How to Use Facial Blotting Papers to Blot Oil From Your Face

Updated on December 11, 2019
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As a young woman, I had terrible facial blemishes and didn't have the privilege of knowing the best skin-care tips at the time.

That unsightly shine of an oily face can become quite embarrassing and if you have oily skin, you can relate with this distressing feeling.

You’ve just washed your face clean, applied your makeup and ready to go off to work. Barely an hour later, your face is oozing oil, and it’s always that T-zone area. Or, you are on your way to go partying with friends but before you walk out through the door, that sebaceous oil begins to seep through the pores on your nose. Not a very nice look. Not a good feeling either.


In this day and age of the super-perfect makeup look, no one needs to have to contend with an oily face situation. It can destroy that perfect look and make it appear like you just had an oil bath. Well, maybe not that extreme, but you get the message.

Every woman wants her makeup to retain its matte finish for at least twelve hours. Women that wear minimal makeup like their faces to have a mattified appearance too and will want that fresh look to last all day long. And many of them are very lucky to have the best of skin types. They don’t have oily skin. But if you, like many of us have oily skin and find that your carefully applied makeup is turning into a horrible shade with a patchy and greasy look, there is a solution.

Why Does the Face Produce Excessive Oil?

The major reason why some of us ooze excessive oil through our skin is because we overproduce sebum from our sebaceous glands which are located directly under the skin's surface. And when you have too much sebum you get very oily skin, which can lead to clogged pores, pimples, and acne. Other reasons are due to genetics, hormonal changes, and even stress and anxiety.

If you produce much facial oil and leave it to accumulate all day, it is detrimental to your skin’s health. Excess sebum will clog pores and give you spots. It will also contaminate your makeup applicators. So, it is either you keep washing your face all through the day or wipe it clean with facial tissue. Both ways, you lose your perfect makeup.

To control this secretion effectively without ruining your makeup, you need to use facial oil blotting papers. It will help to keep your face oil-free and fresh-looking all day long.

Why Oil Blotting Papers Work Better Than Other Products

When I discovered oil blotting papers, to me, it was like the best thing since sliced bread. My facial oil production seemed uncontrollable and there was no way I’d leave home without my pack of silky-soft clean and clear's oil absorbing sheets. Many women still believe that once you have a pack of regular paper tissues, it will be sufficient to mop up the oil and take care of the unsightly shine. This is not so. Tissue paper only works for a short while. Just give it ten minutes; back comes the oil again. Moreover, it ends up wiping a large part of your makeup off your face, and it never absorbs much oil anyway.

Another common product people use to try to combat facial oil are wet wipes. Using wet wipes instead of oil blotting papers has two consequences. First, it removes your makeup entirely and you'll have to reapply it all over again. Secondly, the wipes are often alcohol-based and may be too harsh for many skin types, stripping it of its healthy moisture.

With a sheet of oil blotting paper, you can quickly and effortlessly blot oil from the face even before it starts to shine. Facial oil blotting papers are gentle on the skin, and highly effective, and it will never remove your makeup. As long as you have a pack always at hand, you can have a clean fresh look for as long as you wish. Packs of oil blotting papers may include up to 300 individual papers, depending on the manufacturer. My pack of blotting papers lasts me for at least two months.

How Best to Use Oil Blotting Papers

  • Pull out the thin sheet from the handy, easy-to-dispense pack.
  • Press a sheet firmly but gently against the shiny areas of your face, starting with your T-zone (areas of the nose, chin, and forehead).
  • Leave the blotting paper against your skin for a few seconds while the sheet absorbs the oil.
  • Don't rub or move the paper across your skin to avoid removing makeup. Simply pull away from the face in one motion.
  • Use a new sheet on other areas of your face if necessary.
  • Repeat the process every couple of hours, or every hour, depending on the severity of your serum production.

How do you know it's working? You will clearly see the oil being absorbed as the paper starts to become transparent. You'll also notice the instant difference on your face as the shine totally disappears, leaving a matte finish and your makeup still intact.

Remember to avoid re-using the same paper; this may cause skin breakouts by spreading around the oil you already absorbed. Start with a fresh paper for each use!

Popular Choice of Oil Blotting Papers

Packs of oil blotting papers can be found online or at local beauty products stores around you. They come both with fragrance and fragrance-free. You will also find some infused with essential ingredients that are soothing and great for skin health. Popular choices include:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Natural powder
  • Hemp
  • Plain or powder-free
  • Green tea

While many people love to use lavender and chamomile-based oil blotting papers, most prefer to use the powder-free, plain version to avoid unnecessary skin irritation. They are odourless and work like magic, keeping both your skin and makeup looking fabulous. But whichever type you find works best for you, once you desire to keep your facial skin oil-free and fresh at all times, always have a purse-sized pack that's compact, hygienic, and easy to carry around.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    © 2009 viryabo


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      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        4 years ago

        Thank you Oily Skin Facial.

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        oily skin facial 

        6 years ago

        It’s the quality I am looking from the informative media and it made me reach your article. I would like to read more of your articles in future.

      • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


        10 years ago

        Okay, i'll work on something this week. I have oily skin but on my face only too. Discovered these blotting papers are the best to have on hand everyday.

        Expect my dry skin hub soon.


      • keira7 profile image


        10 years ago

        Very informative hub my dear friend Viryabo.:). I have a very dry skin. Is just my face , always have to mosturise with good cream :) Can you do a hub for dry skin :) God Bless.


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