Best known for their dewy glow, we list down 6 Korean skincare products that can give you that Seoul luster – sans the oil and sebum!

The Koreans have taken the world by storm with quite a number of things: their cuisine, their television dramas, their now iconic pop groups to name, etc. Though we’re thankful for all of these, there’s one thing that everyone can universally benefit from this Korean pop culture invasion –their penchant for great, silky, clear skin.

While achieving that dewy glow is tempting on all levels, precaution is needed before taking the plunge to switching routines. One must always remember to appropriate any routine to their skin type and their environment. As Korean skincare is meant to make one look like their glistening, a specific skin-type needs to put on their reading glasses and see what they’re getting their skin into.

Combination and oily can easily go from hydrated luminosity to sebum extravaganza. Yes, Korean skin care is great, but you should know that not all products would suit your combination or oily skin type. This just means that you should be wary of what you put on your skin. Make sure to read the labels and keep a lookout for sebum reducing ingredients.

We’ve gathered the best sebum-fighting Korean skincare products that you can get your hands on. Just scroll on through and achieve that glow that’s meant for you!

Oil-based Cleanser

This might come as a surprise, but yes, your oily skin can be best friends with a good oil-based cleanser. Skinfood’s Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil is a great way to wipe away dirt and imperfections while combating your naturally oily skin. Its refreshing formulation, combined with egg white’s natural pore tightening and skin-firming properties, leaves your face feeling bright, light, and clear. 

Sebum-fighting Cleansers

It pays to read the labels. In choosing a facial cleanser, stick to those formulated with sebum-fighting ingredients like green tea, which is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties; or aloe vera, for its soothing and hydrating nature; and even tea tree, which is great for treating uneven and troubled skin. Try out Etude House’s Every Month Cleansing Foam #5 Green Tea, Every Month Cleansing Foam #6 Tea Tree, or Every Month Cleansing Foam #7 Aloe to address your oily skin’s needs – down to the very last specification. 

Gentle Exfoliants

As opposed to Westerners, Koreans believe in exfoliating regularly with products that are gentle to the skin. This practice ensures that your skin is clear of impurities and dirt that clog the pores without being aggressive to the skin. Products like The Face Shop’s Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Scrub Foam is formulated with pore purifying ingredients like volcanic ash which does not only tighten pores but ensure sebum-free skin on the go.

Sebum-stripping Toners


Toning one’s skin is vital! Cleansers and facial wash do not ensure 100% purging of pore-clogging dirt, toners are meant to seal the deal when it comes to stripping your skin clean. Though keep in mind that it’s important to use toners with sebum-stripping ingredients to guarantee that your skin is clear from grime. Check out Etude House’s Zero Sebum Clearing Powder Toner to rid sebum off of your skin!

Water-based Creams


Water-based creams can work magic for combination and oily skin. It’s light, and it doesn’t cause too much shine the day after. Slather on The Face Shop’s Belif – The True Cream – Aqua Bomb on the daily, and see results like supple skin, minimized pores, and radical elasticity. Its creams are mineral oil-free and gel-based, that keeps skin looking hydrated, minus the reflective shine.

Sheet Masks

Treat yourself to a soothing and nourishing sheet mask on a regular basis. Your skin can benefit from its intensive hydration and depending on the active ingredients, can target specific skin problems. Be on the lookout for ingredients like snail goo, Vitamin C, and rice. These ingredients are great for addressing oily skin and sebum. A product like Tony Moly’s I’m Real Rice Mask Sheet Clear Skin is something to try out!

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