What's in Your Beauty Wipes?

The newest ones are hardworking multitaskers: They clean, soothe, hydrate, and even fight breakouts.

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Which kind is right for you?

Makeup-removing wipes often feature a skin-hydrating and dirt-dissolving fatty acid called cetearyl isononanoate — good for cleaning up sensitive skin without drying. One worth trying: Almay Clear Complexion Makeup Remover Towelettes ($6, drugstores).

Another good pick for sensitive types: Skin-soothing wipes help calm redness with natural anti-inflammatories such as chamomile, aloe, or cucumber. Try Pond's Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes ($5, drugstores).

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Skin-brightening wipes can include glycolic acid, which sloughs off dead cells to even skin tone. Also look for niacinamide, which may help with brown spots. Find it in Olay Regenerist Micro-Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Cloths ($6, olay.com).

There are two heroes in acne-fighting wipes: salicylic acid helps exfoliate skin to keep pores clear, and charcoal can absorb dirt and oil. Get both in Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes ($6, garnierusa.com).

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Can you use cleansing wipes instead of face wash?

It's better to use both, especially if you're prone to breakouts. Wipes do a good job of removing the top layer of dirt and makeup from your skin but may not take off all traces of stubborn, pore-clogging grime. The best plan for truly clean skin, say pros, is to use a wipe first and then lather up.

Pro Tip

Avoid scrubbing with wipes. (Your skin isn't a frying pan!). Instead, use gentle upward sweeps - just as effective but easier on your face.

This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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