The first thing you need to know is that, you should have a towel just for the facial cleansing ritual. Do not use the bathroom hand towel, much less if it is shared. This recommendation is for everyone, whatever your skin type, whether you have acne or not. It is a matter of generalized facial hygiene.
If you also suffer from acne and it turns out that what causes acne is bacteria, the more hygiene and care you take, the better. Imagine your hand towel with traces of dirt that the soap has not completely removed: contamination from the street, traces of grease from something you have been cooking […] All smeared on your face.
So… How should the towel have to be? Paper, terrycloth, soft cloth without ridges?
In the case of faces with very oily skin, the best towel would be a 100% cotton or, directly, cotton fabrics to use and throw away, as long as they are not scented, to avoid possible irritations. Normal skins require thinner fibers. Finally, for sensitive, atopic, acne or rosacea skin, the best thing would be a single-use tissue paper or a soft cloth towel.
Everyday towels, no matter how exquisite we are with the grooming, accumulate dirt: dead skin cells, mites and other pathogens. Between the characteristics of this type of fabric – thicker, with more difficulty to dry – and the humidity and warmth of the bathroom, the perfect habitat is created for the proliferation of all types of microbes. It’s not that it is strictly necessary to avoid them, but to change them often to avoid possible infections.
The best options for single-use tissues
Facial Cleansing Towelettes Pink Grapefruit from Burt’s Bees
As it is made from citrus oil, it acts as a natural astringent that cleans deeply without drying out. Because of this and because of its rejuvenating and refreshing effect, it is one of the best wipes for oily skin.
People with oily skin would really benefit from this product, because it removes dirt and oil trapped in the pores (therefore, preventing acne and blackheads). It also contains grapefruit, which leaves the skin soft and clean.
Tested by dermatologists and ophthalmologists, this product is safe for daily use. In addition, it is 99.1% natural and contains no petroleum jelly, phthalates or parabens.
This product is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. An advantage for those who love the environment; because it means they are not using toxic substances.
These wipes are perfect even for those with sensitive skin. They can also help soothe skin irritation.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes-Pink Grapefruit
Ideal for acne-prone skin, these gentle, pre-moistened facial cleansing wipes deeply cleanse skin by removing pore-clogging impurities, all with a revitalizing burst of pink grapefruit. In one simple step, your skin feels clean without any oily residue. Best of all, you don’t have to rinse!
Not into single-use tissues? If you’d like an everyday towel, there are some very good options:
Sinland Microfiber Face Cloth
These washcloths are made of microfiber, which is one of the best materials. You don’t need to worry about the quality of this brand; given that this towel is known for its specialty in facial cleansing.
They are also very easy to use: just soak the washcloth in warm water and exfoliate.
TreeWool Facial Washcloth
If you want a washcloth that is 100% cotton and without any chemicals, this brand is for you.
It has quite a lot of fibers, which makes it much more absorbent. Since it’s made of completely natural substances (in fact, it uses dyes and organic compounds that are universally approved), it will be very good for your skin.