You already know that to prevent skin cancer, early signs of aging, and other skin issues, you need to apply sunscreen each and every day. However, if you are prone to acne and breakouts, it can be hard finding a sunscreen for your face and body that won’t make it worse.
Luckily, these sunscreen brands have you covered. Here are 6 different types of sunscreens that can help protect your skin, without causing breakouts.
1. Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen
Paula’s Choice makes some of the best natural skincare and haircare products out there, including this amazing sunscreen. It is a high SPF at SPF 50, so it is great for fair skin tones or anyone that burns easily. It won’t leave behind a white or greasy residue and includes extra antioxidants.
2. La Roche-Posay Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen
If you have sensitive skin or a skin condition like rosacea or dermatitis, then you are probably well aware of La Roche-Posay. It is slightly higher in price, but well worth it for this SPF 60 sunscreen. This is the highest SPF of the sunscreens on this list, so if you have fair skin that burns easily, this is the one for you.
La Roche-Posay is a very trusted brand of skincare products, so you know you can trust their claims. It is made with lightweight powders that are gentle on the skin, including silica and perlite. These powders also help to absorb added moisture on your skin to prevent oil buildup and acne.
3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion
For an affordable drug store brand, definitely pick up some of Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion. This is amazing for sensitive and acne-prone skin and is water-resistant so you can wear it when you are going swimming or you know it’s going to be a hot day with a lot of sweating.
The great thing about this sunscreen in particular is that it is water-resistant, so you can wear it while swimming and not have to worry too much. Keep in mind this doesn’t mean it is waterproof, so you still need to reapply more often if you will be in the water. But it does help more than sunscreen that isn’t water-resistant.
It is a sheer sunscreen, which means it goes on clear and blends very nicely with your skin tone.
4. EltaMD UV Clear Sunscreen
This is one of the best sunscreens on this list if you not only have acne-prone skin but also highly sensitive skin. People with rosacea, dermatitis, eczema and dark spots can all benefit greatly by using this SPF 46 sunscreen.
EltaMD has a big line of skin care products specifically designed for people with sensitive skin, as well as people with chronic skin conditions that can’t handle many conventional store-bought products. This sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen, using zinc oxide as one of its active ingredients to help block UV rays from damaging your skin. The niacinamide in this sunscreen can also help soothe your skin and provide hydration, without making it oily or greasy.
The only downside is that it is not water-resistant, so it is not ideal on a day when you are going swimming. However, if it is the only one your skin agrees with, just remember to reapply often throughout your entire time swimming.
5. Bliss Block Star Invisible Daily Sunscreen
If you’re looking for a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t increase breakouts and still provides amazing sun protection, the Block Star sunscreen by Bliss is the one for you. This is one of the highest-rated mineral sunscreens you can find and for good reason. The tint of the sunscreen works well on all skin tones, and won’t leave behind a white residue or lighten your skin if you don’t want it to.
This is really amazing if you want sunscreen to put on your face and neck every day, under your makeup, or just on a bare-faced day. It is very light and uses all mineral ingredients, so it is fairly natural as well.
6. Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Oil-Absorbing Face Moisturizer
Many people prefer to use sunscreen in their moisturizer, so if this is you, consider the moisturizer by Cetaphil. This is ideal for sensitive skin and with its oil-absorbing formula, it won’t increase acne and breakouts. The Cetaphil Pro moisturizer has SPF 30, so it is on the lower end, but good for daily wear.
If you will only be outside a little bit during the day, or it isn’t a particularly sunny day, then this will work great. But of course, if you will be out in the sun or your face will get wet from sweat or swimming, you should try a stronger SPF sunscreen.
Even better is the fact that this is a “mineral sunscreen” which means it uses ingredients that are gentler on the skin, such as zinc and titanium.