The best sunscreen for people with acne-prone skin

Best sunscreens for acne prone skin

We all know that the wrong makeup and sunscreen can cause acne breakouts. Till now, it was hard to find a sunscreen specially made for people with acne.

What is the best sunscreen for people with acne?

An absolute must for any sunscreen you may choose for your acne should be the oil-free label. Regular sunscreen that is not clearly labeled oil-free will increase your acne breakouts risk, and you should never use them.

What is the perfect SPF number for acne-prone skin?

A sunscreen with SPF 50 is not necessarily better than a sunscreen with SPF 30. Sunscreens with SPF 50 provide only 1% more protection than sunscreens with SPF 30 (98% vs. 97%). Having said that, sunscreens with SPF higher than 30 contain a significantly higher amount of chemicals that can cause more allergies and irritation in the skin and eyes.
Are you looking for an effective d safe sunscreen? A high-quality, broad-spectrum, water-resistant moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 30 will be your best choice.

Should I use chemical or physical sunscreen for my acne-prone skin?

There are two types of sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens that use ingredients that absorb the UV rays (usually invisible) and mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (are thicker and have a white layer on your skin). These physical sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide are usually thicker, stickier, and have a higher risk of clogging your pores.

Physical sunscreens are often heavier on the skin than broad-spectrum chemical sunscreens with the same SPF. Therefore, physical sunscreens are not the best choice for oily or acne-prone skin. Additionally, mineral actives alone often offer less protection from damaging UVA radiation than chemical filters.

Safety concerns with zinc oxide and titanium oxide nanoparticles containing sunscreens. The use of zinc oxide and titanium oxide nanoparticles in spray sunscreens are either not allowed in some jurisdictions of the European Union. Inhaled insoluble particles of any size could pose a risk to the lungs and should be avoided.

Unlike mineral-based sunscreens, chemical sunscreens dry invisibly on the skin and do not have this white cast residue that mineral (physical) sunscreens have.

People with acne-prone skin should look for high-quality chemical sunscreens. The best for acne-prone skin would be the first kind containing the FDA-cleared approved ingredients: Octinoxate, Octisalate, and Avobenzone in a light clear oil-free base.

Oxybenzone and phthalates in sunscreens

Looking for a good sunscreen for acne-prone skin? Try to avoid chemical sunscreens that contain phthalates of oxybenzone. Oxybenzone and phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with estrogenic and androgenic activities that worsen acne. BPA, a chemical found in certain types of plastic tubes, is another EDC. The best sunscreens should also come in BPA-free plastic tubes.

Is water resistance important for acne-prone skin sunscreens?

Water-resistance is very important for acne-prone skin sunscreens. Regular sunscreens will lose their efficacy when you sweat or go in and out of the pool. Premium Sunscreens marked water-resistant were tested in FDA-approved clinical laboratories to stay on your skin for more extended periods.

Lotion vs. cream vs. spray sunscreen - what is best for people with acne?

Spray sunscreens are easy to apply and help cover hard-to-reach areas like the back and shoulders. They offer less sun protection and are more irritating than sunscreen creams and lotions. For the best facial sun protection, your best choice would be an oil-free sunscreen cream or lotion. Cream-based sunscreens are better for sensitive and acne-prone skin, offer broad-spectrum protection, and will also serve as moisturizers keeping your water inside the skin. Oil-free chemical facial sunscreen creams can be safely used on all skin types in including oily skin. They are non-greasy, provide a matte finish, and will not clog the pores, as mineral sunscreens can do.

Can sunscreens help reduce acne?

Absolutely. As sunscreens stay on your skin for long hours, why not use them to help fight your acne and reduce pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads? The new MDacne sunscreen does precisely that. In addition to high-end sun screening qualities, the MDacne sunscreen formulation contains a unique mix of plant-based ingredients that skin redness, moisturize the skin, enhance healing, and help fade brown spots. Aloe Vera leaf extract is a potent antioxidant and an excellent hydrator for your skin among these plant-based ingredients. Green tea extract helps lighten pigmentation, even skin tone, and boost skin's natural healing. Licorice extract: A potent antioxidant, this has been shown to both prevent and fade brown spots, and Vitamin C helps lighten pigmentation, even skin tone, and boost your skin's natural healing.

Choosing the right sunscreen is crucial for people with acne-prone skin.

Though it's important to use sun protection year-round to prevent premature aging and skin cancer, using the wrong sunscreen can, unfortunately, clog pores and cause more acne breakouts. However, using the right sunscreen will protect from the sun and prevent breakouts with the added benefit of helping prevent and fade post-acne dark spots (I.e., the dreaded "hyper-pigmentation"), especially when combined with a medicated dark spot treatment.

Can I apply my sunscreen with a moisturizer?

Yes, of course. People with dry skin and who use a drying anti-acne medication at night can apply their moisturizer first, followed by an oil-free moisturizer. A good combination would be a niacinamide-based, oil-free moisturizer followed by an oil-free active face sunscreen. The niacinamide in the moisturizer can help protect the natural skin barrier and work with sunscreen to prevent sunburns and reduce sun damage.

Girl with acne using sunscreen

The best sunscreens for acne-prone skin are:

Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection

  • SPF 30
  • Oxybenzone -free
  • Water-resistant
  • Oil-free, ultra-light, weightless
  • Non-greasy invisible finish
  • Non-comedogenic
  • FDA-cleared, clinically tested.
  • Dermatologist-tested & approved
  • Paraben-free, Phthalates-free, Lanolin-free
  • Help reduce skin redness and fade post-acne dark spots.
  • Cruelty-free and vegan
  • BPA-free
  • Eco-friendly (recyclable tube)

Sunscreen that's good for your skin

The MDacne Oil-Free SPF 30 Sunscreen is the perfect 3 in 1 solution for people with acne-prone skin. It is specially formulated to provide light hydration and broad-spectrum sun protection without the skin's greasy, shiny sunscreen finish. In addition to its powerful sun screening qualities, each tube contains plant-based boosters to help reduce skin inflammation, moisturize the skin, and prevent and fade dark spots.

Woman applying MDacne oil-free sunscreen for acne-prone skin

What does magic?

  • Octinoxate, Octisalate, Avobenzone: Safe and effective, FDA cleared sunscreens. Broad-spectrum. UVA/UVB, SPF 30, Water-resistant.
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: soothes and hydrates your skin.
  • Green Tea Extract & Vitamin C: help lighten hyperpigmentation, even skin tone, and boost the skin's natural healing capabilities.
  • Licorice Root Extract: has antioxidant properties to prevent and fade dark spots.
  • Cucumber Extract: improves skin hydration, decreases the skin's water loss, enhances its natural protective layer, and decreases excess sebum production.
  • Vitamin E: has antioxidant properties to prevent free radical skin damage and protects the natural skin barrier.

MDacne oil-free sunscreen for acne-prone skin


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