Innisfree Bija Cica Balm | Review

Innisfree Bija Cica Balm Review:

As an avid Innisfree fan of course I wanted to try this product as soon as it was announced. Of course I took the opportunity and applied for a tester set of 5 days. Innisfree Bija Cica Balm was released with the same base idea of the previous True Care Cica Intensive balm, and everyone in Korea went crazy as soon as it came out. It doesn’t retail for a particularly cheap price, 22000 KRW, but also not expensive enough that it would stop people from trying it. Continue reading if it really worth the hype or not.


+ Innisfree Bija Cica Balm claims to protect the skin against external irritants while helping relieve already irritated skin.

+ 90% natural ingredients.

+ 4X highly purified centella asiatica helps in the care of damaged skin.

+ Bija oil and D-pantenol nourish a strong and healthy skin.


Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalene, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Torreya Nucifera Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Panthenol, C12-16 Alcohols, Diisostearyl Malate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymr, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, 1,2-hexanediol

Innisfree Bija Cica Balm Review

Volume: 40ml

How to use:

>Apply evenly all over face before applying facial cream. So, it’s the last step before the facial cream.

>For spots: apply thickly on affected area.

My Skin Type: Oily T, dry U, blemished, sensitive, and allergic.

Innisfree Bija Cica Balm Review:

Looking at the package, it is just like every other Innisfree package – simple, made out of recycled paper, printed in soy ink, no ‘pretty’ or ‘interesting’ points to remark. But again, like every Innisfree package, its simplicity is comforting as we have certain expectations for the product inside.

Innisfree Bija Cica Balm Review


The product, as soon as you open it looks like something a doctor would prescribe. There is no big noticeable smell, and it comes out in the consistency of a medium thickness cream, rather than a Vaseline or lip balm consistency, which is what I expected.

However, just like Vaseline it spreads extremely well, so don’t worry about putting a big amount, 1cm line should be more than enough (except for specific spots).

As expected from Innisfree, it is full of flowers and plant extracts, even though it doesn’t show in the scent.

I started using it on February 7. And yes, I did memorize the date. Because my skin was horrible and by valentines it was ready to go on a date with little to no make up! As I have a sun allergy, I also have a lot of ‘beauty marks’ (nothing can be done about those) and light freckles which have become lighter after using this.

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Innisfree Bija Cica Balm Review


Here I had used the product exactly once. I’m sorry, I deleted the very first photo I took before starting treatment since it was way too gross.

Innisfree Bija Cica Balm Review

The above image shows how my skin looks today. Way less irritated, both in color and in bumps, I haven’t had many breakouts, not many allergies either. A couple of days ago I had an allergy on the border of my lips, I used this and it had a very quick relieving effect (it was itching like hell before) and on the morning after I had no irritation at all!

I have been using it ever since I bought it, and I do not intend on stopping! It is, hands down, the product with the fastest and most effective result since I have arrived to Korea.

Sensitive and blemished skins, pink heads (I honestly don’t think it will be too effective on white heads unless they are irritated – pink all around), and definitely blemished skin should try this product.

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Amazon Prime | eBay | Cosmetic-love | Yes Style

Have you tried Innisfree Bija Cica Balm?

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15 thoughts on “Innisfree Bija Cica Balm | Review”

  1. Hi Ana,
    Thanks so much for these reviews, and for including pictures!
    Sounds like a miracle product!
    My skin kinda looks like your before picture, but with lots of whiteheads ( most likely for the sudden cold weather). I usually have combination, acne prone skin.
    I feel that my skin really lacks hydration because after moisturising, it still feels tight. Do you think this is a good option for hydrating and soothing my skin? Or is the innisfree jeju lava essence better?

    • Hi ^^ so, this is what works for me when I have breakouts, and my skin still tightens and dries. I’ll give brands as examples but you should use the equivalents that you already have!
      First you should wash your face with something for sensitive skins and that doesn’t dehydrate (ex: Innisfree broccoli gel cleanser, Nature Republic green tea foam cleanser, or an actual foam cleanser – those that come out of the pack already foamy like a soap): this prevents your skin from getting more sensitive

      If you want to do localized acne treatment you should do it before skin care, so that you can heal (localized acne treatments are very aggressive; cosrx is good to heal breakouts): this heals just the white heads
      An aloe or cactus gel will hydrate your skin, but you should apply the rest of the skin care right after (if you use toner use it before this gel)

      You should use a serum or essence that’s not difficult to absorb but is for sensitive skins (I like the Innisfree Jeju one you mentioned, but other good ones are IOPE moistgen, Innisfree green tea seed, or a seaweed facial soap): this moisturizes the skin and helps with the blemishes
      I like using a Cica cream all over my face after I use the lotion/emulsion and the cream. I use it all over my fave because they moisturize the skin and heal the redness(good ones are this one, Dr Jart cicapair, and the Etude House Soon Jung balm is good but you need to use cream or emulsion for extra moisturizing)
      You don’t have to do all of these, this is just what I do! What you should really do is use a cleanser that’s not aggressive, use a serum or essence that’s not aggressive and that moisturizes, use a Cica based cream to heal
      If your skin needs hydration literally any gel after the toner is a good idea, aloe gel isn’t that expensive and lasts for a long time. Aloe also calms the skin so you don’t have to worry about which cleanser you use.

      If you tell me which products you have I can help you building your healing around them ^^

      • Hi Ana,
        Thank you sooo much for replying ! :):) Youre so helpful!
        I am currently using a gentle cleanser (avene anti redness cleansing lotion), and innisfree green tea fresh cream. But, as the weather is getting colder, I added cosrx snail mucin last week and just stopped it because I think its causing the sudden whiteheads all over my face 🙁 I’ve never experienced this so I think its the culprit.
        I’ve since switched to using a heavier moisturiser at night (la roche porsay toleriane ultra overnight cream), hopefully it doesnt break me out.

        I have a few products in my stash: Cosrx honey overnight mask(seems to make my skin itchy), Cosrx birch moisturiser, hada labo hyaluronic acid toner

        Have you tried any of these? What do you think is good?
        I just bought the innisfree lava essence and cream 🙂 I cant wait for them to arrive!

        • Hi ^^
          Blemishes and trouble: That cleanser is perfect! The two things I would say you should definitely use for your skin are that cleanser and the lava essence.
          And you should get a Cica balm. The Innisfree one is more expensive than the Etude House one, but they both work well. If you have any other Cica balm at your reach that should also be okay, just apply it all over your face before the last cream.
          Hyaluronic acid is very moisturizing so use it if your skin likes it.

          Creams: The lava cream might be enough, but it might be like the green tea cream you have, in my skin they act very similar so you should test it since you might still need a stronger winter cream. You should also test the moisturizer from cosrx you have and see if it’s enough for the winter.
          You can try other snail creams if you want to love snails, but Shea butter and horse oil are usually good winter protectors and repairers. If your skin is usually oily or if it’s mixed and very oily on the oily part – you should probably use them only at night. I have tried and liked the Guerrison Horse Oil Cream (also has snail), but it makes my oily skin oilier so I used it only in emergency and at night.
          It would be better for you to try the one you have and the one that’s arriving first, then ask friends or family for samples or to share a little of theirs if your creams don’t satisfy you.

          Very important: don’t use that sleeping mask at all if it makes your skin itchy. Give it to a family member or friend if you don’t want to waste it. Most people (myself included) like the Laneige water sleeping mask if you insist on using a mask, but you should find a tester first to make sure the same doesn’t happen.
          If the Cosrx cream was the one giving you the breakouts (you will know 2 weeks after stopping using it) drop it. Again, give it to someone who might like it… But never use products your skin doesn’t like!

          Tip 1: Don’t change more than 1 product each week because if something good or bad happens you won’t know which product did it. Usually, in 1 week you can see the bad influences, in 2 weeks you start seeing the good ones (slowly) – if you do morning AND night routines with the new products

          Tip 2: Skin Care is expensive, the products you didn’t like you can exchange them with a friend, you can try their products instead! Also, when possible test the products before, you can purchase samples for almost every product around. Your skin is very sensitive so you shouldn’t risk too much by buying a new expensive product without knowing how your skin feels about it

          I hope you like the new products! ^^ I know I love that collection
          But remember, the bad results usually take at least 1 week to appear, so change one product at a time

  2. Hi Ana, thank you so much for the review, it’s hard to find Bija Cica Balm review everywhere. ㅠㅠ
    I just bought this item, but I found a little trouble. Can I ask you? Did you use cica balm for day cream and night cream? Or day only/night only?

    • Hi ^^ since my skin is combination and very oily on my nose, I used it only on my cheeks and where I had any skin problem. At night sometimes I used it all over my face, but during the day I avoided using it on my T zone because I produce a lot of sebum there!

        • I used a full skin care routine with this, because I didn’t want it to replace the cream, just to take care of my face ^^
          So, I used: cleanser, first essence, toner, second essence, eye cream, emulsion, cica balm (very thickly where I needed it and massaged it until it absorbed), and then a cream very lightly on the dry parts of my face
          But you might have to try a few different things to see what works better for you with this balm. If you have oily skin you might want to skip the cream, etc etc

  3. Hi Ana! This is a great review! And because of this, I just purchased the balm along with other korean products.. The problem is I don’t know how to incorporate it with the sulwhasoo products (first care activating serum, balancing water, balancing emulsion & concentrated ginseng renewing cream) and the cosrx mask. I searched online for the korean 10 steps skincare routine (im new to this) but I think your opinion will be highly valuable since you have so much experience when it comes to korean products. I hope you can help me. Thanks!

    • Hi!!! TT TT Oooh thank you so much *happy tears* I usually use this before the cream (or if your last step is a lotion I would use it before a lotion) because it’s a balm so it’s relatively dense. Since it’s dense I’m afraid it can prevent more liquid products (like essences and toner) from absorbing so I want to use it close to the end. But since it’s so dense I personally don’t think it should be used after other dense products like creams and some lotions. Now, this is what I usually do! But I have also used it right after the toner when I felt too lazy to do a 10 step skin care.

      My long routine lately is:
      Cleanser 1 – cleanser 2 – first treatment essence or serum – toner – second essence or serum – ampoule or oil – cica balm – lotion or emulsion – cream – aloe or bamboo gel – sun cream

      When I feel lazy it usually is:
      Cleanser – toner – (maybe ampoule, depending on the mood) – balm – cream

      But most beauty products are trial and error, and most Sulhwasoo products are rich in nutrients so you will probably have to try a few different orders for the balm.

  4. Hiii thank you for your amazing review 🙂 I wanted to ask you, is it necessary to use this product or can I use it just in case I have a time of breakouts or so? Because I dont have many skin problems just in some periods of the year. I have other 2 questions sorry for too many 😀 Another one is if you use this on day and night how much time does the 40ml bottle last you?
    And does that mean that u firstly apply vitamin C, then bija cica balm and then a cream? And in which step you use eye cream? :)))
    Thank youuu ^^

    • Hi Alex ^^
      I only use it when I have pimples or blemishes but in my case that’s very often but for example my friend doesn’t have almost any skin problem but he gets stress pimples on exam time and he uses it only then ^^
      The 40ml bottle lasts me for 4 months because I use it almost every day and wash my face 3 times a day! I don’t apply a crazy layer of the balm, I just put a thin layer (like a spot treatment) on my problems.
      And lastly I think you should apply it after the vitamin c because this is a thick balm, and after the balm the cream. I apply the eye cream after this balm because in my case I think taking care of skin troubles is a priority, if taking care of your eyes is a priority then I would apply the eye cream and then this balm ^^

  5. Hi! I have the same skin condition as yours, just with more acnes. I’m new to AB beauty, and recently, I bought the Bija Cica Gel one. It has been 3 days after use, and whiteheads with cysts are popping out. Is it a possible purging reaction? Or should I just stop this product? Thank you!

    • It’s possible that it’s just dragging the sebum out but it can also be a reaction. I would stop it for a while if I were you and wait until it goes back to normal, then try again and see how it goes. Because you shouldn’t risk it being a bad reaction and keep using the product.
      If the white heads and cysts aren’t sore then you can try again later, but if they are sore I think you should skip the product altogether :/

      • Thank youuu ! And what if I have days I would like to put sheet mask on my face? In what order it should come ? After serum or after bija cica balm or before? Or is there some step which is not used in case of using sheet mask?

        sorry bothering u!

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