First things first: Do makeup wipes cause acne?
The general consensus seems to be that while makeup wipes do not directly cause acne to flare up, they aren't as thorough a product as traditional makeup removers or cleansers, and the residue left behind is what causes acne.
Dr. Mona Gohara, a clinical dermatologist, says, "I don't think they cause acne, but they don't provide a thorough cleanse. They are not an effective way to clean [your face] all the time." She continues, "They can be helpful as a primary method of makeup removal, before cleansing or for use in a bind when you are tired or busy, but they shouldn't be used as a regular cleansing method."
"Particularly in sensitive-skinned people, they can cause irritation that may cause swelling and inflammation that can block pores," adds clinical dermatologist Dr. Heather Rogers.