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Can You Use Korean BB Cream for Oily Skin?

There’s been a recent wave of everything Korean – kpop, k-dramas, Korean noodles, and even Korean makeup! In particular, Korean BB cream has taken the market by storm. And while it gained popularity in the west very recently, Koreans have been using it daily for quite some time (which might explain their smooth, flawless skin)! And it’s clear why they love it.

Korean BB creams serve as a great foundation and provide a plethora of other benefits. For instance, they help with uneven skin tone and hide blemishes. They also work as sunscreen, keep your skin hydrated, and nourish the skin with minerals and vitamins. But can you use a Korean BB cream for oily skin?

The good news is Korean BB creams in the Innisfree skin care range are lightweight, making them suitable for oily skin too. You no longer need to worry about your foundation or makeup melting and smudging because of oily skin. Korean BB creams have your back!

Causes of oily skin

Everyone’s skin produces oil, but some produce it more than others. A sebaceous gland present under the pores produces something called sebum, which is basically a natural oil that helps keep your skin healthy and hydrated. But if you have oily skin, that means your glands produce excessive oil. This, in turn, causes breakouts.

Here’s what causes oily skin: 

Your environment

It might come as a surprise but the region you live in and the season can be reasons for oily skin. For instance, if you live in a hot and humid area, then you’re more likely to have oily skin. Similarly, you might notice that your skin is super oily in summers compared to in winter or autumn.

While you can’t do much to change where you live, you can follow a strict skincare routine to keep oil production to a minimum.


One of the most common reasons for oily skin is genetics. If either of your parents has oily skin, then there’s a high chance that you have do too.

Large pores

Enlarged pores produce more oil, so much so that you might notice your skin becoming oily again just hours after cleaning. Large pores can be due to reasons like a previous breakout, age, and weight change.

Using products not suitable for oily skin

Your skin can also become oily if you use skin-care products that are not suitable for your skin type. This includes using heavy creams or products that contain oil. Keep in mind that the kind of products you use really makes a difference in how oily your skin is.

At the same time, you should note that excessive skincare can also lead to oily skin. So don’t be surprised if you find oil on your skin if you exfoliate too much or are obsessed with washing your face very frequently. If you do so, you get rid of almost all the oil from the skin, putting the sebaceous glands into overdrive and causing them to produce excessive oil. Remember, washing your face twice throughout your day is enough to deal with oil.   

Dry skin

Your skin can dry out if you don’t wear sunscreen, which ultimately triggers sebum production. If you don’t have sunscreen in your daily makeup routine, make sure you add it. And if you use foundations and moisturizers with sunscreen, remember to reapply at least once since they are less oily.

Why Korean BB creams?

Korean dermatologists are famous for their work. Korean makeup products are known for striking a great balance between makeup and skincare, which results in a lot of benefits. Apart from being super-effective, they are skin-friendly and gentle, and deeply moisturize and nourish the skin. Most of them also offer anti-aging benefits so you can really benefit from adding one to your daily skincare routine.

Some Korean BB creams also feature advanced technology that makes your skin look youthful, radiant, and healthy. They also don’t use any harsh chemicals so they don’t cause any allergies.

And not to mention, you can use a BB cream as a tinted moisturizer, concealer, and mineral foundation to create a radiant look, hide discoloration, and nourish the skin. So you no longer need to invest in multiple products! 

Choosing the right Korean BB cream for oily skin

There’s no doubt that Korean BB creams are better and more beneficial than your regular BB creams. But how can you make sure that you buy one for oily skin? 

Well, make sure you keep in mind the following:


When it comes to BB cream for oily skin, you need to buy something that includes ingredients that not only provide you the coverage you’re looking for but also make sure to limit the amount of oil your skin produces. Some chemicals and ingredients that can really help in this regard are sugar maple, clay, chamomile, salicylic acid, and argan oil.

Meanwhile, make sure you avoid chemicals that can really damage your skin, add to the oiliness, and even age the skin. Examples of such chemicals include phathletes, sulfates, and parabens.


The right texture is really important. Ideally, you want something light-textured that doesn’t increase the oiliness. Heavy creams will only clog your pores, which will cause an acne breakout, so make sure you choose wisely.

Coverage level

BB creams generally provide less coverage than your regular foundation, but they are easy to blend and give a smooth texture. We recommend opting for a Korean BB cream that comes with broader shade options.


High SPF is important to keep your skin healthy. Make sure you choose a Korean BB cream with an SPF of at least 30.

Take care of your skin!

It is possible to use Korean BB creams for oily skin, given that you choose one with the right ingredients and texture. It can be very easy to trigger your oil gland to produce more oil, which is why you need to be very careful about what you put on your face. But once you choose the right product, you’ll be able to enjoy a plethora of benefits and your skin will thank you for it!  

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