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Blotting Out Oil

Aug 17, 2007
Over and over you have to deal with the extra sebum (technical term for the oil your sebaceous glands produce) spreading over your face. No one likes looking, or feeling, like an oil slick. However, you have many, many ways and options open to you that can help you get rid of, or at least tone down, your oily skin.

The best way to dispense with the oil on your skin is to cleanse, exfoliate, use toner, and always be sure to use products that will either absorb oil or are not oil based in any way. You do not want to add more oil to what you already have on your face, but you also need to make sure that when you cleanse and exfoliate you are not scrubbing away every single trace of oil on your face. Doing so will only give the green light to your sebaceous glands and they will make more oil, putting you in the same pickle you were in before you even began your skin care routine.

Most people with oily skin, even after they go through their skin care routine and continue on throughout the day, will experience more oil showing up on their faces. You can help keep oil from appearing by using certain creams that are meant to soak up oil for a long period of time and keep your face from getting shiny and leaving your makeup in an okay state.

If you do not want to put yet another product on your face, there is an alternative. You can go out and purchase special oil blotting tissues. These tissues or blotters, whichever you prefer to call them, can be carried with you wherever you go; to work, to school, to play, to shop, anywhere, and if you notice your face becoming too oily, all you need to do is get out a blotter, press it to your face where spots are oily, and just like that, oil is soaked up and away from your face.

Blotters are great because your sebaceous glands do not operate on any kind of time table, and even with all you do to try and rid your skin of the oil, it is naturally going to come back, sometimes during moments when you wish it would the least. Having a good blotter handy to soak up oil can keep your face looking fresh and set. You should remember, a blotter is used just like it sounds, to blot the oil.

You do not need to wipe at the oil, as a blotter is not like cleaning up a spill with a paper towel.
If oil blotting tissues on the cosmetics shelves are too expensive for you, there are other options. People have found that surprising items work great as oil blotters, such as some types of tissue paper usually found in gifts of wrapped around clothing items at stores.

Oil blotting tissues are often thin and once you use one, you can dispose of it easily and quickly. Not everything will work well as an oil blotter, however, so do not instantly assume the tissues you have for runny noses will automatically make for great oil blotters. If they do, fantastic, if not, then you will have to find a different solution.

Keeping your face oil free throughout the day can help give you your confidence back and can help keep your face clear of potential acne outbreaks from materials caught in the oil that accumulates on your face during the day. Try not to go overboard though; a little oil on your face is not going to hurt, as it will keep your skin naturally lubricated. Follow your regular skin care routine and blot when necessary and you should be in great shape.
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