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

Updated on February 27, 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.


Whether you are leaving for work or going out partying, you must carry along with you a pack of oil blotting papers to help you keep your face oil-free and fresh-looking.

One thing we'd all like is to have our makeup stay where we put it and retain its matte finish for hours. Those of us with oily skin don’t have that luxury. There are some lucky women out there who may never know the agony of their carefully applied makeup turning into a horrible shade and appearing patchy, greasy, and displeasing.

Letting facial oil accumulate all day long is detrimental to the health of your skin, as it will clog your pores and contaminate your makeup applicator. There's hardly enough time to wash your face and reapply your makeup all over again, and that's where oil blotting papers come in handy.

Why Oil Blotting Papers Work Better Than Other Products

Many women believe a pack of regular tissues is enough to take care of facial shine, but this isn't so. Using regular tissue paper only 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 combat shine is a pack of wet wipes. Using wet wipes instead of oil blotting papers has two consequences. Firstly, it removes your makeup entirely, and you'll have to reapply it all over again. Secondly, the wipes are often alcohol-based and too harsh for your skin, stripping it of healthy moisture.

Oil blotting papers are used to quickly and effortlessly blot the face, especially the T-zone, when it starts to shine. They are gentle and effective, without removing your makeup. Packs of oil blotting papers may include up to 300 individual papers, depending on the manufacturer, so one pack could last you for quite a while.

How to Use Oil Blotting Papers

  • Pull out a 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 as necessary.
  • Repeat the process every couple of hours, or every hour, depending on the severity of your skin.

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 in place.

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

Popular Types of Oil Blotting Papers

You can find oil blotting papers at local stores around you, or you can conveniently order them online from the comfort of your home.

Popular choices include skin soothing components such as:

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

Many people love the lavender and chamomile oil blotting papers, but most prefer to use the powder-free, plain version to avoid unnecessary skin irritation. They are odorless and work like magic, keeping both your skin and makeup looking great.

My Favorite Must-Have Product for Oily Skin

The first type of oil blotting papers I tried seemed to work fine, except I didn't like the powder that came dusted on the paper. I found that it left fine grains on my face which interfered with my makeup. Then, I discovered Clean and Clear's Oil Absorbing Sheets. Not only are these sheets silky soft, but I also found that they can be used over makeup or on bare skin. It always gives an alluring and perfect matte finish.

If you want to keep your skin looking shower-fresh at all times, always have a purse-sized pack that's compact, hygienic, and easy to carry around with you.

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.

Questions & Answers

    © 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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