PSA: If You Have Oily Skin, You Need a Special Kind of Makeup Wipe



Facial wipes are a hit-or-miss type of beauty product. You either love the new package of hypoallergenic, botanical essence-soaked disposable cloths you just picked up, or you think they're, well, just okay. Until I discovered my Dickinson's Witch Hazel Wipes ($4), which are honestly the most refreshing beauty product I've ever found, I was under the impression that I didn't really need facial wipes. To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to use them for. I mean, I washed my face each night and moisturized. That was enough, right? 

According to skincare expert Maryam Zamani, MD, I was technically right. "Face wipes should never be a substitution for skin cleansing," she says. "The face should be rinsed after wipes are used as they contain makeup remover, detergents, alcohol, and other ingredients that can leave a residue on the skin, which can cause irritation and sensitization." 

However, she says, "if you are in unique situations where you can not wash the face," they are useful for removing makeup and pollutants. In other words, stick to using a traditional cleanser each night, but if you just finish a workout or feel like your skin has been exposed to pollutants in smog, exhaust, and the like, then use a face wipe to refresh, cleanse, and soothe.

With oily skin, though, it's likely that you need a specific type of face wipe—one that hydrates, controls oil, and is gentle on the skin (after all, the last thing you want to do is encourage your skin to produce even more oil). Keep reading to see the eight best face wipes for oily skin as recommended by experts.