First things first, it’s important to choose a formula that’s noncomedogenic, meaning, it’s designed not to clog your pores. “Look for formulas that are oil-free to avoid clogging the pores,” Garshick adds. “While those with acne can use either mineral or chemical sunscreens, those with particularly sensitive skin may opt for mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as these tend to be less irritating. It can be helpful for those with acne to use a sunscreen containing calming or soothing ingredients such as niacinamide to help calm redness and inflammation. Given those with acne may also be using acne-fighting ingredients that can be drying on the skin, it can also help to use a sunscreen with hydrating ingredients to combat any potential dryness or irritation occurring as a result of acne treatments.”
Amin has a few other helpful tips to consider when selecting a sunscreen for acne-prone skin. “Labels like ‘noncomedogenic,’ ‘fragrance-free,’ and ‘oil-free’ are helpful indicators that your sunscreen won’t trigger a breakout. What many people don’t realize is that acne-prone skin is sensitive. Choose a mineral sunscreen rather than chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens, such as zinc and titanium dioxide form a protective layer on top of the skin that deflect UV rays. This is in contrast to chemical sunscreens which get absorbed into the skin and cause allergies and can irritate the skin. Active ingredients in chemical sunscreens commonly trigger breakouts and clog pores. This is especially true if you have acne-prone skin.” For each of their favorite SPFs for break-out prone skin, keep on scrolling.