything because I don’t know what toner and things I should put on my face. I am too scared too.

    BUT after only about 10-15 minutes, my face is oily and isn’t pale but dark. I really really am lost on what I should put on my face.

    Because of how oily my face gets, I wash my face again in the middle of the day around 12-2pm. Then, I wash my face again when I come home. But I do not put anything on.

    I wish my skin just looked and felt healthy.
    If you can help me I would really greatly appreciate any insight or recommendations you have for me.

    Thank you!

  150. Helfi H
    March 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Hi!

    I know this is an old post of yours but I just found out and I’d like to thank you for making this post. I have a problem for my skin and it’d be great if you help me.

    I’m currently 15 years old and I have a combination skin (I guess), my skin gets very oily throughout the day om the T zone and under my eyes and only gets kind of oily on the rest of my face. I have huuuge pores, especially on my nose and under the eye.

    Last time I tried a product from kiehl’s, it works fine but it was too hard for me and now I have tiny kittle acne all over my face, it’s not cidible but my skin feels really bumpy and dull so I dont like it! I grt acne every pnce in a while but it quickly recovers, I have my own product for it.

    Honestly Ive been stressing out about it and I really gope you can answer and help me out.

    This is my routine:
    Morning:
    1. Kiehl’s facial cleanser
    2. Kiehl’s mattefying toner
    3. Argan oil / Rosehip oil
    4. Tea tree oil on acne
    5. Kiehl’s mattefying cream

    Night:
    1. Kiehl’s cleanser
    2. Kiehl’s mattefying toner
    3. Argan oil
    4. Kiehl’s mattefying cream
    5. Oxy10 on acne spots
    6. Innisfree Green tea eye cream

    Please help me, I’m really confused and I think I’d go back on to Korean products since they’re more natural and it won’t be that harsh on my teenage skin.

    I’m from Indonesia and I love your blog. Please help!

    Thank you so much <3

  151. syasleekheart
    March 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I’m thinking of buying Innisfree – Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask as I think it will probably work for me. But may I know if it is a peeling off mask to exfoliate or is it just a mask that is used to absorb nutrient like sleeping mask? I have nobody else to ask so I’m really looking forward for answer.

    PS: these days I’m having the worst breakout ever. Ouhhh this is stressful πŸ™

    • Hye Mi
      April 7, 2016 at 12:47 am

      Hello!

      It’s a wash-off mask. You must apply it on a clean skin and rinse it off after 20-25 minutes.

  152. Faye
    March 23, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Hi Hyemi!

    I’m 31 years old living in a tropical country. i have oily/acne prone skin, i have blackheads/whiteheads and large pores. kindly help me with my skin care routine. Thank you so much !

    AM
    facial wash: balancing facial wash – for oil control ( 100% no harmful chemicals).
    toner: balancing face toner (manila elemi)-for oil control
    moisturizer: im planning to use Mamonde Rose Water Multi Soothing Gel or Nature Republic Aloe soothing gel.
    Sunscreen: Biore spf 50 BB cream (japanese brand).

    PM:
    Biore cleansing oil- if i use makeup.
    Facial wash: balancing facial wash – for oil control / sometimes i use sulfur soap.
    Toner- BHA/AHA Natural Skin Purifier (local brand) – ingredients includes Glycolic acid,Lactic and salicylic acid,Tetrahydrodiferulolylmethane- from turmeric root (ginger), Niacinamide,Retinol & Vitamins C & E.
    Serum: Its skin power 10 formula Q10 effector but i am planning to change it to Its skin Power 10 Formula Propolis.
    Eye Cream- local brand.
    Moisturizer – I am planning to use Mamonde Rose Water Multi Soothing Gel or Nature Republic Aloe vera soothing gel.
    Mask: Twice a week i use Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack (wash off).

    I am planning to buy Laneige Trouble Relief Toner or Iope Trouble Clinic Soothing Toner once my oil control toner is already empty. I will try to buy also Innisfree jeju volcanic clay mask. Hoping for your response.

  153. Salsa
    March 21, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Hy hyemi! now my age is 16th . Now Im using bleach cream Because when i was 15th , im used some product that doesnt fit on my skin and made my skin became darker and because of that i decided to use bleach cream . But after 3 months my skin become rough and sometimes theres an acne even it only 1 and it doesnt appear often but i still confused what is a good cleansing foam and other skin care for me . Cause i already decided to stop using that bleach cream . And i forgot that my skin is oily too since a long time ago and my mom skin is oily . Ohh i forgot that those bleach cream was hard and have a lot of chemical material i guess . So what kind of korean products that could be good to my skin based on my story? And what is my skin type? Thanku so muc … Xoxo

  154. ninda
    March 16, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Hye!! Nice information.
    I need suggestion from you. My skin type ” combination skin” pimples sometimes out from my face. But just at T zone. I want use toner, but i think all toner not suitable at me. I don’t know why, because when I apply toner at my face, that pimple come out and my big problem is blackheads at my nose especially. I really need your suggestion. I want use innisfree product. I hope you will reply my comment. Thanks so much!

  155. Sharifah
    March 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    This is the most detailed and awesomest post ever! Like it is a very good guideline for people who are oily skin and is not sure what to buy.

    I am 21 years old going on 22 soon. I live in a very humid whether here in Singapore. I have normal to oily skin I guess because I dont really have dry patches anywhere on my skin. My main issue with my skin is I have oily skin, visible pores which I am insecure about and a few hyperpigmentation. I used to have occassional pimples but they are fading away already so I dont really have pimple problem.

    Btw, Ive tried the Etude House Wonder Pore emulsion and serum a few months back and to me its pretty useless as I didnt see anything done on my skin.

    I was thinking about having this skincare routine and I want to know what you think:

    Morning:
    1) Inisfree jeju volcanic foam wash
    2) Inisfree jeju volcanic pore toner
    3) Inisfree Soybean energy essence light (I heard that this is a close dupe to SK11 essence and I kinda want to brighten my complexion a bit.
    4) Roseship oil
    5) Nature Republic Super Aqua Max (the blue bottle for oily skin. I really cannot stand moisturizers that leave my face feeling sticky or leaves a film of something on my face which is why I picked this)
    Im not sure if I should replace step 2 and 3 with Skin Food Black Sugar serum instead. In your opinion, which of this 2 serums perform better?

    As for night time routine, I only plan to add an oil cleanser from innisfree either the apple juice one or the oluve real cleansing oil (Do you know which of this 2 is better?)
    Oh, and maybe I could use an aloa vera as a sleeping pact on top of my moisturizer once or twice a week. (Which is better the Nature Republic one or innisfree?)

    Sorry for the lenghty post. But you have no idea how happy I am for you helpful blog post. I will definitely bookmark this. Your extensive research and the time you took typing this is well appreciated. May all the things you want in life be fulfulled:)

  156. caq
    March 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Hi hyemi,

    I have combination skin and I was wondering what’s the difference between day and night routine?
    I was planning to use my usual cleanser -> wonder pore toner -> ac clinic gel lotion/ innisfree fresh cream (which i dont know which one should i choose too)

    thanks in advance

  157. Christine
    March 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    Thank you for this great post, it really helps a lot!

    I have an oily skin with my Tzone being very oily, used to be combination skin but somehow it become very oily (living in Singapore with hot and humid weather doesn’t help at all)

    . I don’t really have any pimples and only have it sometimes. Another problem would be my skin is dull πŸ™

    I’m currently deciding on my new skin care as my current skincare didn’t help at all.

    Here’s what I’m planning:
    Cleanser – Kiehls Ultra Facial cleanser (with Clarisonic Mia2 for PM routine)
    Toner – Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion ( I usually add 2 drops of HABA squalane oil for PM routine)
    Serum – Cosrx BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum
    Serum – Laneige Water Bank Essence
    Moisturizer – Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream

    May I know what do you think about this routine or perhaps you have other recommendations? Thank you!

  158. AL
    February 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Hi hyemi.
    I’m glad to found this websites as i have trouble with choosing the right cleanser for me.
    I want your suggestion of which product is the most suitable for those who have whitehead and blackhead with oily skin at the T zone as well as acne around the nose.I hope you can help me!!

  159. Bell
    February 27, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Hyemi,
    Been reading your blog like 6 months. Finally I decided to ask you for some recommendation.
    I’m 18, had combination skin and live in Malaysia. I wonder if I need to add anything else into my skin care routine to fix my severe blackheads and enlarged pore.
    I’m currently using Holika Holika Pig Dust Out Deep Cleansing Foam (I would prefer to change this cause I feel it’s too dry for me), I couldn’t find a decent non alcohol ones so I skipped that step then I applied Cosrx BHA Blakchead Power liquid, followed by good skin lab PORE-365β„’ then lastly I will just apply some Nature Republic Aloe Vera. I do have some wrinkles around my eyes and dark circles are totally horrible. And I I think I’m lacking some moisturising product for my skin? Can you recommend me some?

    Thanks in advance for replying!

  160. Ain
    February 27, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Hello, i am 22 years old this year, i did have problems like oily skin and acne prone on my skin. I really do wanna change my beauty regime with korean product skincare because i read a lot that it will give good effect on skin. How can i know which is the most suitable skincare that suit my skin especially to choose cleanser, toner, serum and cream or emulsion? Could u recommended to me?

  161. Sari
    February 24, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Hyemi! I like your details post and informative. I often use your review to make decision before buying my products. I’m now hitting 31yo living in tropical country Indonesia, am in an age when am not young or ajumma so much (denial age indeed). So, do u mind helping me to choose my daily skincare? Around 2months i had this routines, mind to check it?

    #cleansing oil – i used shu uemura but it’s too pricey for me to have for everyday use tho i love this product so much my wallet don’t so i bought innisfree apple juicy cleansing oil around a month ago, comparing it with shu uemura definetely in different level
    #cleansing foam – i rarely use it actually, only in weekends if i dont put make up i only wash my face with cleansing foam. Still have bit left of laneige foam cleanser moisture
    #toner – been a year using it and i actually kind of liking it, scinic pure white powder toner
    #essence – i previously used hera cell essence but im curious with missha new fte so am using it for around a month. Compare it with hera of course hera has better effect, i should maybe get hera again
    #serum – rarely use it cz i already use essence but still have some left in the bottle laneige white essence
    #eye cream – it’s a must in my age (sobs) still using laneige perfect renew firming eye cream but im considering laneige time freeze after my tube empty
    #sleeping mask – i use laneige water sleeping pack ex and sulwhasoo overnight vitalizing mask. If i use laneige sleeping pack ex tonight then 3 days later i use sulwhasoo overnight vitalizing mask. And both near empty. Actually i love sulwhasoo effect more than laneige sleeping pack
    #mask – just use it once a week but mostly i just didnt if too tired, laneige multiberry yogurt repair pack
    #bb cream – i use dr jart silver label but lately maybe bcz my aging it made my skin sooooo oily especially in hot days. I wonder if you can recommend me for another light and not so oily but contains high protection for my skin in tropical weather

    thats all, and mostly my skin care product are nearly empty so im considering to get new ones. Im hoping you can help me choosing good products but not too pricey.
    Thanks in advance, waiting for your reply.

    -sari-

  162. Camila
    February 23, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Hello !! Hyemi! I am a teen , 15 this year and have really sensitive skin and cannot find anything right for my skin ><

  163. Diny
    February 19, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I’m 21 years old and I have a oily/acne-prone skin type. Is it okay to use TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL – Egg Mousse Soap as my cleanser and Nature Republic – Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream as my moisturizer?

  164. Afisya
    February 14, 2016 at 1:20 am

    hello Hyemi! nice to meet you πŸ™‚

    i’m glad to find this information because i’m new to korean skincare and i don’t know what skincare i have to use

    I’m 20 years old now and i have an oily-acne prone skin and acne scars on my forehead, cheek and chin. can you recommend me what product to get rid the acne scar faster? and which one is better between innisfree jejubija line and green tea fresh line for my skin? or maybe you can recommend other product too πŸ™‚ maybe from etude house, innisfree, or nature republic products

    thank you!:)

  165. Jas_sf
    February 12, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Hyemi~!

    I am Jaslyn, 25 this year and from a hot weather country, my skin is combination skin so my face is oily, had enlarged pores, dull and tons of blackheads and whiteheads, I would like to know whether I should try Innisfree, Iope or Laneige? Pore Care or Combination Skin Care?

    Can you advise that I should try the whole skin care range or I can include products under different brand in my skin care routine?

  166. Jas_sf
    February 12, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Hyemi~!

    I am Jaslyn, 25 this year and from a hot weather country, my skin is combination skin so my face is oily, had enlarged pores, dull and tons of blackheads and whiteheads, I would like to know whether I should try Innisfree, Iope or Laneige? Pore Care or Combination Skin Care?

    Can you advise that I should try the whole skin care range or I can include products under different brand in my skin care routine?

  167. hema
    February 12, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    hello !
    i hav a really oily skin and i an 23 yrs old and i hav neva took any proper care of my skin soo long and soo my skin has became very bad,it is noo longer soft ,became too oily and hav lot of blackhead and acne prob.can you please recommend me good skin care day and nyt routine.
    please

  168. Joyce
    February 12, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Hi Hye Mi, I’m currently 24 from Malaysia. I would love to ask on behalf of my friend of same age, any product difference in terms of male? the above mentioned it’s more or less the same, however, any products for oily skin in the routine recommended in the comments below, that need extra precautions for male usage? thank you so much Hye Mi.

  169. che
    February 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    im 34 years old living in the philippines. i have combination skin with occasional breakouts. after reading your blog including the comments and your other articles. let me just say im hooked to your site. i have generated my skincare routine. please let me know if this is ok or if you have any suggestions or change some products il be willing to oblige. or suggest other products.

    morning
    mamonde rose bubble cleanser/can i just rinse with warm water?
    mamonde pore toner
    cosrx bha blackhead power liquid
    mamonde rose soothing gel
    andalou eye cream (will this possibly create wrinkles in the future due to its brigthening properties? i have really dark circles)
    andalou vitamin c serum
    laneige water bank gel
    biore sunblock

    night
    virgin coconut oil (to remove make up)
    clarisonic brush w/ mamonde lotus foam cleanser (if i used makeup)
    mamonde rose bubble foam (if no makeup for the day)
    mamonde pore toner
    hera cell essence
    cosrx aha serum
    hera white program effector (when not using aha)
    su:m37 secret essence
    andalou eye cream
    mamonde rose gel
    laneige water bank gel
    mamonde micro lotus mud clay
    mamonde rose honey sleeping mask

    also some say that you need to change your products every now and then so that your skin will not get accustomed to it and you will not see chages anymore or if i found my holy grail of products do i stick to it all my life?

    • Hye Mi
      February 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Hello Che,

      Apparently it’s best to use Vitamin C on a clean skin or right after using a BHA serum, thus you may want to use your Andalou Vitamin C serum right after your toner.
      The Andalou Eye Cream (I love this brand btw) won’t create wrinkles, why would it? Unless you rub your eyes area with your fingers like crazy it won’t.

      You should not use your Clarisonic since you use AHA. The Clarisonic exfoliates the skin and so does Glycolic Acid (AHA), thus if you use both your skin will becomes overexfoliated.
      Use the Cosrx AHA serum twice a week if you wish to use your Clarisonic instead, or the other way around.

      You can use the White Program Effector (Glad you changed your mind about it!) after using the Cosrx AHA serum but like I said above you need to wait about 30 minutes between the two.
      Oooh I really like the Secret Essence, excellent choice! I use it in my current skincare routine, it’s awesome. Just a tip, do not use it with a cotton pad but with your palms directly.
      I find it to works best when you pour a little amount in your palms, rub both your palms together a little bit to distribute the product and place them directly on your face without rubbing.

      You don’t need to use the Mamonde Rose Gel at night if you already use the Secret Programming Essence. Alternate between the two or just use one in the morning and the other one at night.

      Use the Micro Lotus Mud Clay Mask only once or twice a week, no more. Same for the Rose Honey Sleeping Mask.

      If you use the Rose Honey Sleeping Mask it would be best to use it right after your Su:m37 Secret Essence and skip the Mamonde Rose Gel and the Laneige Water Bank Gel, otherwise your skin is going to become over-moisturized and suffocate.

      I don’t believe you need to change your skincare products as long as your skin loves them. If your skin becomes very nice by using some products, even though you may not see anymore improvements at some point, your skin may look bad again once you stop using them.

      • che
        February 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm

        thank you for taking time to reply to my questions i really appreciate it. its very nice of you.
        just a few more follow up questions if its not much of a trouble.

        you indicated in your routine that you use the cosrx bha serum in your nose and cheeks only can i use it for the entire face or its for the area where there are large pores only?

        if i use the mamonde gel no need to use the laneige water gel in the morning and at night anymore? or do you recommed to use it both? or if i need to use only one which one is better?

        can i use the andalou serum for my eyes too so i dont need to purchase their eye cream anymore? or this is not recommended?

        thank you very much πŸ™‚

  170. Joyce
    February 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!
    I’m really glad to come across such informative and excellently written review on the products I’ve always wanted to try. I’m personally an acne-prone person, constantly troubled by acne and in view of my working hours tat requires me to stay up really late and less sleeping hours, I always suffer acne outbreaks. I’ve seen dermatologist and went for facial, it helps, but it doesn’t not last long. so, I’m jus curious, the beauty treatment worker tested and mentioned I’m of the deeper oily but superficially dry skin. so what type of product should I use or content that I should look out for when I purchase my skincare products? I’ve been opting for hydrating products all this while, trying Etude house sheet masks every night and wonder pore mask on daytime. it improves initially, but not quite after that. I’m thinking of laneige water sleeping pack, would it improves my skin?
    Really sorry for asking so many questions here. really need some advice to get rid of annoying acne… Really thank you in advance ya

    • Joyce
      February 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      I’m currently 24 years old. My skincare routine currently is:
      Daytime:
      Artistry Hydra-V Fresh foaming cleanser — Product bought from facial which works for awhile ( La’Derm perfecting essence) — La’Derm perfecting ampoules ( finishing soon for these products so would love substitutes for them) — Etude house ” I need you mask–aloe Vera”

      Night: Similar routine except substituting I need you mask to wonder pore mask — The face shop Jeju Aloe 99% fresh soothing gel before sleep.

      I’ve tried this product from Taiwan named Naruko for its tea tree acne reducing line for both toner and cleanser. but it’s not really effective. but am I right for choosing tea tree based product? Oh, and it’s difficult for me to get cosrx and Makonde. available would be Etude, nature republic, laneige And sulhwasoo. Really need your help, thank you so much Hye Mi.

  171. Sandra Karlsen
    February 7, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Hi,

    I have been reading and searching a lot after I first heard about Korean cosmetics. There is an ocean of products and I feel helpless in the search of the right ones for my skin.

    Do you have any suggestions for me?

    I am 31 years old and have oily/dehydrated skin, with big pores and some pigmentations. I was hoping for a “simple” ruotine to start with; Cleanser, toner, a couple of serums and a moisturizer.

    • Sandra Karlsen
      February 7, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      After reading the replies above I think I am going to get this:

      MORNING

      Foam cleanser: Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Cleansing Foam

      Anti trouble toner: MAMONDE Pore clean Toner

      BHA serum: COSRX BHA BLACKHEAD POWER LIQUID

      Moisturizing serum: MAMONDE Rose Water Multi Soothing Gel

      Oil free moisturizing cream: Ciracle Aqua Control Double Moisture Cream

      Sunscreen: Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sunblock SPF35 PA+++

      NIGHT

      Oil Cleanser: ???

      Foam Cleanser: Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Cleansing Foam

      Anti trouble toner: MAMONDE Pore clean Toner
      Toner 2: Mamonde Rose Water Toner

      AHA serum: COSRX AHA 7 WHITEHEAD POWER LIQUID

      Moisturizing cream: Ciracle Aqua Control Double Moisture Cream

      Skin lightening: Cosrx Mela 14 White Ampule

      Does it sound like a good plan?

      • Hye Mi
        February 8, 2016 at 5:59 am

        Hello Sandra,

        Wow so many comments! πŸ™‚

        Let’s see…

        1) Mamonde Rose Water Cleanser <= Excellent choice, I use it myself and I love it! 2) Mamonde Pore Clean Toner <= Again, excellent choice. If your skin doesn't like it switch to the Laneige Trouble Relief Toner. 3) Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid <= Now I'm impressed, excellent. 4) Ciracle Aqua Control Double Moisture Cream <= Again, excellent. 5) I'm not very familiar with sunscreens but the ones from Innisfree are usually pretty good. Just make sure to pick an oil-free one. Night time 1) Have you tried the Laneige Pore Cleansing Oil? The blue bottle. I haven't tried it myself but I use the pink bottle (brightening) and I like it very much. It does not make me break out at all either. 2) Excellent choices for these two toners. Have you heard of the Hera Cell-Essence? It's a toner with many moisturizing, purifying, brightening and anti-aging ingredients. I really, really like it. If the price doesn't scare you you should consider using it. 3) Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead is an excellent serum as well, but don't forget to use it only once every two or three days. 4) You need to include a moisturizing serum, I suggest the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel or the Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil-Free gel. Or a simple aloe vera gel, as long as it's at least 95% aloe vera. 5) Ciracle Aqua Control is indeed a good cream. 6) You need to include the Cosrx Mela 14 White Ampoule BEFORE your night cream, and you need to wait at least 30 minutes after using the Cosrx AHA serum because the Niacinamide in the Mela 14 will be ineffective since the AHA serum contains Glycolic acid. You can also include the Mela 14 in your morning routine as well if you wish.

        • Sandra Karlsen
          April 15, 2016 at 5:15 pm

          Thank you for the great feedback!

          I have a couple of more questions;

          1. If I use the Mela 14 white in the morning, can I apply it right after the BHA blackhead liquid?

          2. Do you have any suggestions for a exfoliator?

          3. Can I use the BHA blackhead liquid every day, or only every two-three days?

          5. I have hyper pigmentations, is the Mela 14 white helping with that?

          Thank you πŸ™‚

          • Hye Mi
            April 18, 2016 at 3:48 am

            Hello Sandra!

            The Mela 14 contains glycolic acid so you may want to wait around 5 minutes (until your skin absorb the product) after using the Cosrx BHA blackhead liquid.

            The only exfoliators I use are Paula Choice 10% Weekly Treatment (10% glycolic acid) and Mad Hippie Skincare Exfoliating Serum (7% glycolic acid, 3% lactic acid). The Mela 14 contains glycolic acid as well, though I don’t know the percentage, so it will also exfoliate your skin.

            You can use it every day if you wish to, but only on troubled areas. If you want to use it all over your face use it every two days.

            For hyperpigmentation I have no idea if the Mela 14 works well or not since I never tried it, but since it contains Niacinamide and Glycolic Acid it should. Hera Biogenic Effector is in my opinion the best skin-lightening product on the market, followed by Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence.

          • Sandra Karlsen
            May 1, 2016 at 3:36 am

            Thanks again!!! πŸ™‚

            Lets say I use AHA every two days-morning, AHA evrey two days-night(same days for BHA and AHA)

            And then Mela 14 every two days-morning and Laneige white plus every two days-night(same days for Mela 14 and Laneige white plus)

            Is that ok?

            • Hye Mi
              May 2, 2016 at 2:55 am

              Or you could use AHA at night and Mela 14 every morning!

  172. Chel
    February 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Hello! I stumbled upon your site while looking for products for my oily/trouble-prone skin. I would like to ask if you have any comments on my routine and if you might have ideas on what products should I take off my night regimen and what products I should replace it with. I’m 27 years old and living in the Philippines.

    [Night Routine]
    >Banila Co Clean It Zero
    >Innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam
    >Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin
    >Innisfree Supervolcanic Pore Clay Mask OR Skin Food Black Sugar Essence Scrub 2x OR TonyMoly Naturalth Goat Milk Peeling Gel (twice a week)
    >COSRX BHA Summer Pore Serum
    >Leejiham Tea Tree 90 Essence OR Skin Food Premium Tomato Whitening Essence
    >(Sheet Mask every other day)
    >Mamonde Rose Water Clear Toner
    >TonyMoly Tea Tree Sebum and Pore Lotion
    >Laneige Water Sleeping Pack OR TonyMoly Naturalth Goat Milk Aqua Whitening Cream

    Are there products that you think should go or products that I should add? Please do recommend. Thank you!

    • Hye Mi
      February 8, 2016 at 5:49 am

      Hello Chel,

      Like I said above to another reader I do not like the Banila Co Clean It Zero (or any of their skincare products, actually) because I find them similar to drugstores products in terms of quality. Thus for the price you can get something much better, like the Laneige cleansing oil.
      The Bija Cleansing Foam is very drying, and since you’re planning on using some anti-troubles toners and serums you may want to use a more gentle foam cleanser like Mamonde Rose Cleansing Foam or Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick.
      The Bija Trouble Skin is indeed a good choice but I find the Laneige Trouble Relief Toner more effective on adults skin. If you live in the Philippines I believe you can get a sample of it easily?
      It’s a huge no for both Tony Moly and Skinfood. I hate these two brands who use extremely low quality ingredients. The Jeju Pore Volcanic Mask is an excellent choice, I love it! You may also like the Mamonde Micro Lotus Mud Mask, it’s quite similar to the Volcanic Mask but it is a little bit more gentle & it contains anti-aging ingredients as well.
      Try the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid instead, you’ll get better results.
      I never tried Leejiham before so I can’t tell, but I have tried the Skinfood Premium Tomato Line (the whole line) and it’s one of the most awful line I have ever tried. Not only these products do not brighten the skin at all, even though it is their primary promise, but they also make people break out. I have dry skin, maybe two pimples per year, yet less than two weeks atfer using the wash-off mask and the essence I ended up with 4 fucking pimples on my forehead and chin. How is that?
      Sheet mask < I'm not very familiar with sheet masks as I very much prefer wash-off masks but I know the ones by Mamonde are excellent. Once again, huge NO for Tony Moly pore lotion or tea tree serum. I tried their pore lotion it's very bad. Laneige water sleeping mask is great! Good choice. Now my advices : 1) Mamonde Rose Water Foam Cleanser, or Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick (or any other gentle cleanser that won't dry out your skin) 2) Laneige Trouble Relief Toner, or Innisfree Bija if you prefer. 3) Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid 4) Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel or Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil-Free gel (or a simple, pure aloe vera gel will do the job as well) 5) Day cream of your choice. I really like the Laneige Trouble Relief Cream and the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream. 6) Sunscreen! At night time use the Cosrx 7 AHA Whitehead Power instead of the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid and use the Mamonde Rose Water Toner or the Hera Cell-Essence (or Hera Aquabolic Balancing Toner) instead of the Laneige Trouble Relief toner. Use the Laneige Water Bank Sleeping Mask once a week.

  173. Nicole Lee
    February 5, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Hyemi, thank you for posting this! It really helps me a lot. I am 17 yrs old and from Indonesia.. i have a combination skin and acne prone skin too.. is it okay if i use the ac clinic liquid spot then nature republic’s soothing and moisture gel? And for day skin care routine, is it the same as night’s skin care routine? And could you recommend me some sunblock for my skin types? Sorry for such many questions and thank you so muchh! ><

    • Hye Mi
      February 8, 2016 at 6:03 am

      Hello Nicole,

      Yes you can use the AC Clinic and the Nature Republic gel. πŸ™‚
      You can of course use the same routine morning and night, though I would suggest using more moisturizing products at night time since some of them can be too heavy for the skin at day time. Check the comments above I’m sure you’ll find a routine you may like.
      As for a sunscreen I can’t really recommend any, I use only a few ones (by Laneige or Innisfree) since ages…

  174. Nur
    February 5, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    I would like to add acid/serum in my daily skincare routine.

    I just read the above comment that AHA only can be use after two or three days. So I will use AHA three days a week and at night only. If I don’t use AHA, I will use BHA blackhead liquid.

    At day time, I will use BHA pore minish serum for daily use. Is thay okay if I use different BHA day and night?

    Hope you can comment. Thank you.

    • Hye Mi
      February 5, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Hello Nur,

      Yes you can use a different BHA morning and night. πŸ™‚
      I myself use the Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid in the morning, and the Cosrx at night.

      • Nur
        February 7, 2016 at 1:09 am

        Hi Hye Mi!

        Thanks for your response. I am interested to use Vitamin C serum. My concern is for anti-aging/wrinkle. Is that okay if I use Vitamin C that contain niacinamide? As you know I will use Cosrx AHA. Is that correct if I use Vitamin C day and night and use it after toner and before BHA/AHA? I would like to try Ciracle brand or can you recommend to me the other brand.

        Thank you.

        • Hye Mi
          February 8, 2016 at 5:51 am

          Hello Nur,

          Sorry but I am absolutely not familiar with Vitamin C! The only time I tried it was yeaaars ago (If I remember well it was from the Body Shop line) and I pretty much turned…orange. I believe some fellow bloggers are more familiar than me with Vitamin C so you should ask them instead. πŸ™‚

          • Nur
            February 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

            Hi Hye Mi!

            Hope you can comment my skincare routine.

            Day
            1. Mamonde rose cleansing foam / Sum37 miracle rose stick
            2. Mamonde pore clean toner
            3. BHA blackhead liquid
            4. Cosrx aloe vera oil free moisture cream
            5. Innisfree eco safety daily sunblock

            Night
            1. Innisfree apple juicy cleansing oil
            2. Mamonde rose cleansing foam / Sum37 miracle rose stick
            3. Mamonde rose water toner
            4. Cosrx AHA whitehead (three times a week) / Cosrx pore minish serum
            5. Mamonde rose soothing gel
            6. Innisfree orchid gel cream
            7. Mamonde rose honey sleeping mask (twice a week)
            8. Mamonde lotus mud musk (twice a week)

            Thank you☺

  175. michelle
    February 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    hi hyemi,
    u are amazing, thank you so much for this very detailed info. hands down to you. may i humbly ask for a skincare routine. im 34 w/ combination skin and occasional breakouts. alao can you recommed an eye cream that can lighten undereye circles and anti wrinkle. also can you recommed an anti aging/wrinkle prevention product that i can incorporate to my routine thank you very much

  176. michelle
    February 5, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    hi hyemi,
    you are amazing thank you for this. hands down to you. may i humbly ask your advice of a skin care routine. im 34 years old with combination skin with occasional breakouts. also can you recommed an eye cream i have dark undereye circles but not puffy w/ that can prevent wrinkles too. do you have any recommendation of an anti aging/wrinkle product that i can incorporate in my routine. thank you so much. you are a heaven sent

  177. February 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    hi hyemi,

    you are one amazing guru. hands down to you. could you possibly recommend a skincare routine for me im 34 years old with combination skin with occasional pimple breakouts. also could you recommed a good eye cream i have dark circle underneath my eyes but not puffy and for crows feet/wrinkle prevention. you so much in advance

  178. February 5, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    hi hyemi,

    you are one amazing guru. hands down to you. could you possibly recommend a skincard routine for me im 34 years old with combination skin with occasional pimple breakouts thank you so much in advance

  179. Devon
    February 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Hi Hye Mi!! I loved reading your article and have been researching a lot on products as I want to take better care of my skin. I have oily, acne prone skin that also suffers from redness. I’m in the process of doing a complete skin care & make up over haul and was wondering if you could help…

    This is the skin care plan I was thinking of starting
    1) oil cleanser:
    Banila Clean it Zero purity or
    Innisfree green tea oil cleanser.
    water based:
    Innisfree Jejubija Anti Trouble gel.
    2) Toner
    Innisfree Jejubija Toner.
    3) Essence
    Missha first treatment essence.
    4) Serum
    CosRx BHA as listed above smile emoticon.
    5) moisturiser for face: Mizon snail repair and snail repair eye cream.
    6) exfoliator
    Seaweed Jelly Scrub. ( I intend to stock up over time haha). Is there anything you would change or recommend from that list to improve it?

    I’ve also been looking at make up and have been trialling BB creams.. a lot dont last on my oily skin but I’m thinking of trying Missha perfect cover or Mizon snail repair BB cream. At this stage I’m not sure what else to try…

    If there’s any advice you can give I would appreciate it so much!

    Devon

  180. Devon
    February 4, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!!

    I loved reading your article and have been researching a lot on products as I want to take better care of my skin. I have oily, acne prone skin that also suffers from redness. I’m in the process of doing a complete skin care & make up over haul and was wondering if you could help…

    This is the skin care plan I was thinking of starting
    1) Oil cleanser:
    Banila Clean it Zero purity or
    Innisfree green tea oil cleanser. (not sure which one).
    Water based cleanser:
    Innisfree Jejubija Anti Trouble gel.
    2) Toner
    Innisfree Jejubija Anti Trouble Toner.
    3) Essence
    Missha first treatment essence.
    4) Serum
    CosRx BHA as listed above πŸ™‚
    5) Moisturiser for face: Mizon snail repair and snail repair eye cream.
    6) exfoliator
    Seaweed Jelly Scrub.

    (I intend to stock up over time haha). Is there anything you would change or otherwise recommend from that list to improve it?

    I’ve also been looking at make up and have been trialling BB creams.. a lot dont last on my oily skin but I’m thinking of trying Missha perfect cover or Mizon snail repair BB cream. At this stage I’m not sure what else to try…

    If there’s any advice you can give I would appreciate it so much!

    Devon

  181. Devon
    February 4, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!! I loved reading your article and have been researching a lot on products as I want to take better care of my skin. I have oily, acne prone skin that also suffers from redness. I’m in the process of doing a complete skin care & make up over haul and was wondering if you could help…

    This is the skin care plan I was thinking of starting
    1) oil cleanser:
    Banila Clean it Zero purity or
    Innisfree green tea oil cleanser.
    water based:
    Innisfree Jejubija Anti Trouble gel.
    2) Toner
    Innisfree Jejubija Toner.
    3) Essence
    Missha first treatment essence.
    4) Serum
    CosRx BHA as listed above :).
    5) moisturiser for face: Mizon snail repair and snail repair eye cream.
    6) exfoliator
    Seaweed Jelly Scrub. ( I intend to stock up over time haha). Is there anything you would change or recommend from that list to improve it?

    I’ve also been looking at make up and have been trialling BB creams.. a lot dont last on my oily skin but I’m thinking of trying Missha perfect cover or Mizon snail repair BB cream. At this stage I’m not sure what else to try…

    If there’s any advice you can give I would appreciate it so much!

    Devon

    • Hye Mi
      February 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Hello Devon,

      1) Nope. Banila Co is a cheap brand, you can find much better oil cleanser for a decent price and with much better ingredients. Try the Laneige cleansing oils instead, they have two version : the pink bottle is for brightening care and the blue bottle is for pore care. I only tried the brightening version so far but I really like it. The Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing oil is not bad either so why not?
      The Innisfree Jejubija Anti Trouble Gel is a good choice but should not be used morning and night. You need a moisturizing and soothing cleanser as well, like the Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Foam or the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Stick.
      2) Okay, good choice. You did not indicate your age but if you’re above 24 years old try the Laneige Trouble Relief Toner instead.
      3) No. Just no. Missha is one of the brand I hate the most and I will never EVER recommend any of their products to my readers, sorry.
      4) Yes!
      5) Huge no. Like I said in the comments above tons of people have asked me how they can repair their (damaged) skin after using some snail shitty products. I am against every single animal ingredients, snail included, because you can find much better alternatives that won’t ruin your skin. I absolutely never, ever use any products with animal ingredients in it and my skin looks great, thus you don’t need it. Also, I have the snail repair cream (I must add I did not purchase it myself, a sponsor sent it to me without my consent) and I find it too rich and comedogenic.
      Imo you should use Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream or Laneige Trouble Relief Cream. I have tried both and they work very well on oily, acne prone skin.
      6) I prefer chemical exfoliators, like Paula Choice 10% AHA Weekly Treatment or Cosrx Whitehead 7 AHA. In manual exfoliators the only one I have and sometimes use is the Iaso Triple White Peeling Gel. It’s a little expensive but since a tiny amount is needed the bottle lasts a very, very long time.

      7) I detect a lack of moisturizing serum here! If you use too much anti-troubles products your skin is going to throw a fit and produces even more sebum. Try the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel, it’s amazing. Or any moisturizing serum of your choice, of course.

      BB Creams : I don’t use them anymore since I discovered the fabulous Hera CC Cream.

  182. Juliee
    February 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Hyemi,

    I’m 20 years old. I have had acne since I was in grade 8th in junior high school. It seems that I have quite oily skin because I live in Southeast Asia (hot climate all year round). On my cheeks and forehead, there are a lot of small whiteheads (closed comedones) which always stay still and very hard to get rid of. They just look very very terrible and ruin my skin texture. I also have a lot of blackheads. Before and during my period, there are many red pimples, too. They leave my face a lot scars then. Please give me some advice and suggestion, especially for whitehead clogged closed comedones πŸ™ Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      February 5, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Julie!

      For clogged comedones, blackheads, sebum and pimples you will need BHA (like the one by Cosrx, see the comments above I already explained how to use BHA and AHA), and for acne scars you can use AHA, or Niacinamide. Check the acids section in the post, you will find everything you’re looking for. πŸ™‚

  183. Nella
    February 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    hi hyemi!
    maybe it’s too late but i really thank you for this post.
    i need some advice.
    i have a very oily skin, big pores, and some dark spot. i’m a little bit confused what kind of product that i have to use.
    i want a cream or gel that can reduce the oil but help me to brighten & whiten my face..

    can you help me?
    thank you..

    • Hye Mi
      February 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Hello Nella,

      For your morning routine : Use a gentle foam cleanser (like the fabulous Mamonde Rose Bubble Cleanser, or any cleanser of your choice – as long as it doesn’t dry out your skin), an anti-trouble toner like the Laneige Trouble Relief Toner, a BHA serum (I recommend using COSRX BHA Blackhead Serum, you will find it in the acid list) or the Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid, a lightweight and oil-free moisturizing serum (I really like the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel), an oil-free moisturizing cream (See the ones I listed above. I like the Cosrx Centella blemish cream and the Laneige Trouble Relief, but the others are excellent as well.) and finally an oil-free sunscreen with zinc inside.

      For your night routine : Remove your sunscreen with an oil cleanser or a milk remover, use a foam cleanser to remove the residues and impurities, follow with an anti-trouble toner like the one I mentioned above from Laneige. This step is optional but I recommend using a second toner (a moisturizing and soothing one) like the Mamonde Rose Water or Hera Cell Essence. Follow with a AHA serum* like the Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead or the Paula Choice 5% AHA Resist Daily Treatment. Please check the comments above to see why I strongly recommend using both BHA and AHA to reduce skin troubles.
      Follow with an oil-free moisturizing gel, like the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel, or an oil-free moisturizer.

      *Use it every two or three days, and at night only. On the other days you can use a skin lightening serum like the Hera Bio Effector, you can find my review about this great product here. Do not use a lightening (brightening) serum at the same time of using a AHA serum, otherwise your skin will flush and both serums will be ineffective.

      With this routine your skin should be brighter and your skin troubles should be visibly reduced in less than a month. πŸ˜‰

      • Sandra Karlsen
        February 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

        What oil cleanser and sunscreen would you recommend?

      • Sandra Karlsen
        February 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm

        And do you have any other options for a lightening serum? The Hera bio effector is a bit expecive…

        • Hye Mi
          February 8, 2016 at 6:01 am

          Instead of the Bio Effector can you get your hands on the Paula Choice 10% AHA Weekly Treatment? It will lighten your acne scars and hyperpigmentation spots. It’s not as powerful as the Hera Bio Effector for brightening the skin but it still does a good job at making the skintone more even. I believe it costs around 30$, maybe less.

  184. Sandra
    February 2, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Hi Hye Mi

    I am trying to find products for my oily/dehydrated skin. I have a thick skin with big pores and some pigmentations. I am looking for a cleanser, toner, serum/essence for pores and pigmentation and a day cream. I was thinking I need products that gives my skin lots of moisture, but also gives a matte finish, reduces pores and even out my skintone. Do you have any recommendations in terms of what products I should buy?

    • Hye Mi
      February 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Hello Sandra,

      Check my reply to Nella just above. πŸ˜‰

      • Sandra Karlsen
        February 7, 2016 at 7:35 pm

        OMG! Sorry! Something went wrong with my computer and I didn`t know that I was posting it som many times…. SORRY πŸ™

  185. sandra Karlsen
    February 2, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Hi Hye Mi πŸ™‚

    I am trying to find products for my oily/dehydrated skin. I have a thick skin with big pores and some pigmentations. I am looking for a cleanser, toner, serum/essence for pores and pigmentation and a day cream. I was thinking I need products that gives my skin lots of moisture, but also gives a matte finish, reduces pores and even out my skintone. Do you have any recommendations in terms of what products I should buy?

  186. sandra Karlsen
    February 2, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Hi Hye Mi πŸ™‚

    I am trying to find products for my oily/dehydrated skin. I have a thick skin with big pores and some pigmentations. I don`t have much acne, just oily skin. I am looking for a cleanser, toner, serum/essence for pores and pigmentation and a day cream. I was thinking I need products that gives my skin lots of moisture, but also gives a matte finish, reduces pores and even out my skin color. Do you have any recommendations in terms of what products I should buy?

  187. Sandra Karlsen
    February 2, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Hi Hye Mi πŸ™‚

    I am trying to find products for my oily/dehydrated skin. I have a thick skin with big pores and some pigmentations. I am looking for a cleanser, toner, serum/essence for pores and pigmentation and a day cream. I also want to even out my skincolor. I was thinking I need products that gives my skin lots of moisture, but also gives a matte finish. Do you have any recommendations in terms of what products I should buy?

  188. Nana
    February 2, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Hello Hyemi!

    I’m 30 years old with really oily skin and some acne scars. Last year I got the innisfree jejubija line because I was on a budget, and now that some of the products are running out I’m looking to change them.

    My routine was/is this:

    Castile soap (to remove makeup)
    Innisfree jejubija foam
    Innisfree jejubija toner
    Innisfree jejubija lotion
    Innisfree jejubija spot essence
    Innisfree sebum sunblock

    I thought I was fine with the lotion only because where I live it’s summer all year round and my skin gets oily in 2-3 hours anyway, and I didn’t want to put on any creams that made it even oilier, or broke me out. After getting Innisfree’s sebum control sunblock though I feel like it’s too much and I’m needing something soothing to put on. Also, I was told castile soap is not good for my skin so I’m looking for something else to remove makeup. Since I’m planning to replace the foam and the lotion with Laneige deep pore cleansing + Laneige trouble relief cream, would it be better to use a non-drying cleanser before that?

    I’m thinking of something like this:

    Cleansing oil
    Laneige deep pore cleansing foam or Mamonde rose foam (to not have too many anti-trouble things in my routine)
    Laneige trouble relief toner
    Mamonde rose water toner (unless only one of them is necessary)
    Cosrx BHA serum
    Cosrx AHA 7 (for the night)
    Laneige trouble relief cream
    Innisfree white tone up eye serum
    Innisfree sunblock

    I was curious if you’ve tried Innisfree’s orchid line? I know it’s listed as a brand aimed to teens and young adults but they claim the orchid line is good for mature skin, and I was eyeing their gel cream. Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      February 4, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Hello Nana,

      Even though you are on a budget I strongly recommend you to purchase appropriate products for your age.

      Castile Soap <= HELL? Castile Soaps are great but extremely alkaline, thus you should absolutely not wash your face daily with it. I myself use the Dr Bronner castile soap (the peppermint one) to wash my body - and sometimes my face - but never more than once every two weeks. I don't see any moisturizing products in your routine, that's probably why your skin becomes so oily easily. Lotion is for dry to combination skin, definitely not for oily skin. Though I really like the Jejubija line, Innisfree is best for young adults. Now, the new routine you mentioned. A cleansing oil is only needed if you wear makeup, otherwise it's useless to use it. Which cleansing oil caught your eyes? I heard the Laneige Pore Cleansing Oil (blue bottle) is great but it contains coconut oil so it might gives you pimples. Have you ever tried using coconut oil before? I don't recommend the Laneige Deep Pore Foam Cleanser because it is definitely drying. You should use a much more gentle cleanser, like the Mamonde Rose Foam Cleanser or the Lush Dark Angels. Laneige anti trouble toner : Great choice. Mamonde Rose Water Toner : Also a great choice, but use it at night only before or after the Cosrx AHA 7. If you are no longer on a budget try the Hera Cell Essence instead, it contains anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients. I reviewed it here. I detect a lack of moisturizing serum here, where is it? Use the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel or the Cosrx Aloe Vera gel. They are both oil-free thus they will not clog your pores or make your skin oily. Cosrx BHA serum : Excellent choice, use it in the morning only if you're gonna use AHA at night otherwise it would be a waste of product. Cosrx AHA 7 : Again, excellent choice. Use it every two to three days and at night only. Laneige Trouble Relief : I really, really like this cream. If you find it too rich try the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream instead. Innisfree White Tone Up Eye Serum : It's for young adults, try something for adults instead to avoid wrinkles and fine lines like the Laneige eye cream. Sunblock : Use whatever you like as long as it contains zinc so it will reduce your sebum. I know Hera and Laneige both have sunscreens for oily skin. I already tried the Orchid line and you're totally right, it is for adults. I didn't like it very much because I don't find it very effective against fine lines and wrinkles. It isn't exactly cheap so I find it best for people on a tight budget. I have not tried their eye cream though, only the creams. πŸ™‚

      • Nana
        February 9, 2016 at 6:04 am

        Hello Hyemi, thank you so much for your reply! πŸ™‚ I have a clearer idea of what I should get now.
        Yup, I wear makeup from Mondays to Fridays. I haven’t tried coconut oil, I’ll take a look at Laneige’s oil cleanser, maybe get some samples before buying it.
        I got the Cosrx Aloe Vera gel, should I use it after the BHA serum/AHA 7 step, and then put on the cream? And is the BHA serum only for the days I use AHA 7, or can I use it every day?
        Yeah I see there’s not much difference in price for innisfree orchid creams and laneige creams so the later seems like a better choice in any case.

  189. Daisy
    February 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Hyemi,
    I’ve posted here last time to ask for your suggestion about my plan for my new skin care routine, but since it isn’t posted here, I guess you’re so busy. Anyway, I’d like to ask about Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid and Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Liquid, are they good even for a bit sensitive skin? I’m new to this things so I’m currently enlightening my mind about this things and still researching about it. Which of them is better to use or is it necessary to use them both? Thanks for your time.. πŸ˜€

    • Hye Mi
      February 4, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Hello Daisy,

      Sorry for the late answer, I’ve been incredibily busy…moving to another country! πŸ™‚

      After reading your future skincare routine I must say I am…horrified. There isn’t a single product I like or find effective, expect maybe the Son & Park Beauty Water though I have not tried it yet.

      Banila Co Clean It Zero : Cheap ingredients. You can find muuuch better cleansers in Korea, like the Laneige cleansing oils.
      Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel Foam : Meh, even though I don’t find it so bad I also don’t find it incredible. Since your skin is sensitive you should avoid these kind of drying cleansers and use a bubble cleanser instead, like the Silky Cleansing Mousse by Hera or the Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Foam. Why not trying the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick as well since your skin seems to like coconut oil? I use it and I must say I really like it.

      Exfoliate: Skinfood? No thanks! I despite that kind of cheap brand who claim to be eco natural blablabla for no reasons. I use to like it, especially their wash-off masks, until I noticed their products provide only very temporary results. And after checking their ingredients I know why their products are so not effective. Why not using a BHA exfoliator instead? It works much better and it will visibly improves your skin apparence & reduces your pores/sebum.

      Toner : Never tried the Beauty Water but why not. I was planning to try it at some point, though I am plenty satisfied with my Mamonde Rose Water at the moment!

      Serum : Missha is one of the Korean brand I hate the most. I strongly dislike their products, mostly because of their cheap ingredients. If you use a BHA serum you will get much better results. As for a second serum (a moisturizing one) why not trying the Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel? It is oil-free and non comedogenic. It will soothes and moisture your skin at the same time.

      I already tried the snail line by Mizon and expect giving people horrible breakouts it doesn’t do anything. You have no idea how many people told me how ugly their skin looked like after using this line for a month or so.

      Cream : You can’t use a sleeping pack everyday, just one or twice a week max.
      Have you considered using the Laneige Water Bank Moisturizing Gel? It’s very fresh and nice on the skin.

      Innisfree Green Tea serum is mostly for teens and young adults on a budget. Why do you want to use it? If it’s because of oil control the BHA serum by Cosrx will do a much, much better job. If it’s for moisturizing purposes the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel will also provides better results.

      Innisfree Balancing cream is not bad but again it’s best for teens and young adults. Try the Laneige Trouble Relief cream or the Laneige Water Bank Gel instead. πŸ™‚

      I am absolutely not qualified to talk about cushions since they all make my skin looks horrible. I always get much better results with liquid foundation or CC cream. πŸ™‚

      Cosrx BHA and Cosrx AHA are both good for sensitive skin as I use them myself, and I have a really sensitive/dry skin.
      I use the BHA serum daily and my skin was never irritated.

      BHA is best for combination to oily skin : it reduces sebum, minimizes skin troubles like pimples. You can use it daily, morning and night if you wish to.

      AHA is stronger than BHA and it pretty much gives your skin a new life : it exfoliates, removes dead skin cells, reduces skin troubles, even out uneven skin texture and skintone, reduces fine lines…You can find more infos here about both BHA and AHA here. It should be used at night only, and only every two or three days.

  190. Nikki
    January 25, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I really love how thorough this article is! However I would like to list some of my concerns with my own skin and get some insight from you.

    I recently turned twenty. I have oily/combination skin. I only have noticeable pores in my T-zone and the areas under my eyes (I don’t know what that is called ;;), and blackheads on my nose. I believe I lean more towards the oilier side of the spectrum because even the dry sides of my face are not that dry. I have very problematic skin: acne-prone, many acne scars.

    I’m a bit lost at what I need in my skincare routine in the morning versus at night. I believe my skin can handle the same cleanser and toner for morning and night (I have the Wonder Pore toner and I have no issues with it), but I would like to know what serum/essence and cream I should use for morning and/or night. What should I avoid in those? How many essences/serums do I need? Should I use cream in the morning or is it okay if I end my morning routine with a good essence/serum?

    Also, I would like to know some general tips in purchasing skincare products for the winter. The “dryer” part of my face can get a bit dull during winter so I am wondering if changing up my products each major season change is something I should do.

    Thank you if you reply!

    • Nikki
      January 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      I also want to add that I currently use Klairs foaming cleanser and their supple preparation toner. Are there better cleansers and toners than those? Should I switch back to the Wonder Pore? (I’m a college student so… my budget is tight!)

  191. Charity
    January 25, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Hi Hyemi ,

    So, I want to start a Korean skin care routine, but I am lost in how to start. I’ve read your blog/article on combination, oily, and acne prone skin,… but I am still lost; there was so much that I didn’t know where to start. I have acne prone, combination skin and my skin is sensitive. I am African-American with hyper-pigmentation and deep clogged pores that are mostly blackheads. I would really appreciate your help.

    Thank you!

  192. Ire
    January 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Hi Hye Mi,
    Im really new to this asian skincare routine, but i really want to do this process correctly without spending a leg and an arm for products and without having surprise breakouts. Would this work for a African American skin type? If so, do you think you could recommend some products for someone like me who has all over oily skin, occasional breakouts, and very badly clogged pores with A LOT hyperpigmentation?
    please get back to me!!!!
    Thanks!!
    I appreciate your time reading this

  193. Nur
    January 24, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Hi Hye Mi!

    Can you tell me what is your opinion of SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick? Is it suitable for combination and oily skin? What is pros and cons? I read your comment above and I thing you really like this cleanser stick. What is different between Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Cleanser Foam?

    Thank you☺

  194. Jessica
    January 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I’m 20 years old and i want to find a good product for my eyes with dark circles and fine lines

  195. Daisy
    January 23, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Hi Hyemi!

    Thank you for this wonderful post and this gives me great idea of what to buy when my family go to Seoul this coming April. There seems to be a lot of good products that it’s very hard to decide which will go to my list and I’m trying to limit it. I’ll appreciate your suggestions on what skin care products to buy because I like to change them to Asian one cause I think it’s much more better for Asian skin and they’re more organic. By the way, I’m 26 years old and living in a hot, humid and tropical area. I think I have a bit sensitive, combination – oily skin now because as the day go along maybe after 4 hours, my T-zone becomes oily, but a tissue or blotting paper will do the trick. πŸ˜€ I sometimes have hormonal breakouts and some dark spots in my low cheek area. I’ve tried products that is good for oily skin like clean & clear essentials foaming facial cleanser + neutrogena oil free moisture and it seems too harsh that the area around my nose became dry and itchy and had some redness to it. I still do experience that dry and a bit itchy thing around my nose when the weather changes to a bit colder in -ber months so I change my routine to hydrating and for sensitive skin products (at night: virgin coconut oil + nature republic aloe vera gel foam -> st. ives blemish control apricot scrub (2x a week) -> celeteque hydrating toner -> nature republic aloe vera gel -> virgin coconut oil and in morning: nature republic aloe vera gel foam -> celeteque hydrating toner -> neutrogena oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin) This improve my skin condition. I once use nature republic aloe vera gel only and it seems the moisture it gives isn’t enough. I love koreans healthy, glowy and dewy skin and like to attain that without looking too oily throughout the day. I’m starting to incorporate some anti-aging products too and as of the moment, I’m using estee lauder advanced night repair serum at night and their eye cream. I like to change it and try the snail creams cause I heard lots of good things about it. I’m also using neutrogena ultra sheer sunscreen spf 55, but I find it a bit harsh so I’d like to change that. This is suppose plan routine if I change it and introduced it every two weeks πŸ™‚

    Night:
    Cleanse: Banila Co. Clean It Zero + Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel Foam
    Exfoliate: Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off (2x a wk)
    Toner: Son & Park Beauty Water
    Essence/Serum: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence + Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream + Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
    Cream: Still deciding what or I’ll just use Laneige Water Sleeping Pack Ex

    Morning
    Cleanse: Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel Foam
    Toner: Son & Park Beauty Water
    Essence/Serum: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence + Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
    Cream: Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream
    Sunscreen: Innisfree Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock SPF50+

    I like to buy bb cushion too and I think Laneige BB Cushion (Pore Control) is a good one. Anyway, feel free to give me your opinion and suggestions. I’d love to hear it. Thanks for you time! πŸ˜€

  196. Vanessa
    January 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    You have lots of good recommendations on this post but I wanted to know which would be best for my oily acne prone skin? I suffer adult acne but right now I mostly have acne scars and pores on my cheeks at the moment. What face wash, toner and any other products you would recommend ? I’m turning 25 next month btw. *cries* I’ve tried innisfree jejubija cleanser before and that didn’t help my breakouts at all. I’ve read on Paula’s choice that BHA would be good for my skin type? Would you recommend the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid? Any other product recommendations would be greatly appreciated!! πŸ™‚

  197. caca
    January 13, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Hai hyemi..
    I really cant choose the right ones.. can u help me to find suitable cosmetics for me? For day and night? I’m really no good in this area.. now i use innisfree jeju foam for cleanser, i want to buy other products for my serum and my moisturizer. I have oily skin and pores. I also have a lot of whiteheads. Can u tell me the good combination cosmetics for me? But just form innisfree natrep and etude.. thank you…

  198. Mastura
    January 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    In your opinion, which one is better, Hera Purifying Cleansing Foam or Laneige Pore Deep Clearing Foam? Can you give your reason.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Hye Mi
      January 12, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Hello Matsura,

      I like the Hera better because I find the Laneige too drying. πŸ™‚

      • Mastura
        January 13, 2016 at 12:20 am

        Hi Hye Mi!

        Thank you! You are the best

  199. Maryam
    January 12, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Hello Hye Mi,
    Im really glad i came across this post. It makes me so excited to read abt many great products.

    But my problem is, theres way too many different kinds of products in the market that im actually getting confused on whats the best for me. Ive read & asked a lot from everyone but still i couldnt decide. So i figured if i have a professional advice from someone, I’d really love to give it a try.

    Im a 21 y/o & having a combination skin with pimple scars especially on my cheeks πŸ™ And also my skin getting darker as im kinda active in sports. Can you recommend me a line of skincare routine? I’ll give it all a try based on yr recommendation so im really looking forward to your reply.

    Thank you for your time! πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      January 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Hello Maryam,

      Morning
      – Cleanser of your choice, doesn’t really matter. I like the Mamonde Rose Water Cleanser since it’s very gentle and a real pleasure to use but pick whatever you want.
      – Lightweight anti-trouble and moisturizing toner, like the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Toner or the Laneige Trouble Relief Toner
      – If you have blackheads and pores troubles use the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (in the acid list), otherwise don’t bother.
      – If your skin is darker and you wish to lighten/brighten it use a lightening serum like the Laneige Original White Plus Renew Essence.
      – Use a lightweight moisturizer like the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel or the Laneige Water Bank Gel
      – Sunscreen. And a sunscreen is mandatory, in case you’re wondering. πŸ˜‰

      Night
      – Cleanser of your choice
      – Mamonde Rose Water Toner or Laneige Trouble Relief toner
      – Cosrx 7 AHA Whitehead Power Liquid (aha are acids, therefore you MUST use a sunscreen at day time if you use it. This product will helps you reduces your acne scars and dark spots effectively)
      – If you wish to include a lightening serum, like the Laneige I mentioned above, in your night routine you must wait about 30 minutes after using the Cosrx AHA because both products contain ingredients that don’t go well together.
      – Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel or Laneige Water Bank Gel as night creams
      – Once or twice a week use a sleeping mask, like the Mamonde Rose Honey or Jasmine Honey. You can find the reviews of these two masks on my blog, they are amazing.

      With this routine your skin should be glowing. πŸ˜‰

  200. Hanli
    January 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I have oily + acne skin (21 y.o). I’m trying to find a suitable skincare products but a bit confused on which type I should choose.
    Should I choose a product targeted for oily skin or acne skin? or should it be of both?
    *p/s: Sorry if this questions sounded silly, I’m still a newbie with all this skincare stuff πŸ˜›

    • Hye Mi
      January 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Hello Hanli,

      Both contain similar ingredients so you can use both. πŸ™‚

  201. Courtney
    January 10, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Hi Hyemi!

    I’m 22 years old and I have combination skin. My skin has gotten much less acne prone as I’ve gotten older, but I still will get the occasional bump every now and again.
    My main concern is my large pores on my nose and the area surrounding it. They are very large and I get blackheads in that area as well. I have acne scars ( red marks probably from picking when I was a teen) which I really want to get rid of! I like to use self-tanners and I was wondering if I could spot treat with a lightening serum?

    I also want to add some anti-aging products as well!

    Which products would you recommend for lightening my acne scars, reducing pores and for anti-aging? (I need to find products that won’t dry out my skin too badly.)

    I would love to hear your suggestions! Thank you so so much ahead of time πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      January 12, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Hello Courtney,

      I also suffer from super large pores and very deep blackheads : I use the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and it’s amazing. At night time I use a AHA serum (I use one from Paula Choice but I also love the Cosrx 7 AHA Whitehead) and it does a great job at removing acne scars.
      For anti-aging have you heard of the Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask? I absolutely love it, it’s an excellent mask with plenty of moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients. You can find the review on my blog.

  202. GabrielleExo
    January 8, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    What should i do if i want to remove my acne and at the same time, remove acne marks? Should i use different products for morning and night skin care routine?

    • Hye Mi
      January 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Hello Gabrielle,

      You should use AHA! It will removes acne marks and acne at the same time. I included in the list (in acids) the Cosrx 7 AHA Whitehead serum, try using it at night time you should have excellent results.

  203. Sabrine
    January 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I’m 25 years old. Really want to know daily skin care routine and try my face to clear skin. I have pimples especially on forehead as sebum and I have oily skin. Also have whiteheads. Before I had a lot of pimples, now it’s less after I use nature republic Hawaiian fresh cleanser but still have. In my country, easy to find etude house products and nature republic products. I can’t find skin food , Laneige, Innis free and mamonde. Please help me and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    thanks,
    Sabrine

    • Hye Mi
      January 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Hello Sabrine,

      The Hawaiian Fresh Cleanser is meant for teens, at 25 you’re an adult. πŸ™‚
      Can you order some products online?

  204. rina
    January 7, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    thank you for the answer !
    oh and i want to ask about mist
    actually i dont really understand what’s good point for using a mist
    but when i watch korean beauty creator on utube they always using a mist
    i mean is it really important to using a mist ?
    and do you have any recommendation mist for combination-acne prone skin ?

    thanks ! β™‘

  205. Ain
    January 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Hi Hye Mi!

    Below is my future skincare after I read your post and your above comment. Hope you can comment and add if I missed anything.

    Day
    1. Cleanser – Mamonde Lotus Micro Cleansing
    2. Toner – Mamonde Pore Clean Toner
    3. Acid/Serum – Cosrx BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum
    4. Moisturizer – Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil-Free Moisture Cream
    5. Sunscreen – Innisfree Eco Safety Daily Sunblock

    Night
    1. Cleanser – Mamonde Lotus Micro Cleansing
    2. Toner – Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
    3. Acid/Serum – Cosrx BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum
    4. Acid/Serum – Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
    5. Serum/Moisturizer – Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel
    6. Night Cream – Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream
    7. Sleeping Mask (twice a week) – Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

    For CC cream, I am interested to use Hera Cc cream. I think I really like Cosrx product. What do you think?

    Than you

    • Hye Mi
      January 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Hello Ain,

      I would switch the cleanser and use a soothing one instead, like the Mamonde Rose Cleanser. Otherwise your day routine seems perfectly fine.

      At night time you don’t have to use the Cosrx BHA Summer Pore Finish Serum since you already use the Cosrx AHA 7 serum. AHA does pretty much the same job as BHA so using the two of them at the same time would be a waste of product.
      The Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream is a little rich and is meant for dry to normal skintype so it might makes you break out.

      I love the Hera CC Cream, in fact that’s the only CC cream I have and I use it daily. Excellent choice!

      • Ain
        January 13, 2016 at 12:14 am

        Hi Hye Mi!

        Thanks for your comment. I know Mamonde Rose cleanser is a good product. But my concern is to reduce and minimize my pores. I am thinking maybe I should try HeraΒ Purifying Cleansing Foam. However, I trust you! So in your opinion which one I would use as my cleanser? Or maybe I can use Mamonde Rose cleanser at night.

        Thanks for the info. I will use Cosrx BHA summer pore finish serum on day time only.

        For night cream I think I would like to try Mamonde MoistureΒ Ceramide light cream. Have you ever tried this cream? I can’t find the review for this product. As I know, this cream is for combination/oily skin.

        • Hye Mi
          January 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm

          Hello Ain,

          I understand your concern but in my opinion it’s more effective to use leave-on anti-troubles skincare products, like a toner or a serum. It only takes a minute or two to wash your face therefore the ingredients in a cleanser won’t be absorbed by the skin, therefore it’s best to use a gentle and not-drying one. πŸ™‚
          I know there are many cleansers with Salicylic acid (an anti-troubles ingredient) on the market but I don’t find them very useful or effective since the skin doesn’t have the time to absorb it. Also most Korean cleansers are quite drying for the skin (especially the anti-troubles ones, but that’s because Koreans are looking for that drying and tight feeling most cleansers leave) so if you use AHA + a drying cleanser your skin might throw a fit.
          I use the Cosrx BHA serum and a AHA serum by Paula Choice (similar to the one by Cosrx) and I noticed best results when I use a gentle cleanser like the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick or Mamonde Rose Bubble Cleanser. If your skin becomes too dry because of skincare products it will produces more sebum.

          The Hera Purifying Cleansing Foam is indeed an excellent cleanser for troubled skins but that’s only if you don’t use AHA afterwards. If you really want to try it I would suggest using it only at day time with the BHA and not at night time with the AHA.

          I believe I tried a sample of the Mamonde Moisture Ceramide in the past but I don’t remember if I liked it or not.

          • Ain
            January 14, 2016 at 7:38 pm

            Hi Hye Mi!

            Thank you so much for your opinion. It’s really open my mind. Refer to my skincare routine and your comment above, I have 3 questions.

            1) Do I need to use Mamonde Rose water cleanser with Mamonde Rose water toner instead of Mamonde pore clean toner.
            2) If I want to use two cleanser, Mamonde Rose water cleanser and Mamonde Lotus Micro Cleansing, which one I should use as day and night cleanser? As you know, I will use BHA at daytime and AHA at night time.
            3) Can you recommend to me anti-aging cream for combination/oily skin? Since I’m late 20s, I think I have to start to use it as for my night cream. I already search but I just find for dry and normal skin only. And for info, I will use Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask as my sleeping mask. Thanks to your post!

            Thanks a lot!

            • Hye Mi
              January 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm

              1) Nope, you can use any toner with any cleanser, it doesn’t matter.
              2) Mamonde Lotus Micro Cleansing in the morning and Rose Water at night time.
              3) Cell Bio Omnifocus by Hera has outstanding proprieties, it pretty much does everything : brighten the skin, tighten pores, firm the skin and makes it more supple. πŸ™‚

  206. Jessy
    January 6, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I love your blog! You are so thorough with every brand and various skin care solutions. After reading this post and A LOT of comments you gave to the girls here, I have decided to lay my hands on the products you recommended

    I have oily T-zone and blackheads on my cheeks and chin. I only encountered this blackhead on U-zone problem after using Laneige products (I don’t know why.. or maybe puberty is only hitting me now)

    Currently I’m using:
    Toner – Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner Light
    Essence – Laneige Pore Tight Essence and Water Bank Essence_EX
    Moisturiser – Laneige Water Bank Gel

    Laneige Water Bank Essence seems like its doing me no good and it is such a recommended item from their store! It is also the only item from Laneige I’m using that you didn’t comment on.

    I would like to hear your opinion on the quality of this product πŸ™‚

    Thank you,
    Jessy, 21 years old

    • Hye Mi
      January 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Hello Jessy,

      Maybe your skin doesn’t like Laneige much? If a product makes you break out stop using it, your skin knows best!
      I know not everyone like the Water Bank Essence, in my case I can’t use it either since it makes me break out.
      The power essential skin refiner light is an excellent toner but it contains a lot of alcohol, and some people dislike alcohol since it makes them break out (maybe that’s your case), try switching to another toner like the laneige trouble relief toner (the green bottle) or a soothing toner like the mamonde rose water.
      Stop using the water bank essence for a week and see if your skin gets better. If it does, don’t throw away the essence and use it on another part of your body instead like your knees or neck.
      I’m really fond of the water bank gel cream, it’s an excellent lightweight moisturizer but once again if your skin dislike Laneige stop using it. Just like the water bank essence stop using it for a week and see if your skin looks better with or without it.
      Week 1 : stop using the toner, use the essence and the gel
      Week 2 : reintroduce the toner in your routine, and stop using the essence
      Week 3 : reintroduce the essence and stop using the gel

      Note on a paper all the difference in each weeks, like if you have less pimples/blackheads or if there isn’t any difference. You should be able to find the culprit of your blackheads very soon. πŸ˜‰

      • Jessy
        January 16, 2016 at 6:02 pm

        Thank you for your long reply Hye Mi!

        I will do as you say and see which product is culprit or I will just replace everything with the new products I’m getting!

        I’ve read the comments you gave to some of the girls (who have the same skin problem as me) and decided to buy

        CORSX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
        CORSX AHA Whitehead Power Liquid
        Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Cleansing Foam
        Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild Foam

        Thank you again for your recommendations!
        πŸ™‚

        • Hye Mi
          February 4, 2016 at 7:34 am

          You’re welcome, I hope you’ll get great results with this routine. Let me know how it turned out! πŸ˜‰

  207. Min Ji
    January 5, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Should I use these as my morning routine or night routine?

  208. rina
    January 4, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    hi hyemi !
    i have a combination skin type (23 y.o)
    i want to ask, is it good to use mamonde rose soothing gel ?

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Hello Rina,

      The Rose soothing gel is an EXCELLENT choice for all skintypes. I always recommend it to everyone, especially the ones with acne prone skin, since it as a very lightweight soothing moisturizer.

      • rina
        January 7, 2016 at 12:10 am

        thank you for the answer !
        oh and i want to ask about mist
        actually i dont really understand what’s good point for using a mist
        but when i watch korean beauty creator on utube they always using a mist
        i mean is it really important to using a mist ?
        and do you have any recommendation mist for combination-acne prone skin ?

        thanks ! β™‘

        • Hye Mi
          January 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

          A mist is a moisturizing “toner” in a spray. It’s an interesting product for keeping your skin moisturized throughout the day but I don’t find it necessary unless you have dry skin. No need to invest into a fancy toner, simply pour some rose water (I use the one from Mamonde) in a spray bottle and voila, but again only necessary if you have dry skin.

  209. Mai
    January 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Hyemi ,
    I’m 19 turning 20 this year and would like to ask your opinion on which brand and skincare products i should use .
    The products i’ve tried so far all worked for a short period of time then my face starts having breakouts and leave scars and marks and open pores .
    I’m not so sure whether i have combination or oily skin but i think it’s oily and very very acne-prone .
    I’ve tried the whole range of Etude House’s AC Clinic and it worked for a few weeks then my skin started to have breakouts as usual .
    When my pimples pop , mostly only blood come out .
    The breakouts are everywhere ; from my forehead to eyebrows(even in between them) to nose to cheeks and chin .
    Even the bottom part of my chin has breakouts .
    And these pimples are extremely painful and huge and more like the embedded type .
    If they pop , they leave extremely big visible holes on my face .
    I would really truly appreciate it if you recommend a line of skincare regime for me to use as a daily routine .
    Just saying , i live in an all-year long hot and humid country with no four seasons .
    It’s summer all-year long for us .
    Thanks !

  210. Ire
    January 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Hye Mi,
    Im really new to this asian skincare routine, but i really want to do this process correctly without spending a leg and an arm for products and without having breakouts. Do you think you could recommend some products for someone like me who has all over oily skin, occasional breakouts, and very badly clogged pores?

    thank!!!!!!

  211. Reina
    January 3, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Hello, Hye Mi!

    I’ve read your post and the comments, but it turns out that I still have a few questions especially regarding the skin care order. I’m very, very confused and afraid that I’d make a bad decision by putting a product in the wrong order, so I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!

    AGE: 17
    SKIN-TYPE: Oily & acne-prone

    1. Is it true that OST C20 Pure Original Vitamin C20 Serum would be in a good conjunction with the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (both are to be used in the morning)?
    2. Seeing from the name, OST C20 Pure Original Vitamin C20 Serum goes after my cleanser – my anti-blemish toner – my acid treatment (in my case, BHA) because it’s a “serum”. However, I’ve googled and found that many are putting it before their acids which is after their toner (the reason is mainly because of the pH balance but I don’t understand about it)! Which way is the correct one?
    3. I would like to try the moisturizing toner and my choice is the MAMONDE Rose Water Daily Skin Toner. I read on your blog and it’s used after the acid treatments (AHA/BHA), do I use it with a cotton pad like I use my anti-blemish toner (ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Freshner)? I always wait at least 20-30 minutes after I put my acid treatments (and I’ll do the same way for my Vitamin C if it’s a good decision), however I’m afraid that it’ll wipe off the products that I’ve used before. I know it’s ridiculous, but I just want to make sure. What do you think about this issue?
    4. I plan to use Vitamin C and BHA in the morning everyday. For my evening routine, I plan to use Vitamin C three times a week and AHA three times a week. What do you think about this one? Will I over-exfoliate my skin? Or should it be the other way around? In addition, I use the moisturizing toner and soothing gel after this step, before moving on to my cream.

    That’s my confusion in a question. Please, please, answer it if you’d like to! I would appreciate your reply very much. Thank you in advance!

  212. kiwikai
    January 2, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    hi hyemi! ^^

    i’m totally new to these stuff and have started considering on actually taking care of my face instead of just using water and soap. i haven’t had much problems with my skin until college happened </3.

    i've got a combination skin type and confused on which ones i should buy from cleansers to cream/emulsion. i was wondering if it's alright for you to recommend me a set (they don't have to be the same brands but cheap and effective ones would be great since am a broke college student T^T).

    am sorry if my comment may be a repeat of what others have said so far. and thank you for such detailed information (tho am still tad bit confused since am still new with these stuff)

  213. Rachel
    December 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Hello, Hye Mi!

    I use AHA twice a week in the evening and BHA everyday in the morning. I’ve been very interested on using peeling gel or wash-off mask before putting my makeup as I heard that it will take the dead skin off and therefore makes the makeup itself very good. The products that I have my eyes on are CURE Natural Aqua Gel (it’s a Japanese brand) and INNISFREE Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. However I’m afraid that it will do harm to my skin as I’ve used the AHA and BHA. What do you think? Can you give me any advice?

    Thank you!

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Aha and Bha are exfoliators, if you use other exfoliators like cure aqua gel you’re just gonna overexfoliate your skin. Stick to the AHA and BHA instead of using manual exfoliators as they are much better and more powerful. You can use Innisfree Jeju Volcano pack, it’s an excellent pack, but I don’t really see the point of using it right before your makeup. It’s best to use a sheet mask instead since it’s loaded with serum.
      What are the AHA and BHA products you are currently using? I really like the Paula Choice 10% Weekly AHA Treatment, it works very well on dead skin cells.

  214. Daniel
    December 31, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Hi Hye Mi. πŸ™‚

    Thanks a lot for this informative post. I stumbled upon it while doing some research on Korean skincare. I am a 26-year-old guy from Germany moving to Seoul for a year very soon and hence would like to try some of the products you mentioned. However I am a little bit overwhelmed and don’t really know where to start. Maybe you can help me out here?

    I have really oily and acne-prone skin (big pores, some pimples now and then, some blemishes especially in the t-zone and some acne scars). What kind of routine and which products in particular would you recommend in that case?

    Thank you so much in advance!

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Hello Daniel,

      1)Pick a face cleanser of your choice, I included some in this list but use whatever suits you it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s gentle and not drying. I really like the Mamonde Rose Bubble Cleanser.
      2) Use an anti-trouble or moisturizing toner of your choice. I like the Laneige Trouble Relief toner, it’s an excellent toner against acne, sebum and blackheads.
      3) Use a lightweight anti-troubles serum. The Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is an excellent choice.
      4) Use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. The Laneige Trouble Relief Cream is one of the best moisturizer for troubled skins in my opinion.
      5) Use a sun protection, I don’t have a particular recommendation here so just pick an oil-free and lightweight sunscreen of your choice.

      6) At night time use the Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid instead of the Cosrx BHA serum I mentioned above. This will helps to reduce pimples, sebum, dead skin cells and it will also brighten your skin and reduces acne scars.
      7) Use a lightweight moisturizing gel like the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel (I love this stuff)
      8) The Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel should be enough but if you wish to moisture your skin even more you can also use a night cream, like the laneige trouble relief cream.

      • Daniel
        January 5, 2016 at 3:19 am

        wow thanks so much for you swift and detailed answer. this is a great help for me. All the best for you in 2016 πŸ™‚

  215. Ayu Larasati
    December 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Hyemi πŸ™‚

    thank you so much for sharing, i love this post, it is so informative because i’m new to this

    i’m 21 years old and my skin condition is sad πŸ™
    i have combination to oily skin type, my pores large open so that’s why clog pores, white heads and pimples is everywhere
    and my skin also look dull and there’s a lot acne scar there for i’m using OST vitamin c serum that my friend suggest
    but i want to use other product that able to minimize my pore problem like AHA/BHA skin care product but i heard before it’s not a good combination with vitamin c

    so please Hyemi do you have suggestion for my skincare routine product? (toner, moisturizers, cream,essence, etc)

    thank you, sorry for bother and i really hope for your reply πŸ™‚

  216. MITCH
    December 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks so much for all these breakdown! I have to bookmark this.

  217. Tsukino
    December 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    What are some first essence suited for oily skin (young adult)? Thanks

  218. Min Yi
    December 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Hello Hyemi, I’m 20 years old and I have oily skin, inflammation and visible red all over my face .Few years ago, my face has heavy blemish, sebums but now I still have occasion breakouts. Previously I tried some product from Dr.G and my face reacted negatively to the product applied, what I put on will remain on the face and caused more problem so I stopped. Now, I am using very simple gel cleanser and cream that dries out pimples but my face is still not in a good shape and very dull in colour tone.

    After reading the post, I would like to try out a skincare routine that is suitable for sensitive skins and inflammation. I do not know much in taking care of skin but I want to know more through you.

    I live in country with all year summer and raining season so whenever I go out I am always exposed to heat and dry air, the air condition in my country is not particularly good due to a lot of industrial area and heavy use of vehicles.

    Throughout the years, I have tried western and Oriental medication for skin and the body itself but it doesn’t give a drastic change to my face.

    I hope these information will help to clarify the condition I am in.

  219. Puurrr
    December 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Hello! Ahh thank you so much for this post!! Helped me alot you are such a life savior!.
    I have a few bunch of questions I would really appreciate an answer. So im going to buy those korean products you listed here but I’ve only got to know recently that I might have combination skin with sensitive skin so im wondering if the things listed up there is okay to be used on such sensitive skin? When I use some of my current cleansers which are not korean brands my face tends to have such a burning sensation abit stinging to it aswell and I get abit red when I use the clinique toner which contains a bunch of alcohol. Help! I really want to use korean products that are listed here but im scared for my sensitive skin!.

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      I have sensitive skin as well and none of these products irritated my skin, expect maybe the Etude House AC Clinic but that’s because I have dry skin. πŸ™‚
      Try the Mamonde Rose Water line, I use it a lot and I absolutely love it. It’s an excellent line for all skintypes, especially sensitive ones since it contains soothing ingredients.

      Cleanser : Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Foam or Su:m37 Rose Cleansing Stick
      Toner : Mamonde Rose Water Toner, or Laneige Trouble Relief toner
      Serum(s) : Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and Laneige Rose Water Soothing Gel. The Gel isn’t a real serum, obviously, but it has the same benefits and excellent soothing and moisturizing properties. It’s a must have for everyone.
      Cream : I really like the Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream and the Zymogen Oil Free Aqua Cream. The Laneige trouble relief cream is also excellent.

  220. Sarah
    December 21, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Thanks.I’m now trying unt laserwave..so far so good. Can you also recommend cc cream for oily skin? Thanks keep up the good work!

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      The Hera CC Cream is the best CC for all skintypes, I absolutely adore it.

      • Sarah
        January 16, 2016 at 11:25 pm

        I’ll definitely try it. By the way,as i was scrolling comments ,i noticed that you strongly suggest using bha/aha for exfoliation. And cosrx brand is always mentioned. But when i was researching there are different kinds/varieties of it. Can you please help me on what to choose? And how often to use..i have a very shiny/oily face. Thanks again. You’re such a big help to many of us. Please dont tire out to answer our questions.

        • Hye Mi
          February 4, 2016 at 7:34 am

          Hello Sarah,

          Yes I strongly recommend AHA and BHA. Since I started using both I noticed a great difference on my blackheads and bumps.
          Which ones caught your attention?

          • February 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm

            ive seen bha for blackheads,also the one for whiteheads,also the a-sol toner. im confused on what to try. what do you recommend for me? thanks for replying. appreciate it much

          • sarah
            February 9, 2016 at 12:53 pm

            ive seen bha for blackheads,also the one for whiteheads,also the a-sol toner. im confused on what to try. what do you recommend for my oily acne prone skin? thanks for replying. appreciate it much

  221. Anechi
    December 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hi hyemi,

    Can u please recommend me which products are the best acne prone face. I have oily face and acne prone face.. I’ve been using skinfood parsley and mandarin and it works very well on me but, now it’s so hard to get that product locally n online (I think they maybe discontinue it). So, for sustainability I use the saem dark solution n the saem thanaka pore but the result are not as good as the skinfood.. so, please suggest me product that are suitable for me.

  222. Moriko
    December 20, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Hello, Hye Mi!

    I’d like to hear your thoughts on my skincare routine that I plan to use in the future. Currently, I’m using most of the products I’m going to mention below but some are still being shipped to my house and some are still on my list to buy. I would really appreciate your reply, whatever that may be!

    AGE: 17
    SKIN TYPE: Oily
    SKIN PROBLEMS: Blackhead, whitehead, excess sebum production, enlarged pores, red acne scars on the cheeks (are those PIE?), occasional acne
    LIVING IN: Humid country with two seasons only

    NIGHT ROUTINE.
    Cleanser: MAMONDE Lotus Micro Sebum Control Foam
    Toner (anti-blemish): ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Fresher
    Toner (moisturizing): MAMONDE Rose Water Daily Skin Toner
    Acid: COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
    Essence/serum: – I plan to use either essence/serum in the days when I don’t use the AHA. I have my eyes on INNISFREE Green Tea Fresh Essence or OST Pure Vitamin C20 Serum, please recommend me which one is the best for my skin condition!
    Gel cream (for moisturizing purpose): MAMONDE Rose Water Soothing Gel
    Spot treatment: CIRACLE Red Spot Cream
    Night moisturizer: CIRACLE Anti-Blemish Aqua Cream

    DAY ROUTINE.
    Cleanser: SKINLIFE Medicated Acne Care Facial Foam
    Toner (anti-blemish): ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Fresher
    Toner (moisturizing): MAMONDE Rose Water Daily Skin Toner
    Acid: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
    Gel cream (for moisturizing purpose): MAMONDE Rose Water Soothing Gel
    Day moisturizer: INNISFREE Green Tea Fresh Cream
    Sunscreen: BIORE UV Aqua Watery Essence

    Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Hello Moriko,

      Happy new year!

      The routine you mentioned is excellent, I’m very impressed. Seems like you did a lot of researches on your own!

      ” I plan to use either essence/serum in the days when I don’t use the AHA. I have my eyes on INNISFREE Green Tea Fresh Essence or OST Pure Vitamin C20 Serum, please recommend me which one is the best for my skin condition!” I never tried Vitamin C so I don’t know if it’s any good or not, but I have tried the Innisfree Green Tea Fresh serum and I find it very decent.

      Day cleanser > I have never tried Skinlife (nor heard of it) so I can’t pronounce myself on it.

      I have nothing else to add since your routine is exactly what I would recommend to someone with oily, troubled skin. Great job!

  223. Norm Ally
    December 19, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Hello Hye Mi..

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful sharing.. I’ve been studying this article for quite a while… keke

    An asian, 30 years old… 31 to be

    I also went through all the comments and your feed back. But still i couldn’t find the concrete answer for my problem.

    You’ve been saying that the combo skin is when you have the oily skin at the tzone while the other part are dry or normal.

    At first i thought my skin are kinda combo type, since that i have oily and dry skin at the same time. But the problem is, i kinda have the sebum like all part of my face. Tzone, even in the Uzone. But in the same time, even though it produce like tone of oil during day, the skin is also dry like crazy. I even could peel off the dry skin especially at the forehead, around the nose area and cheeck.

    I don’t give much attention to my skin before. No idea about skincare. But since i notice my skin dry and still oily, i start looking and had started with skincare now.

    I’ve been using the body shop product for now, it’s been a week now. but i don’t really feel any satisfaction yet.

    I would like to change for the products you’ve been suggesting in the article above.. so, it will be nice to hear your opinion then..

    Thanks in advance

  224. Catherine
    December 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Hello Hye Mi! I’ve been a follower of your blog since June. I’m glad that you’re becoming more famous now!
    I will really appreciate your response.

    I have an oily skin. My problems are blackheads, acne and pores. So I followed your recommendations on this post (I have also read all the comments) and I implemented it as my night routine (for now, I’m also using the same products for my morning routine).
    Now, I want my morning routine to solve my other problem: My face is darker compared to my neck and body.
    I mean, my face looks sooo brown, but my body looks so fair!

    If you have time, could you please give me a routine advice for brightening/whitening skin suitable for oily skin?
    I know you have a post about uneven skin: http://sunhyemi.com/the-best-korean-products-for-uneven-dull-skin/

    But I’m curious if those can also be used for oily skin?
    Thanks so much!

    • Catherine
      January 5, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      Please answer my question πŸ™

  225. Ivy
    December 17, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Hyemi..thanks for your posts
    Thats really helpful
    I want to ask a bit..
    Do you have any recommended skincare for blackhead??
    My skin is combination to dry
    Thanks hyemi

  226. Charlene
    December 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Hi hyemi!

    Thank you for your detailed post!! πŸ™‚ My skin type belongs to combination skin type however i do noticed my skin it’s abit sensitive to some facial products. Under this post your products you recommend for combination skin it is suitable for sensitive skin type to use?

    I really love reading your blog! Thumbs up for the all post! Keep going!! <3

    Thank you!

    • Puurrr
      December 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      ;-; Same question same problem I hope someone could answer this! I’m very interested in the products listed but Im afraid it would case irritation to my skin

      • Hye Mi
        January 4, 2016 at 7:28 pm

        I tried most of these products and it didn’t cause any irritation to my very sensitive skin so don’t worry. πŸ™‚

  227. Sakura
    December 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I found your post when I searched for bb creams suitable for me πŸ™‚ I’m glad I found about it! I have an acne problem and I still didn’t find a solution for it. Currently, I’m using Nature republic Hawaiian fresh pore toner and Tony moly black bee emulsion and the face shop tea tree cleaner. But I don’t think they are not helping.The acnes are appear on my cheeks,sometimes my chin and mostly on my nose and forehead. Now I seriously have large pores around my nose and it really ugly. I also have blackhead and I think I have oily skin type.I don’t know anymore what brand will good for me,since their advertisements are really good.Can you help me with this? I’m really fond of korea brands since I’m a kpop fan and crazy fangirl But there are not many korea brands in my country. I really wish to go to korea and buy all the cosmetics. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  228. jess
    December 16, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Dear Hye Mi,

    Thank you for creating such an informative blog! Hope you can help me with my query below πŸ™‚

    I have oily combination skin and I am considering buying UNT Pore Refiner and Pore Minnisma to control sebum and make my pores smaller. Would you recommend these 2 products? Is it necessary to get both or one of them will do? If so, may I ask which one would u recommend?

    I am also interested in their moisturizer called Aqua D’Energie. Would u recommend it as a mosturizer?

    Thank you very much.

  229. Cindy
    December 16, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Hi sis! I’m 24 yrs old.
    I have a very oily skin, suffering from severe acne, enlarged pores and blackheads at the same time.

    1. Among those recommendations, what do you think is the best product (1 cleanser, 1 toner, 1 acid, 1 essence, 1 cream) that you can recommend to me? (regardless of price)

    2. I was scanning the comments section and I noticed that you recommend UNT products a lot.
    Just curious. Why you didn’t recommend it at your main post?

    Thanks~

  230. Esther
    December 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Hi there,

    Thank you for the informative post. I have combination skin and am currently using Innisfree’s green tea balancing range. It was great at the start. However, my skin got used to the product and now my face it back to being reallllyyyy oily again.

    I have been trying different products but have yet to find one that is suitable for long-term. Do you have any recommendation?

  231. Leanne
    December 14, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been wanting to try a few Korean skin care products and had no clue where to begin.
    I’ve never, EVER had a skin care regime. Although I’ve never had and concerns, I turned 33 last month and thought it’s time to take care of myself more. (Better late than never, right?)
    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and knowledge.

    Leanne

  232. Stella
    December 11, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Hi hye I did u see my comment ? I really hope u can answer it.

  233. Elizabeth
    December 11, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    I’ve read your post and all of the comments in it (I literally scrolled up from the very top) but I decided to make a comment too, just to make sure that I don’t have any mistake in my skin care routine.

    I’m a teen and live in a humid country where 90% of the time is summer, which can be said is always hot. My skin is oily (around the nose and cheeks) but also acne-prone, especially when I’m stressed or accidentally eat the wrong kind of food. My problems are pretty much the same with all of the people who commented on your post (excess sebum production, enlarged pores, blackhead/whitehead) but the main concern is the old acne scars. And here’s the questions.

    1) I use the COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid twice a week, in Wednesdays and Saturdays, then continue by using the MAMONDE Rose Water Soothing Gel.
    My question is… do you think it will be a great decision if I use the INNISFREE Green Tea Fresh Essence/CIRACLE Pore Control Tightening Serum (which one is better between these two?) in the days when I don’t use the AHA, or the soothing gel itself is enough?

    2) I’m currently using the CIRACLE Anti-blemish Aqua Cream as my night moisturizer and I read that you really recommend the COSRX Centella Blemish Cream rather than the one I’m using, but I’m confused because in the box (I’ve bought it), it’s suggested to be used as a spot treatment and not all over the face.
    Can you give more information about this?

    3) I’m very confused on why you suggest to use two toners in a skin care routine. I use the ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Fresher both in the morning dan night, anyway. The thing is… I don’t quite get the idea of using moisturizing toner, as I think my oily skin has enough moisturizer by the serum and cream I use. So, please enlighten me about this one too!

    I know my questions are long and annoying, but I hope you haven’t got sick on answering these repetative questions. πŸ˜€ Thank you!

  234. Keanow
    December 11, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Hi Hyemi, sorry for bothering u.As I find no reply for any of my messages u r not helping me.Its ok I think u r lil’ busy. I’ll seek 4 sum1 else. Thanx anyway tek care

  235. Sarah
    December 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Hello Hye Mi! This post is really a life saver! Thank you so much!
    Please answer my questions:

    1. Oil attracts oil, right? My face is always oily.
    Do you think I still need to use a cleansing oil even though I’m not wearing any makeup?

    2. I just bought Laneige Trouble Relief Toner, Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence and Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid.
    Can I use both toner, essence and acid at the same time? If yes, which should I apply first, second and third?

    3. I just bought Mamonde Lotus Micro Mud Mask.
    How do I use this?
    Before toner? (Cleanser -> Mask -> Toner -> Essence -> Cream)
    or after my routine? (Cleanser -> Toner -> Essence -> Cream -> Mask)

    4. Can I leave Mamonde Lotus Micro Mud Mask overnight? How many minutes should I put it on?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hye Mi
      December 10, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      Hello Sarah,

      1. You don’t need to use a cleansing oil if you don’t wear makeup. Cleansing oils are makeup remover, nothing more.

      2. Excellent choices! First you need to use the toner, then the BHA serum, and then the green tea essence. You don’t have to use both BHA and green tea essence since the BHA will give much better results than the green tea but if you prefer to use both at the same time go ahead.

      3. Cleanse your face with the cleanser of your choice and apply the Mamonde mask directly on your face. Do not apply toner or creams.
      Leave it for 20-30 minutes and rinse it off. Follow with your usual skincare routine.
      It’s a clay mask, you can’t leave it overnight or leave it on your face for more than 30 minutes otherwise it will dry out your skin. The Micro Mud Mask is NOT a sleeping mask so you MUST rinse off the mask after 30 minutes.
      Use the mask only once or twice a week, no more.

      • Sarah
        December 11, 2015 at 7:27 pm

        Thanks Hye Mi! I really appreciate it.
        Just a follow up question:

        How many minutes should I let the toner, BHA and essence on my face for my skin to fully absorb it? I mean, before applying the next product.

        Thanks in advance!

      • Sarah
        December 11, 2015 at 10:53 pm

        And also, do you have to rinse water after applying BHA? Sorry for so many questions :/

  236. Stella
    December 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    hi, I’m glad to have found your site. im so happy to read all the skincare products you have written as I too am into skincare products recently. I just wanted to ask is my skin really sensitive? Cause I used the innisfree green tea fresh cream for my oily skin but I seem to break out even more. Is there a more suitable product that you know that may help me with my acne prone oily skin?

  237. Jennifer
    December 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Hi Hyemi~
    I’m so happy to find your article because you made things a lot easier for a korean skincare routine newbie like me πŸ˜› I just started getting obsessed with korean skincare routine and i absolutely do not know where to start!

    I am 20 years old and i had acne my whole life. There was a point in life where i stopped getting it but now all i have remaining are acne scars. I have acne scars, and sometimes i break out when my period comes >:( I also have oily skin and large pores and blackheads.

    I hope you can recommend me some of your favorite products for getting started! Specifically, any acne scarring products πŸ™‚

    Thank you <3

    • Hye Mi
      December 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Hello Jennifer,

      You will find what you need to reduce your acne in the post and in the comment section. Everything is explained. πŸ™‚

      Have a nice day,

      Hye Mi

  238. Li
    December 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Dear hye mi

    i had posted this on sohmeone else’s comment by mistake. So sorry for that. So repasting it here πŸ™‚
    u r god sent.. I just read this article like 4-5 days back and i keep coming back to it. I have just started earning and hence i m planning to splurge a bit on korean skincare. Please help me out hye mi. I am 24 with combination skin. I have d yellow tinge dat usually accompanies asian skin. I have dull n uneven skin tone.. like my cheeks r bright but d area around nose n mouth r dark..I dnt have too many spots and dnt breakout dat often but the face skin isnt really smooth. I have quite a small amt of small( i dnt knw what they r calld honestly) acne like structures.. but they rnt red. They r just there. I wish i had soft smooth skin like those korean ladies.. pleaae help. I also never wear ne makeup unless sunscreen is counted. N d occassional kohl. I was thinking of buying from yesstyle. I might not b abl to buy evrything u suggest at once but please still suggest so that i can buy d remaining in d coming months. For now i m using a garnier cleanser. For d other steps m planning to buy
    :
    1. Etude house wonder pore toner.
    2. Scinic first treatment essence
    3. Its skin power 10 formula yeast effector
    4. Balancing emulsion sensitive laneige
    5. Mamonde lotus micro mud mask

    Plus i use d occasional mask frm etude house rice version.
    please help. And i want to buy some really good skincare for my parents. Both of them r 50+ so please suggest what wud b good for them.. thank u again for ur articles.. :’)

  239. venice
    December 6, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Hye Mi !

    Aww, you didn’t reply me πŸ™

    • Hye Mi
      December 6, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      One second Venice, I was uploading a new post I didn’t check all my comments yet! πŸ™‚

      • venice
        December 6, 2015 at 11:56 pm

        It’s ok, take your time πŸ™‚ Sorry for disturbing.

        • Hye Mi
          December 6, 2015 at 11:56 pm

          No need to apologize, you don’t disturb me at all! I’m replying right now. πŸ™‚

          • venice
            December 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm

            Once Again, Thanks for Reply πŸ™‚

            I would to choose Innisfree Green tea Balancing Lotion as second serums, ok right? πŸ™‚

            Cleanser, any recommend? πŸ™ Mamonde Rose Water Cleansing Foam quite expensive.

          • venice
            December 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

            Once Again, Thanks for the reply πŸ™‚ Glad to see you reply me. HEHEHH

            Second Serums….i think i gonna use back Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion since i’m still young (18age), only Innisfree and Etude House suit to me or Corsx πŸ™‚

            Thanks for the reply or comment and your blog too, you gave me a lot of information about skincare especially for Korea products, i very love Korea product because it’s provide a lot of benefit. Glad to find your blog πŸ™‚ Will stay follow you and subscribe <3

  240. Beverly
    December 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    I’m 16 years old and my main skin problem is the red acne scars. They’re flat and kind of pink, but they seem so hard to be gone. I’ve tried the prescription but it didn’t do much, so I stopped it. I currently use MIZON All-in-one Snail Repair Cream and MIZON Recovery Gel Cream, at first it did great to my skin. My acne scars used to be red but they became pink and a lot of them also fade out. However, after using it for 4 weeks, my skin started to react. Acnes appeared on my forehead and on the middle of my brow and chin, I even got one on my upper right crease! It was really horrendous, my skin hasn’t healed much but the acnes kept coming out.

    So, I want to try new products that hopefully will heal my skin problem. I plan to use the COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid ans continue to the Ciracle Red Spot Cream (use this only on my acne scars and acne).

    What do you think? Please, please, help me. I would be more than grateful if you answer my question. Thank you, thank you very much!

    • Hye Mi
      December 6, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Hello Berverly.

      I’m not surprised by what happened to your skin, I keep saying animal ingredients are the worst but no one seems to be listening. πŸ™‚
      Snail mucus, pig collagen, horse oil, deer antlers, squalane…All of these are bad for the skin but for some reasons people really believe they are miracle ingredients. Ah, what a joke.

      The Cosrx Whitehead and the Ciracle Red Spot are two excellent choice. Just don’t forget to apply the red spot cream ONLY on your acne scars and pimples, not all over your face.
      If you’re not on a budget you should get Paula Choice 10% Weekly Treatment AHA or Mizon 8% AHA, they should help in reducing your scars. I myself use the Paula Choice and the huge scar I recently got (nasty bug bite, it gave me the biggest pimple ever, probably size of Texas!) on my chin completely disappeared in less than a month.

      Use a lightweight moisturizer like the Cosrx Centella and it should be perfect!

      • Eric
        December 7, 2015 at 3:26 am

        YES i think this one is true. I’ve tried the over-raved Mizon All in One Repair Cream. And im sorry but it just sucks lol

        I use it for like 2,5weeks and it gave me new pimples and cysts
        At first i thought its working and kinda detoxing my skin with pimples coming out so i kept using it but it just getting worst

        Then i stopped using it, and my pimples vanished in two days, well the cysts not included
        So its obvious that the cream was the culprit

      • Beverly
        December 9, 2015 at 3:40 am

        Hello, Hye Mi!

        Thanks for your reply. I didn’t know that animal ingredients could do so much harm to my skin. I read a lot on the internet how the snail mucus is really good to the skin, but what it did to my skin was really unbelieveably not. I also used the eye cream and now I regretted it so bad because there’s something weird on my eyelids now, it’s a white dot that I don’t even understand. The products aren’t expaired too… πŸ™
        Thanks for your information. Never again I will use any animal ingredients products.
        Can you suggest me an eye cream too? Something that will fade out the fine lines and brighten the eyes… I actually want to use the Skinfood Salmon Eye Cream but I read that you hated Skinfood, so I had to ask you about this.
        Thank you!

  241. Keanow
    December 6, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Hi, I’m 32 and have combination, blemishes and acne prone skin. Can u please suggest what is the right products for me from cleansing to moisturising. Oh please please please help me. I’m so depress because of my bad skin. I heard laneige products are the best and I want the best.Hope to reply me soon. Thank you

    • Keanow
      December 8, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Hi,Hye Mi. It’s me again. I jst bought clinical skin care beta hydroxy acid 2% acne wash, sulfur cooling masque, caudalei vino perfect night cream, wer to go beauty clear complexion repairing lotion,institut esthederm White system, and wer to go clear complexion restoring tonic frm China.Am I missing something? Are all the above products good for me.I’ve combination acne prone skin.You didn’t reply my first msg.Hope you are safe and sound.Thanx to you once again

  242. Alaicia
    December 6, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Hi Hyemi
    I just found out your article about this. Maybe i’m reaaaaaally late to read it and i hope you can reply my comments because i need some advise.

    I have a oily skin, and i have pimples too. I’m so sick with my pimples and i’m so confused what brand would do for me. Maybe you can help? Thank you

  243. Yerika
    December 5, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    I really like your blog, especially this post because it’s so informative for an oily-skinned person like me. I have a few questions for you, please do answer them!

    1. Can I use the Ciracle Spot Red Cream after I use my AHA and cream? I’m currently having breakouts and I want to use the Ciracle ones to fasten the get-rid-of-acne process, but I’m not sure if it would be good or not so I have to ask you about this decision (the AHA: Cosrx AHA 7 serum, the cream: Cosrx Aloe Vera cream).
    2. This may be out of context, but can you suggest me a good sunscreen for oily skin that will not clog pores? Preferably has SPF 50+ PA+++, doesn’t have any white cast and SHINE, and would be great if it can be used under make up.

    Thank you very much!

    • Hye Mi
      December 7, 2015 at 12:42 am

      Hello Yerika,

      1) Yes you can. The Ciracle doesn’t contain Niacinamide so go ahead and apply it after your AHA serum/moisturizer.
      2) I find the Laneige Sun Block Suprem pretty good but I’m not expert in sunscreens. The Sun Block Suprem is SPF 50 and contains anti-sebum ingredients.

  244. Amy
    December 5, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Hi Heymi !! ^_^
    Thank you so much for posting this amazing post ! I found it extremely helpful and I’m sure others do too ! I’ve suffered from acne prone skin since I was around 13 and now that I’m in college, it’s gotten a lot better. Now, I’m just dealing with acne scars, visible pores near and on my nose, whiteheads and only occasional pimples ! I have oily skin in my T-zone and normal, sometimes dry cheeks. I was wondering how I would tackle these troubles and with what specific products? I also have those irritating bumps underneath my skin that aren’t exactly pimples, just bumps.

    Thank you so much for this post again !

  245. venice
    December 4, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Hye Mi ~

    I rarely got some pimple on my cheek and forehand area. And my pimple is leave an ugly marks or scars. So what must i do?

    Age : 18 Years old
    Skin Type : Combination Skin

    As for skincare routine i use :
    Morning –>
    Cleansing Gel – The Body Shop Seaweed
    Moistuzer – Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion

    Night –>
    Cleansing Balm – Banila Co. Clean it Zero
    Cleansing Gel – The Body Shop Seaweed
    Moistuzer – Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion

    I started using double cleansing around 1 month, because ‘koreans’ usually use double cleansing. πŸ™‚ And, I guess I have to start using essences, since essences also the important steps for my routine. πŸ™ but i not very sure what i should use it. green tea seed serum maybe? πŸ™‚

    And i curious about what’s the use of toner, because when i check some beauty blog, they not very recommended use toner, unless you’re facing ance or pores.

    I hope you’ll give me some advice to solve my problems! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Sorry for the long question πŸ™‚ Hheehheh

    • venice
      December 5, 2015 at 12:09 am

      i just read that double cleansing is for light makeup / heavy makeup right? i don’t even know that πŸ™ Goshh !

    • Hye Mi
      December 7, 2015 at 12:14 am

      There we go.

      Double cleansing is indeed for removing makeup. I know some people use this method even when they don’t wear makeup but imo it’s totally useless and a waste of product.
      If you don’t wear makeup skip the double cleansing method.

      Toners in Korea are usually different than Western toners. In Europe and America people usually use toners to remove makeup residues while in Asia toners are usually used to moisture the skin or to treat skin troubles. You can, of course, find toners to remove makeup residues in Asia as well but they aren’t very popular since they don’t do much for the skin.
      For example a toner I really like is the Mamonde Rose Water Toner. It contains Rose Water to brighten, moisturize and purify the skin.
      Another toner I really like, but don’t use since I don’t have oily/combo skin is the Laneige Trouble Relief toner. It contains purifying ingredients to reduce blackheads, pimples and sebum.

      I see you only use a lotion as a moisturizer and it’s not good. Lotions are not moisturizers, they are closer to serums than to day/night creams. Of course they are moisturizing but they aren’t moisturizing enough to protect your skin all day long.

      Banila Co Clean It Zero is expensive for nothing, it’s a simple makeup remover. If you don’t wear makeup don’t use it.

      This is the routine I recommend for you :

      Cleanser : TBS isn’t the best brand on the market but if you find it effective stick with it, otherwise use Mamonde Rose Water Cleansing Foam. It’s one of the best cleanser ever for all skintypes.

      Toner(s) : Try the Laneige Trouble Relief, it’s excellent at reducing pimples, blackheads, large pores and sebum. It contains purifying and moisturizing ingredients to keep the skin clear and fresh. If it’s too expensive for you try Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner or Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner.

      Serum(s) : In the morning I recommend Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. Just like the Laneige Trouble Relief Toner it reduces sebum, pimples, large pores, blackheads and whiteheads.
      If you’re not familiar with acids check out this link to see what are BHAs and how they can help your skin.

      At night I recommend Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. It’s very effective : it smoothes the skin’s texture, brighten the skin, gently exfoliate the skin, even out skintone, reduces acne scars.
      Just be careful to use a sunscreen every day if you use AHAs since they are photosensitive. Also, avoid using brightening or lightening products with Niacinamide if you use AHAs since they make the skin flush. It’s not dangerous at all but it makes you look like a giant tomato for a few hours, not very sexy eh?

      Second serum (can be used morning and night) : Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel. This product is my holy grail, I use it almost every day to keep my skin fresh and clear. It’s not really a serum since it’s a gel but it gives the same effects and has great proprieties : it moisture, soothe and brighten the skin.
      AHAs can be drying so I strongly recommend this second serum after using the Cosrx Whitehead Power Liquid.

      For occasional pimples : Etude House Pink Power or Liquid Spot are excellent for pimples. They are spot-on treatment so only apply the product on your pimples and not all over your face.

      Moisturizer : Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream is a good choice, it’s lightweight and formulated for combination skin. If you’re not on a budget you can try Laneige Trouble Relief Cream or Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream, or even Ciracle Aqua Control Double Moisture Cream.

      • venice
        December 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        Thanks for the reply πŸ™‚ You liked brands Mamonde & Cosrx so much, hheh.

        Cleanser & Second serums : Mamonde quite expensive for me, any products is under $20 (RM100)? Oww, i’m from malaysia πŸ™‚

        Toner : i just brought Etude House Skin Mal:gem fresh, i used Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner before but not very effectively with my skin πŸ™

        Serums & Occasional pimples : Gonna try it πŸ™‚

        So, that’s mean I cant use Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence & also the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion ? Not very suitable to me? πŸ™

        • venice
          December 10, 2015 at 7:58 pm

          ”Morning”
          Cleanser (Daily) : ?
          Toner (Daily) : Etude House Skin Mal:gem (Fresh)
          First Serum / Essences (Daily) : Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
          Moisturizer / Cream (Daily) : Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream

          ”Night”
          Cleanser : ?
          Toner (Daily) : Etude House Skin Mal:gem (Fresh)
          First Serum / Essences (three times every weeks) : Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
          Second Serum / Essences : ?
          Moisturizer / Cream (Daily) : Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream

          ”Additional”
          Occasional Pimples : Etude House Pink Powder Spot
          Wash-off Exfoliator (every two weeks) : Skinfood Black Sugar Mask
          Mask (every weeks)

          • Hye Mi
            December 10, 2015 at 11:02 pm

            Yes, that’s how your routine should be. Don’t forget to use a second serum (moisturizing one, like mamonde rose soothing gel) at night since you use AHA.

            Additional : Forget about using a wash off exfoliator otherwise it will dry out your skin. AHA and BHA are chemical exfoliators, therefore you’re gonna over-exfoliate if you use the black sugar mask (or any other wash off scrub). Plus this mask sucks. I purchased it a few years ago and even though I liked it back then now I can honestly tell you it’s a waste of money. Not only it doesn’t do anything good for the skin but on the contrary it gives pimples on the long term.

  246. Loren
    December 4, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Hi, Hye Mi! πŸ™‚

    I have a combination-oily skin that is also very sensitive and acne prone.
    I loved all your product recommendations, but I’m allergic to both Salicylic Acid and Alcohol too.

    Where can I find the products’ ingredients that you mentioned here on this blog, since it’s hard to find around?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Hye Mi
      December 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Hello Loren,

      Unfortunately it’s very hard to find Korean ingredients on the internet, and almost all of the products I included in my post contain salicylic acid or alcohol in them. :/
      You can find the ingredient list of the products from Wishtrend directly on the product’s page but as for the other ones I don’t think it is possible.

  247. Sarah
    December 4, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Hi hye mi..
    I am learning so much from your blog..i would like to ask some suggestions for my skin routine please. I suffer from acne and oily skin. I have dark spots,scars because of it. What will be the best products for me? Thanks..by the way im filipino in my 40’s. Your reply is much appreciated.

    • Hye Mi
      December 9, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Hello Sarah,

      You will find what you need to reduce your acne in the post and in the comment section. Everything is explained. πŸ™‚

      Have a nice day,

      Hye Mi

  248. Zaria minha
    December 2, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Hello hye mi
    I wanted to know what regimen is good oily and sensitive skin? (The worst combo ever) like a cleanser/gel, toner and moisturizer? I wanted to try Korean products because I kind gave up on the American products cuz they never work for me(at least the ones I’ve tried, which is a lot ) and I also heard Korean products are really good. But Anyway I wanted to know which organic ones are good for oily skin and sensitive skin. Please let me know. And since I have sensitive skin I wanted to know if u have samples available so I can try them out before purchasing the bigger bottles. Thank you

  249. Kathryn
    December 2, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Should I apply the moisturiser before or after etude house ac clinic pink powder? Should I apply moisturiser in the morning or night or morning and night? Because I have very oily skin

  250. Eric
    December 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Hye Mi

    so i just beginning to use skin care and im 23 lol
    well better late than never right

    so my routine is pretty simple really since i just started, i take it slowly just to see which products that suit me

    here’s my routine
    Cleanse – toner- skii fte- cream-sunscreen

    so here’s what i wanna ask
    1. i’m currently exfoliate with corsx bha power liquid twice a week, since it’s gentler for acne skin. Can i use it everyday? I use it twice because fear of over exfoliation

    2. i’m using laneige trouble relief toner, should i use it before or after my acid? is it an acid toner or hydrating one? i’m confuse because there’s like no review of it
    * i’ve tried use it before and after btw. when i use it before, i found a dead skin cell when applying cream. then when i use it after, i got none. so it confuse me does it really work because acid is working around pH 3-4. Oh and i wait around 30min after face wash (i read somewhere that it takes around that time for skin to return to its acidic state)

    3. how to re apply sunscreen? do we have to cleanse before re apply? or just blotting will do?

    4. can bb cream+spf subs for sunscreen? still trying to find a good one btw. i think you should do a sunscreen post recommendation lol. right now im using laneige homme sun bb cream

    5. is cc cream can even face and neck skin tone? because my face is brighter than my neck. and when i use bb cream the difference still obvious (use it on my neck too)

    6. and also is air cushion really work? wanna try it but the packaging somehow set me off lol (it looks like women’s powder pact)

    Thanks in advance for your answers
    and sorry that was long lol

    • Hye Mi
      December 7, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Hello Eric,

      1) You can use the Cosrx BHA every day. It doesn’t contain irritating ingredients so don’t worry about using it daily. I myself use my BHA serum (by Paula Choice) daily and I never had any troubles. Actually I got better results by using it daily.

      I understand your fear of over exfoliation but don’t worry, BHAs are different than AHAs.

      2) You can use the Laneige Trouble Relief before your acids.
      You don’t have to wait 30 minutes. Paula Choice experts explained why in this video, check it out if you have time it’s very interesting.

      I’m not sure why you find dead skin cells but it might be because your following products are too rich, it happened to me once or twice when I applied too many moisturizing skincare products.

      3) That’s an excellent question Eric. I’m not gonna lie to you, I have no idea. If you don’t wear makeup you can apply every 3~4 hours without troubles.
      I use a spray sunscreen in summer (the one by Innisfree or Nature Republic, I don’t remember, it’s a white and orange bottle) and it doesn’t mess up my makeup but I’m not sure if it’s really effective or not.

      4) Maybe. I always apply sunscreen, just in case my CC Cream smudges, but I guess you can use BB only in winter since there is no much sun, at least in UK.

      5) CC creams provides a very sheer coverage. I tried many CC Creams and the only one I like is the one by Hera, it’s an excellent product.
      Most BB Creams look grey after a few hours so I’m not very fond of them.
      Why not using a similar shade to your neck? Is the color difference that big?

      6) I absolutely HATE cushions, I still don’t understand why they are so popular. The only one I find decent enough to be in my makeup vanity is the one by Hera, that’s all.

      • Eric
        December 7, 2015 at 3:08 am

        Thanks for the reply and it’s really insightful indeed

        And yea my face and neck skin tone kinda different
        I first notice it when i use bb cream and look in the mirror when natural ligh lt available and also in the elevator mirror lol

        I guess my face appear brighter than my neck for some reason, and i put the same amount of bb cream on

        And im wearing the dark shade one for men, which i assume will be fine because men’s skin (generally) darker

        Oh and the grey bb cream color thing, it happened to me
        After long hours of wearing it, it kinda turns grey/white-ish weird and my friend told me that my face look kinda weird
        Like im putting on a powder or something lol

        Maybe because of weather or sweat, i live in singapore btw

        Is there any way to prevent it? Do i have to cleanse and reapply?
        That grey/white ish cast is embarassing lol

        Thanks Hye Mi

        • Eric
          December 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm

          I dont know how to call my skin color but i have an asian skin. I’m chinese
          And my face is brighter than my neck and it also has this slightly red pink-ish tone to it
          And my neck is darker with like a yellow tone maybe

        • Hye Mi
          December 9, 2015 at 8:39 pm

          Hello Eric,

          Why do you only use BB creams for men? You can also try women’s BB creams (or products in general) since only the packaging is different. πŸ™‚

          Instead of using BB creams why don’t you try CC Creams? (Unless you need a lot of coverage)
          I use the one by Hera (the black one) and it’s amazing. I tried many CC and BB and most of them were disappointing, but the Hera is really worth it.

          • Eric
            December 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

            Hi Hye Mi

            I knly use men BB cream because i’m afraid if im using the general ones it might be too light for me lol

            Yes i want to try CC cream too it just i dont which one to try lol. I’ ve asked some people and they suggest the faceshop aura cc, iope men air cushion and innisfree intense ampoule … Do you have any recommendation other than the Hera one?

            Oh and also any suggestion about my routine
            1. Cleanse : cosrx low ph gel cleanser

            2. Toner : laneige trouble relief toner

            3. Acid : cosrx blackhead power liquid

            4. Essence : SK II FTE

            5. Cream : Laneige trouble relief cream ~ gonna switch to innisfree green tea fresh cream

            6. Sunscreen : innisfree eco safety perfect sunblock

            Oh and im thinking about subtituting my laneige toner with mamonde rose water toner and also adding cosrx toner as an acid toner
            So what do you think? Any tips?
            Oh and my skin type im gonna say normal-combination, sometimes my T-zone can get oily but the rest is fine

            Also can you suggest me a good eye cream? I got fine lines already lol. I’ve tried waterbank eye gel it was nice and has this cooling thing but it did nothing and the perfect renew eye cream did nothing too. In my mind there’s missha super aqua and innisfree eco science/green tea seed eye. My under eye area is dry btw

            Thanks Hye Mi

      • Ain
        December 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

        Hi Hye Mi!

        May I know what is your favourite cc cream by Hera?

        • Hye Mi
          December 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm

          Hello Ain,

          I love the black one.

          • Ain
            December 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm

            Dear Hye Mi!

            Is it suitable for combination and oily skin? Does it contain niacinamide in its ingredients because I’m going to use Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. I can’t find in its ingredients.

            Thank you.

          • Ain
            December 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm

            Dear Hye Mi!

            Is it suitable for combination and oily skin? Does it contain niacinamide in its ingredients because I’m going to use Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. I can’t find its ingredients.

            Thank you.

            • Hye Mi
              December 7, 2015 at 11:15 pm

              It’s perfect for combination and oily skin since it is not moisturizing enough for my dry skin, unfortunately! It doesn’t clog pores either. It has a very good lasting power but a very sheer coverage so it doesn’t cover imperfections like pimples.
              I don’t have the ingredient list but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t contain Niacinamide since I use it almost everyday and my skin doesn’t flush. πŸ™‚

  251. Neyla
    December 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I have acne problems the t zone and blackheads and I was just 16 years.
    Is this true hyemi? I use soap wash the face of thefaceshop blackhead out and hadalado ultimate whitening for the night, and toners clearandclear and the morning I wore hadalado ultimate whitening, Am I wrong use?

  252. Ain
    November 30, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    Can you recommend to me the best sleeping mask for combination skin?

    Day :
    Cleanser – toner – essence – serum – moisturizer

    Night:
    Cleanser – toner – essence – serum – sleeping mask

    Is that correct?

    Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Ain
      November 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      I read sleeping mask used once or twice a week.

      Is that correct?
      Night:
      Cleanser – toner – essence – serum – moisturizer – night cream

      Can you recommend the best night cream?

      Thanks.

    • Hye Mi
      November 30, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Hello Ain,

      Your routine is almost correct, but there is no difference between a serum and an essence so you don’t have to use both if they have the same properties. Also you should use a sleeping mask only once or twice a week, and use a night cream the other days.

      All the creams I included in the list are excellent as both night cream and day cream. πŸ™‚

      • Ain
        November 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

        Dear Hye Mi!

        Thank you. One last question. I read so many post about skincare routine. I want to confirm about moisturizer. Do I need to apply moisturizer before night cream at night? Or I just skip.

        • Hye Mi
          December 7, 2015 at 12:19 am

          Hello Ain,

          I’m not sure if I understood your question right but moisturizers are creams.
          You can find moisturizing serums, lotions etc on the market but never skip on a day/night cream!

          • Ain
            December 7, 2015 at 6:57 pm

            Hi Hye Mi!

            Thanks a lot! I just know today about that πŸ™‚

            Moisturizer is cream! Day or night πŸ™‚

            You are super helpful. Thank you!

      • Li
        December 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        @hye mi You r god sent.. I just read this article like 4-5 days back and i keep coming back to it. I have just started earning and hence i m planning to splurge a bit on korean skincare. Please help me out hye mi. I am 24 with combination skin. I have d yellow tinge dat usually accompanies asian skin. I have dull n uneven skin tone.. like my cheeks r bright but d area around nose n mouth r dark..I dnt have too many spots and dnt breakout dat often but the face skin isnt really smooth. I have quite a small amt of small( i dnt knw what they r calld honestly) acne like structures.. but they rnt red. They r just there. I wish i had soft smooth skin like those korean ladies.. pleaae help. I also never wear ne makeup unless sunscreen is make up. N d occassional kohl. I was thinking of buying from yesstyle. I might not b abl to buy evrything u suggest at once but please still suggest so that i can buy d remaining in d coming months. For now i m using a garnier cleanser. For d other steps m planning to buy
        :
        1. Etude house wonder pore toner.
        2. Scinic first treatment essence
        3. Its skin power 10 formula yeast effector
        4. Balancing emulsion sensitive laneige
        5. Mamonde lotus micro mud mask

        Plus i use d occasional mask frm etude house rice version.
        please help. And i want to buy some really good skincare for my parents. Both of them r 50+ so please suggest what wud b good for them.. thank u again for ur articles.. :’)

        • Hye Mi
          December 9, 2015 at 8:34 pm

          Hello Li,

          I don’t find your future routine very good, in fact I find it very bad :
          Etude House is for teens, not for adults. πŸ˜‰
          Sninic is a boring brand, their products aren’t anything special. Its Skin’s is banned from by vocabulary, the quality of their products is awful.
          Laneige and Mamonde are excellent brands.
          I understand you’re on a budget but don’t buy crappy products just to save a few bucks it’s not worth it.

          Try the routine I made for Arisa or for Kae in the comment section, they both have combination skin just like you. πŸ™‚

          • Li
            December 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

            Hyemi dear.. thank u soooo mch for replying!! I really dont hv a clue when it comes to brands. I had been waiting for ur rpl before i made any kind of purchase n now m really glad that i did i will remove scinic n its skin right away n purchase what u had suggested.
            P.s m really waiting fr ur post on mature skin to help my parents choose smthng
            p.p.s i was thinking of buying hada labo retinol essence n cream for my mom aftr reading good reviews of it. Ne idea if they actually work? Thanka again for replying!!

          • LI
            December 11, 2015 at 8:13 pm

            Hello again.. ^.^ i cant find edit option so after looking at options i hv decided to go ahead with d following plan. so.. here it goes:
            so cleanser: Mamonde rose micro cleanser mild
            toner: nature republic aloe
            Essence : hada labo arbutin all in one essence
            Serum: innisfree green tea seed
            Emulsion: Laneige balancing emulsion sensitive
            Cream: innisfree green tea balancing cream or hada labo super hyaluronic acid gel.
            mask: mamonde lotus micro mud mask
            feel free to remove any product or add anything u feel would b better. Thank u again ^.^

  253. Elisa
    November 30, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    I’m very glad to find that you updated this post to an even advanced level. It’s so amazing, I found so many good products! πŸ˜€ I want to ask you two questions.

    – Since Ciracle Red Spot Cream is a spot treatment, do I use it before or after my cream? Some people use it before their cream but some also do the opposite way, so I’m confused which way is the most effective.

    – If I already use an AHA (Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum), can I use the Ciracle spot treatment? Sometimes I get pimples and I want to get rid of them before they reach another level.

    Thank you! πŸ˜€

    • Hye Mi
      November 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Hello Elisa,

      You can use the Ciracle Red Spot Cream after or before your cream, it doesn’t really matter. I would use it before and wait a little bit until the skin absorbs it but if you prefer using it after it’s no big deal.
      Yes you can use the Mizon AHA and the Ciracle together, I see no ingredients that would cause troubles between both products. πŸ™‚

      • December 1, 2015 at 10:02 pm

        How about the Cosrx AHA? I plan to change my AHA serum to Cosrx but not sure if it will work well with the Ciracle. Please answer! πŸ˜€

  254. Arisa
    November 28, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    I will be 17 years old at the end of the year. My skin is acne-prone and oily at the same time, not to forget that I have quite the skin problems such as blackheads/whiteheads, post-acne marks, pores, excess sebum, et cetera. I would like to hear your opinion about the skincare routine that I’m going to do in the near future, please do correct mine if you think there’s something wrong with it.

    DAY.
    Toner: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
    Acid: Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid
    Essence/serum: – Should I use an essence/serum in the morning? If yes, please recommend me a good one!
    Day cream: Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream

    NIGHT.
    Toner: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
    Acid: Cosrx AHA Whitehead Liquid
    Essence/serum: Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel (Can I use the soothing gel every night, whether I use the AHA or not? I read on the comments that it should be used as second serum, does it mean that I have to use this after I use an even watery essence/serum? If yes, please recommend a product that would be in a great conjunction with the rest of my skincare products!)
    Night cream: Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil Free Moisture

    I would be very grateful if you take a look at these and tell me what do you think about it. Thank you very much!

    • Hye Mi
      November 28, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Hello Arisa,

      This routine is excellent! I appreciate how you’ve read the comment first before asking, it doesn’t happen often. πŸ™‚
      You can use the Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel every night (and every morning) if you wish to, it’s super lightweight and you will barely feel it on your skin. Since it’s a gel it should be used after a liquid-type serum/essence, but the Rose Soothing Gel is more than enough to moisture your skinn so I recommend skipping the moisturizing serum step and use the gel instead.

      For your night cream I think it would be best to use the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream, Laneige Water Bank Cream EX or Laneige Trouble Relief Cream instead. The Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil Fee Moisture is excellent but it’s best to use it as a moisturizer in the summer. Since winter is very dry, at least in UK, a simple gel is often not enough to moisture the skin so you might want something more moisturizing and richer than a simple lightweight gel.

  255. Paige Nguyen
    November 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Hye Mi,

    For a beginner in facial care like me, I especially love your post. It’s so detail. Thank you so much for taking your time to share with us.

    My skin is oily and acne prone skin. I did not using any skin care products before and do not have much knowledge about that. I do not use make-up also. After reading your post, I found Laneige products quite reasonable for me.

    I wanna ask you, should I use all the product as step by step as stated in the post? Is it good to use one brand products for your whole session?

    For example – Step by step:
    1. Using Laneige Pore Deep Clearing Foam
    2. Using Laneige Trouble Relief Toner
    3. Using Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner (Light)
    4. Using Laneige Pore Tightening Essence
    5. Using Laneige Trouble Relief Cream
    6. Using Laneige Mini Pore Water Clay Mask

    Should I use all these products? Are these good choices of product for my skin?

    Hope to hear your consultation. Thank you so much.

    • Hye Mi
      November 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Hello Paige,

      The problem with your routine is the lack of moisturizing products.

      1. I recommend a gentler cleanser like Mamonde Rose Bubble Foam Cleanser, the Laneige is quite drying and since you’re gonna use anti-troubles products later you might want a gentle, moisturizing cleanser.
      2. Excellent choice, I really like the Trouble Relief Toner.
      3. You included two toners in your routine, why is that? Do you intend to use one at night and the other one in the morning? If yes it’s not a bad idea but it’s also quite useless, I would recommend a moisturizing lightweight toner that won’t cause breakouts in the morning (like the Mamonde Rose Toner) and the Trouble Relief at night.
      4. This product is best for combination skin, since yours is oily and acne-prone you might want something stronger like Cosrx 7 AHA Whitehead serum, or Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid. I always recommend using a moisturizing serum in a routine so I recommend the Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel. It’s not a serum but it’s an excellent lightweight gel-type moisturizer, very appreciated by oily and acne prone skins.
      5. Excellent choice, I find the Trouble Relief cream very effective. If it doesn’t work for you then switch to Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream.
      6. I like that mask but I find the Mamonde Lotus Mud Mask more effective, and if I remember well it’s also cheaper. The Innisfree Jeju Pore Mask is also a great alternative, and it’s even cheaper.

      • Paige Nguyn
        November 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        Woa. Thank you so much for your fast reply. I really appreciate your consultation.
        Thanks to you, I have more determination in starting taking care of my skin. There are too many products in the market but thanks to your detail explaination, now I know what are best for my skin.
        Thank you so much.

        • Hye Mi
          November 28, 2015 at 10:41 pm

          You’re welcome!

          • Paige Nguyen
            November 30, 2015 at 12:59 am

            About the routine, I wanna ask you: Is this correct that after applying the Rose Water Soothing gel, I will apply the Trouble Relief Cream?

            Would you mind recommend me any good sun care product for my skin? My colleague recommends me Missha Essence Sun Milk (light blue one). Is it good? Should I apply the sun care after putting the trouble relief cream?

            • Hye Mi
              November 30, 2015 at 6:51 pm

              Yes for the rose soothing gel, you should apply it before the trouble relief cream.
              I don’t like Missha so I won’t recommend it, I only use the ones from Laneige, Innisfree or Hera.

  256. Mastura
    November 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I’m going to Korea next year. I need your opinion. I have combination skin. Now I’m using Innisfree jeju volcanic pore line because I just hate my whiteheads. This innisfree give me a good result to my skin.

    But I think I want to change my skincare. After I read your post, I think I want to try Mamonde product. I want to try Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild Foam and Mamonde Pore Clean Toner. What do you think? In your opinion, which one is better between Innisfree and Mamonde?

    I need your opinion for Missha Time Revolution the first treatment essence?

    Thank you.

    • Hye Mi
      November 27, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Hello Matsura,

      Mamonde is an excellent choice, I really like this brand especially their Rose Water line. Innisfree is best for young adults and for people on a budget, even if I find their products very good the quality is not as good as Mamonde.

      My opinion of Missha is quite simple : I absolutely hate this brand. I will never recommend any of their lame products to my readers. I know the First Essence is very popular, and I still wonder why because for me it’s just liquid junk. I would rather throw my money out of the window then buy a Missha product, honestly.

      • Mastura
        November 27, 2015 at 11:49 pm

        Hi Hyemi!

        Thanks for your reply.

        Can you recommend to me the step routine for Mamonde? I want to minimize pores. I’m don’t know this product before I read your post.

        Thanks.

        • Mastura
          November 28, 2015 at 8:05 pm

          Hi Hye Mi!

          I need your advise for my new step routine:-

          1. Cleanser – Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild Foam
          2. Toner – Mamonde Pore Clean Toner
          3. Serum – Cosrx BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum
          4. Cream – Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream or Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil-Free Moisture CreamΒ 
          5. Mask – Mamonde Lotus Micro Mud Mask

          Did I miss anything?

          • Hye Mi
            November 28, 2015 at 10:41 pm

            Perfect! πŸ™‚

  257. Kathleen abrenica
    November 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Dear Hyemi,

    Hi!I found this very useful!Is it OK to start skin care routine even I’m 13 years old only?

    • Hye Mi
      November 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Hello Kathleen,

      13 is a little bit too young to start a full routine. I suggest a simplified routine with cleanser > toner > lightweight moisturizer. Do you have any skin concerns that makes you want to start a full routine?

  258. Bella
    November 26, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Hi Hyemi,
    i want to ask you something. i have many acne in my forehead. it happen very easy. what kind of skincare steps that can make my forehead didnt have so many acne? and can you recomend me the product? i used double cleansing (cleasing milk and foam) then i use toner, emulsion, and moisturiser. is it good? thanks a lot.

    • Hye Mi
      November 26, 2015 at 3:56 am

      Hello Bella,

      Do you use the double cleansing method because you wear makeup? If not then double cleansing is useless.
      You should use a toner, serum and a moisturizer. Emulsions are often too heavy for acne-prone and oily skins.

      Is your skintype oily or combination?

      • Bella
        November 26, 2015 at 9:18 am

        i’m not wearing a heavy makeup, just using bb cream or cushion, and eyeliner. i think its not oily and its not too dry. may be combination. im looking for a toner. can you recomend it?

        thanks a lot ^^

        • Hye Mi
          November 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

          Mamonde Rose Toner and Laneige Trouble Relief are two excellent choices. The Mamonde is moisturizing (great for all skintypes) and the Laneige is great for troubled skins.

          • Bella
            November 27, 2015 at 10:31 pm

            is it good enough if i use one of them then i use innisfree green tea seed serum then i use green tea seed cream? and what about the cleanser? i just found out that my cleanser cant get rid all of my makeup. i planing to use innisfree apple juicy cleansing oil and foam. is it good? or too much?

            thanks a lot for your help hyemi πŸ˜€

            • Hye Mi
              November 28, 2015 at 10:52 pm

              Hello Bella,

              You can of course use just one of them, using two toners is totally optional in a routine.
              Remove your eye makeup with a makeup remover for eyes (doesn’t matter which one, as long as it works) and use a good cleansing oil to remove your face makeup. I’m currently using the Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil and I find it excellent, it removes everything (expect eye makeup) easily. It’s a little pricey but the results it makes the skin silky smooth and clear.
              I would recommend a good cleansing oil like the Laneige Brightening (or pore control, the blue bottle) cleansing oil + Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Foam or Mamonde Micro Lotus Mud Foam Cleanser. πŸ™‚

  259. Babita Deka
    November 24, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I am 29 years old and suffering from acne on my whole face for which I have lots of blemishes and dark spots on my face. My skin is oily and have visible open pores. Pls recommend me some best of the Korean regime since am tired of trying all the other products and have got some faith in Korean Beauty products. Thank you.

  260. Emily
    November 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    Even though you already explained so much in your post, I still have some questions left in my head. Please do answer these, though. πŸ˜€

    1. If I use the BHA in the morning and AHA in the evening, can I apply the Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence afterwards (both in the morning and evening)?
    2. Can I use BHA everyday? (in the morning only, though)
    3. How much should one person use AHA in a week? I read that AHA should be used once a week as a starter, but if the skin already adjusted itself to the agent, how much is needed for the product to be effective?
    4. I’m currently using a wash-off mask/exfoliator every twice a week. Can I use the wash-off mask/exfoliator in the same day as the AHA? Or should I only use the AHA today, and the other product tomorrow?

    I have to apologize if my questions are rather long, but I would definitely be so grateful if you answer these. Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      November 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Hello Emily,

      1) Yes you can use the Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence right after but it’s useless. BHA and AHA already have anti-pimples and anti-blackheads proprieties so using the Innisfree essence right after would be a waste of money, expect if you feel like it really does a great job on your skin. I would suggest using the Innisfree only at nighttime since you shouldn’t use AHA everyday. For example use AHA on monday, Innisfree on tuesday etc etc.
      2) BHA can be used daily, in fact in strongly recommend it. BHA doesn’t irritate the skin, so even if you have sensitive skin you shouldn’t have troubles using it daily.
      3) It depends on your skin sensitivity and the product you use. I have dry sensitive skin yet I can use my AHA serum (Paula Choice 5%) every two days without troubles. If it stings when you use AHA try using it once a week until your skin adjusts, if it doesn’t sting use it every two~days.
      4) AHA is a powerful chemical exfoliator, using a wash-off exfoliator and AHA would be too much for your skin. Use your wash-off exfoliator only once every two weeks, though it’s pretty much useless since AHA does a better job at removing dead skin cells, brightening and smoothing the skin than a manual exfoliator. πŸ™‚

      Don’t forget to moisture your skin and use a sunscreen after using AHA!

      • Emily
        November 26, 2015 at 1:37 am

        Hi, Hye Mi!

        Thank you very much for your answer! Just one last question, though. πŸ˜€

        Do you think it will be a good decision if I use the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel after I use the AHA (or even in the days when I don’t use it) right before my night cream? My skin is oily, but I want to make sure that it gets the right amount of moisturizer.

        Once again, thank you very much!

        • Hye Mi
          November 26, 2015 at 3:52 am

          It’s an excellent idea to use the Rose Soothing Gel after your AHA serum. You can use it as a second serum or as a moisturizer, unless you feel like it’s too light. πŸ™‚

          Let me know if you like the Rose Water line as much as I do!

  261. Kae
    November 23, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Hi Hye Mi,

    This post is so amazing and informative!!! I’m so happy I found it! I’m new to Korean skin care and have only heard so many great things about it. I have been searching for the right skin care products for years… I’m 28 with combination skin (oily t-zone, blackheads on nose, cheeks and chin, with dry/flaky patches near mouth, with occasional pimple here and there). I’m currently comparing all of the awesome products you have shared, but was wondering if you have any specific suggestions? All of the products seem to be so good, and it’s hard to decide. I’ve been reading all of your comments, and you are a skin care genius! I’m sure you’re very busy, but if you have any time, I’d appreciate your feedback! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      November 25, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Hello Kae,

      Seems like we have similar skin troubles, expect oily t-zone for me. πŸ™‚
      For blackheads and clogged pores I love using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid or Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. These two products are excellent against clogged pores and blackheads, especially for super deep and stubborn blackheads like mine. They also reduce sebum on T-zone.
      For occasional pimples I would suggest a spot treatment like Etude House Pink Powder Spot Treatment or Ciracle Pink Powder.

      *From my experience occasional pimples always mean something. It could be because of food (sometimes when we eat something our body doesn’t like life gives us pimples, for me it’s chocolate.), because of periods (life…), or because of excess sebum/clogged pores/too much dead skin cells. If you could put your finger on the problem you could avoid occasional pimples. In the meantime try one of the two pink powder I suggested above, I use the Etude House every time I eat chocolate and it works.

      This is the routine I recommend for you :

      Cleanser : Mamonde Rose Bubble Cleanser. Life has a new meaning once you get your hands on this cleanser, seriously.
      Toner : Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner (light) + Mamonde Rose Toner
      Day time serum : Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
      Second serum : Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel. It’s not really a serum but it’s an excellent lightweight moisturizing gel, it reduces dry/flaky patches and brighten the skin. It also contains anti-aging ingredients.
      Nighttime serum : Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead serum. It’s an excellent chemical exfoliator, great for removing dead skin cells and for brightening dull skin. It also reduces sebum, pimples and blackheads.
      Moisturizer : Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX is an excellent moisturizer for combination skins, but if you wish something more powerful I suggest Laneige Trouble Relief Cream.

  262. Sha
    November 22, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Hi hye mi,
    I’m malaysian, 26 this year and having combination, clogged pores,dull,and sometimes occasional acne skin type.i’ve read one of the comments below and you recommended innisfree brand for her.from what i read, innisfree is suitable for young adult.i’m intended to use innisfree since it can be bought easily here. But after i read your post,it seems like i’d love to try the following skincare:
    Oil based cleanser – Banila & Co Clean It Zero
    Cleanser – Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild/Mamonde Rose Bubble Foam
    Toner – Iope Trouble Clinic/ from Missha skincare line

    These are what i intended to try but still cannot decide on the moisturizer and other steps.Can you suggest is the best skincare for my skin type?really love to try one of these korean brands.thanks!

    • Hye Mi
      November 25, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Hello Sha,

      Innisfree is best for young adults so unless you’re on a budget you should try mid or high end brands like Laneige and Iope. I never recommend Missha because I hate this brand for various reasons so I can’t help you with that.

      Oil based cleanser (makeup remover) : Banila co Clean It Zero is a regular makeup remover, it’s nothing special. If you use it to remove your makeup why not but if it’s just for using a cleanser it’s not a good idea.
      Cleanser : Both you mentioned are excellent, I love both.
      Toner : Laneige Trouble Relief Toner or Iope Trouble Clinic are excellent choices.
      Serum for daytime : Cosrx BHA serum or Iope Trouble Clinic serum, both are great.
      Serum for nighttime : Cosrx 7 AHA Serum, it will brighten your skin and unclog your pores. I find it less effective than Paula’s Choice Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% but it’s cheaper and does the job.
      Moisturizer : You have the choice here, pick one in the list I included. I find Laneige Trouble Relief Cream and Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream EX excellent, and I also like Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream.

  263. hems
    November 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    can u please suggest me good serum and emulsion with acne and anti aging properties

  264. Amy
    November 21, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Hi Hyemi!!
    I’m 18 and I have combo (my cheek area is actually pretty dry), slight sensitive, and very acne prone skin . I am currently using the tonymoly ac control line but I don’t see big results. What do you think about using the innisfree bija cleanser and toner (I’m not sure about toner because apparently it contains alcohol and I don’t want it to dry out my face), ciracle red spot cream and moisturizer (idk which one yet). I also have a lot of dark spots from acne and I really want to get rid of them.
    Please give me some advice!! :((
    Thank you!!!!

    • Hye Mi
      November 26, 2015 at 4:09 am

      Hello Amy,

      Ditch Tony Moly, I don’t find any of their products effective and their ingredients are low quality.
      Try this routine instead, I’m sure you won’t regret it :

      Cleanser : Any cleanser of your choice, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s not too drying. I love the Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Cleanser so I always recommend it.
      Toner : Laneige Trouble Relief toner (might be pricey but does an excellent job at reducing sebum, whiteheads, blackheads) ; If the Laneige is too expensive for you try the Etude House Wonder Pore, it’s not as good as Laneige’s but it still does an excellent job as a toner.
      Serum : Cosrx BHA serum at day time and Cosrx 7 AHA Whitehead at night time, you can find both in the acids list in my post. πŸ™‚ The BHA serum will reduces sebum, blackheads, whiteheads and will unclog your pores. The AHA serum will brighten your skin, reduces your acne-scars, removes your dead skin cells.
      Second serum : It’s optional but I find using a moisturizing serum is always good in a routine, no matter what your skintype is. I recommend using the Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel, it’s not really a serum (a very lightweight moisturizing gel) but it gives excellent moisturizing results on all skintypes, I always recommend it to oily and acne-prone skins because of how light it is.
      Moisturizer : Ciracle Anti Blemish Aqua Cream, Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream or Laneige Trouble Relief Cream. All these creams are excellent, lightweight, moisturizing, and give real results on troubled skins.
      Spot Treatment : Etude House Pink Powder set to reduce your pimples (use it ONLY on your pimples, not all over your face) + Ciracle Red Spot Cream on your pimples to avoid acne scars

  265. Jun
    November 19, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Hello Hyemi. (:

    Thank you for the updated post! I found your older post at a point where I started to use Korean skin care, so it was a great help. I’m slowly going through different products in your list and recently ran out of a few, so decided to try new ones and wanted your advice on this matter.

    This was my previous skin care routine:

    Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Foaming Face Wash (Cleanser) > Innisfree Rose Clear Skin (Toner) > Innisfree Green Persimmon Pore Essence (Essence) > LUSH Grease Lightning (all over as Serum) > Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion (Lotion) > Innisfree Green Persimmon Pore Pack & Cream (Cream)

    Currently, I’m just doing Cleanser, Toner, Serum and Lotion cause I’ve run out of the others.

    My skin type is combination- I get oily on my forehead and alright elsewhere. There are small bumps on my forehead, probably cause it’s oily and the pores around and on my nose are quite obvious. Additionally, my cheeks suffer from mild redness and bumps at times. I’m 20 this year and live in a place where it’s perpetually humid and sunny.

    So, I wanted your advice on what products to get…. These are some of the options that I was thinking of-

    Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Foaming Face Wash (Cleanser) -> Continue using this and maybe try Mamonde Lotus Micro Mild Foam because I need a facial cleanser to bring out of the house- I sometimes have to shower at public toilets (Would you recommend using 2 different cleansers at once?)

    Innisfree Rose Clear Skin (Toner) -> Bought Etude House’s Wonder Pore to substitute since I’m almost done with the Rose Clear Skin. I was at Innisfree and they told me that they discontinued the Rose Clear Skin??? The sales assistant told me she wasn’t sure if they will come back with an improved version. D: Will eventually try Mamode’s Rose Water, I think..

    Innisfree Green Persimmon Pore Essence (Essence) -> Right now, considering The Saem Harakeke Essence (saw you mention it in another post)/ Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum (heard it’s good for pores)/Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence. Not too sure which to get though, hmm.

    LUSH Grease Lightning (all over as Serum) -> I think this is working for me, so gonna stick to it.

    Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion (Lotion) -> May run out in a month of so, haven’t considered what to replace it, might just get it again….

    Innisfree Green Persimmon Pore Pack & Cream (Cream) -> I tried this and the Green Tea Balancing Cream but I felt like both were a bit tacky to me? It left my skin feeling kinda sticky at first, though the feeling eventually faded. Didn’t really like that feeling. Considering Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination but I’m not too sure yet.

    I would really appreciate it if you could reply me (: But if now, thanks for the great post again and will probably just go ahead with my purchases.

    Oh, yes, I was wondering do you think it’s better to slowly add a new product into one’s routine or starting a whole new line/various products at once is fine? Or it doesn’t really matter that much, depends on what you want to achieve? I’ve always wondered about this!

    Thanks a lot (:

    Much love,
    Jun

    • Hye Mi
      November 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Jun,

      Your previous routine is not bad but why so many lotion/essence for combination skin? One is usually enough! Two are good when one of them contains acids, otherwise using two is useless.
      The Rose Clear Skin is an excellent choice, I can’t recommend it enough, even though I prefer the Mamonde Rose Toner. πŸ™‚

      Your skintype is indeed combination but also dehydrated and sensitive, that’s why you have small bumpbs and redness. Balancing products are good but you didn’t include any hydratating serum or cream…You should use an oil-free cream/gel to hydrate your sensitive skin.

      Cleanser : The two cleansers you mentionned (Hada Labo and Mamonde) are excellent choices but I would not recommend using both since they’re both anti-troubles. Try using a moisturizing/soothing cleanser (like the Mamonde Rose Bubble) in the morning and an anti-trouble cleanser at night. Or you can use the anti-trouble cleanser in the morning, doesn’t matter.

      Toner : Etude House Wonder Pore is a good toner but since you might find it too tacky, try the Laneige Trouble Relief Toner or Laneige Power Essential Light. You should also use a moisturizing toner, like the Mamonde Rose Water, to soothe your skin and reduce redness.

      Serum/Essence : I do not recommend The Saem and Skinfood anymore since they use horse oil, these two brands are definitely banned from both my blog and vocabulary!
      Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence is indeed a good choice, but it’s more for oily skin. Have you considered using BHA? I also suffer from larges pores, small bumps and blackheads and BHA is the only ingredient that reduces all this mess. Plus it is not drying and gentle so it’s an excellent choice for sensitive skin. The Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is a good choice.

      Lush Grease Lightning is not bad but again why use so many anti-troubles products? Your toner + a BHA serum should be enough to reduce your skin troubles. If you find the Lush effective use it as your only anti-trouble serum.

      Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion is useless in your routine if you already include anti-troubles and moisturizing products.

      Cream : Nature Republic Aqua Max Combination is not bad but also not excellent, like I said in the post it’s best for people on a very tight budget or new to skincare. Try Ciracle Aqua Control Double Moisture Cream, Mamonde Rose Gel or Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream. All three of them are very lightweight and perfect for all skintypes, plus they’re moisturizing and anti-troubles.

      Using various products in a routine is totally fine. πŸ™‚

      • Jun
        November 20, 2015 at 12:24 am

        Hello Hyemi. (:

        Oh! I see. I was somehow under the impression that people usually use 2/3 essences/serums? Hmm. Thank you for letting me know- I’ll take note of that.

        I think one of the reasons why I used so many anti-trouble products is because I had pimples and my skin was worse before. So maybe after it got better, I thought I had to continue using them to maintain this state…. I guess I should really change my products to suit my current skin!

        Cleanser: Alright, will try the Mamonde Rose Bubble then! (:

        Toner: I think Laneige is a bit too out of my price range at the moment. I never heard of using double toner before- that’s quite interesting. I usually hear that toner is meant to prep the skin before adding all the other products, so wouldn’t just one toner do?

        Serum/Essence: I have never heard of BHA before your post, haha. I will try Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid out then! (:

        Creams: Will probably try Mamonde Rose Gel.

        Thank you so much for replying- got a clearer idea of what to try out now and how I should treat my skin better. My skin really improved after I tried the products from your post and it got me interested and excited about skincare in general.

        Thanks for showing me a whole new world, haha.

        Much love,
        Jun

        • Hye Mi
          November 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm

          Let me know if you love the Mamonde Rose line as much as I do! πŸ™‚

          Using two toners is ideal (but optional) if they have interesting ingredients, otherwise it’s useless. Most toners on the European or American market have tons of alcohol in them and are used to remove makeup residues, while Korean toners are mostly used to moisture/brighten/soothe the skin.
          I use both a AHA toner (Pixi Glow) and a moisturizing toner (Mamonde Rose Toner), and I can see a big difference on my skin whenever I use only the Pixi Glow without using the Mamonde after.

          You will love BHA, trust me on this one you won’t regret it. I use BHA every single day and it made my nose almost completely blackheads and large-pores free. πŸ™‚

      • Mallelin
        November 22, 2015 at 8:01 am

        Hi Hye mi,
        I’m 21 years old and since i was 14 i’ve been fighting acne and in the past month i have notice that my epidermis looks like burn, i’m not sure if burnt is the right word because is not red but as if the texture is loss, don’t know what to do about it, really would apprecuate your help, thank you

  266. Apunin
    November 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    My skin is oily (especially on the nose) but my very main concern is the post-acne marks on my cheeks. I’m so desperate to get rid of them. πŸ™ I really love your blog, therefore I have a few questions that I would like to ask to you.

    1) Since I’m trying to get rid of the post-acne marks on my cheeks, do you think the SKINFOOD Premium Tomato Whitening Essence will be a good choice?
    2) I can’t find much information about THE SAEM See & Saw A.C. Control Emulsion and Cream, so would you recommend these two products to get rid of my post-acne marks and prevent the acne itself? (I plan to use it at night only)
    3) About the acid product, I decided to purchase the CIRACLE Red Spot Cream. Should I use it like a spot treatment? And if yes, do I use it after or before my cream? (I plan to use it at night only)
    4) When it comes to a cream that is used at night only, would you recommend CENTELLA Blemish Cream or CIRACLE Anti-Blemish Aqua Cream to get rid of post-acne marks and prevent the acne itself on oily skin?

    I apologize if my questions are rather too much and even silly, but I’m quite new to the whole skincare thing. xD Thank you very much in advance!

    • Hye Mi
      November 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Hello Apunin,

      The Skinfood Premium Tomato line is very bad, I myself tried it and it did absolutely nothing to my skin. Plus Skinfood is banned from my blog since they use horse oil.
      The two best serums for acne scars are Hera Biogenic Effector (costs an arm but very effective) and AHA (chemical exfoliator). Try the Paula Choice Anti-Aging 5% AHA Daily, Mizon 8% AHA Serum or Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Liquid.

      The Saem is also banned from both my blog and vocabulary (horse oil, again) so I won’t recommend them to you. πŸ™‚ Plus their products aren’t that good, honestly. For the same price you can get much better products.
      What kind of anti-troubles serum are you looking for?

      Ciracle Red Spot Cream is a spot treatment, you should not use it all over your face. You can use it under or on top of your cream, it doesn’t matter.

      Try Centella Blemish Cream or Ciracle Anti Blemish Aqua Cream to prevent and treat acne, both are great. They won’t reduce old acne scars but they will prevent and reduce new ones.

      • Apunin
        November 20, 2015 at 12:25 am

        Hi, Hye Mi!

        First of all, I’d like to thank you for answering my questions. That is a truly a big help for me. πŸ™‚

        Since I’ll be turning 17 this year, I’m looking for essence/serum and cream to use at night that will help on getting rid of the post-acne marks. It will be great if the product has multifunction benefits such as controlling the sebum, reducing the size of pores, preventing the acne, and others but the main point is to effectively get rid of the post-acne marks.

        I’d love to hear your great recommendations, once again. Thank you very much in advance!

        • Hye Mi
          November 20, 2015 at 1:57 am

          I would suggest Cosrx BHA serum in the morning and Cosrx AHA serum (or Mizon 8% AHA Serum) at night. BHA will controls sebum, reduces pores and blackheads/pimples while AHA will reduce your acne marks. If you don’t like BHA you could also try Laneige Trouble Relief serum, it’s also very good. πŸ™‚

          • Apunin
            November 21, 2015 at 6:19 pm

            Do you think this would be a good skincare routine for me?
            – Toner: [DAY & NIGHT] Etude House Wonder Pore Fresher
            – Essence: [DAY] Cosrx BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum, [NIGHT] (?)
            – Acid: [DAY] (?) , [NIGHT] Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead
            – Cream: [DAY] Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream, [NIGHT] Ciracle Anti-Blemish Aqua Cream

            I view essence and acid as a different thing, so I have a few questions:
            1) Which one should be used first, essence or acid?
            2) Can you recommend a good essence to be used at night that would be in a good conjunction with the Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead?
            3) Is it okay if I just use the Cosrx BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum at day, or do you think I have to add the acid as well?

            Thank you, thank you very much. I’d love to hear your answer! πŸ™‚

            • Hye Mi
              November 21, 2015 at 10:32 pm

              Hello!

              Your routine is almost good but some things are missing, like the moisturizing toner/serum.

              Morning : Cleanser of your choice, Etude House Wonder Pore toner, Cosrx Summer Pore or Cosrx Blackhead Liquid (Both are good but I find the Blackhead liquid is more effective against pimples and also brighten the skin, pH is lower so more effective), wait 5 mins till the serum is absorbed and use your day cream.

              Night : Cleanser of your choice, Etude House Wonder Pore Toner, wait 10 mins and use the Cosrx AHA 7 Serum. Wait a few minutes until it is fully absorbed and use a moisturizing gel like Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel.
              Use your night cream.

              1) Acids should be used first. BHA is considered as an acid, not an essence.
              2) Everything goes well with AHA expect retinol, and niacinamide (present in whitening products). If you wish to use niacinamide you must wait 30 minutes after using your AHA serum. It is not dangerous at all but it makes the skin flush and makes niacinamide less effective, that’s all.
              The Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel is not a serum but it gives the same results, plus it is very lightweight and non-greasy, perfect for oily/acne prone skins.
              3) Using both BHA and AHA at the same time is pretty much useless, use BHA in the morning and AHA at night. If you wish to use AHA in the morning I strongly recommend using a sunscreen because AHA is photosensitive.

  267. Riss Roland
    November 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Hello Hye Mi. I have a combination skin type..just wanna ask is the product that im using now suits me.
    Cleanser – face shop rice brightening foam
    Toner-wonder pore
    Essence -missha time revolution
    Serum – borambit night science activator ampoule
    Moisturiser- bioessence cream

    Are these products suit me? Especially the ampoule. I found that I still have break out on fore head and jaw line. Can you recommend me korean products for combination skin. Thanks so much.

    • Hye Mi
      November 18, 2015 at 3:14 am

      Hello Riss,

      Face Shop and Missha? Never. I am totally against these two brands due to poor quality and animal ingredients.

      Cleanser : Try the Mamonde Rose Water Bubble Cleanser (moisturizing and brightening, much better than TFS) instead, you won’t regret it.
      Toner : Wonder Pore is nice, you can also try the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin or the Mamonde Clean Pore Toner instead.
      Essence : Missha? Hell no. Try Cosrx BHA Liquid Blackhead if you have pores troubles or Etude House Wonder Pore Tightening serum if you’re on a budget.
      Serum : Never heard of the one you mentioned. It’s not exactly a serum but you could try the Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel, it’s an EXCELLENT gel-type moisturizer with moisturizing, soothing and brightening properties. I love it!
      Moisturizer : Never heard of this one either, sorry! Check the cream list for an appropriate day or night cream for your skintype, you might find one you will like better. πŸ™‚

  268. Elena
    November 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Hi HyeMi,
    I’m a bit confused because I have blackheads on my nose as well as pimples on my forehead, upper-lip and chin, I always thought I had combination skin (not exactly sure about that) but I see that most of the products you racommended for combo skins are either for enlarged pores and blackheads or pimples but none do both. I’m turning 16 soon I’m lost please help!

  269. Stephanie
    November 7, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I love your guides for Korean Cosmetics for each type of skin! The products that I am current using are:
    Nature Republic Shea Butter Foam Cleanser
    Etude House Play Therapy Soft Clay Pack
    Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Clear Serum
    Nature Republic Snail Solution 80 Emulsion
    Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

    I was wonder if I need to change anything in my products. I have horrible skin and my T-Zone is very oily. My face consists of acne, sebum, blackheads, and pores. I read some of your other replies that emulsion should not be used, so I have been refraining from it.

    • Hye Mi
      November 18, 2015 at 3:39 am

      Hi Stephanie!

      You routine is…terrible. I’m sorry to say that but it makes absolutely no sense to use these products together because they are not for combination skin at all.
      Expect the Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Clear Serum and the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel none of the products you use are fine for your skintype at all!

      Shea Butter is too rich for combination, troubled skin. Try one of the cleansers I listed in my post, you will surely find one that will suits your skintype.
      Etude House Soft Clay Pack is disastrous. I don’t like a lot of products from Etude House but this mask is really money wasted! Try the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask instead, or the great Mamonde Lotus Micro Mud Mask. Both are incredible for all skintypes and very loved by troubled skins.
      Nature Republic Snail Solution 80 Emulsion is too rich for troubled skin, it is for dry skin. Try the Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel or stick with your Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel but forget about using a rich emulsion.

      Try these products instead, you won’t regret it :

      Cleanser : Mamonde Rose Bubble Cleanser
      Toner : Laneige Trouble Relief toner and Mamonde Rose Water Toner, try to alternate or use both at the same time.
      Serum : Cosrx AHA serum or BHA serum, the ones I listed above in ACIDS (under serums). Instead of an emulsion try a lightweight moisturizing and soothing gel like Mamonde Rose Gel or keep using your Nature Republic Aloe Gel.
      Spot treatment for your acne : one of the ones I listed in ACIDS, pick whatever you like because they’re all good. Don’t forget, they should be used ONLY on pimples and not all over the face.
      Moisturizer : Use an oil-free or a very lightweight moisturizer. Using a gel is not enough, expect in summer, so pick one in the list of creams in the post. I would suggest the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream or the Laneige Trouble Relief Cream.

      • Stephanie
        November 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

        Thank you so much for your reply! I forgot to mention that I am 14 years old and would like to know if these products are gentle enough for my skin?

        • Hye Mi
          November 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm

          Hello Stephanie,

          Avoid AHA, Laneige and Iope since you’re too young. Try Etude House or Innisfree, these two brands are perfect for teens. πŸ™‚

  270. Yajaira
    November 7, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I didn’t see any exfoliators! :c Can you reccomend me any? I have oily skin.

    • Hye Mi
      November 8, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      I’m not a fan of regular exfoliators (scrubs, with beads) but I find the LUSH Ocean Salt and the Iaso Triple White Peeling Gel very decent. My all time favorite is the Paula’s Choice 10% AHA Weekly Treatment tho!

  271. Shanice
    November 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Hye Mi.

    Can I understand, under the toner/ lotions, is it that we can use any one of them as a toner? I bought the INNISFREE GREEN TEA BALANCING SKIN but it felt more like a moisturizer & lotion than a toner. So I was wondering if I can use that as a toner?

    • Hye Mi
      November 18, 2015 at 3:40 am

      Hello Shanice!

      Yes the Balancing Skin is a moisturizing toner for combination skin and should be used as a toner. Don’t forget Korean toners are different than Western toners, they are not made to remove makeup residues but only for moisturizing/purifying the skin.

  272. Apunin
    November 4, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Hi, Hye Mi!

    There’s one thing that confuses me; is Missha First Treatment Essence an essence or toner? I can tell from the name that it is an essence, but many people are using it as a toner due to its consistency.
    Currently, I’m already using an Etude House fresher. Can I use the Missha FTE after I use my toner? Or maybe, can you recommend me a good essence that can help on brightening my post red-acne marks and skin itself?

    Thank you, your answer will definitely help me! πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      November 18, 2015 at 3:42 am

      Hello Apunin,

      I’m sorry but Missha is banned from both my blog and my vocabulary. I would never recommend this low quality brand to anyone, expect maybe my worst enemy, so I can’t help you with this one. πŸ™‚

  273. Dessy
    November 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Hyemi. Nice to meet you!!^^
    My face is oily skin type.
    So, how can I wash my face if I use bb cream and compact powder. Please give me advice!!!^^^^^^Β‘

    • Hye Mi
      November 4, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Hi Dessy,

      I suggest you to use a cleansing oil. I’m currently using the Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil and it’s very good, but since you have an oily skintype the pore version (blue bottle) might be better. πŸ™‚

  274. Dania
    November 2, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Hye Hyemi!
    Im 16 and i have wrinkles under my eyes. Could you suggest me to find which eye creams i should buy? Thank you’

  275. Patricia
    October 26, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I just started wanting to get into Korean when I came across your blog. I’m so glad I found this post and now I don’t have to wonder what products I should try for someone who have oily/troubled skin like me. I already started purchasing stuff from your list actually. I recently got AC Clinic Ance Pore Cleanse and Wonder Pore Freshner and used it immediately. I also use the Etude House baking soda bb cleanser with my AC Clinic cleanser (it was a gift when I went to etude house) and I like how fresh and clean my face feels after I wash it. I wish I can do something with the oiliness of my face tho. Eventhough my face is clean and fresh and moisturized, it still gets oily after a few hours.

    Currently, I purchased AC Clinic Daily Lotion and then Parsely & Mandarin Emulsion (from SkinFood which was recommended to me by the sales lady).

    What do you think of my purchases, Hyemi? Do you have other recommendations?

    Also, thanks for a wonderful post!

  276. paula
    October 25, 2015 at 11:38 am

    hi hyemi unni!
    i’m 15 and i have oily skin (with pimples, blackheads, big pores, and blemishes ) . i wanna ask if i can do korean skin care routine since this routine has so many steps to do and applying it to my skin. i wonder if it is alright? because my mom said that i’m not old enough to do that and the products can be harsh to my skin. right now i’m using tony moly dr tony ac control (cleanser & toner only), and i think it’s not enough to fix my problem can you suggest me the best product that i can use?? thank you

  277. Janice
    October 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Hyemi, i got a combination+sensitive skin with some acne. Wondering to mix up the series of Laneige’s product but i’m not sure whether the following mix is suitable for my skin. Please help:)

    Laneige Pore Deep Clearing Foam –> Trouble relief or power essential skin refiner light –> Balancing emulsion light –> pore tight essenc –> trouble relief cream or water bank gel cream…

    ??

  278. gita
    October 21, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Hi I have combination skin and its more obvious during the winter, and my skin is kind of sensitive too? I want to have a korean skincare routine for Night and Morning, what can you recommend me? I’m a little confused?

  279. Lia
    October 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Hyemi!!

    I read a lot of your posts and I would really appreciate your help! I have oily skin, very sensitive with a mild case of rosacea. Can you recomend some products like cleansers and creams for my complicated skin type?

    thank you very much and Β‘Keep up the good work! love your blog <3

  280. khai
    October 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Hye Mi,

    I hope you can kindly reply my concern if it is not troubling you,
    I want to ask about my skin regime,
    I have a troubled skin : Large pores, oily, acne prone, acne scars, and sensitive, as I live in Malaysia, I am 22 btw

    I am planning to start my skin routine based on your article on THE BEST KOREAN PRODUCTS FOR COMBINATION | OILY | TROUBLED SKINS

    cleanse : INNISFREE Apple Juicy Cleansing Foam or Innisfree Jejubija Cleansing Foam
    toner : ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Freshner or Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Skin
    moisturizer : Nature Republic Super Aqua Max or Nature Republic Soothing Moisture Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

    is it good for this type of combination, or do you have a better recommendation ?
    I want to reduce my oily skin and acne as well as acne scar, hope u can help πŸ™
    thank you for time in advanced πŸ™‚

  281. Rebecca
    October 18, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    I was hoping you could give me some advice? I’ve been trying out different products while I’m in Korea, and I’ve found that the Face Shop’s rice water cleansing oil irritated my skin (which I was kind of sad about, since it removed my makeup really well). Lush’s angel on skin also had a negative effect, and now I’m a little nervous about trying new products. : I’m still looking for something that will help with my sebum though, and I get pretty bad acne on my cheeks… I’m 20, with combination skin(?) – I’m not too sure, as I’ve never had it checked out.

    Thank you so much!!

  282. Farah
    October 18, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Hi.
    I have a problem with my skin. I have an oily skin + acne skin. And, my pimples did leave a black scar on my face, which totally makes my face looks terrible. And, I also have blackheads at my nose. And, my face have dwi-tone colour. I always heard that Korean product are really good since many of its use a natural ingredients. But, since I never use any of Korean product, I kind of lost when it comes to choosing the right product for my skin. Can u help me by recommend any good products to cure my face? Seek for your advices. Would you mind to help me?

  283. Merianne
    October 17, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Hi, Sunhyemi.

    I’m 22 years old, have a sensitive oily skin and a very thin layer of cheeks skin.

    Due to the oily problem, my face easy to get dull, blackheads, whiteheads, blemish and etc. Hence, I’ve been always looking for a full range of 2-in-1 brightening and oil control skin care.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks.

  284. Loren
    October 13, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Hello, Hyemi. πŸ™‚
    I have a combination-oily skin, but it’s also very sensitive. Which products from this list and also for adults (I’m 28) is it okay for me to use?
    Thank you in advance.

  285. Michelle
    October 11, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hyemi! Thank you for this post! I’ve been wanting to try Korean beauty products for some time now! I have combination skin and I want to try a moisturizer and something that will help my blackheads. I’m thinking about the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream or Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel. There’s also a brand at Sephora called Belif, they have an aqua bomb gel that they suggested as well. What do you think?

    I read in your comments you suggest the UNT PORE REFINER SERUM for blackheads? My nose is really troubling in the blackhead area.

    One last thing, I’ve read so many comments on a skincare routine. Is it that necessary to use all those products (toner, emulsion, cleanser, serum, etc)? Can you suggest a simple routine for someone starting out in skincare?

  286. Sammy
    October 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Hi, I’m 16 years old now and I have senstive/oily skin. my skin was oily at the T-zone, but it is dry on the cheeks. And I have some pimples on my face. So I really want to know which skincare products I should use

  287. Iselin
    October 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Hi. If I contact you on email could you help me to find me a routine?

  288. rskdrama
    October 5, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Hi. This is my first visit to this website. I was piqued by watching all my korean colleagues’ beautiful skin. Here I am a 40+ woman, never used cosmetics other than face wash and moisturizer and residing in the hot dessert of Arizona. I am Asian, Indian actually. I have oily face with lots of acne marks and still do get one every month. I get black and white heads and my skin gets darker (with oil and grime) by evening! I would love to start a skin regimen, even if its so late in life. Can you give me suggestions? Thanks

  289. Anjali bansal
    October 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I am new tp korea. Have oily and pimple probe skin and get tanned soon. I am in early 30’s and use mild anti aging cream too.

  290. Aran
    October 3, 2015 at 2:42 am

    hi hyemi, I’m 22. I have oily sensitive dry skin. I’ve been suffering acnes since 2014 and getting worse& worse, none of branded cosmetics worked out. I have deep pores, redness and pimple scars. I’ve tried etude house acnes solution set but got worse, all recommended brands made worse for me and innisfeee is not available in my country

  291. ALISA
    October 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    hELLO
    I’m just looking into the Korean skin care products. I found this blog post a really helpful place to start. I was wondering if these products help with really bumpy skin and I have large pores prone to blackheads and white heads.I get the tiny pimples under the skin that don’t want to come out unless I squeeze them. I don’t squeeze them because they will cause scaring. Do you think these products would work for me? If not can you point me in the direction of a brand that does work?

  292. Margaux
    October 1, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Hi Hyemi!

    I was trying to shop for The Saem’s Apple mint cleansing foam but it’s no longer available.. πŸ™ Do you know where else I can buy it? Or would you have an alternative that tackles, all three (pores, sebum, acne)?

    • Margaux
      October 1, 2015 at 3:35 am

      Oh and it’s been discontinued already πŸ™

    • Hye Mi
      October 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      You can try the Innisfree Jejubija Cleansing Foam instead, I find it even better than The Saem’s. πŸ™‚

  293. tsewang dolma
    September 29, 2015 at 2:30 am

    hi hyemi
    this is my first time ready your block which is cool ..can u help me look for a good skin care routine..as am from india its difficult to get things here .but we have innisfree store in delhi .i have oily and very prone to pimple .i get pimple every now and then .plus have mark also ..so can u please help me suggest me .
    thank you
    tsewang dolma

  294. Jaimie
    September 23, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Hi! Do you have any recommendations on face exfoliators for combination skin? Thank you! ^^

  295. frou
    September 20, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    good day hye mi!
    i have been surfing the net for the best korean skin product for me. since its my first time to try korean product, i confused with all those stuffs. i have a troubled combination skin. since i’m living in a humid area and i don’t ware make ups. what products do you recommend for me? cleanser, toner, essense and anything that i need? Thanks in advance!

  296. Fransisca
    September 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Hi hye mi,
    I’m 26 y.o. And I have oily skin, large pores, acne and blackhead. Can you give recommendation for choosing the right skincare .. I try face it sebum product and etude ac clinic before but it didn’t work out for me:( .. I have try innisfree jejubija facewash before and it quite good. Do have any better recommendation for me? Thanks before

  297. Nad
    September 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Hey Hye Mi, im so glad to found your blog. oh my god. can you help me choose which skincaare products are the best for me? becuse i have a combination type of skin. it is oily, full of acne and pores. the tone also are not equal. can you help me what skincare product should i choose to help repair my skin??

  298. YN
    September 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

    HI! Can you recomend some good pore minimizing line? I would like to try korean brand since i tried some qestern brand and the larged pore is still haunting me T.T.
    P.s i have oil skin rarely got pimples. Only servere blackheqds and enlarged pores.

  299. Katia
    September 6, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Hi Hyemi! Thanks for such a great post πŸ™‚ I am a 16 year old girl who lives in America, but I visit Korea to see my grandmother in the summer (shamefully I don’t speak Korean). I’m looking for a not very expensive system to control my oily all over skin with mild acne (blackheads/whiteheads/pimples) mainly on my T-zone.

    I currently use the Tony Moly Egg Pore Shiny Skin Soap, an American moisturizer with 0.5% Salicylic Acid, and the Tony Moly Mango Skin Food Sunscreen, which is better than nothing, but my skin is still oily with blackheads on my nose, pimples on my forehead and sometimes elsewhere, and the occasional whitehead, though my pores have definitely gotten smaller with the egg soap. I don’t wear makeup other than sometimes some mascara, so that’s not clogging up my pores.

    I would love some advice on an affordable full day and nighttime routine to get next time I go because I’d really rather not have to buy anything online. Can you recommend a good sunscreen too? I’m thinking that one of the pore refining/oil reducing ones may be better because the one I’m using is making my skin shiny. Also is there a difference in brands geared toward teens (like Γ‰tude House) and those for young adults(like Innisfree)? Because some of the Innisfree products sound really good. Sorry these are a lot of questions and I thank you in advance for any advice you can give. πŸ™‚

  300. Nicole
    September 4, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Hello! I was given the entire OHUI The First line for my birthday but I’m worried it is breaking me out. Do you happen to know anything about this line? Also are OHUI and Supwhasoo cruelty free? Last question!:). What cushion do you recommend? Thanks so much!!!

    • Hye Mi
      September 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Oh wow this is a very cool gift you received! O HUI is a Luxury brand owned by LG and LG does test on animals so no, O hui is not cruelty-free.I tried a few O Hui products (the whitening line) and I was quite disappointed in the ingredients (Mica is present in almost all of their whitening products, for example). Their products are not bad, in fact they are pretty good, but not worth the price. You should try them out, maybe you’ll love them! Let me know the results. πŸ™‚

      As for Sulwhasoo they are owned by Amore Pacific : Amore Pacific claims to be cruelty-free but in my opinion this is bullshit, they sell in China so there is no way they are truly cruelty-free.

      For cushions I like the Laneige’s, the Hera’s and the Innisfree’s.

  301. Monica
    September 3, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!
    Hope all is well with you. First off, I just want to thank you for this awesome blog you have, it has been most helpful. I do want to ask you a question since I’m about to start on my Korean skin care routine, and since I’ve been comparing brands and routines there are a few that keep on showing up and I wanted to see what your opinion on those are. First being The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light cleansing oil, secondly, the SkinFood LINE, thirdly, the Missha Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence, and lastly, the Miassha Time Revolution Time Repaid Ampoule. Once again Thank you!!!!

  302. Loren
    August 31, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Hello. I have sensitive and combination skin. What should I do? Thank you in advance.

  303. Leheidi211
    August 31, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for all advice and recommendation. I am 29 years old and my skin is a little oily. At this moment I’m usinh Nature Republic – Snail line. I”mthinking of continuing or moving to others? Do you have any experiences with that Snail line (I plan to move to Laneige)

  304. Jacqueline
    August 23, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Hi Hyemi! I’m from Singapore, 21 years old. I’m into Korean facial products recently but has yet to find one that can really target my concern. Well, I had acne during my teens and now my skin has leftover scars(cheeks), discoloration (cheeks), 1 – 2 pimples occasionally, enlarged pores, oily on T-zone and chin area. I’m looking at a full range from cleanser – serum/toners/creams etc from same brand if possible (or individual brands suggested by you) I’m fine too. Noticed you kept mentioning about UNT. Hope to hear from you and thank you in advance!!! β™‘β˜Ί

  305. Serena
    August 22, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I’m 16 and I’ve been suffer with pimples for the past three years. My pimples are not extremely bad they’re just little pimples, but since it has been years, the pimples left red scars on my face. Now my cheeks are red because they’re covered with red scars (not really bad) and I have breakouts on my forehead and near my jawline. I also have blackheads on the nose. Can you suggest which products are best for my skincare routine? Thanks hyemi

  306. SamiJoie
    August 18, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Hello! I’m so glad that I found this blog when looking up acne product reviews. I can’t wait to try something from this list. Thanks for posting it or else I would have been so lost in the world of Korean products even though I have a friend who uses them on a daily basis. Our skin is so different so not everything she uses applies to me.

  307. Maggie Bui
    August 17, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I have had tried many skincare but still ended up with a dull skin color. My skin is a combination and I am 50 years old.
    I read about the set which contain oil cleanser. essence and cream in Korean products. No sure if those could work for me because lately I developed some skin tag. Had them removed now, and real careful on products that is oily. I wonder if you can help on choosing which skin set is suitable for me. Thank you.

  308. Melody
    August 16, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Hello Hyemi,
    I’ve been suffering acne, not the serious one but just A LOT of the tiny pimples, (forehead, cheeks and some on my nose) I have combination skin,acne prone and its really hard to take care of my skin. Whenever i go outside it seems i get really oily. Even though i put sunscreen, I’m not sure if its the sunscreens fault since when i put it on its kind of greasy(VITAMIN E SPF 15 MOISTURE LOTION) I really need help for what products i should use? Can you please please help me, I love Korean skin i just want to have clear soft skin with no large pores and no tiny pimples all over my face. Here’s what i use maybe this will help.
    Morning: {i m not sure if i would should use the vitamin e line}
    Cetaphil cleanser
    Spray green tea (I make it, its soothing for me)
    Vitamin e eye cream (Body shop) (the pink one)
    Vitamin e SPF 15 moisture lotion
    Night:
    Cetaphil cleanser
    Spray green tea
    Vitamin e overnight serum-in-oil
    Vitamin e eyecream
    Vitamin e nourishing night cream (this also feels a bit greasy to me)
    Thankyou πŸ™‚

  309. Hana Zahra
    August 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I’m a 19 years old girl who once had cystic acne (I already got this treated with a dermatologist) and now left with scars and blemishes. I’m currently taking Roaccutane and using the doctor’s skin care routines. It’s been almost a month of my three months planned Roaccutane treatment. As someone who previously has sensitive oily acne prone skin, it’s hard to find skin care routine that doesn’t break me out. I’m going to move out so I’m afraid the time I run out products from my dermatologist and can’t get treatment from her anymore, my skin will be back to its previous state with cystic acne since I still get hormonal acnes every month. So I’m planning to change my routines step by step with Korean products until I stop my dermatologist treatment. Would you recommend me products that may suit me? I’m currently using AC Scrub with Benzoyl Peroxide (from dermatologist) and Traditional Honey-Aloe with Propolis Face Wash as the cleansers, moisturizers and SPF both from dermatologist for my daily routines; 2 kind of creams, one for drying up the acne and the other one for dead skins for my night routines.

  310. Allen
    August 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Hyemi
    What can you suggest to me because i have super duper oily face and some pimples

  311. Pps
    August 11, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Hi, Hyemi πŸ˜‰

    I’m 26, combination (t-zone oily only) but in some way i think my skin is dehydrated. Because sometimes my cheek, or even my chin got some flaky skin, whether its because my acne treatment or because my skin just plainly dehydrated im not entirely sure.
    Recently, my skin is acting out. I got painful red acnes on my chin and foreheads (mostly i got acne on this 2 area). I keep my skincare routine very simple, AM: cleanser – moisturizer (hazeline snow) | PM: cleanser – sk ii fte – moisturizer. This routine works well, it calm down my skin, i still got some hormonal acne but not so much. Then because i could no longer buy hazeline snow (DC) i change my routine by putting sulwhasoo first care serum. Then it happens, im breaking out πŸ™ trying out to look for a moisturizer, i come across ur blog which is very informative. So i decided to buy innisfree the minimum ampoule essence, i hope my skin reacts well to this (only use it today).
    But im still in the hunt for a good moisturizer, could u reccomend me a good one to calm down my skin and hopefully to clear up my acne? Im eyeing primera watery cream, innisfree the minimum fresh cream, etude ac clinic aqua cream, and innisfree jejubija anti-trouble lotion, but couldnt decide at all. I’m open to any reccomendations from u, as long as the products is easy to get (this means: innisfree, skinfood, etude, nature republic).

    Looking forward for ur reccomendations, and thank u so muchhh πŸ™‚ it means a lot

  312. Sophie
    August 9, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Hi,
    I have really acne prone skin and have a lot of scars left over from the acne; I also have a lot of blackheads too. I have combination skin and am 16 and was wondering which products i should use everyday to help that. thanks!

  313. athirah
    August 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Hi Hyemi πŸ™‚
    I have veryyyy oily skin with acne. But underneath those oils my skin feels dry actually. So i really don’t know if i should use product for oily or dry or acne skin

    Recently i bought nature republic aloe vera cleanser, nature republic aloe vera toner, innisfree rosemary lotion, innisfree green tea fresh essence & the saem harakeke ampoule. Are these products any good? Please help me..

  314. Meikim
    August 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Hello hyemi ! My face have some acne on my nose and forehead and now i use nature republic production but i only use aloe vera
    Aqua toner,emulsion.it rid of a little a little acne so could u give me some advice?and what produce should i use?:( :(:(

  315. Meikim
    August 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Hello ! My face have some acne and now i use nature republic production but i only use aloe vera
    Aqua toner,emulsion.it rid of a little a little acne so can u give me some advice?

  316. Lyna
    August 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Hi! I’m 23 years old. And my type of skin is kind of combination with oily and ances. Furthermore, I got many scars on my face because of acne.
    I would like to get the right brand product for beauty. I want to have like suncream, bb cream, toner, cleaner, mask, moisturizer, cream, and acne solution.
    Do you have any recommendations?

  317. csx
    August 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    hi! i have small pimples mostly on my foreheads is there any products that is able to cure them? i myself do not use any toner and moisturizer. is that the cause of it?

  318. Cheryl
    August 4, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Dear Hye Mi,
    Thank you for your informative post (: I’m 22 and im heading to korea soon.. and for my skincare routine i only used to cleanse and tone. so this time i want to buy myself “proper” moisturizer and serum to take care of my skin πŸ™‚

    I’m thinking of getting the innisfree green tea seed serum + green tea balancing cream (my skin is oily dehydrated? slightly oily at end of day if i put make up) i have tried some laniege toner and moisturizer before but i dont know why i broke out after that πŸ™ so yup would the innisfree be a safe bet? (: thanks!

  319. Kathy
    August 3, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Hyemi,

    This would be my first time using korean skincare products. I’m 21 years old and realy have oily skin. Since here in the Philippines, where usually pollution and heat is your enemy. I sometimes breakout a lot. But my problem today was my pores. Im super conscious about my pores and my acne scars that doesnt even heal even though I’ve used and tried a lit of acne creams or products on it. Please help.

    Thanks a lot!
    Kathy

  320. ionnica
    August 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Hello Hyemi πŸ™‚

    Im 22 and have an oily and acne-prone skin. Any recommendation on a good skincare products? Also, eye cream for dark circles.

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  322. LAURA
    August 1, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hello, I am 38 years old and I would like that you were saying to myself that products to buy for my routine. I have oily skin, extensive pores and small granites go out for me, I have spots and I would like to obtain a uniform skin. Thank you very much.

  323. Sarah15
    July 31, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Hyemi !
    I want ask you. I never tried any korean skincare product but i really want to. So i hope you can help me to find a suitable products that i could use.
    I have a combination skin where my nose and forehead gets oily while the other parts are really dry. As i have a large pores and its bothers me alot!
    Could u please suggest any korean skincare product that suitable for me?

    Thanks alot!

  324. Anna Fauzia
    July 31, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Hi Hyemi! I’m 18 years old. My skin is oily and acne prone. everytime I look to the mirror, I would feel sad and hopeless. Could you please give me some suggestion? Thanks a lot! πŸ˜€

  325. Sabrina
    July 30, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Hello,

    I’m 20 years old woman living most of the time in the UK and spend my summer holiday in a humid country. I have never cared about my skincare. My face used to be full of acne but now all gone after getting through my mum’s “all natural” treatments. XD

    However, it doesn’t change the fact that I have oily skin, a lot of blackheads and whiteheads even on my cheeks and eyebrows. But sometimes, I also feel itchy around my lips and cheeks.

    My current products are:
    – Clean and Clear Deep Pore Cleansing Foam
    – Clean and Clear Deep Pore Toner
    – L’OrΓ©al Skin Perfection Line
    – Skin and Glory Deep Pore line.

    But they don’t really help. So, I am thinking to turn to Korean skincare. I was thinking to go for Innisfree Jejubija and Jeu Volcanic. Please do advise me.

    Thank you,
    Sabrina.

  326. rose kim
    July 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    hi! very lucky to find this post!
    i have a problem, got pimples on my cheek, chin (many than before and pinkish) ;(, almost 1month and cant rid of it. Now iam using AC CLINIC ACNE FOAM CLEANSER, almost 1week of using it, still my acne become dry but came out again, and its color stay pinkish,it was really visible to my face, ;( i am also using now aura peal brightening essense (hope acne marks disappear). my face i think its oily, even i used bb cream of etude house, i feel like my face was sticky, oily! please help me to find right products for my oily skin and acne (acne marks) thank you sooooo much πŸ™‚

  327. Fadz
    July 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Hye Mi.

    I am 20, Asian people.

    I have problem with my big pores that clearly seen and blackheads. I am not sure what type of my skin is but i can say that i have combination type of skin.

    Does unt skincare really suitable for me? Will you suggest me a skincare from the cleanser till the end.

    P/s: i do interested with laneige also. Btw this is my first time trying to really taking care of my skin.

    Thanks Hye Mi. I appreciate your effort and reply πŸ™‚

  328. Kristy Ross
    July 27, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Hi, i’d recommend Monsia.

  329. nadiah
    July 26, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    hi my name is nadiah.. im 21 years old..
    my skin type is very oily skin type..
    i live in malaysia, which mean the weather are hot and warm just like summer..
    i have a problem with choosing the right product for my skin..
    i would like to try korean product and right now i kind of interested on innisfree product because i love natural product…
    my skin problem is my skin tend to get very oily when the weather becomes too hot and my makeup also not last long..and it look too cakey..
    i don’t have pimple or acne but i have large pores and a lot of blackheads and whiteheads..
    my skin also look dull..
    can you recommended which product are suitable for…
    including the koreans step regime for oily skin….i reaally need ur help..thank u

  330. Arianna
    July 23, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Hi
    This is a really great post.
    Just a quick question
    What sort of routine and product do you recommend for oily skin with breakouts and how do I clear up acne scars? Thanks

  331. SiMinn
    July 21, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    I love this post so much! I am currently 15 now. I Wondering if I am using the right skincare product

    Because I have a very oily skin.
    My Current Skincare product,

    Toner – Yadah Pure Green toner
    Emulsion – Yadah Pure Green emulsion
    Cream – Yadah Pure Green Moisturizing

    I use Yadah skincare product I feel my face produce more oily.
    Can you recommend me new skincare product?
    Thank you

  332. Aurelia Jasmine
    July 16, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I’m 16 years old teenager and looking for some korean beauty products which will suit well with my face. Because i have oily sensitive skin with pimples (not too many), but sometimes it feels kinda dry and also i got a lot of acne scars left πŸ™ can u please recommend me any korean products to handle it? please reply because i need your answer really really soon ^^ thank you…

  333. Erika
    July 15, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hello!
    I’m 16 and will be 17 this year, I have acne-prone and oily/combination skin. I have enlarged pores and hypertrophic acne scars on my cheeks. I have few questions that would be very helpful if you or anyone answer it:
    1) Would it be bad for my skin if I do exfoliating (once a week)?
    2) Can you recommend me any good essence, serum, and lotion to treat my skin condition (for night use)? I’ve been searching about it on the Internet but found nothing helpful. πŸ™
    Thank you very much and have a nice day!

  334. faith
    July 14, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Hi hye mi!

    I have a very oily skin and sebum, and I was dealing with these sub clinical acne/comedones those little tiny bums on my forehead for months.. i guess may pores are clogged and I dont which korean brand should I use starting from cleanser, to toner, to sunblock, to facial wash and to cc creams.. can you please recommend.

    thanks waiting for your reply..

  335. Joanne Yap
    July 13, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Hyemi, I had recently started ditching my America originated skincare products & slowly switching to korean stuff. I had tried a few products from innisfree, mamonde & etude house & it did not disappoint me so far. However I’m in lost right now as there are so many types of products in the market & limited korean brand here in Singapore.

    I sincerely need your help & advise.

    I have oil clogged pores as my t zone always gets oily later part of the day, you can say my skin type is combination. I would like to adjust my skincare regime that will fix all my skin concerns. Target areas are the oil clogged pores, excessive sebum, dark skim tone cause by too much sun exposure & I want glow/radiance. I’m in my 20s.

    Can you help to introduce me some products for the above targeted problems & the steps that I can fit into my regime? I’m using only tone & moisturizer now…

    Thanks in advance.

  336. nadira
    July 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Hyemi,
    Can you recommend product for pigmentation..my mom is about 48 y/o

  337. Larissa
    July 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Hyemi! πŸ™‚
    I’m 17 (almost 18) and I have combination skin, so I have breakouts in the typical T-zone area. I’ve realised Korean skin routines are definitely the way to go, but like usual, the amount of products are overwhelming. At the moment I’m thinking of getting Innisfree Apple Juice Cleansing Oil and Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam, do you think that’s the right choice? It would also be amazing if you could help me decide on an essence, I’m at a total loss for what to choose!
    I’ve only recently discovered your blog, but I’m finding it extremely helpful! Thank you so much!

    • Larissa
      July 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      I also forgot to mention that the rest of my face (excluding the t-zone) tends to be a little dull and slightly dry. As if I wasn’t already confused enough πŸ™

  338. Junn
    July 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Hye Mi,

    I really like your blog since you give lots of details and reviews about cosmetics that I’m interested in. As I’m not really familiar with skin care products, can you please help me by recommending me which products should I use? I’m 18 and have oily skin and lots of acne but I don’t what products should I use to reduce it. I recently bought Nature republic soothing gel, Innisfree green tea seed serum, Laneige Pore Clearing Essence and Laneige water sleeping mask. I’m thinking about buying ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Freshner for toner. Can you recommend products that I can use? Thank you so much.

  339. Mieke
    July 6, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Hi Hyemi,
    your post is really helpful!!
    there are a lot of products that I tempted to try
    but i just dont want to choose and buy the wrong product

    Can you please help me? Since my cousin will be back from Korea
    i want to ask him to buy it for me πŸ˜‰

    Im 27yo and still struggling with acne/pimples
    Most of the pimples are in my forehead, nose and chin
    i guess it’s tzone problem? As for the rest of my skin (like my cheek) is very dry
    i have large pores too.. several scars too because i like to squeeze out my acne >.<
    Since im already 27yo. I was thinking about anti aging product?
    Maybe a light one to include in the skincare regime.
    been trying and switching products but i havent found any products that suitable for me
    kindly need your help to advice me. What should i buy??
    Thank youu ^^

  340. Vivi
    July 6, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Hi Hyemi! πŸ™‚
    First i’m so glad finding this post because i don’t know what i have to choose for my skincare routine. I’m 20 years old now and i have a oily skin and acne scars on the chin area. I want to ask you some questions, which one is better for oily skin/acne prone between innisfree green tea line or anti trouble jejubija? and what is the best product to get rid acne scars?

    thank you! πŸ™‚

    • Mel
      July 28, 2015 at 1:52 am

      Hi hye mi,
      I need ur suggestion for which skin care products from cleaser to serum to curb my very very oily skin. For ur information, everytime i used blottong paper, i need minimum 4 sheets per used. It really frustrating. I really really hope that u can help me..

      xoxo

  341. Kay
    July 5, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Hyemi
    I’m 17 and I have rather oily skin, my skin is pimple prone and sensitive…. I tried innisfree jejuba and I had allergies πŸ™ so I was wondering which steps and which products should I go for that are suitable for me. Also I live in a place where it’s summer all year round πŸ™‚

    As of now, my cleanser is given by my dermatologist, my toner is innisfree fresh skin, my moisturizer is green tea seed cream, sleeping pack is moist up by Γ©tude house

    (I just came across this post today so so sorry for the very late comment :() but thank you in advance for your reply πŸ™‚

    • Kay
      July 5, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Sorry I forgot to include that it’s very humid here πŸ™ and I think I’m allergic to alcohol products πŸ™ please please answer ^__^ thank you

  342. Francis
    July 5, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Dear Hyemi,

    Thank you so much for you posting. I am so glad to find it πŸ™‚ I am 25 years and I have oily skin with pimples in my cheek and chin. I am currently living in Indonesia but soon will move to Korea. Do you have suggestion for me what product should I use? I am so confused right now deciding the correct product for me.

    Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  343. Jen
    July 3, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Thank you soooo much for this guide! My skin really loves the Saem’s mojito refresh toner LOL it’s too bad that it’s out of stock EVERYWHERE. Dx is it a discontinue item? I was wondering if you have any suggestion for a good replacement. I’m not a fan of Etude House (my skin breaks out whenever I use their products). I’m more into innisfree & nature republic. (And maybe laneige, now that it’s available near my house) which one would you recommend? I have super oily face with sebum and big pores :/

    • Hye Mi
      July 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      The water mist is still available on w2beauty!
      The Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner (Light) is an excellent toner. πŸ™‚

  344. Stephanie
    July 2, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Hello. I’m really glad I’ve seen this post. My skin is just too oily and especially now that it’s too hot here in the UK, I have to take good care of my skin now. By the way, I’m a Filipino but I recently moved here in the UK. Im also 25 years old like you.. πŸ˜‰ Your list of products are so helpful. I’ve just started using Korean products for skin care so I don’t really know which one I should use. Im not sure if Im oily or the combination skin type. Anyway, I noticed you haven’t mentioned any Face Shop product. Just curious.. Because what i’m using now is Face Shop’s Charcoal Phyto Powder in Cleansing Foam. It removes the oily feeling but after a few hours, the oily feeling comes back again. Do you think I should continue using such a cleansing foam? Many thanks Hyemi!

  345. Fatema
    July 2, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Hi, i m 32, with extream oily skin. I don’ have acne or pimple that much, i m in problem with un even skin tone. Would u suggest me what should i use to get a even nd brighter skin. Right now i m using skin watchers green snail gel cream

  346. Nurul A.
    July 1, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Hi Hyemi!
    I’m really grateful to have found your website!
    I’m 21 and desperately searching for a skincare line that’s suitable for my combination skin. My biggest concern would be large, clogged pores (BLACKHEADS!) and sebum, with occasional breakouts. I’m currently considering Innisfree or Laneige to try, or if you have any other recommendations that might be better for me. HELP! I’ll be waiting for your reply, thanks! πŸ™‚

  347. Phyoe Sandar
    June 29, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Hello,Hyemi.I have many whiteheads and blackheads on my T-zone and chin.Also have a horrible pores and skin is very oily.I use THEFACESHOP homey black sugar scrub twice a week and Nature Republic aqua max peeling gel once a week for blackheads and pores.I also use Nature Republic aqua max toner (green bottle) and hawaiian fresh clear serum daily.But these produts are not effective for my problems.So can you help me for my concerns and give me some helpful advices, skincare routine and skincare products.Thank you so much for your useful post, Hyemi.

    • ALISA
      October 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      You might want to try the tonymoly product line. The egg masks are for black heads and large pores. There are a few reviews on youtube so you can get an idea of what they look like. They are pretty cheap on amazon about 8 or 9 bucks for each product.

      Also this brand Caolion
      Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo
      A detoxifying duo featuring a steaming mask that opens and deeply cleanses pores, then a cooling mask to tighten and minimize the appearance of pores.
      You can find this on sephora.com

      There is the Aztec healing clay which is a bentonite clay its only 5 or 6 bucks but I have heard it helps clear out pores.
      You can find this at health food stores or vitacost.com
      y

      Good luck ! I hope these products help

  348. Ariana
    June 28, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Hye Mi! I really need your help! I’m currently using 5% Benzoyl Peroxide for my acne on my dermatologist’s prescription, so its leaving my skin really dry and flaky. I was advised to use a gel type moisturiser since I have either oily/combination skin (am not too sure myself). So, do you have any suggestions on which moisturiser is the best to combat this? Thanks in advance!

  349. Darcy
    June 28, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Hye Mi, I have so so many large pores and whiteheads and my skin is combination. So I wonder which brands will suit me best? I’m in two minds between Laneige and Innisfree or you can suggest something else which I can easily buy in Singapore. Please helppp!!!

  350. Airin
    June 28, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Hye Hyemi,
    So, I’m a 16 years old girl. I have a serious skin problem since I am 12. I had bought many skin product to make acne problem gone but still didn’t show any changed. There are so many product but I don’t really know about facial. So, can you suggest me the best acne products? And how can i buy it? I live in Malaysia ,so i didnt really know about dollar. I miss my natural face! Seriously, I need a help with this oily and acne problem.

  351. Shelly
    June 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I am looking forward to your quick response . Thankyou

  352. Shelly
    June 27, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Hi, I really liked your post but I have a lot of questions to ask. I hope you have the time to help me even if a little.
    My skin is very oily but at the same time it gets dry at some parts and plus a very sensitive acne prone face. If I use any product on my face I get breakouts and alot of acne. Makeup has brcome a dream for me now lol. No matter what I try it wont work. so, now I decided to first make my skin clear then think about what makeup to use because I guess nothigs gonna work unless I work on the skin first. And I decided to try korean products because Im done with the American ones. So please help me with my night skin care routine. And also the products that I could use during the day wiith or without makeup. So basically what I mean is PLEASE help me survive this life lol. Looking forward to your reply. And Yes I am 19 and asian!

  353. Apurin
    June 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hello, I need your advice for my morning and night time skin care routines.
    I have oily/combination skin (oily on T zone and cheeks, but normal elsewhere/the sides of the face). I also have acne on my cheeks, open pores on my nose and cheeks (blackheads and whiteheads), and excessive sebum on nose and cheeks (these areas product a lot of sebum than other oily areas).
    It’s been over years since I’ve been fighting acne, I went to dermatologist but their products didn’t really help on reducing the acne. All this time I’ve been using dermatologist products but since they didn’t work, I want to try the 10 steps Korean skin care routine and hope it will reduce my acne/other of my face problems.
    These are the products I’m planning on buying.
    Morning: TBS Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash > Etude House Wonder Pore Fresher > Laneige Balancing Emulsion Light.
    Night: TFS Rice Water Cleansing Oil Light > TBS Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash > Etude House Wonder Pore Fresher > Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask (once a week) > Still looking for the essense > Still looking for the serum > Still looking for the mask (twice a week) > Still looking for the eye cream (I have fine lines and black circles under the eyes) > Laneige Balancing Emulsion Light (I read that I shouldn’t use this at night because it has SPF?) > Still looking for the night cream.
    I want products that will lessen the pores on my face (as well as the blackheads and whiteheads) and reduce the excessive sebum.
    For the acne, I’m thinking on buying the TBS Tea Tree Oil.
    Is there any product that I’m planning on buying but you think I shouldn’t? And can you recommend me the products that I still have no idea what to buy and will help my face problems?
    Please help me. I REALLY nees your advice.
    Thank you.

  354. Min
    June 23, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Hello! I’m really sorry to trouble you but I wanted to ask you advice about different products to use when the seasons change. I currently live in Singapore where it’s hot and humid all year round, but I’ll be going on university exchange to France from August to January next year. I have oily-combination skin that is quite prone to acne (redness and scarring as well) and sometimes develop flaky patches between my brows, around my nose and lips.

    My current routine is quite simple, though not all are from Korean brands: oil + foam cleanse > toner > essence (small sample from KosΓ©) > innisfree jejubija lotion

    It’s been working alright for me so far, no breakouts so far, but I’m quite worried that the climate change will kill my skin as it’s quite sensitive. Do you have any advice for products to use/steps to add, especially during the colder seasons?

    Really sorry to trouble you with this long message and thank you in advance! Your blog has been really helpful for me as I’m new to Korean skincare and products.

  355. Adena
    June 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Hi hyemi!
    I’m 17 this year and am suffering from pimples and blackheads on my cheeks. I am currently using etudehouse’s AC clinic cleanser, toner, gel lotion,(and Aloe Vera moisturizer at night), wonder pore corrector and AC clinic pink powder treatment. My pimples are gradually decreasing with the use of pink powder but what should I do to remove the blackheads and scars on my cheeks?

  356. Jessie
    June 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Hi hyemi! I have a really oily and sensitive skin and I have quite alot of pimples πŸ™ can u suggest a facial cleanser and a toner for me? Thanks!!

  357. Amy Aguirre
    June 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been looking for a guide to help me find skincare products. Very helpful, thanks again! πŸ™‚

  358. Pei Jin
    June 16, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Great post! I’ve been researching into Korean skincare and it seems to be more suitable for my skin type. Really helpful and informative ^_^

    Pei
    x

  359. Zee
    June 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    hi hyemi!! thx for ur verry usefull review! πŸ™‚

    i wanna ask u something..
    i interested to try liole ac control night spot trouble hunter for my acnes and pimples, what do u think of this product? :3

    thank youuu

    • Hye Mi
      June 29, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Zee!

      It depends of your age : this product seems decent for teenagers (not after 18 years old). πŸ™‚

  360. Natalie
    June 15, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Hyemi πŸ™‚
    I find your blog really helpful and informative, and I’m so glad I found out about your blog!
    I’ve recently gotten interested in trying out some of the skincare products you recommended, and I’m planning on using these:
    Etude house ac clinic acne foam cleanser> Etude house ac clinic daily toner/etude house wonder pore freshner> etude house ac clinic gel lotion> etude house sparkling toc!s bubble pack (I was planning on using some innisfree products but that brand isnt available in our country-only etude, nature republic and tonymoly are available :()- I have oily and sensitive skin and it’s going to be my first time using these.. Thank you very much
    Oh and is nature republic soft creamy milk foam cleanser good? Thanks! πŸ™‚

  361. Helen
    June 13, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Hi Hye Mi πŸ™‚

    Thank you for your post, I will use it as a guide once I ran out of the products I am currently using.
    I thought you could help me with a couple of questions.

    So, I have combination oily skin (my t zone is oily and rest of the face is pretty dry). I am currently using the following :
    -cleansing : Rice Water cleansing oil (the face shop) & tea tree foaming cleanser (the body shop)
    -toner:Wonder Pore Freshner
    -essence: time revolution (missha)
    -haven’t found any serums
    -eye cream: skinfood gold caviar eye cream
    – day/night cream : Affinitic Snail Cream/
    Vanpir Dark Repair Cream (both ladykin)
    -sleeping pack: haven’t found one to suit my budget
    -mist: Natural Luffa Mist (dr. morita)

    Can you please tell me if you think any different products would help? I have a major problem with blackheads on my nose area and whiteheads on my cheeks. Nothing seems to get rid of them …ugh -.-‘. Any products or tricks to help especially with the blackheads? Also I have major dark circles because of my skin being really thin and the eye cream I’ve been using doesn’t really do the trick for me!! Any help?

    I also use iope air cushion but I don’t know if that is the best for me.

    Thank you in advance πŸ™‚

    ps: I am 19 years old

  362. Helen
    June 12, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Hi Hyemi. I am 20years old and i have a very oily skin type with alot of sebum and pores. I tried a lot of different kind products but doesn’t give any good improvement on my skin. πŸ™ can u recommend any good products for a super oily skin type with pores and sebum?

  363. Angel
    June 11, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    I really love your blog about skincare products. In fact, I already save your link.

    I think I have a combination to oily skin and also sensitive. I’ve got some stubborn pimple on my forehead.

    What’s the best cleanser for my skin type? I am planning to buy the one with tea tree oil as it’s mild for sensitive skin and fights acne. Should I get a toner for combination skin or for sensitive skin?

    I will really appreciate your advice. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  364. Jessi
    June 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I have combination skin with many blackheads and pimples on my T-Zone. Would Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum be too rich for me? Or would Laneige Water Bank Essence be a better choice? I am also looking at moisturizer cream from the water bank series and the innisfree green tea seed cream too. Please advise me on what skincare products would be suitable!

    Oh and would laneige white plus renew essence be too much for my skin as well? I am interested in whitening products but not too sure what I should get.

    Thank you for your post and time!

  365. Nana
    June 9, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Hi Hyemi .
    I’m a girl who doesn’t have a trouble with her skin. But I want my skin to be flawless and brighten. And I have large pores. Can u suggest me what kind of products should I use?

  366. YN
    June 9, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Hi! Im 18 this year. I have trouble skin like enlarged pores and oily skin. Which product is recomended for me?

  367. Neeraja
    June 7, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Hi Hye Mi,
    Thanks so much for this list! I’m a total newbie to Korean skincare and I was wondering if you could suggest a good, affordable skin care routine for me? I am 31, have oily and acne prone skin, and I am Indian (if that makes a difference). I’m looking for some good, gentle, natural products that won’t break the bank. Right now I’m thinking Innisfree and Laneige products are probably my best option but I’m not sure. Could you suggest something to start off with? Thank you!!

  368. yana
    June 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    hye hyemi,
    i have problem in my face..acne scars+blackhead+whitehead..
    which is suitable for my skin?
    Nature Republic or Innisfree ?
    tq..

  369. Thomo
    June 5, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Hello,
    I am in my early 40’s and i have a combination skin with very oily on my forehead and around nose plus i am getting acne around my chin. I wanted to try a Korean product for the first time and i need some suggestion regarding on which cleanser, toner and lotion should i use. Any suggestion is very helpful.

    Thanks !

  370. Nicola
    June 4, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Hello! I was just wondering if you ever completed the mature skin recommendation post? Noticed there was no hyperlink in any of the posts. My mom wants to get in on the K-beauty goodness but I’m having a difficult time choosing products for her mature skin (plus all the ones that seem good as super expensive!) Thanks!

  371. Leni
    June 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Hi.. Hye Mi.. i love your post. I’m 40yo, have oily/combination skin.. and sometimes i have pimples.. I’ve tried Etude wonder pore, pore baking soda & Theface shop volcanic clay for cleanser, none works for me (maybe its bcoz my adult skin). For skin care I’ve been using SK II.. (i really wanna look younger at my age..hi..hi..), and Laneige pore control cushion for make up base. I’m looking for korean skincare for my oily skin.. what’s your suggestion ??

  372. Natalie
    June 2, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Hi Hyemi πŸ˜€
    First of all, I would like to thank you for this post πŸ™‚ Your blog was really helpful and very informative!
    I actually have an oily skin, have occasional pimples, and have some acne marks/scars. I’m already 16 and I haven’t used any cleanser, masks, etc (I only use aveeno and cetaphil because I have sensitive skin) and I wanted to try skincare products that would further help take care of my skin. Since it would be my first time using any of these, could you kindly suggest any skincare routine or recommend products that would help me. Thank you very much, and sorry for troubling you..

  373. Natalie
    June 1, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Hello Hyemi πŸ˜€
    I really appreciate your blog, it was really helpful and informative!
    But I have a problem- you see I’m not really familiar when it
    comes to skincare products, and my mom never oriented me on these stuff since she thinks I’m still too ‘young’. I’m already 16 and I haven’t tried any skincare products (I usually use aveeno and cetaphil though because my skin is sort of sensitive), but I
    decided that I wanted to further take care of my skin for my sake, and partly because I’m also envious of my friends that have flawless skin or that rarely have acne. So I decided to research about skincare products or any skincare routine that can help me further take care of my skin/face, and that’s when I found out about your blog. I also found out that I have oily skin,
    experiences occasional pimples, and have some acne scars. Since I’m new with these, could you kindly suggest any skincare routines or recommend products that could help me? Thank you very much πŸ™‚ And sorry for troubling you..

  374. Victoria
    June 1, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hey Hyemi,
    I was researching Asian skincare and came across your site. I am new to Asian skincare and am not sure where to start. I have combo-oily skin. Mostly oily since it is summer here. My skin is sensitive and breaks out or clogs pretty easily depending on the product. Although I don’t get many big pimples, I do have clogged pores;white heads. Especially on my t-zone. My main concerns are clogged pores, oiliness, and hyperpigmentation. Are there any skincare products you can recommend that are gentle, yet effective? I’ve tried cleansers geared toward oily skin and they tend to dry my skin out. I find I do better with mild soapless cleansers

  375. Cherie
    June 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Hey Charisma! I have combination skin but the thing is, my friend got me the NATURE REPUBLICΒ Super Aqua Max Blue (Oily)Β from Korea. So I’m wondering what should I do with it? Can I still use it for my skin?

    • Cherie
      June 1, 2015 at 10:54 am

      *Sorry Hye Mi, not Charisma >.<

    • Hye Mi
      June 29, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Hello Cherie!

      I suppose you can use it right now especially since the weather is pretty hot lately! πŸ™‚
      I suggest you to give it a try for a week or two and see how your skin reacts : use it at morning only for a week, and at night only for another week. You should see if your skin likes it or not pretty soon. πŸ™‚

  376. muniira
    May 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Hello there hyemi . I’m 15 yrs old . I have pimples on my cheeks and my face is an oily type . Can you recommand to me what should I use? :’)

  377. dalilah
    May 25, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Hye Hyemi.

    Is this product is suitable for acne and oily skin?
    -Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Emulsion

    • Hye Mi
      June 29, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Hello Dalilah,

      In my opinion emulsions aren’t good for oily/acne skins because they contain oil. Oily skins should use oil-free products only. πŸ™‚

  378. dalilah
    May 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Hye Hyemi πŸ™‚

    I’m 20 y/o and i have an oily skin. Nowadays acne keep appearing on my skin but i’m not sure which toner is suitable. I have 3 products in my mind which is Etude House Wonder Pore, Etude House AC Clinic and Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Toner. Based on your opinion which is better between those 3 products?
    Help me πŸ™

  379. Nazrin Agharzayeva
    May 23, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Hello Hye Mi! I’m 19 years old and got acne and some type of pimples under y skin on my forehead :/ sometimes they appear on my chin, on the sides of my cheeks and I’m annoyed. My face is normal overall with a slightly oily in T zone, nothing other than that. This problem of mine started on Feb-March this year, don’t know why. I would like to know what type of specific skincare products should I use. Also if possible only gluten-free ones, cause I’m allergic to gluten. And any suggestions on BB creams? I’ve heard Innisfree have some good ones, I want protection(SPF) and light-medium coverage. Thanks in advance! πŸ™‚

  380. Vilma Shitara
    May 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I have oily skin and prone to pimples ..what would u recommed the best? I am Filipina …I want to have clear not oily face free from pimples..I am 42 years old ..

  381. Clarimond Michaela Nathania
    May 22, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Hello Hyemi! This blog is very useful thank you so much!
    I wanna ask you some question,my skin is very oily especially the T-zone and also occasional acne breakouts and acne scars and also whiteheads around my nose and cheeks.
    Should i try to use innisfree/nature republic or etude?Im really interested in using Innisfree but confuse what to use the green tea set,jeju or jebubija?
    Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  382. Joleen
    May 21, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I am really glad to have found your blog post! First of all, I am a huge fan of Laneige too! Have been using their products dilligently since 2 years ago, and now I am 26, however after reading your post I start to worry if I have been missing out on some pdts in my skincare regime. Really need your kind advice on this!

    Firstly, I am not quite sure what skin type I am.. I have oily skin around my nose area only, and dry skin on my forehead and especially cheeks! My cheeks are always red and tend to have small red blemishes easily.. I presume this is sensitive skin? :/

    And these are my usual skincare routine for morning and night:

    Cleanser: Laneige Pore Deep Clearing Foam (morning), Etude House Happy Essential Foam – Collagen (night)
    Booster: Laneige Clear C- Advanced Effector
    Toner: Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner – Sensitive
    Emulsion: Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner – Sensitive
    Essence: Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence
    Eye Cream: Laneige White Plus Renew Eye Cream (morning), Laneige Perfect Renew Firming Eye Cream (night)
    Cream: Laneige White Plus Renew Original Cream
    Sunscreen: Laneige BB Cushion / Laneige Smart Sunscreen – Sensitive (morning)
    Mask: Laneige Water Bank Sleeping Pack (night)

    I really like the cream from Laneige White Plus, however, should I still go with my emulsion?
    Now I am abit confused if emulsion works for my skin type. This skincare routine works fine for me, no pimples and all. But my skin always tend to look shiny and feels a tiny bit oily after application.

    May I know if what I am using currently is too heavy for my skin?? Also, I am thinking of investing into hydrating serum and pore/sensitive serum from Innisfree as I rli love their masks! Any recommendations?? Thank you so much for your help and really looking fwd to your reply!

    Regards
    Joleen

  383. Janna
    May 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Hyemi.
    I am a 22 year old girl with a really oily skin to the point that the bb cream I use dissolves after an hour. I am planning to use innisfree products but I don’t know if it will control my oily skin. What do you think?

    And I love your article!!!!

  384. Junn
    May 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Hi hyemi.
    I have an oily skin, but i am not sure if its oily skin or combination, because my forehead , tzone and apart of my cheek are oily.
    I have some little pimples on my check and on my forehead, and i have some acne scar, if i use bb or cc cream make me breakout, its really make me confused.
    Which skin care are good for me?,
    Which one is better for pimples and sebum innisfree green tea fresh cream or innisfree jejubija anti trouble skin?

  385. Nick
    May 20, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Hello.

    Can you give me advice if what product should I use for Men. I am currently working here in south korea as a factory worker. I work nightime from 9pm-9am I have oily skin and sometimes i have pimples too. I did try the Ac daily clinic line but it doesnt work for me. I am
    Using lemon with water to wash my face after work and before going to bed. I hope you can help me to find a good product for my skin type. Thank u in advance..

  386. Annie
    May 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I have a question..are there any gel like wash-off masks for whiteheads and are whiteheads and blackheads the same thing? I also have a lot of pimples and I need so much help D:

  387. Sarah
    May 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I have pimples on my cheeks, forehead and chin. And the redness still persists. What products would you recommend for a skincare routine?

  388. Neha Natani
    May 17, 2015 at 8:43 am

    hi,
    i have a kit of 4 face shop products …language written on it is korean…except for foam cleanser emulsion n toner…would u tell me what it is n how to use it?

  389. Hang Lekiu
    May 17, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Hyemi, I’m really glad to read this post. But, I’m confused with the term. What is the difference between acne, pimples and adult acne?

  390. Vivi
    May 17, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Hi Hyemi! πŸ™‚
    First i’m so glad finding this post because i don’t know what i have to choose for my skincare routine. I’m 20 years old now and i have a oily skin and acne scars on the chin area. I want to ask you some questions, which one is better for oily skin/acne prone between innisfree green tea line or anti trouble jejubija? and what is the best product to get rid acne scars?

    thank you! πŸ™‚

  391. Naj
    May 16, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Hello Hye Mi! πŸ™‚

    I’m looking for some products that is for pore and acne and I’m thinking of this combination…

    Skin Food’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, Etude’s AC Clinic Bubble Cleanser, Wonder Pore Freshner, Jeju Volcanis Pore Essence and Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

    Do you think it’s okay? I don’t have oily skin but I have a lil’ bit of sebum.
    Thank you in advance πŸ˜‰

  392. Myrna Mallorca
    May 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Hye mi, I have combination oily skin and just found out recently about korean products but because of the language barrier I am doing trials and error with the products. Hope u can help me, I’m 42 years old and for some reason on and off would have pimples mostly on my chin, blackheads on my nose and sometimes on my face. So far I don’t look my age and I’d like to keep that way as much as possible with products that work. I’m using anew reversalist by Avon and the therapy anti aging by the face shop, by night time I use Chia seed toner by d face shop and laneige firming sleeping mask for all skin type. Twice a week I also use d face shop pomegranate real nature mask by face shop which i find oily for me and raspberry line and lift. This was suggested to me by the clerk at the face shop. I really don’t want tedious beauty regimen unless necessary. I don’t have any idea if I’m doing it right. Hopefully u can help me. Thanks in advance and for d long questions πŸ™‚

  393. Valerie
    May 16, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Hi Hyemi, which product would you recommend to remove blackheads? I have serious blackhead problems around my nose and I have super oily skin and big pores. I also have pimples very easily. Does your reply to Charisma works on me as well?

    • Hye Mi
      May 16, 2015 at 1:54 am

      Hi Valerie!

      Seems like we both have the same problem! I also have blackheads (mine are very, very stubborn and very deep) and big pores.
      The only product that really works for me (so far) is the UNT PORE REFINER SERUM! I tried a huge amount of anti blackheads products and none of them really worked, unlike the pore refiner serum so I strongly suggest you to try it! πŸ™‚

  394. wati
    May 13, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Hi, Hye Mi. Thanks for the post. I really enjoy your blog and currently ordering some of your recommendation skincare ( I ordered The Saem Mojito Toner and Innisfree Jeju Fermented Leaven Mask).
    Then I think I want to consult about my skin. I have a troubled skin : Large pores, oily, acne prone, melanin and hyperpigmentation as well as acne scars, and sensitive. And I live in Indonesia which is a tropical country.
    I’m thinking of using It’s Skin power 10 formula effector to treat my acne scars, hyperigmentation, and pores issue (you know they have 11 type of effector).
    Then I saw a lot of good review about UNT. I like how they (and you) explain UNT Ex Laserwave and UNT Acne Med as a very good products.
    Can you give me some advice which product I should use, It’s Skin 10 formula effector or those two UNT serums? Or maybe you will advise another skincare (mask, or cleanser) that suits my skin condition.
    Thank You πŸ™‚

    • wati
      May 13, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Oh, and I prefer a natural and light ingredients product since my skin is sensitive especially to chemical ingredients.

      • wati
        May 13, 2015 at 11:38 am

        Oh again, I’m 23 years old. lol

    • Hye Mi
      May 16, 2015 at 1:57 am

      Hello Wati!

      I strongly recommend UNT, their products are incredible. πŸ˜‰
      Since you prefer natural ingredients you probably won’t like UNT though, since they use almost only chemicals ingredients. I have to say I have a sensitive skin and I never had any problem with their products!
      If you really prefer natural ingredients I think you should go for LUSH or another natural brand, you can check them in the cruelty-free section on my blog. πŸ™‚

  395. Siti Shafika
    May 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I am new to your blog and i’m so HAPPY I DISCOVERED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. I feel like i should have found it sooner but i’m glad anyways beacause i’ve been hooked to this website eversince.Thank you for giving insights on what products are good for combination skin.I have a normal-combination skin and i find it so hard to find a product that will help me with my pores and blackheads without drying out my skin. I dont rly have an oily face and i am not acne-prone either. i am only oily at my T-zone areas which i have a lot of sebum,blackheads and whiteheads;-; At the same time,i have dry skin around my mouth area and on the sides of my nose.besides being oily,my nose area mainly on the side is very dry and i have flaky skin there which makes it so itchy and hard to resist from scratching n peeling it off >.<i know this is such a long comment but i hope u will see this and help me <3 <3 Thank you for this post again! And God bless me for discovering this amazing blog aah~!!

  396. leewoo
    May 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    im boy,teenager , i have oily & acne what is the good product for my skincare? thanks

  397. Bianca
    May 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Good day! πŸ™‚
    I have an oily skin in my t-zone area sometimes in my cheeks also. I’m having tiny pimples and I have scars and dark spots cos of my acne outbreaks. I have no idea what product will I use cos I’m only 14 years old. I want to fade my scars, reduce my pimples and minimize my pores. What can you suggest about in my problem? By the way I’m living in a tropical country and its so hot, so my pores are sagging :(. Thanks in advance! Hope you can answer :DD

  398. Alexandra
    May 7, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Hello!
    I’m 14 years old and have combination skin, with many blackheads on the chin, cheeks and forehead (mostly cheeks) and a few whiteheads on my chin. I have a few pimples here and there (mostly on the forehead and cheeks) and acne scars on my forehead and cheeks. I’ve tried brands like Clearasil, Garnier and I’m currently using Dermalogica’s Clear Start line. None of those impressed me, they only helped a tiny bit.
    I’m a Thai/Danish girl currently living in Denmark, the weather is basically like UK’s.

    I’m thinking on trying out:
    Cleanser = Either INNISFREE JEJUBIJA Anti Trouble Facial Foam or INNISFREE Apple Juicy Cleansing Foam
    Toner = THE SAEM Pore Mojito Refresh Toner
    Essence = INNISFREE Green Tea Fresh Essence or INNISFREE Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence
    Cream = INNISFREE Green Persimmon Pore Pack&Cream or THE SAEM Mojito All In One
    Do you think that those products would help?

    Thank you for this very useful post! Bye πŸ˜€

  399. Jo
    May 6, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Hi !

    First, thanks for all your advices.
    Then, my question : what product do you think is the best to remove old (acne) scars ?

    Thanks.

  400. Audrey
    May 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    With rather oily skin, I absolutely love this post! I have tried a couple of the products you have mentioned above and I loveeeee ittt!!!! The amount of oil on my face has significantly reduced and I can’t even contain my happiness!

    Unfortunately… the pimples on my face does not seem to be going down… do you know of any products that can help this problem? >.< My skin is rather sensitive as well and I find it very difficult to find the right product for me… tea tree oil seems to burn my skin a little… I really need your help!

  401. MSJ
    May 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Hye Mi ..
    Im 15 years old .. I have oily and pimple on my skin ..
    I use Etude House AC Clinic series but it don’t suitable for my skin..
    Could you recommend some products for me ?

  402. Aliaz
    May 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Apple juicy liquid foaming cleanser … Is it good too ?

    • Aliaz
      May 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      I mean InnisFree Apple juicy liquid foaming cleanser .. Is it good or not ?

  403. Kyllie
    May 2, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Hello and thank you for this article! I know I’m a little late to the party but I was hoping you might still be available to help answer my question. I’m 26 years old, and I have oily, acne-prone skin.It can sometimes be a little sensitive. I’m having a little trouble deciding which product line I would like to try but I’m looking for a cleanser, toner, essence/serum and moisturizer routine. Any suggestions??

    Also, any suggestions for makeup? Thank you in advance!

  404. Editha
    May 1, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Hi. I need you help.!
    I have a oily skin type. I just bought AC Tony Moly (Blue) products from toner, moisturizer and the BB cream. It’s been two weeks already and I notice that my face is quite clear and my sebum were producing soooo much of oils and down to my neck it really appear some pimples and my back. What will I do?? do I continue the products til a month to see any difference or could you recommend another products that’s really suits my face:( By the way I’m 24 years old. I do facial cleansing every month at the salon.
    Please reply as soon you read my comment. I highly appreciate you reply. Thank you…

  405. fatin
    April 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Hyemi…I want to ask for you suggestion on what product should I use because I’m not familiar to skin care products. I only use cleanser as my daily routine. I have oily skin and pimples on my face. What product would you suggest ? I hope you will suggest a good quality product and affordable. Thank you for your help (:

  406. Joleen
    April 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I am really glad to have found your blog post! First of all, I am a huge fan of Laneige too! Have been using their products dilligently since 2 years ago, and now I am 26, however after reading your post I start to worry if I have been missing out on some pdts in my skincare regime. Really need your kind advice on this!

    Firstly, I am not quite sure what skin type I am.. I have oily skin around my nose area only, and dry skin on my forehead and especially cheeks! My cheeks are always red and tend to have small red blemishes easily.. I presume this is sensitive skin? :/

    And these are my usual skincare routine for morning and night:

    Cleanser: Laneige Pore Deep Clearing Foam (morning), Etude House Happy Essential Foam – Collagen (night)
    Booster: Laneige Clear C- Advanced Effector
    Toner: Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner – Sensitive
    Emulsion: Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner – Sensitive
    Essence: Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence
    Eye Cream: Laneige White Plus Renew Eye Cream (morning), Laneige Perfect Renew Firming Eye Cream (night)
    Cream: Laneige White Plus Renew Original Cream
    Sunscreen: Laneige BB Cushion / Laneige Smart Sunscreen – Sensitive (morning)
    Mask: Laneige Water Bank Sleeping Pack (night)

    I really like the cream from Laneige White Plus, however, should I still go with my emulsion?
    Now I am abit confused if emulsion works for my skin type. This skincare routine works fine for me, no pimples and all. But my skin always tend to look shiny and feels a tiny bit oily after application.

    May I know if what I am using currently is too heavy for my skin?? Also, I am thinking of investing into hydrating serum and pore/sensitive serum from Innisfree as I rli love their masks! Any recommendations?? Thank you so much for your help and really looking fwd to your reply!

    Regards
    Joleen

    • Nicole
      April 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Are Laniege Products really good? I have an oily skin and open pores thats why i always have troubles with pimples…

      • Hye Mi
        April 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm

        I’ve been using Laneige for the pasts 8-9 years and I really love it. It’s my second favorite skincare brand, the first one is Hera. πŸ™‚

  407. NaLo
    April 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Hi,Hyemi
    It’s a super usefull post.
    I have oily,acne prone,sensitive skin and already 26 years old. Could please recomend liquid foaming cleanser? Liquid cleanser is more suitable for my skin. I just not found the righy one

  408. NaLo
    April 25, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Hi,hyemi
    It’s a helpfull post. But i still confuse on choosing toner. Since i’m already 26,have a oily sensitive skin i think that laneige trouble relief toner would rock. But other say something contain alcohol not good for sensitive skin. So what i must pick?

  409. Elaine
    April 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Hi… Im new to korean skin care and i want to give it a try. I have oily troubled skin and i dont know what products should i pick plus we only have Nature Republic, Etude house, The Face Shop store in our country. By the way Im 27 years old.

  410. Sarah
    April 23, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Hello Hyemi! πŸ™‚
    I just wanted to get your opinion on the Mamonde Rose Water Toner and the Rose Water Multi Soothing Gel. Do you think that it’ll help control the oil around my T-zone area?

    Oh and also I’ve been getting these small pimples everywhere lately (forehead and T-zone) so could you recommend some foaming cleansers, toners and moisturizers/creams? Thanks alot! Sorry for all the questions!

    • Yuri
      April 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Hello Hyemi πŸ™‚
      I’m currently 14 years old woo!
      I have combination skin and get oily usually around my T-zone and sometimes I get dry on my cheek area.
      Lately small reddish pimples have been showing up on my forehead and nose area πŸ™

      This is what I think I’m going to buy for my new skincare routine, please help me with any tips/advice on what to add or remove!

      INNISFREE Jejubija Trouble Facial Foam
      SKINFOOD Tea tree Bubble Foam
      ETUDE HOUSE AC Clinic Daily Toner
      ETUDE HOUSE AC Clinic Daily Gel Lotion

      These are just the current products that I’m contemplating with.
      It would help alot if you could respond πŸ˜€

  411. Tracey
    April 22, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Hyemi,

    My skin is quite oily. I have acne and acne scars as well. Actually my skin looks pretty bad. I just want to buy a set of Korean products too see how it goes. But i am confused as there are so many different products. I really need your help. Could you please recommend me the best ones that would suit me? Thanks!!!

    Tracey.

  412. Hunii
    April 20, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Hi Hyemi
    First of all thank you so much for making such a detailed list, because honestly looking for the right product according to skin type is confusing. However I am doubting whether to pick up The saem ac control cream or the emulsion. My skin gets oily during the day and I suffer from pimples from time to time in the jawline. but that’s not my concern. Whenever I buy a moisturizer either they leave my face oily or don’t provide enough moist.
    Thank you

  413. Stephanie
    April 19, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hi!(: I would like to know if i should use the products in the order you put them. I’m trying to clear my skin and I’m knew the whole beauty think so i would like to know if there is a specific order to use the products. If so, what’s the order?

  414. Christa
    April 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    This is an awesome post and it helped me a lot in making a choice for my skin problem! I just tried the innisfree bija trouble spot essence and it’s working out well for my pimples. I wear it together with nature’s republic green tea cream which I already have. What toner or other products can you recommend to complete my treatment?

    However, the bigger problem is that i have a lot of red spots left from the once-acne. It does not come in bumps or crates, its just.. Red. As red as an acne even when its not. And it makes my face look dim and dull. Can you suggest a product that can brighten the red spots?

    And last one.. can you suggest an eye cream for dark circles? im only 19 but my dark circles are making me look 5 years older πŸ™

    Thank you so much!

  415. Emma
    April 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Hi, Hyemi. Could you help me? My skin is a little dull, oily ( not too much), what should I use for the serum? I consider between Innisfree Eco white C serum and Skinfood black sugar serum, please help. Thanks a lot.

    • Cikita
      May 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Hyemi!
      Thank you for your informative post firstly β™‘
      I am 21 y.o with dull skin, acne breakouts (pretty severe in chin and forehead, and some in my cheeks are leaving ugly scars :”( , and oily in tzone.
      can you recommend the products that’ll be suitable for me?
      because I tried many products but it didn’t work.
      thsnk you for your help and have a good day β™‘

  416. Eyaa
    April 11, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Hye dear! I might be late reading on your post but im so excited having this for now as im facing undefined skin types, and pimples never get rid off me since 3 years ago. Id really need some helps and guides for my face! Im now using skII but theres still a few breakout and those scars make me feel bad. Im looking for a suitable cleanser , toner , essence ( maybe secret key treatment essence as its similar to SkII FTE ) , moisturiser and pretty important, sunblock! I wish you could give me a suggestion dear, thank you for your wonderful post!

  417. Nhi Le
    April 11, 2015 at 1:34 am

    THE SAEM Power Ampoule Pore Tightening

    • Nhi
      April 11, 2015 at 1:46 am

      Hi Hyemi
      The post is very useful.
      However, I has a problem with my nose pores and I confused between THE SAEM Power Ampoule Pore Tightening and Innisfree green persimmon pore essense.
      Or can you recommend for me other products? (suitable for my problem)

  418. uma
    April 8, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Hiiii,I’m Uma,20 years old,my face is so oily and dull,and my cheeks , forehead and nose are totally covered with pimples and blackheads,plzz suggest me a best skincare to suit my face

  419. uma
    April 8, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Hiii,I’m Uma,I’m 20 years old,I’m having totally oily and very dull skin and my cheeks,forehead are entirely covered with pimples and blackheads,plzz suggest me a best pack to get rid from this

  420. Bianca
    April 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    Im 24, combination skin and very active. I play football, and usually ,2 days after a game i get pimples on my forehead because i hit the ball with my forehead. i also have uneven skin because i stay a long time under the sun. The products I use are

    Daily Cleanser: Etude House Baking Powder Cleansing Foam
    Daily Toner: Skin Food Water Berry Toner
    Exfoliate: Skin Food Black Sugar Scrub
    Toner after Exfoliate: Etude House Wonder pore freshner
    Moisturizer: Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel

    this combination of products control my breakout, but it still comes out, and they’re big. I would like to ask you if you have any recommendation which i can add or keep to get rid of pimples and balance my skin tone? It would really help a lot. Thank you. I hope to hear from you πŸ™‚

  421. nurul izzati zanudin
    April 7, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    HAI Hyemi!!!

    Good to kmow about your blog..
    Base on your blog I just want to get the opinion of my skin care problems from you..
    I had open pores and oily skin problems..I’m not a person who likes to apply cream..and it good if you can suggest anything is good..

  422. Sabah
    April 7, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Hello.
    I was wondering if you could help me out?
    I’m 20 years old, this time last year I had little spots on one side of my face nothing major. As soon as September came, the acne spread and became inflamed ( get a lot of spots with pus in them and I get a lot of blackheads occasionally as well). I know it’s hormonal acne, only get them on my cheeks little on the chin (dry-combination skin type)
    And NOTHING has been working ><
    Any feedback would be much appreciated πŸ˜€

  423. Illa
    March 31, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Hi Hyemi,

    Just want to thank you for this amazing post. I’ll be 25 years old soon, and have dry to combination skin type, so the usual t-zone area, and lack of hydration thus causes oils to produce. I also live in Malaysia so with the humidity outside and the cold ac from my office, doesn’t really help my skin much. But alas, your post has helped me!

    I am about to venture into Korean Skincare. I have always kept to Neutrogena for my skin and then tried hada labo, but it wasn’t that great. Then i discovered how important serums and night creams are. I’ve yet to buy an emulsion since i always just stuck with my sunscreen instead. But it seem that i’ve been missing out.

    Of course i’ve been researching about korean skin care and which would be best for me. I’m thinking of starting off with innisfree since they seem to be combination-skin friendly. But stuck between innisfree and nature republic. Hopefully innisfree will go well, if not, will try with nature republic once everything is finished πŸ™‚

    Once again, thank you for your amazing post. This has seriously been my go-to list. Should you have any recommendation, i’d love to hear it.

  424. Tayeba
    March 29, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Hello. First of all i want to say how wonderfully helpful your website is. its amazing. And i was wondering what skincare routine and product you would suggest for someone who is 20 with cystic acne and oily skin. thanks in advance.

  425. Renee
    March 26, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Hi! I have a skincare problem, and you seem like you could have a possible answer. I am 38 yrs old. I haved suffered with oily skin and acne my whole life! Now, to make matters worse, my skin is also aging and sun damage from my reckless 20’s is beginning to appear. My skin is oily however, it appears dehydrated. My skin can also be reactive but not in a good way! Here in the west, our skincare is way overpriced and full of fillers and alcohol.
    Can you please help me with suggesting a Korean based skincare routine?
    Many, many thanks

  426. Katie
    March 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve read through some of the comments below and I see you recommend UNT at lot and it seems like a very good product but I’ve never tried it before and I really want to too but I want to know if it’s a korean brand or not? or if it’s an asian brand at all.

    I’m 18 and I have oily face and I mean oily everywhere and mostly my cheeks, I’ve been using all times of American brands and none of it seems to work so I want to try korean brands. I have sort of a acne prone skin, not a lot but a few pimple here and there and it is large pores too… And around my cheeks are red so I was hoping unt will help.

    Also does unt products help very dry skin? ( it’s for my mom)

    Looking forward to your helpful answer! Thank you!

  427. wendy
    March 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    may i know whether nature republic freen tea bb cream is suitable an acne prone n sensitive skin? iis it good at coverage?

  428. nurul izzati zanudin
    March 21, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Hai Hyemi

    Good to know about your blog..it a good direction..
    but sorry cause so many product so i dont know which one is better..
    as a perso who have a really oily,pore and uneven skin tone..
    one more I just want something that is suitable which our weather..
    its good if you can help… πŸ˜‰

  429. Aimi Dalila
    March 20, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Hello πŸ™‚
    I’m 21years old. Before this i thought my face is oily because my t-zone is really oily and have blackhead on my nose. So i use skin care for oily skin then suddenly my cheeks start to breakout badly. Then i stop and i try skin care for dry skin. My acne dissapear may be because my cheeks are dry.
    Now my blackheads become worse. Can anyone help me recommend any skin care for me because i have extreme dry skin on cheeks and extreme oily skin on t-zone.

  430. exqosure
    March 20, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    hi, is the innisfree fermented leaven mask effective? i googled it and it’s for brightening? i’m interested in it if it’s really effective! thanks!

    • Hye Mi
      April 2, 2015 at 2:00 am

      Hi! I have it but I only have used it twice so I can’t really tell yet, I’ll write a review about it in a few days. πŸ™‚

  431. Zaa
    March 15, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Hi, Hye Mi!
    Which one is better for combination skin: See & Saw A.C Control Cream (The Saem) or Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream?

    • Hye Mi
      April 2, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Hello there! Both are fine. I find the Saem more gentle for sensitive skins. πŸ™‚

  432. Suri
    March 15, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Hye Mi. I am 26 years old, an Asian girl also. My skin type is oily, especially T zone. I have a trouble skin acne, acne scar, black pore. What should i use for my skin? Please help. I really appreciate that!!!

  433. Dea
    March 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    hi hyemi ! a really great post!
    which one do you think is better, laneige trouble relief toner or innisfree jejubija toner ?
    i’m 19 and have oily skin as well as acne problem
    thank you before.

  434. ZL
    March 15, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Hi Hye Mi,

    First up, great work on this informative post. I’m a man in my twenties and my skin gets incredibly oily on the T-zone area by the end of the day. I’ve only recently realized the importance of moisturizing.

    However, I’m having a tough time finding a good daytime moisturizer. Could you kindly recommend some good ones that will help with oily skin as well as brightening (need to even out some dark spots) purposes? Perhaps one from Innisfree? I really like its Jeju Volcanic line.

    Thanks and cheers!

  435. Carol
    March 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Hyemi,

    Thanks for such a detail introduction to different products for oily skin. I am turning 30 with oily & pimple / acne prone skin. which of the above product would you recommend?

    Appreciate the advice.

    Thanks

  436. Sunny
    March 13, 2015 at 1:01 am

    U have no idea,how happy im to see this post..this has really really helped me…i have decided to change my entire skin care routine and shift to korean products..can u help me with something else..i have seen these sleeping masks being really popular in many peoples night time skin care routine…can u tell me that are these sleeping masks good for oily and acne prone skin?? And can u tell me one product that can help me reduce acne scar marks please…waiting for your reply

  437. Heidi
    March 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Hi there! thank you for posting this. I am 16 years old and i really have a bad skin. i’m usually exposed to sun (since i’m a school’s athlete) therefore, i have a very dull skin and uneven tone. i also have large pores and my T-zone area are always with white heads and its where my pimples usually are. Do you have any recommended products for me? (also, i live in country where its hot)

  438. Meily
    March 8, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Hi, Hyemi
    Im 20 years old, actually im unsure my skin type. I dont think my face is totally oily-skin typed. But i have small pimples problem surround my forehead. So slightly oily maybe?. Here is my routine product
    for cleanser i use etude house milky you
    for freshener i use wonder pore 10 in 1
    then moisturizer clean face oil control free
    cc cream from etude house glow
    Recently i just browsed and found out that freshener from etude house contained alcohol although its still pros and cons im planning to switch with alcohol free product. Also for cc cream is it okay for using it daily?. What do you think about those products that im using now? is it suitable? Anw im looking for long term product with less or no side effects, lol.. sorry ask you too much.. Thanks really appreciate :))

  439. Ran
    March 7, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Hi Hyemi πŸ˜€
    I’m just really recently into Korean Skincare Products and I’m glad I found your blog especially this post about products for oily skin because I have an oily skin πŸ™‚
    I have a question and I really hope you can help me.
    I’m 17y.o and I live in humid and sunny country. I don’t have any proper (basic) products, so can you recommend some that you think work the best for me ? I have acne scars on my cheeks but rarely got new pimples.
    And can you give a night cream or sleeping pack recommendation for my kind of skin ? πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much and I’m sorry that this is super long πŸ™

  440. Sam
    March 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Hyemi! Can a few pieces of advice from you?
    I had laneige water bank moisturizer before and I have switched to innisfree green tea seed cream. I have combination skin and can get pimple very easily due to sleep late and stress. When I used laneige, it was a bit oily but I can squeeze out the pimples easily. After I changed to innisfree green tea seed cream, the pimples getting smaller and darker but I couldn’t squeeze it out anymore πŸ™ now my moisturizer finishing already, do u have any advice for my trouble?

  441. Jee
    March 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Hyemi! I have looked through the list of products that you have posted and realised that there are too many choices to choose! I was wondering what would be the best cleansing method for a dry and oily skin type like me and what other skin care products that I could use? I have been reading up on too many blogs and I’m confused by them! Hahahaha! I would prefer korea products more!(:

  442. nanaba
    March 4, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    hi i have a very large pores and oily skin TT what the best product should i use?

  443. Audrey
    March 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Hi, I am 13 year old with oily skin, pimples and whiteheads. Do you suggest etude AC Clinic line or Etude Wonder Pore ? Thank you..

  444. anaisu
    March 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Hyemi,

    I love your post! It was really detail and I like that you pointed out some products to more mature skin.

    Right now I’m in Korea for a month so I’m looking to purchase some Korean skin care products. My problem is that I have oily skin, large pores (not great living in a big city) and one or two pimples once a month. What I found difficult is that I’m going to turn 34 so I’m not sure about my priorities in skin care… do I really look for solutions on my oily skin and large pore conditions or I prioritize about anti-aging and fine lines? I do have a nice overlook skin (I look around 10 years younger thanks to all the care I took in my 20’s + genetics) so I’m totally lost with so many brands, they all seem to target young people so I don’t know where to look for. I like the concept of Innisfree but again to many product and so little Korean that I’m overwhelm and I don’t know what to choose. I would prefer to use one brand at least for skin care (somethings if you mix product you don’t get all the benefits from them), but I’m really open to try if you recommend me different products from different brands.

    I also have problem founding a good BB or CC Cream, I’m using It Radiant CC Cream from Banila.co I don’t hate it but I’m not sure it’s the best for me (I got it last year while I was also in Korea). I have very fair skin (I don’t need much cover really just even out my skin) with very dark blue circles even if I have my beauty sleep in order (it’s what you get with very fair skin :/) I do need concealer for sure.

    Any help would be really appreciated.

    Thank you so much.

  445. vee
    March 2, 2015 at 11:07 am

    hi hyemi, can I use my innisfree green tea balancing cream as day and night cream?

  446. Carey
    February 27, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Hey! I am 17 and I have pores and some small pimples around my t-zone. I have lots of pores near my nose area and my forehead it is so gross. Can you recommend me some skin care and the routine as well? After reading your post, I’ve decided to buy the innisfree green persimmon green toner and the nature republic super aqua max combination watery cream. Do you think they can overcome my problems? Thank youuu !! πŸ™‚ have a nice day!

  447. Renuka
    February 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Hi!
    I am a complete new beginner when it comes to skincare. I’m in my late 20s & I feel like I need to take care of my skin. I think I have combination skin. I have no routine & I have no products in my mind as to which is good for me to start with. Can you please advise me? Thanks

  448. cherry
    February 25, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    im 30. i have oily blemishes skin. currently using

    cleanse -face shop cleansing creM and foam
    toner – nature republic aqua green
    essence – missha time revolution the first treatment
    ampoule – missha time revolution the night repair
    moisturuzer – etude house collagen moistfull

    sun block – missha all around safe block sun milk
    cushion – laneige

    i hope you can reply. than u so much and more power πŸ™‚

  449. Annie
    February 25, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Hyemi,
    I really love this post because of the condensed info.

    This is my skin condition now:
    I have frequent pimples (with pus. some are really tiny ones, some can be really huge, usually red) on places such as along my eyebrows, cheeks, chin, forehead.
    I’m not sure if my skin is dry or oily because it kinds of feel like half-half.
    I also have dark skin (or tan skin), but it will be weird if i use whitening products isn’t it? Because my face would be white and my body is tan.

  450. Sabrina
    February 25, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Hi there! I am 21 years old and I have combination skin. I am looking for some cleanser, moisturizer and acne cure. I have a lot of acne due to sleeping late. I knew there are a lot of green tea products but which one is the best? Can you give me some advice for which ones to use and where can I get them? I live in Garden Grove by the way. Thank you very much!

  451. Alan
    February 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Wow!! This is an amazing list of products, especially for a newbie like me.
    My skin in EXTREMELY oily. Like, the oiliness is no mean joke.
    I always develop acne right before my cycle due to hormonal imbalances. For one year now, I’ve finally add started maintaining a proper skin care routine (unlike before when I used to just slather some facewash and wash it off) and I’ve also started working out which has solved my acne troubles by upto 70% but I still do get blackheads and pimples, and not to mention ugly scars left behind by my previous breakouts (they’ve lightened a wee bit with the passage of time) so I’d love some advice from you.

    Since Jan 2015 I’ve started using the ETUDE HOUSE WONDER PORE FRESHENER (the one mentioned above) and I think my skin has been feeling and looking better πŸ˜€
    During winter, it truly worked wonders in my opinion. However, now that the heat of summer is slowly approaching, I wake up with a pretty oily face so I’m guessing the Freshener is too mild for me.

    I would truly appreciate it if you could recommend me a cleanser, toner and moisturiser for my morning skin care routine. My skin is very oily so I don’t really know which of the aforementioned products would suit me best.

    Thanks in advance! β™₯

  452. Anita
    February 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Hyemi!:) I’m 16 years old. i’m so happy to find your blog I hope you can help me recommend me some great korean skin care product that I can use. I have combination skin. During summer my skin got really oily and during winter my skin got really dry. I’m looking for great sleeping pack and daily cream that I can use during the day. I also have have blackheads on my nose, whiteheads on my chin, and a few of dark spot on my cheek. Can you help me so I can get rid of that? Thank you:)

  453. Bee
    February 23, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Hyemi!!.. Do you know a trusted brand where I can buy UNT products? πŸ˜€ Thank you… and by the way you still haven’t answered my questions πŸ™ Please answer them πŸ˜€

    • Bee
      February 23, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      A trusted site I mean.. πŸ˜€ HAHA

  454. Clarol Sherlin
    February 22, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hi, i got oily, sebum skin and easily grow acne. I currently using Innisfree fresh green tea toner and cream. It seems like control my acne but not help and oily and sebum. My current age 31years old. I also use nature republic green tea bb cream and innisfree sebum control sunscreen. Can you please recommend me the right skincare and make up products. Thank you and appreciate it.

  455. Junny
    February 22, 2015 at 3:52 am

    I’m 30, have combination skin ( very oil on t zone and forehead ) so would you tell me which line I should use ? Thank you very much,

  456. Pang
    February 21, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Hi!
    I have acne that don’t go away at all. They usually occur more when I am about to be on my time of the month and when I am stressed. But my face is always spotted with acne regardless. I also have combination skin. What would you recommend for me?

  457. Sima
    February 20, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Hiya Hye Mi I’m really pleased to find this blog about combination skin πŸ˜€ I’m currently 17 years old and I haven’t found a really good toner and facial cream for myself. At the moment I’m using a toner called Garnier Moisture Match Shine be Gone Toner and I absolutely hate it! This toner burns my skin (even if its suitable for sensitive skin) and I don’t understand why?! But it does help to minimise my pores. I really want to find a suitable toner that can help my shine, pores and spots. And I’m also using a facial cream for my combination skin and this cream isn’t a branded but it has been made by students (who take a beauty and makeup course) at my College and I really love it but then I get oily breakouts again πŸ™ Then I use a British brand called Simple Spotless Skin Triple Action Face Wash and this keeps my spots and pores off bay and it gets rid of access oil off my face. I really love this face wash, I recommend Teens to try this product out because I’m very happy with this product πŸ™‚ (even if your British or not lol) XD

    Could you please recommend some Korean products for my combination skin Hye Mi? (Which is in affordable price range) Thanks x ^-^

  458. Bee
    February 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Hi again Hyemi! I have a friend who uses SHISEIDO and I tried using the ANESSA SHISEIDO SUNBLOCK SPF50, and it felt really good. The product was light and it doesn’t give you the thick,oily and heavy feeling unlike the other brands, but I’m actually scared of using products that they may have effects after a year of using them. Do you recommend the brand? Since I’m new to Korean and Japanese beauty products I really can’t tell. Do you recommend THE FACE SHOP’s Rice water cleansing foam and oil? I’ve read about it and some people don’t like it, but because it’s popular I’m not sure… Thank you very much… I hope of seeing your response.. Thank you..

    ~Bee

  459. Drake
    February 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Hey there,

    I don’t use makeup (I am a guy) so I was wondering if I still needed to use a cleanser? My skin tends to fluctuate but is usually oily so my skin routine I have bought into is the following (that was recommended in a comment below.)

    Power Essential Skin Refiner_Light
    UNT EX White Laserwave
    UNT Pore Minissima
    Innisfree Eco Science White C Double Serum
    UNT DERMA OASIS

    I have no clue whether I should use these products in the morning only or night only or both in the morning and night. Any help is appreciated!

  460. Jordan
    February 17, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Hi, I’d also like to suggest the Holika Holika Aqua Max Moisture Cream. It’s a gel type cream so its great for cystic acne prone people and does make a slight difference in my sebum output.

  461. Bee
    February 16, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Hi. I read a lot about your blog and I think it’s really great. I was thinking if you can give me a list of products that are really light.. Because I’m 15 and if I’m going to use strong products then I think it will ruin my skin as I grow older. I have pimples as well as pimple marks on my face and I have blackheads on my nose. I know INNISFREE, LANEIGE, SKINFOOD, THE FACE SHOP, NATURE REPUBLIC, ETUDE HOUSE are really popular.. but I’m not sure which products to buy. Which face masks do you recommend? and because I have a dry skin(summer or winter) I have to use moisturizers.. It’s my first time trying skincare products that’s why I’m a bit concern what effects will it have on my skin… for sunblock do you recommend the spray or the lotion one? Please help me… I really want to use light and not strong products… Thank you very much.. :DD

  462. Kay
    February 16, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Hiiii Hye Mi!!!

    I’m Karisma, 17 years old with oily skin. I’m very new to Korean skincare but I am super excited to try it out!!

    My skin is oily throughout my face but it’s relatively clear! But the only concern is that I have discoloration and dark spots from previous acne.

    For a cleansing oil, I was thinking the Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing Oil. For a foaming cleanser, Skin Food Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser. And for toner, Etude House’s Wonder Pore! I just wanted to get your opinion on those products for my skin and if they’re the right choice because I trust your opinion! πŸ™‚

    Also, is it necessary for me to use an essence? Would that help improve my discoloration or am I too young to use it?

    Thank you so much and I’ll be waiting for your reply!! πŸ™‚

  463. misstumbler
    February 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Dear Hyemi, I’m so happy when . Found your site. It’s been a while since I’m using korean products, but still haven’t found the best suitable one for me. I’m 30 years old, have blackheads on t zone, large pores, oily skin, one or two acnes on my cheek or chin. Can you please give me suggestion, what brand that probably good for my skin type. Right now I’m using innisfree jeju volcanic toner, innisfree eco eye cream, beyond argan oil balancing cream, and OST vitamin c serum. I think Beyond argan oil is not for my skin type, just because it doesnt shows any improvement and also my skin getting more oily. Thanks Hyemi, hopefully you read my comment and I’m looking for your recommendations

  464. Nadya
    February 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Hello there!
    Are you some kind of angel or what, this really helps me since I can’t read korean language and I’m asian too, I guess asian skincare suits me better than foreign one.
    Thank you so much for the info!<3

  465. naimah
    February 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    can u recommend any sunblock for oliy skin (age 24)?

  466. Raiiiiiii
    February 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    AC Clinic!!! It’s the only thing I’ve used that can control my acne. After I had clear skin for a while, I bought this huge 300mL rice water cleanser from The Face Shop, but it is a bit too mild, and I’ve started breaking out again. My face is bumpy again… ; ; That’s why I’m ordering more AC stuff. ASAP.

  467. Apple
    February 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Hi there, i tried the face shop sebum control soothing mask sheet and i found that it’s working quite good for my skin. May i ask is green tea suitable for all oily skin? so,should i change my whole face routine to green tea series product? thanks for the advise! πŸ™‚

  468. Teck
    February 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Hello HyeMi!
    I commented earlier regarding my skintype (not sure whether it’s combination or oily) and asked for ur suggestions about the products I should use (i stated there i prefer face shop and etude house) but I forgot to mention that i also have blackheads and sometimes acne problem and big pores. Hope u can help HyeMi. (21 y/o from malaysia)

  469. Teck
    February 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Hello Hye Mi!
    Im from malaysia, 21 years old and i have some problems regarding the skincare products i should choose.
    My skin is oily at the t-zone area, my cheeks area is less oily compared to the t zone so i guess i have a combination skin type. Or am I wrong? :/
    I am hoping that maybe u can suggest some products (cleanser, toner etc) from the face shop or etude house, cause I’m more familiar to those:) hope u can help! Thanks πŸ˜€

  470. Eileen
    February 12, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Hi, this website is really informative! Thanks!

    I have oily skin but sometimes I feel dry around my nose area, side of my mouth.
    I sometimes have pimple around my cheeks and around my neck.
    I have zits and whiteheads around at the side of my mouth and at the side of my forehead. Large pores too.

    Can you recommend me what to use for my morning and night routine?
    Thank you!

  471. yesha
    February 10, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Hi, can you please recommend me the best brand for whitening product/cream? I was using etude moistful white and there’s no significant effect from it. Thank you for the help!

  472. JANET WONG
    February 8, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Hi! May I know how to order stocK from You?

  473. mary
    February 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    i hav a combination skin types… i would like to use innisfree jeju volcanic pore cleansing foam.. will it suitable for me?.. im 17 yr old

  474. Jackie
    February 6, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    My skin is really oily and my acne flares up once in awhile and last for a very long time. Currently my acne looks really bad (as in like huge bumps that are firm to the touch but are really painful if I just rub my face to stay awake!) I mostly have them in my chin and near my cheek area. I’m new to this whole buying skin products but I would really like to get something that is effective to my oily skin and will make a difference.
    Thank you!

  475. Thida Phyo
    February 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I am 25 years old. My problem is blackhead and pores. Sometimes I feel dryness especially in winter. I have uneven skin colour tone. Please advise me what type of skin care should I choose. Thanks you.

  476. Thida Phyo
    February 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I am 25 years old. My problem is blackhead and pores. Sometimes I feel dryness especially in winter. I have uneven skin colour tone. Please advise me what type of skin care should I choose. Thanks you.

  477. eva
    February 2, 2015 at 2:14 am

    hi hyemi.

    i would like to ask for some advice. i have dehydrated oily skin and HUGE pores.

    currently using some brand cleanser been using for 10 years now, then indeed hydraluron serum, simple moisturizer, laneige bb cushion. set it off with make up forever setting powder.

    im thinking of looking for a hydrating moisturizer that absorbs fast, under eye serum/moisturizer. i sweat easily so after 5 mins everything is gone. please help

  478. Lilly
    January 29, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Hi Hyemi!

    I have been using Shiseido’s pureness line for acne-prone and troubled skin since I’m 15. It was the time when i had lots of breakouts and pimples. Now im in my early 20s, having moderately healthy skin with occasional acnes, blackheads on nose and white heads around the chin. I have another problem tho πŸ™ My skin becomes tight and dry after my cleansing, and when I put on molang cream, my pores open big. Im not sure whats wrong here, should I change my moisturiser or change my cleanser? Molang cream is good for my dry/combination skin in winter, yet it doesnot work that well in summer (also if i travel to a tropical country). Would you recommend something different?

    P/s: shiseido’s moisturizer doesnt work for me but im sceptical about switching to another product line, so i use it as a day-moisturiser and molang cream at night.

    Hope you would reply my comment :))

  479. Ceres
    January 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I’m so so so glad that I manage to come across this post of yours! it has helped me so much, but i’m still having a big dilemma on which type and brand of skin care should I get πŸ™

    I’m 25 this year, I have a combination skin, slightly dull and tired due to the sleepless nights (I’m working as a freelance designer), I’m always oily on the T zone and sometimes around the cheeks/nose area. My face is in a bad shape at the moment due to breakouts of pimples (just had my monthly misery) I just got a box of “Snail White” before seeing your post, as for now I’m trying to find a good toner, would have go for the whole skincare set if it ain’t for the tight budget at the moment πŸ™

    Which toner would you recommend? It would be awesome if you could advice me on which set of skincare is good for my current situation too!

    Thanks again and sorry for any inconvenience caused D:

    Best,
    Ceres

  480. Mars
    January 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Hyemi!

    I loved your post! Couldn’t have been any better. Anyway, Is NATURE REPUBLIC ARGAN STEAM EMULSION okay to use? I’m 21 and oily. :))

    Thanks!

    • Hye Mi
      February 1, 2015 at 3:54 am

      Hi Mars!

      Well an emulsion contains oil so if you have oily skin it might be better to stay way from emulsions. πŸ˜‰
      You should look for a gel (oil-free) cream instead.

  481. Katrina
    January 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for making such a helpful site! I’m trying to fully switch my beauty routine because I recently descided to stop wearing makeup. I’m trying to focus now on my skin. I’m looking for a foam cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer, repair/ant wrinkle serum, and possibly a bb/cc cream? I’m not really sure where to start and was wondering if I could get your advice? I have combination skin and am starting to get early lines on my face, I’m not to sure what to get. Thank you for your time!!

  482. Gin
    January 25, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Hi,
    I have acne all over my face but also have very dry skin! What products do you recommend that applies to both acne/dry skin? It seems that all the acne products are specific to combination-oily skin but I am not either of the two. Thanks!

  483. Anna
    January 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I’m a vegetarian and plan to go vegan so I love that your blog is cruelty free!!
    I have oily skin and I’ve never really had problems with acne but my skin is super sensitive! I don’t wear make up very often so if I do I get breakouts from most face products. My whole life the only skin care that I had was washing my face. I’m almost 19 and just finally discorvered the benefits of skincare, especially korean products! Unfortanetly I break out from a lot of skin care products that I try. Would you be able to recommend a skin care routine with products that I should use that wont give me breakouts and is good for my oily skin? I also have redness on my cheeks so if you have any products that even out my skin tone that would be great too! I live in Florida where it is 90% humidity year long(except for like one month) you can actually see the water in the air. Should I still use moisturizer every day even though the air is filled with moisture? Right now I’m using nature republic soothing aloe gel as moisturizer! And can you recommend any good spray toners for my skin type?

  484. Smile
    January 23, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Hi Hye Mi,
    I am 17 years old have I have been suffering acne and large pore. I have lots of scar left over from my acne as well. I’ have combination and sensitive skin. I am wondering if you have any recommended routine for me including mask as well. Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  485. Troubled
    January 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Hyemi!
    I have pimples on my forehead and sometimes on my cheek. I have been using oxy5 and neutrogena pimple gel but they leave acne scars especially on my cheek since I have combination skin (oily t zone, normal to dry for the rest). Any recommendations to clear pimple scars? Looking for a Korean product that would help.

  486. Rikki
    January 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Good day Hye Mi,
    Since I don’t have a regular daily regime, I wanted to try the korean ones. I am 21 years old living in the Philippines. I have acne prone, dehydrated-oily skin (if that’s what you call it). I just happened to visit an Etude store here and stumbled upon Milky You One Step Cleansing Foam. Did I pick the right one?? Yes, I also wear BB creams everyday. Can you also give me a good daily regime that is affordable and easy to find? Pretty please?
    Thank you in advance ❀

  487. Adena
    January 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Hi HyeMi!!!
    I’ve been having a lot of breakouts on my cheeks and also blackheads on my cheeks, what should I do? Is there any mask that I can use to get them out? Also, do you have any recommendations for pimple treatment creams that are not too drying?

  488. Kyra
    January 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you so much for the recommendations, Miss Hyemi!

    Currently, I’m using Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion as my toner, Klairs Illuminating Supple Serum as my serum and EH Malgem Emulsion as my emulsion. Are these okay for my skin type? I have oily and acne prone skin, btw. πŸ™‚ Though I rarely get acne nowadays, I’ve got a lot of acne scars I want to get rid of. And what should I add/replace in my skincare routine. Thanks, Miss Hyemi! πŸ™‚

  489. Kyra
    January 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you so much for the recommendations, Miss Hyemi!

    Currently, I’m using Hada Labo Lotion as my toner

  490. Alexandra
    January 16, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Hello!
    I wrote the same on your other post about korean skincare for oily skin, but after i posted it i saw that you made an updated version, so i’ll post my question here as well πŸ™‚
    I’m a female in my early teens (14 years). I’ve tried many different cleansers, toners etc. but none has worked that well for me.
    I have combination/oily skin, with many blackheads and few pimples here and there. I’ve heard that korean products are really good, but i have no idea what i should try first. My budget is on about 300-400kr (30-45Β£) .
    I am the worst when it comes to making desitions, so please don’t write β€œchoose anything” because that would be to hard xD
    I hope that you’ll reply!
    btw, thanks for this review c:
    -Alex

  491. Adelia
    January 15, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Hi Hyemi!
    i’m so glad found your site ^^
    kkk~
    but i just confused about of good for my skin.
    my skin is oily, acne and pore problem.so for innisfree brand, which one should I use ?

    Thankyou ^^

  492. wenn
    January 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    hiii, Hye mi!
    I’m glad to find this post. Can you please recommend me some product for pimples? i have oily skin and pimples on cheeks and nose. It pops non-stop and it so sucks. πŸ™

  493. Kelbelos
    January 12, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Hyemi!!

    I’m so happy to find this post! It’s really helpful! But seems like I can’t purchase these prodcuts right now except for the cleansers and toner (I’m running out of them lol)

    I have combination oily skin, and yes, troubled skin since I stay up late til 1-2 am in the morning and I work a lot on laptop, so yeah.. Lately I’ve been fascinated by skincare prodcuts and I must say, my skin is getting better, somehow, since it’s smoother than it was before.

    But I’m now facing a problem. I didn’t buy the whole full set of skincare products, so at first, I bought toner, serum and cream. (as in AC Tonymoly, Benton Snail Bee and Ciracle Red Spot cream) My skin got nicer after one week of using, then I bought It’s skin formula 10 VC Effector, Skinfood Parsley & Mandarin Emulsion and finally Benton High Content Steam Cream.

    But after using these products (the second haul), my skin has got a lot of blackheads, white heads and some pimples, my pores also got bigger, my skin looks dull and bad now. And I seriously I don’t know how to fix this. Can you give me some advices?

    Thank you!!

    Note: I also have Skinfood Black Sugar Mask, Egg White Pore Mask, Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack and Imselene Bird’s Nest Aqua Sleeping Mask Pack. Do you think they’re good for my skin?

  494. winnie
    January 12, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Hi Hyemi! πŸ˜€

    Happy New Year! Hahaha albeit it has passed for 12 days.

    Anyway, may I ask, what’s the difference between cream and moisturiser?
    I thought they’re of the same function, no? If they are different, how should I go about in applying my skincare routine? Would it be something like

    toner > serums/essences > moisturiser > cream

    But since I have combination and acne prone skin, I’m afraid that it’ll be too oily for me if I applied all during the day.. Any advice?

    Oh and I’m looking for a new moisturiser since the one I’m using has finished. And I’ve been forgoing it till I found a new one. Any suggestions or recommendations? How bout the UNT ones? Can I apply to both day and night? So now my skincare is like only

    toner > essence > mask (for my acnes)

    And I’m currently using Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture Cream at the end of my skincare. So is this a moisturiser or a cream? O.O Sorry super confused here.. Purchasing the water sleeping pack soon! Can’t wait to use it, since I’ve heard so many good reviews about it.

    Sorry for the long note, and thank you for reading this!

    xox <3

  495. shila
    January 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    i have combo skin and i’ve been using nano microfoliating clay cleanser, nano white refining treatment toner and eversoft organic pure olive oil as moisturizer cuz i did some researches before and some said we can use olive oil as moisturizer. does my routine are correct bcos now i’ve got another pimple, not even a week after using those products. oh and im 17. i tried other products too but my face get burnt soon after i wear the cleanser so i stop wearing any products. last time i wear product was when im 15 (im a nerd long ago. didnt even knew a thing abt toner moisturiser serum essence whatsoever) idk what else should i do? or does my skin.is sensitive? :O my old pimple and scar didnt even cure :/

  496. christine
    January 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Hyemi
    Happy new year ^_^

    I’m christine. 27 years old. Asian girl. Live in Indonesia.
    I really like your post.
    I have combination skin, a lot of blackheads in nose & chin, large pore near the nose and dull skin.

    My routinity skincare:
    Innisfree pure greentea cleansing foam
    Clean and Clear toner
    Nature Republic 92% aloevera soothing gel
    Etude Sunprise super aqua spf 35
    Baviphat lemon whitening sleeping mask (night)
    Innisfree wine jelly soft peeling gel

    What do you think about my routinity skincare?
    With that skincare my face dont have acne. And my t-zone not too oily
    My biggest problem is my dull skin and black head
    Please help me T______T

    Thank you before ^_^

  497. taeyang
    January 11, 2015 at 8:35 am

    im turning 17 and i have combo skin…maybe? im not sure if my skin oily/combo but i often get pimples on the t-zone. i searched those products and wow its quite expensive. im planning on using hada labo moisturizing set which is quite affordable for starter but do u have any ideas what else should i wear? like exfoliator, essense and the ampoule? are they really necessary?

  498. J
    January 11, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Hello Hyemi! (:

    I discovered your blog a few hours ago and since then, I’ve been reading it. Recently, I decided I want to get better skin and want to start the Korean skin care routine.

    Break down of my skin: oily t-zone, tiny pimples on forehead, loads of blackheads on my nose, large pores and acne scars on my cheeks, some redness on my forehead, nose and cheeks (not super red but the red shows up in photos). The thing about my skin is that it looks alright from far but when you come up close, then woah, what is all this?!

    I live in Singapore, which is a humid, tropical country (uh, just saying), I don’t use makeup and I’m 19 years old. I have a budget of about $60 SGD and planning to buy at least a cleanser, toner, essence and emulsion. (Is that enough/the correct minimum products?) There are Korean stores in Singapore but they mostly cost $20/$30++ per product. However, I found a website where it sells for less- for instance, Innisfree Bija Anti Trouble Facial Foam is $8.90 (http://www.sunnanz.com/innisfree-bija-anti-trouble-facial-foam.html) and Nature Republic Aloe Vera Toner -which you recommended in some of the comments- is $8.90 as well (http://www.sunnanz.com/nature-republic-aloe-vera-toner.html). So, here comes the questions….

    1. Do you have any products that are more for my skin?
    2. What are the products to splurge more on?
    3. If I’m on a budget, should I buy a pricer product such as recommended/highly raved cleanser/toner or make sure I have an essence, emulsion and all?
    4. There are some lines such as the Moistfull line by Etude House that’s being sold for $39.90 for a total of five products including emulsion, sleeping pack, etc- should I go for those or just mix and match products for me? (Esp since I’m on a budget, these boxes seem like an easy way to get more products…)
    5. Do you happen to recommend Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen, esp for my skin type?

    For a beginner just starting in Korean skin care, it would be lovely to get some advice from a veteran like yourself! Hopefully you’ll reply my post but nonetheless, thank you so much for making this post! Have a great year ahead and I hope things go well for you. (:

  499. christine
    January 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Hyemi
    Happy New Year ^_^

    I’m 27 years old, live in Indonesia. I have combination skin, a lot of black head in nose&chin and dull skin.
    My skin routine product:

    Morning
    Innisfree pure green tea cleansing foam
    Clean & Clear toner
    Nature Republic 92% aloe vera soothing gel
    Etude sunprise super aqua spf 35

    Night
    Innisfree pure green tea cleansing foam
    Nat.Republic aloe vera soothing gel
    Baviphat lemon whitening sleeping pack

    For peeling i used innisfree wine peeling gel

    with that product there’s no problem with my skin. Not oily in t-zone and no pimple
    What do you think about my skin routine? What your recommended product to solve my blackhead and dull skin?

    Thank you ^_^

  500. Nur
    January 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Hye Mi! Thank you so much for this very detailed post. In fact, it is too detailed (hehe) that I feel lost on which products would be the best for my skin. However, I feel like using Laneige Trouble skin range but their prices are kind of steep. So, if you don’t mind, would it be ok if you can recommend me products? πŸ™‚

    Firstly, I never had teenage acne. Started to breakout only when I turned 21 years old. After all the turbulences, finally my skin was able to settle in on using The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil range. It worked great.

    Recently, my skin has been breaking out badly. Even though my skin care regimen has been the same for the past 5-6 years. I’m turning 29 years old this year and kinda figured out that I am suffering from adult acne symptoms. Cos my breakout sessions now have cyst pimples too. It got worse when I went for a winter holiday – my skin couldn’t handle the change in weather. When I came back home (tropical and humid weather all year round), the problem still persists. The acne is around my forehead, hairline and eyebrows area πŸ™

    Also, I do have oily skin and whiteheads on my chin area. Please advise me cos (1) I am clueless about skincare and (2) my face breaks out easily if the reactions to the products are unfavourable.

    Sorry for this long post but I do hope you can get back to me <3

  501. Putri
    January 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hello, Hye Mi. I was looking for best Korean products for my oily skin and couldn’t find the right one, that’s why I was so glad because I find this article. Anyway, I still can’t find the right moisturizer and night cream for my oily and troubled skin face. Since you don’t recommend any moisturizer and night cream in this article, do you have any recommendation?
    And also, I have this puffy and black-circled eyes. The puffy eyes, it’s inherited but it is getting worse I don’t know why. And that black circles… I can’t get rid of this. Do you know the best eye cream for me? I tried many products before and seems like none of those products work best for me.

    Thank you!

  502. Peggy
    January 5, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Hi,Hyemi!

  503. RAY
    January 4, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Oh god. Thank you so much for this. I`ve been using sulhwasoo basic line which is nice but might be a bit of an older line (I`m 23yrsold), finding this has really helped me to figure out what kind of skin care might be really necessary. My breakouts has gotten a bit worse lately so i have been looking for some answers. Once again, thanks so much and i really like your blog πŸ™‚ Have been reading other posts too πŸ˜€

    Note: I have oily/combination, acne prone and sensitive skin so it has been a bit difficult for me so I really do appreciate you breaking down the products and explaining the steps πŸ™‚

  504. Kim
    January 3, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!
    I just turned 19 years old this year and apparently only my Tzone has really dull skin compared to the other part of my face, I used to have really oily and uneven tone for my entire face, but now my conditions have improved. My face pores are really opened and there are a lot of blackheads on my nose. I’m currently using
    1.The Face Shop Acne Solution Foam Cleanser/Cellnique Seaweed Cleansing Gel
    2.The Face Shop Mild Toner/Cellnique Soothing&Hydrating Lotion
    3. HADA LABO Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion
    4. The Face Shop Mild Lotion
    5. Cellnique Skin Action Sebum Gel
    6. Neutrogena HYDRO BOOST Water Gel (morning)/ Night Concentrate(night)
    and sometimes I use Nature Republic’s Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Gel or NEXTBEAU’s Collagen Moisture Gel.
    I’m not sure if the combinations that I’m using ^ is correct, but my skin has improved compared to last time. And because my skin needs to change products from time to time because it becomes ineffective after using it for a long time, I’m wondering what products do you recommend for refining pores, reducing blackheads, reducing eye wrinkles & brighten up the skin. I’m livin in Malaysia and I sweat a lot because of the weather. Innisfree, ETUDE HOUSE, and some common shops can be found here, but products like Lush or UNT that I’ve seen you recommended to others are actually really difficult to find here.
    Thank you in advance, and Happy New Year ^__^ hope to get your reply ~!

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Happy new year Kim! πŸ™‚

      The combo you are using is pretty good since you maintain a good balance between sebum control and moisture, that’s very good! πŸ˜€
      Just one question, why do you use two lotions? That’s quite a lot! Unless you use one at night and the other one in the morning?

      Awww too bad you can’t try out UNT nor Lush, they are the BEST brands ever when it comes to blackheads and pores. :/
      Have you tried Innisfree Jeju Volcano line? It’s great for pores and blackheads! Not as much as UNT but still. πŸ™‚

      Since you’re 19 you don’t really need anti wrinkles products yet, may I ask why do you want an anti aging eye cream?

      • Kim
        January 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm

        Hi again Hye Mi! Thank you for replying!!
        May I know which two lotions that I’m using too much?
        And is it advisable if i change my cleanser & toner to the Innisfree anti-trouble line as recommended above?
        I’m 19 but I have a few tiny wrinkles when I smile at both the sides of my eyes. πŸ™ am finding a solution to it,is it necessary to apply anti aging eye cream or what do you recommend for reducing the tiny wrinkles

  505. Vy
    January 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Hye Mi!

    I love this post so much cause it really helped recently in me trying to change my routine around since I have sensitive oily acne prone skin. I was just wondering if you could give me on some helpful tips or recommendations on my current skincare routine? At the moment I use:

    Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam
    Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin
    OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum
    The Face Shop Chia Seed Watery Lotion (Daytime)
    Etude House Darling Snail Cream (Nightime)

    Issue is that I have alot of acne scars and I tend to break out especially around a certain time ): although its usually around my chin.

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Vy, and happy new year! πŸ™‚

      I never heard of sebamed so I can’t tell whether it is good or not unfortunately!
      Meeeeh I really don’t like the Etude House Darling Snail Cream! It might be fine for dry skins but it is way too rich for acne prone skins. :/

      The products you are currently using are mainly for combination skin, they aren’t very recommended for acne prones skin!

      Cleanser : Keep sebamed if you want, since I don’t know it I can’t say anything about it. πŸ™‚
      Toner : Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Skin or Innisfree Rose Clear Skin (if you’re over 25 years old use Laneige Trouble Relief toner or Iope Trouble Clinic Toner)
      Essence : I never tried the OST serum, if you’re happy with it just keep using it. πŸ˜‰ I strongly recommend the UNT EX WHITE LASERWAVE serum too though, as it is GREAT for lightening acne scars and reducing blackheads/sebum/pores.
      Cream : Innisfree the minimum fresh cream (great for oily sensitive skins) or Nature Republic Super Aqua Max (blue one) or The Face Shop Chia Sebum Control cream.

  506. Janet
    January 3, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Hi Hyemi,

    Thank you for putting the time & effort to compile this long list! I’m completely new to Korean products, and there are so many to choose from. Whenever I come across a product, the descriptions sound exactly the same to me, so I’m a little lost when it comes to picking the right one.

    Right now, I have combination skin with very, very few pimples/acne spots that are near my chin and forehead. I also have blackheads around my nose area. I really want to find a good daily face wash that suits my skin type and toners/serums to reduce my skin problems. I would also like to brighten my skin complexion. I’m 18 years old, so I was wondering if there were any products that were on the affordable side?

    I’m excited to try Korean products for the first time. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you so much for the informative post!

    • Hye Mi
      January 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Hello Janet!

      Merry Christmas and Happy new year! πŸ˜€

      Cleanser : You can use pretty much anything you want! Try out foam cleansers, they are great for combination/oily/acne prone skins since they don’t stimulate the skin as much as cream cleansers. My holy grail is the Angels on bare skin cleanser by Lush, it’s amazing.
      Toner : Innisfree Rose Clear Skin or Innisfree Rosermary Toner. Just a little tip for this one, do not use a cotton pad! You just have to pour a little bit of the toner(s) in your cupped palm and lightly press your hands on your face, without rubbing. πŸ˜‰
      Serum(s) : UNT Pore Refiner (best serum EVER for blackheads and pores, nothing can beat it!) | Innisfree Eco Science Double C Serum (lighten the skin and works against sebum as well) or Skinfood Tomato Premium Whitening Serum or Tony Moly Floria Whitening Essence.
      Creams : You can use pretty much anything you want in your age range in the cream part in this post. I recommend Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination (green) or Innisfree Green tea Balancing cream.

  507. Humaira
    January 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Hyemi ! πŸ™‚

    i have a pimple , dull skin and oily sometime. i dont know what should i use for my skincare. I have blackheadd & whitehead too. Please help me ^^ thankyou πŸ™‚

    • Humaira
      January 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Sori for continue here cause im accidently press the comment button . I confused between innisfree jeju volcani , etude house pore freshner & nature republin aloevera set. Please recommend for me which one product should i use , because some people said since i was still young , i did not try many product & use heavy product. I am15 years old. Please reply me thankyou πŸ™‚

      • Hye Mi
        January 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

        Hi Humaira!

        Happy new year! πŸ˜€

        Try out the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner as it is very good for blackheads and pimples troubles as well. πŸ™‚
        The Jeju Volcanic may be a tiny bit too strong for you since you are so young!
        The Nature Republic Aloe Vera set is a soothing set, it “calms” the skin. πŸ˜‰

        • Humaira
          January 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm

          Ohh , you recommend me to use full set of it? is that have something for moisturizing too? Thankyou ^^

          • Humaira
            January 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

            Can you recommend for me what cleasing , toner , cream should i use ? I really dont know. and i love to use pact powder. Some pp i use can make acne on my face i dont know why. is it yadah pact powder is okay for me?

  508. Hana
    January 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Hyemi ! πŸ™‚

    I have a pimples on my cheek , forehead , and sometimes at on my chin. I also have blackhead & whitehead on my nose & tzone. But sometime everywhere in my face. I dont know what to use between innisfree jeju volcanic set , etude house pore freshner set or nature republic aloevera set. My face a little but oily but not worse i think . Can you suggest me what should i use ? since im still young , i am 15 years old. some people said i did not should wear a many & heavy product. Im really confused . Please help me πŸ™‚ Im sorry for my bad english cause im malaysia ^^ hope you reply this thankyou πŸ™‚

  509. Chu Chu
    December 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Hi Sis Hye Mi,
    I’m 20 years old and my t-zone is oily and have some pores…i have pimples only on my outerside of my face…and it leave scar…i think i have combination skin…i didn’t care my skin but i ‘m starting to interest ..as a skincare routine, i ‘m using Etude House Lemon Cleansing Cream,Missha Facial Cleanser Soap,Missha First Treatment Essence;Etudehouse Wonder Pore Freshner,Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel,Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream …At Night I mix Green Tea Seed Cream and Green Tea Seed Facial Oil to use it as Sleeping pack…Is there any product tht i shouldn’t use for my skin type and Could you recommend some products to replace it?thanks you so much ..Unnie..

  510. hanna
    December 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Hey Hyemi!
    I hv an oily tzone. And there is a lot of pimples on my forehead. There is also small white thing (( is it whitehead?? )). And I also hv a rlly dull face and horrible dark circle. I am 18 y/o.
    Please give me ya opinion. Thanks :*

  511. hanna
    December 30, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Hey Hyemi!
    Can you do me a favor?
    I hv a rlly serious prob,my tzone is oily and there is a lot of pimples on my forehead. It is not just only pimples, there is also a small white thing coming out (( is it whitehead?? )). Due to my oily nose,there is alot of blackhead. Furthermore,i hv a rlly dull skin. Could you recommend me some korean brand that suits me. Thank youuuu.

  512. UnicornXMe
    December 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Hi HyeMi!!
    I have been really into Korean skincare since last year and I am currently 16 years old. I have oily and acne prone skin and am currently using the innisfree jeju volcanic pore cleansing foam, toner and nature republic’s Alpert vera gel in the Morning. At night, I use the clarionic mia 2 with clinique’s mild cleanser, same innisfree toner and the aloe vera gel as my moisturizer. I use sheet masks 3-4 times a week and the innisfree volcanic clay mask once a week. Do you think that I should change my routines? I have a couple of acne scars on my cheeks that I cannot clear>< do you have any recommendations for such spot treatments too?:)

  513. Sophie
    December 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog and I can’t stop looking at it. I was wondering, do you have any suggestions for dark spots? I used to pick at my skin a lot (still kinda do :/ ) and have a bunch of acne scars and spots that won’t disappear. My friend recently told me about Korean products and I’ve been looking for products that would suit me best. Can you help me out with the dark spots?
    Thanks!

    • Hye Mi
      December 31, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Sophie!

      Pretty much any good brightening/lightening product can do the job as long as they contain good ingredients. To fight back acne scars and dark spots I use UNT EX WHITE LASERWAVE and coconut oil + lemon essential oil, these two methods work very well.
      I also really like SU:M37 White Intensive Program Cream, even though it is very expensive it really does lighten the skin.

      • Sophie
        March 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

        Hi HyeMi!

        Thank you for your feedback!

  514. Ana Maria
    December 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Hi, I loved your post, I’m from Brazil and had no idea about this products! I was wondering if you could help me decide what to get. My skin is really oily, i have acne and giant pores. I dont have a lot of money so I wanted to get just 1 or 2 products. What do you recomend? Would Wonder Pore be a good purchase?
    Thank you!

    • Hye Mi
      December 31, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Ana Maria!

      If you can only pick one product I STRONGLY suggest a serum from the brand UNT. It’s my favorite brand when it comes to pimples, blackheads, pores and sebum troubles. πŸ™‚
      Try out the ACNE MED serum : it’s great for regulating sebum, reducing pores size/blackheads/acne and also at lightening acne scars.

  515. aisyah rahman
    December 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    hi hyemi! im 21 and have problems with my dark circle and big pores. can you recommend a good product to solve my problem?

  516. Cloie
    December 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    HI πŸ™‚
    What do you recommend essence and ampoule products for a 16 year old girl??

    • Cloie
      December 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      i also have an oily skin. Is there a difference between essence and ampoule???
      THANK YOU πŸ™‚

    • Hye Mi
      December 31, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Cloie!

      Yes and no : it really depends on your skintype and your skin troubles, could you tell me more about it? πŸ™‚

  517. Willy
    December 21, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I have oily skin and it’s definitely a struggle to find good products.

    Do you have any recommendations on good serums for oily acne prone skin?

    currently I use

    Nature Republic The First Essence
    FaceShop Clean Face Mild Toner
    SkinFood Peach sake Emulsions
    Faceshop Clean Face acne spot treatment
    Nature Republic California Aloe Sunblock

    I still have problem with overly oily skin and the occasional breakouts

    • Hye Mi
      December 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Willy!

      Oh wow you’re really not using the right products unfortunately!
      None of them are good for regulating sebum! :/

      The Nature Republic first essence isn’t very good for oily skins in my opinion since it’s a little bit too rich.
      Get rid of your Skinfood Peach Emulsion! It’s good for dry to combination skintype but definitely not for oily skins.
      Emulsions are a mix of oil and water, you don’t want to use oil on your face since it will clog your pores. You MUST use oil-free products!

      Try out these products instead, if possible :

      Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Toner or Innisfree Jejubija Toner if you’re a young adult. If you’re over 25 years old try out the Iope or the Laneige trouble relief I mentioned in this post.
      UNT ACNE MED SERUM (I swear you won’t regret that one!)
      UNT ACNE THERME or Iope Trouble Clinic Moisturizing Cream

      • Jalu
        November 15, 2016 at 7:14 am

        hi hyemi,

        Is innisfree fresh cream okie for oily skin? there is castor oil in their ingredients πŸ™

  518. Stephanie xiong
    December 20, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I’m really sad you wasn’t able to answers my questions and I have been checking it everyday to see if you write back. πŸ™

    • Hye Mi
      December 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Hi sweetie!

      I’m very sorry I couldn’t answer your questions sooner. I checked my inbox and all my comments and I can’t find them, I’m afraid they ended up in the spam folder (which is emptied every two days :/) could you please ask me again so I can answer them? πŸ™‚

  519. Meigi
    December 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Hyemi,

    I’m 17 years old and i have sensitive-oily skin, big pores around my cheek, small pimple that pop up sometimes and also redness. Can you recommend to me what product should i use ?
    really appreciate it if you reply this πŸ˜€

  520. Cindy
    December 18, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Hi HyeMi!

    Thank you so much for writing this post!

    I’m currently having a major acne breakout for the past months. I’m currently thinking on changing my skincare to korean products.

    i’m prolly having an oily skin (as my face gets shiny by the end of the day and my nose really moist+shiny), big pores, acne scars and acnes everywhere on my cheek!

    I’m also have a sensitive skin so not all products are available for me. In your opinion, which brand should i go for?

  521. Clara
    December 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Nice to meet you HyeMi!!!I’m from singapore.May I know the UNT products that you recommend,is it suitable for teens between 16-18?If yes,any products you would highly recommend? πŸ˜€

  522. Claris
    December 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Hi Hye Mi!! You have such an amazing blog πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Wish i saw your blog posts before I went to korea!!! I would like to ask if Verite BB cushion is good for combination skin πŸ™‚ and do we apply the skin watery cream before or after applying the bb cushion!! Im new to korean make up and gosh im so confused by the products and the korean words descriptions arent helping me at all πŸ™ thank you babe πŸ˜€

    • Hye Mi
      December 31, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Claris!

      Yes BB cushions are good for all skintypes, especially the Laneige pore cushion. πŸ™‚
      Oh yes yes yes you MUST apply your cream BEFORE using makeup!

      I know Korean keywords can be confusing, here’s a little tip :
      skin | refiner | skin refiner | toner | softnener = toners, they have to be applied right after you cleanse your face.
      Essence | serum | ampoules = serums, only one or two drops are enough since they are more powerful than creams.
      emulsions | creams = day or night creams, obviously. πŸ™‚

  523. Valerie
    December 17, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Hi Hye mi! Im glad i’ve found your post but i’m having problems changing my skin care routine for the summer as my face are experiencing inflammation scars. Looking at your posts theres too many i could choose from and i couldn’t decide as i wanna change my skin care routine soon too! Mind telling me specific products for my face instead? I think i have combination skin but my cheeks tend to be oily when i wake up and the bottom part of my face, starting from my temples, i have loads of clogged pores and small bumps that are increasing non stop. I’m currently 16 years old this year and this had been the worse situation i have encountered throughout my teens! Do help me please!

  524. Ker
    December 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hello!
    Thank you for this post. Loved this.
    I have oily and acne prone skin, and i’m also having cystic acnes on mu forehead and chin. I want to try etude’s wonderpore, but as I’ve seen on your advices, its only best on night. Is it ok to use different toner in the morning like etude’s malgem smoother and wonderpore freshner in the evening?
    Thank you so much, really need your help and suggestions also for emulsion. Brands that are available in our place are etude, face shop, and skinfood.

  525. Mo
    December 16, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Hi, Hyemi!

    Thank you for this awesome post!
    I have some question hoping maybe you can help me out, I have oily acne prone skin with pores. I’m 23 year olds. I’m using Clinique 3 steps system (oily skin type) at the moment and hope to try something else. I feel like it isnt helping much. I tried Etude house AC clinic before and saw result in about a week. I love the products but now I want something like AC clinic too but with the help of pores also. I hope to find something good but a bit inexpensive. which products would you recommend or do you suggest I stick to AC CLINIC? Also would you mind suggesting the cleanser, toner, essence, and cream please. I’m new to majority of these products and with the success of AC clinic, I hope to try some of these out.

    Thank you,
    Mo

  526. Maria
    December 16, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Hello Hyemi!
    I need some help… I bougth korean cosmetics for the first time this early year and I think I over moisturized my skin because it turn up blackheads every week and now I have redness because they did not really leave my face. I am 22 and I have combination skin, but now I think I have to use this products to bring back my perfect pore skin of last year. Should I?
    this are the products I’ve used:
    Harakeke Foam Cleanser
    Innisfree grean tea serum
    Urban eco harakeke emulsion
    Nature republic Aqua combination watery cream

    Which combination of products do you recomend me?
    Will help argan oil for the scars or I will over moisturized?

  527. lilly
    December 15, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Hey πŸ˜€
    I have dry enough skin and terrible pores i as wondering if you knew and products that would be good but also not to costly to be sent to europe πŸ™‚ Not a problemo if not πŸ™‚ p.s. this article was really helpful mucho mucho gracias πŸ˜€

    • Hye Mi
      December 15, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Lilly! (hola? πŸ˜‰ )

      For pores I recommend Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, it’s a great toner for all skintypes as it is moisturizing and fight pores/blackheads.

  528. Stephanie
    December 10, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Hello, I’m 22 years old and I have combined/sensitive skin and I want to start getting in a routine of taking care of my face and I want to know which brands you would recommend for me? And what to use step to step like in the morning, night. Thanks!

  529. anna
    December 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Hyemi.I want to ask for your opinion.next year,i will be 20 years old.Since teenagers,i have an oily skin,many large pores,acne prones skin and redness on my skin.with all of the products that you have show up there,which are suitable for my skin?I’m very confuses to find a suitable serum/essence and cream.

    • Hye Mi
      December 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Anna!

      Seems like your skin is oily AND sensitive at the same time, this is probably why you have redness.
      You need to maintain a good balance between acne products and soothing products so I suggest you to use a mild cleanser (like Sidmool Tea Tree Cleanser or Nature Republic Aloe Vera Cleanser, a sebum/acne toner like the Innisfree Rosemary toner, a moisturizing/soothing toner (strongly recommend Nature Republic 90% Aloe Toner or Innisfree Rose Clear Toner), two serums/essences (like Innisfree Green tea Fresh Essence and The Saem Harakeke Essence)
      And finally two creams, one for day time and one for night time : I recommend Nature Republic Super Aqua Max (the blue one) as it is moisturizing and fights sebum and acne ; Nature Republic 90% Aloe Vera Gel or Innisfree the minimum fresh cream.

      • Loren
        October 26, 2015 at 2:55 am

        Hello, Hye Mi.
        My skin tipe is similar to Anna’s, but I’m 28. Can I use those products you mentioned above too? Thank you in advance.

    • anna
      January 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

      thanks,hye mi for your advice!Lately,i have dark circle and fine wrinkle around my eyes.Besides,my skin are break out all the time.Do i have to still use the products that you had recommended or other products?What eye cream that suitable for me?

  530. Art
    December 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Heymi!
    Thankyou for your posting
    I’m 18 yo, have a oily skin (T-zone)
    I confused with etude ac clinic and innsfree jejubija..
    What do you think?
    Anyway, thankyouu hehe

    • Hye Mi
      December 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Both are good but I would say the Etude AC Clinic is slightly stronger and takes care of strong/heavy pimples.
      If your skin is ONLY oily then you don’t need any of these two lines tho, since they’re only great for acne prone skins. πŸ™‚

  531. Angeline
    November 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Hi! I`m 17 years old, with dry skin/problem skin. i recently found a regime that works for me so my acne has most cleared up. however, they have left a lot of acne scars on my cheeks…..which products are best for clearing up acne scars?
    Also which products are best for cleaning out and shrinking pores? the acne i get is mostly from my pores on my cheeks getting clogged up so i have to squeeze them out. but then my skin is swollen and irritated…. help please! πŸ™‚

  532. Amanda
    November 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Hello HyeMi,
    I’m so glad I found your blog. I have horrible acne, all thanks to a new make up that I tried. After months of not using the make up, I am left with painful cystic like pimples and black heads. I recently bought Care Zone face wash and starter kit (toner, emulsion, and cream) and I feel that my skin is healthier with the Korean regimen, but I’m still breaking out. I’m running out of my Care Zone stuff and I don’t know where to start to get new stuff. I have oily skin and I sweat a lot with my job. What would you recommend? I’m really interested in that Etude House Wonder Pore toner, what do you think? I’m sorry for the long post!