Wondering what some good Korean beauty products for acne are out there? I’ve tried both the AC Clinic line by Etude House and The Clean Face line by The Face Shop, so if you’re wondering if these products work then this is for you.
Korean Beauty Products for Acne: AC Clinic (now AC Clean Up) by Etude House Review Summary
The AC collection is now AC Clean Up. Overall, this line is effective against pimples that have already surfaced. The pink powder daytime and nighttime treatments do a good job of helping shrink pimples, reduce oil, and help fix redness. The foaming cleanser does well at prepping your skin for the next step, but it does strip your skin of oils so follow-up with moisturizing products.
Korean Beauty Products for Acne: Clean Face by The Face Shop Review Summary
The Clean Face collection by the Face Shop has more overall helpful products to control oil production that can cause break outs. It’s more preventative, with a spot corrector to fix any acne that breaks through the oil control treatments. The best product in this line is the spot corrector, because the oil control cream and essence didn’t do much to control my oil production.
Buy on Amazon: Acne Solution Foam Cleanser $9.30, Spot Corrector $5+, Foam Cleanser + Spot Corrector Bundle $9.48+ [Oil Control Essence and Oil Control Cream links coming as soon as I can find them, however they may be discontinued. Substitute The Face Shop Chia Seed $17]
Korean Beauty Products for Acne: AC Clinic (AC Clean up) by Etude House VS Clean Face by The Face Shop
Dealing with acne is an experience that impacts every moment of your life – from how you apply your make up, how you see yourself and it can change your confidence level and self-esteem for the worst. You’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from acne – from mild to severe cases. There are several things that can cause acne, like diet, hygiene, hormones, diseases, genetics, and even irritants from beauty products can cause it. While AC Clinic (AC Clean Up) and Clean Face by The Face Shop do help control excess oil and both also have salicylic acid.
How it Works
The AC Clinic/AC Clean Up line by Etude House seems to do its best job fighting acne when it gets down to the Pink Powder treatment. The pink powder is in a solution, and you dip a q-tip inside the bottle to get a dab of the powder at the bottom. You place the pink powder on your zit, and it dries up the oil and helps to shrink the pimple overnight. There’s also a white daytime powder that you can use the same way. I haven’t been able to use that without it being noticeable, unfortunately. It definitely isn’t as powerful as the pink powder.
The foaming cleanser strips your skin of oil, but it doesn’t leave your face overly dry. After you apply the toner, you should follow-up with other moisturizing products for your skin type.
The next day after using the pink powder, it worked to shrink the pimple (or area around it) most of the time and helps with redness. The toner and foam just strip the oils in your skin, and don’t seem to help with less oil production.
AC Clinic/Clean Up is more for prepping your skin to treat acne after you breakout. It doesn’t prevent much from happening. If you try this, keep your moisture levels up, even if you have oily skin. That way, you won’t produce excess oil that causes breakouts to happen.
Prices: Amazon: Toner $14.33+, Foam Cleanser $8, Pink Powder Spot $18.50+ Etude House: Foam Cleanser $11, Pink Powder Spot $15.60
Pros: Pink powder shrinks pimples overnight
Cons: You can skip the toner and foaming face wash; it’s for breakout treatment, not prevention
How it Works
The Spot Corrector is the star here, because consistent use helps reduce pimple size overnight, and is used during the daytime under make up and still work. The foaming cleanser strips your face of oils, but the essence and cream (now possibly discontinued) all helped to put moisture back in to your skin. That’s why I prefer Clean Face by The Face Shop over AC Clinic. The combination of products works for prevention and then the spot corrector works for when a pimple breaks through the moisture and protection. I will say that the oil control cream and essences didn’t work that well for me. It could be because I wasn’t upping most of the moisture in my skin overall.
Consistent use of the spot corrector helps to decrease breakouts and pimples. I would skip essence and cream can, since they didn’t help minimizing oil production at all. Still follow-up with a good moisturizing toner after using the face wash, because it strips your face oils.
I think the Clean Face line is better than Etude House overall, just because it’s more for preventing breakouts.
Prices: Buy on Amazon: Acne Solution Foam Cleanser $9.30, Spot Corrector $5+, Foam Cleanser + Spot Corrector Bundle $9.48+ [Oil Control Essence and Oil Control Cream links coming as soon as I can find them, however they may be discontinued. Substitute The Face Shop Chia Seed $17]
Pros: Spot corrector helps lower pimples and breakouts; helps with prevention
Cons: You can skip the essences and creams, just use another moisturizing product
You don’t need to spend a ton of money to look good, you just need to pick the right products and moisturize!