Sunscreen that won’t make you break out



Finding the perfect SPF and knowing exactly when and how often to reapply helps us feel like a real, responsible adult. 

Now that lockdown has eased, we can spend weekends in the park with friends without having to deal with the embarrassment of sunburned skin. But with this newfound care and avoidance of sunburn, often comes something nasty—spots. 

Dermatologist Jennifer M. Segal, MD, says two things can cause sunscreen-related breakouts: clogged pores with comedogens, or an allergic reaction to chemical UV blockers. 

Basically, some mineral sunscreens can sit on the skin and clog pores, while chemical sunscreens can often irritate the skin. 

Yes, hell hath no fury like acne-prone skin behind a thick layer of zinc oxide. SPF makes your pores look like you're looking at a vat of lard: you can't seriously consider putting it on, can you? It's a cruel cosmic joke: damned if you do, damned if you don't. 

Wear sunscreen and wait for spots to appear, or skip it and risk melanoma and wrinkles. For us, the choice is clear - so we'll just have to accept a summer full of flaws. 

So far. All of this is starting to change thanks to some groundbreaking developments in formulation. Traditionally, mineral blocks are very thick, but the new micronized formulation of zinc and titanium dioxide is very smooth, beautiful and very light," said Dr. Siegel. Hallelujah. 

Ahead, we've rounded up the tried-and-true mineral and chemical sunscreens we've been slathering on our faces and bodies for the past month (for those with allergies or those who can't jump on the mineral SPF bandwagon). 

None of these caused our skin to get grumpy, so we feel confident giving them our seal of approval. Click through to see which sunscreen products are breaking through. 

This lightweight sunscreen from Korean brand Thank You Farmer is designed to prevent breakouts. It’s time someone addressed this issue head on… 

Avène's cleansing range helps actively fight acne, making this SPF 30 lotion perfect for those with irritated skin in warm weather. 

A safe choice for all skin types. Ultrasun's ultra-sensitive formula was developed specifically for very sensitive skin. The airless pump dispenser keeps germs away from your precious cream. 

This lightweight sunscreen gel is recommended by Skin 55 dermatologist Dr. Anjali Mahto. It feels drying and non-comedogenic, so it's less likely to clog pores and cause acne breakouts. It smells delicious and gets absorbed in seconds. Store it. 

Looking for a new day cream? You can't go wrong with this formula. Developed by some of the best dermatologists in the industry, it's lightweight, non-comedogenic, rich in skin-restoring ceramides, and blends seamlessly with makeup. 

Popular with dermatologists around the world, this broad-spectrum SPF (meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays) is packed with tinted particles that match your skin tone, as well as tons of antioxidants to fight the likes of pollution and protect the rest of your skin. healthy. Environmental invaders are out. 

If you have oily skin, take note: Not only does this little beauty provide SPF 50 protection, it also mattifies oily skin, leaving your complexion looking perfectly powdery. 

It has a light tint and applies a bit like a primer. We use it during the day and while sitting poolside, and in both cases our skin remains oil-free, breakout-free, and best of all, burn-free.
It protects against UVA and UVB rays and mattifies oily skin without leaving a heavy, chalky finish. It's non-comedogenic (so won't clog pores) and photostable, meaning it won't dissolve when the first ray of UV rays hits your skin.
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