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My Top Winter Skincare Picks for Acne

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Design By Morgan McMullen

As the cofounder, esthetician, and curator behind Soko Glam and the skincare content site The Klog, I'm passionate about scouring Seoul for the latest and greatest innovations and bringing them to the U.S. so that your skin will see results.

Hydration and protection are at the cornerstone of any Korean skincare routine. Contrary to many Western philosophies, even acne-prone skin is in need of major hydration. By using products with moisturizing properties, you can reduce the inflammation beneath the surface of the skin that may lead to zits and breakouts. Protecting the skin from harmful UV rays is also important to protect acne-prone skin from pigmentation. These K-beauty innovations will hydrate, calm, protect, and fortify the skin barrier, leading you down the path to clear, glowing skin.

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This Lightweight Moisturizer
Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream
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COSRX sokoglam.com
$25.00

If you’re someone who has acne-prone skin, this gel cream formula is going to be your new go-to moisturizer. I love that it's packed with vitamin B5 (panthenol), which is both hydrating and anti-inflammatory. Green tea and aloe leaf extracts round-out the formula for added nourishment and soothing benefits. The texture, perfect for oily skin types, absorbs quickly without leaving a sticky residue behind.

This Acne-Fighting Toner
Birch Milk Refining Toner
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Then I Met You thenimetyou.com
$32.00

There’s something special about the Birch Milk Refining Toner. I’ve suffered with hormonal acne for years, and since incorporating the toner into my routine daily my hormonal acne has disappeared. It contains the optimal 1-percent AHA/PHA and hydrating milky birch juice to buff away fine lines and pores. It was specifically formulated to use every day, morning and night, without worrying about over-exfoliation or drying out your skin. Your pores and breakouts will be minimized, and your skin will feel smooth and soft to the touch.

This Skin Barrier Strengthener
Relief Moisture Green Ampoule
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Safe Me. sokoglam.com
$29.00

Glowy skin starts with a healthy skin barrier. The role of the skin barrier is to keep irritants out, and when it's functioning right your complexion will be supple and clear. If the skin barrier is damaged, the opposite will be true. Dehydrated skin can over-produce sebum, which will make your skin more sensitized and prone to breakouts. This gentle ampoule is formulated with brazilian green propolis, which is a conditioning ingredient that protects and nourishes the skin, improves skin’s texture, and prevents moisture loss. 

This Innovative Mask
Real Mugwort Clay Mask
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ISNTREE sokoglam.com
$24.00

Mugwort is the new tea tree oil—at least in Korea right now. It’s known as a soothing and healing ingredient, and is effective in treating skin sensitivity and redness. This clay mask contains mugwort leaf powder to gently remove dead skin cells from pores, even out rough texture, and has six types of clays to effectively absorb sebum. It’s non-drying and safe for acne-prone and sensitive skin types.

This Skin Tone Inclusive Sunscreen
Acsen UV Protector Essence
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TROIAREUKE sokoglam.com
$55.00

This brand favorite among K-Beauty fans is designed for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin. Incorporating a sunscreen into your routine, especially when you suffer from acne, is important to protect it from pigmentation. This SPF 50 moisturizing essence melts into skin without leaving behind a white cast or a sticky, greasy finish. On top of that, it features calming ingredients like centella asiatica.

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