How to Absorb Oil From Your Face
According to "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice," an oily face is both aesthetically unpleasing, looking very shiny, but also a health risk because the oil acts as a trap for bacteria. Powder and facial-blotting papers are both commonly used to absorb oil from the face, according to "Braun-Falco's Dermatology," but powder has a tendency to give a caked appearance, making facial-blotting papers, which can be purchased at drug stores, the method of choice to remove excess oil from the face.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. According to "Braun-Falco's Dermatology," touching your face or the facial-blotting papers with soiled hands can introduce bacteria and additional oils to your face.
Cleanse your face as you usually do. Apply cosmetics if you desire.
Remove a single facial-blotting paper from its package. Be careful to avoid having the facial-blotting paper touch any unclean surface, which could transmit bacteria to the paper that will later be used on the face.
Blot your face gently with the facial-blotting paper, focusing primarily on the areas in which you notice excess oil. Use a different section of the paper for each blot for maximum absorption of excess oil.
Discard the facial-blotting paper. According to "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice," if you need to absorb additional oil from your face later in the day, use a new facial-blotting paper. Cleansing your face is not necessary. You can simply use the paper to absorb any excess oil on your skin or over your makeup.
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