These cleansing wipes are bad news for all skin types because they contain alcohol, a sensitizing preservative (methylisothiazolinone, which should only be used in rinse-off products, yet part of the convenience of a cleansing wipe is not needing to rinse), and the potentially troublesome cleansing agent ammonium xylenesulfonate. All of these conspire to make redness from acne worse because each has irritant effects on skin, and in fact may make oily skin worse (Sources: Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366; and Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23).
The wipes are medicated with 0.5% salicylic acid, yet that amount, while potentially effective, is on the low side (though the solution the wipes are steeped in is in the correct pH range for exfoliation to occur). Contrary to claim, these wipes cannot keep pores open. Pores do not open and close like window blinds! Pores can become clogged and enlarged, but closing them isn’t possible. In fact, you wouldn’t want to close your pores because they’re key to your body being able to regulate its temperature (so closing your pores would quickly lead to you overheating).
We know wipes can be a quick way to cleanse skin, but there are other options that cost around the same yet cleanse gently, and those are strongly preferred.
Note: The inactive ingredients for this product are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. This is permissible because the product is regulated as an over-the-counter drug. Although many companies selling OTC skin-care products have begun listing their ingredients in this manner, it doesn’t make it any easier for the consumer to determine how much of a given ingredient they’re applying to their skin.