I try to deep clean my cheek pads at least once a year, by soaking them in a baby shampoo or Dr. Bronner’s soap bath, but for quick cleaning and disinfecting the cheek pads from makeup and dirt, I use alcohol.
This might not be the safest method for longevity/wear in your pads, but for those of us who wear makeup underneath our helmets, it’s a quick fix to get rid of anything that could cause acne.
This is what my pads look like after a few months of riding. You should ideally clean them at least once a month, but I’m lazy so I do it every other month or whenever I breakout on my cheek/chin area.
Here’s a before and after on one cheek pad:
I was too lazy to remove all of the padding, so I cleaned along the inside where I saw more makeup (generally around the forehead area).
I’m disgusting, I know:
I’ve been doing this for a few years and the alcohol hasn’t affected the material of my pads in either helmets. To compare, whenever I deep clean my pads in a soap bath, I tend to notice they fit a little looser around my head. So this works for me to quickly get rid of make up residue.