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What are Korean nose masks?

Korean nose masks are a type of masks designed to target common skin concerns that occur around the nose area such as oiliness, blackheads and whiteheads, as well as enlarged pores. They work by controlling excess sebum and giving the skin a smoother, evenly toned texture. Some nose masks also have exfoliating effects from physical scrubs or chemical exfoliants like AHA and BHA.

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Unlike other types of masks available such as mask sheet, sleeping mask, lip and eye mask, as well as hand and foot mask that can be left on the skin for longer periods of time or massaged into the skin, nose masks need to be removed by physically peeling them away or rinsing them with water to effectively remove all traces of impurities.

Types of nose masks

Nose Strips

Nose strips are made of soft sheets that fit perfectly over your nose. They are also known as pore strips, blackhead removing strips that work by removing dead skin cells and deeply-rooted blackheads with their strong adhesive.

While nose strips do not stop or prevent the formation of black and whiteheads or reduce the size of enlarged pores, they are used to quickly give the skin a more even and smooth appearance by removing bothersome comedones. Pore strips can be used once or twice a week, depending on how your skin reacts to them and it is recommended to continue with the remaining skincare steps after each use.

To use nose strips, first ensure that your skin has been cleansed properly with a cleanser of your choice. Wet your nose with some water and carefully place the nose strip over your nose, then leave it on until it hardens. Once the strip has hardened, remove it from your nose, peeling from both sides and towards the centre of your nose.

Nose Mask Packs

Like the mask packs that are applied onto your face, nose mask packs work in a very similar fashion. They are applied directly onto clean skin and left on before rinsing. Nose mask packs are made with ingredients such as kaolin clay or volcanic ash to absorb excess sebum, as well as additional ingredients such as gentle exfoliants to eliminate blackheads, or soothing and calming ingredients like aloe vera to help prevent your nose from excessively drying out after the mask pack is rinsed off.

Similar to facial mask packs, nose packs are left on the skin for a period of time before they are rinsed away, lifting impurities, blackheads and dead skin cells from the skin. Nose mask packs are suitable for those with more delicate and drier skin that can be prone to sensitivity when using nose strips because nose packs are easily rinsed instead of forceful removal.

To use Korean nose mask packs, it is important to ensure that your skin is cleansed with a proper cleanser first. Apply a generous amount of nose mask pack and gently massage, then leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it away with water. Continue with a facial toner of your choice to help shrink the appearance of large pores, giving your skin a smooth evenly-toned finish.

Who will benefit from nose masks?

Nose masks are helpful especially for those with blackheads and whiteheads as a skin concern. Blackheads and whiteheads generally occur in those with oily or combination skin that is prone to clogged pores. Nonetheless, nose masks can also be used for those that tend to have enlarged pores around the nose area as these Korean nose masks also work by clarifying and tightening large pores, giving the skin a silky-smooth appearance effortlessly.

For those with dry skin, it is recommended to opt for nose masks that contain chemical exfoliators or have chemical peeling action to gently lift away dead skin cells, and work by penetrating into the pores to clear out impurities without causing micro-tears from the abrasive effects of physical scrubs.

Maintaining your skin’s oil-water balance and improving its texture is made simpler with the use of nose masks, as they help control excess sebum and shine in areas that are prone to oiliness. Shop the best Korean nose mask for your skin type at BONIIK from our selection of popular K Beauty brands.