Skincare expert demonstrates what happens when you use makeup remover wipes: 'Literally makes my toes curl'

Katie Mather
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Dr. Tijion Esho, an Instagram “skinfluencer” and cosmetic doctor, posted a video on Instagram showing a close-up demonstration of what happens to your pores when you use makeup remover wipes.

Makeup remover wipes have been dubbed the ultimate lazy hack for moments when “you just can’t get to the sink” to do your regular skincare routine. To avoid sleeping in makeup — which clogs pores and can cause breakouts and premature wrinkles — the makeup remover wipe is sold as a substitute.

But it may be causing more problems than it solves.

Dr. Esho explains in his Instagram video that he does not advise his patients to use makeup wipes. Dr. Esho has won dozens of awards, is in the process of launching a skincare line and started the ESHO Clinic, a chain of doctor’s offices that provide state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures.

Plus, this is what his skin looks like. So, yes, I’d say Dr. Esho knows what he’s talking about.

In the video, Dr. Esho holds up an orange and pumps a little bit of foundation onto it. After spreading the foundation evenly over the face of the orange, Dr. Esho uses a makeup wipe to attempt to remove the foundation off of the orange.

While Dr. Esho does get a decent amount off the orange, he reaches a point where the makeup remover wipe can’t reach bits of foundation that has seeped into the orange’s pores — so, imagine what it does to your skin.

“…Your pores,” he captions the final image.

“Love this demonstration,” someone commented. “Literally makes my toes curl when clients say they use wipes.”

“Alternatively double cleanse using a cleanser or micellar water with for 60 seconds and try follow up makeup removal with moisture,” Dr. Esho advises in the caption of the video.

In addition to potentially wreaking havoc on your skin, the wipes are also not great for the environment.

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