Saving Money on Facial Oil Blotters

April 1, 2008

A woman looking in a bathroom mirror.Unfortunately, at the age of 24, I still struggle with breakout-prone, oily skin in the "T-zone." I have always really liked using those blue Clean and Clear oil blotting sheets during the day to remove excess oil from my face without piling on more makeup. However, those sheets are really expensive, up to $6 for a pack of 50!


A great, cheap alternative is Top cigarette papers. They are sold at most gas stations and grocery stores and are meant to be used for hand-rolled cigarettes, but they blot oil just as well as the expensive Clean and Clear plastic sheets! They come in a pack of 100 for approximately 69 cents.

Note, you may get ID'ed when you buy these. If you are under 18, they probably will not sell them to you (even though you have absolutely no intention of using them to roll tobacco!)

Source: Not my original idea...can't remember the original source.

By Sarah from West Des Moines, IA

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January 2, 2005

If you have extremely oily skin as I do, it can become expensive to purchase oil blotting papers. My hairdresser gave me a great tip: The tissue paper rings used to cover public toilet seats work just as well, at a fraction of the cost!

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