The Best Makeup Removal Option for You, Based on Your Skin Type
If you wear makeup, you need a product to remove it at the end of the day. But not all makeup removers are created equal—and if you want to keep your skin looking and feeling it's best, you need to choose the product that's right for your particular complexion. Here, we take a look at the best makeup removal options by skin type, which means you can make sure that what you are using is actually supporting the health of your skin (and not making any issues worse).
Oily or Acne-Prone
If you have oily skin, it's imperative that any makeup remover option you incorporate into your skincare routine keeps your pores clear and your skin blemish-free. That's why you should look for a non-comedogenic option. "Oily or acne-prone skin should use a non-comedogenic makeup remover," says New York City-based cosmetic dermatologist Michele Green. There are tons of suitable varieties out there (from micellar waters to cleansing balms), so you can choose whichever formulation feels best.
You can also use makeup remover wipes as long as they don't dry out your face (which can actually cause oil production to ramp up and lead to—you guessed it—clogged pores and breakouts). "Cetaphil cleansing cloths ($6.99, ulta.com) are great for this skin type," she explains. "[They] contain cetyl alcohol which does not make the skin dry but helps keep its natural moisture balance."
When your skin is dry, you need a makeup remover that isn't going to suck the hydration out of your already-parched complexion. Enter micellar makeup removers. "Micellar cloths [or micellar water] remove all trace makeup while keeping the skin hydrated," Dr. Green continues. As an added bonus, unlike some other options, micellar products offer the one-two punch of cleansing the skin and removing makeup, she says.
When you're looking for products for combination skin types, it's all about finding the right balance—and this also applies to makeup remover options. "Combination skin needs a balance; therefore it needs a lightweight makeup remover," explains Dr. Green. Products that are both lightweight and hydrating—like a jelly cleanser or cleansing balm—strike the perfect balance for combination skin.
Makeup remover cloths might be convenient—but if you have sensitive skin, they're probably not your best option. "If you have sensitive skin, using makeup wipes will [be irritating]," she says. "Most makeup wipes contain alcohol and can be drying." Instead, look for a gentle option that will help calm your complexion—and keep irritation at bay. "Using a cleansing oil or cleansing milk is a great choice," notes Dr. Green.