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anyone have recommendations for blotting paper for a guy?

anyone have recommendations for blotting paper for a guy? I get oily toward the afternoon most of the time depending on how hot it is and would just like to have something to blot my face that's somewhat of good quality and relatively inexpensive. thanks! Or can I just use the brown paper towels as well? I usually have access to those often times.

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I use Muji’s blotting papers. It’s like $2 for 100 decently sized sheets and it comes in a minimalist paper container that’s relatively sturdy. I buy a handful at a time and put one in a handbag, next to my sunscreen, at home, at work, etc.

I used to buy Boscia’s, but I think $10 for 100 blotting paper sheets is atrocious no matter how nice they first smell. I personally think the Jolse ones are a little too small.

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If you order from Jolse they always give you a free pack. Theirs are pretty good. They also sell them in (packs of 10 (25 in each) for $5.90.

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honestly I think brown paper towels are just as good if not better... I’d only use the sheets if I was wearing makeup, since the paper towel texture can disturb my makeup.

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I used Clean and Clear blotting sheets as a teenager just fine. Napkins too for that matter. You might be interested to know that around here, Innisfree's No Sebum Loose Powder is a favorite for preventing oil breakthrough. It would be undetectable on skin even for men, so it's worth thinking about using a powder despite how it's so strongly characterized as a feminine thing.

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I don't use those much, but if you are looking for a cheap and unscented (not pink and rose-scented since you said for a guy?), Jolse has their own-brand paper that they've sent me as gift with purchase and they (afaik) ship worldwide, and I imagine it's cheaper than brand names. It's plain in a plain package and has no scent.

Barring that, why not brown paper towels if they work? I've used laboratory wipes tons of times when I worked in a lab, too - the lint-free ones were just awesome!

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Aren't there a lot of bacteria on the brown paper towels? that's my main concern.

To be honest, and I might get hate for this, no, none that you need to concern yourself with, unless the paper towels were improperly stored, touched by people with dirty hands, and/or been damp (mold yuck). If they are on a roll and you remove the outer part and then take a clean piece, or if you have one of those stack things and remove the top one (use it for hands or something) and use the next one for face, you are fine. Worrying about touching otherwise clean surfaces is germophobia, and I don't mean to say that you have it, but that there's a lot of it in the beauty community in general. I speak as someone with degrees in biology and chemistry - you should not fear most bacteria, they mean you no harm, nor do they want to infect your skin or face. Sanitizing surfaces and hands too much is actually bad and leads to growth of resistant bacteria and that's a wohle different kettle of fish (that you don't want in your bathroom or kitchen). Things like your keyboard and phone are gross, and should not be touched before you touch your face (wash hands), because you've been touching them with your hands that might have bacteria you do not want on your face, but clean paper towels are really, really not a problem. Sanitizing a phone is entirely reasonable though. Brown paper towels *can* be abrasive, so don't rub your face with them, but blotting? Perfectly fine.

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