- My Favorite Matte Sunscreens For Oily & Acne-Prone Skin
- 1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscree
- 2. Neutrogena Lightweight Clean Feel Sunscreen
- 3. Coola Mineral Matte Finish Sunscreen
- Find Your Sunscreen Soulmate: 15 Options for Your Skin Type
- Skin type #1: Dry skin
- Skin type #2: Oily skin
- Skin Type #3: Normal skin
- Skin Concern #4: Sensitive skin
- Skin Concern #5: Acne-prone skin
- Finding the right sunscreen is a long-term investment
- 10 face sunscreens for every skin type
- Physical vs. Chemical
- Physical sunscreen
- Chemical sunscreen
- How to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type
- Sensitive and/or Dry
- Combination or In-Between
- Black and Brown Skin
- Super-sensitive—or think you may be allergic to sunscreen?
- Physical-only sunscreens
- For sports, swimming, and sweaty activities
- More ways to protect your skin
- Got questions? Curology’s got you covered
- 11 Best Oil-free Sunscreens for Acne-prone Skin
- 1. Best oil-free sunscreen for your face
- 2. Best mattifying oil free sunscreen
- 3. Best oil-free sunscreen that stops spots forming
- 4. Best oil-free sunscreen for under make-up
- 5. Best anti-pollution oil-free sunscreen
- 6. Best spray oil-free sunscreen
- 7. Best oil-free sunscreen your whole body
- 8. Best oil-free sunscreen to prevent a shiny T-Zone
- 9. Best anti-ageing oil-free sunscreen
- 10. Best high factor oil-free sunscreen
- 11. Best oil-free SPF if you deal with hyperpigmentation
My Favorite Matte Sunscreens For Oily & Acne-Prone Skin
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Sunscreen is arguably the non-negotiable skincare product that pretty much every dermatologist will tell you is an absolute must.
Aside from SPF’s beauty benefits (it protects your skin from the sun’s wrinkle-inducing rays and offers defense against free radical damage), you probably already know just how important it is for the purpose of preventing life-threatening forms of skin cancer as well. Unfortunately, finding a matte sunscreen for oily skin types isn’t exactly an easy feat.
While I recognize that a good sunscreen is paramount when it comes to preventative skincare and my overall health, I also happen to have very oily skin that tends to react rather poorly (a.k.a. looks an absolute oil slick) with many sunscreen formulas — both mineral and chemical.
However, just it’s important to moisturize even the oiliest of skin types, it’s equally — if not more — vital to protecting shine-prone skin with SPF, regardless of what season it happens to be. On that note, yes, you can even get a sunburn even when it’s grey and gloomy out, so there’s no excuse to skip this step the weather.
I’ve tested out a number of different sunscreens, and I’ve found that even some of the formulas dubbed “oil-free” can leave me feeling greasy, with extra-clogged pores and a breakout to boot.
So, after years of trial and error, I’ve found a few oily-girl-approved products that work for me, and will ly work for those with acne-prone skin as well.
Not only are these matte formulas great for keeping excess shine under control throughout the day, but I also find that they sit so much better under my foundation, and don’t cause it to pill up or leave me with a slip-and-slide situation after application.
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1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscree
This is one of my favorite matte sunscreens of all time. The light, oil-free formula dries down to a comfortable matte and sits beautifully under makeup. It’s formulated with an SPF 60, offering solid protection without leaving you feeling an oil slick after a few hours.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry… $19.99
2. Neutrogena Lightweight Clean Feel Sunscreen
This affordable drugstore SPF delivers an impressive 100+ SPF level, without the extra grease and shine. It dries down super fast, making it a great option for oily and acne-prone skin types.
Neutrogena Lightweight Clean Feel… $8.97
3. Coola Mineral Matte Finish Sunscreen
This mineral, cucumber-infused sunscreen offers an SPF 30 with a velvet matte finish that looks beautiful under your makeup. It also contains a range of skin-loving antioxidants, which help to even tone and boost the skin’s radiance with continuous use.
Coola Mineral Matte Finish Sunscreen $36.00
Find Your Sunscreen Soulmate: 15 Options for Your Skin Type
Looking for sunscreen is just looking for your soulmate. It’s not an easy task, but it’s certainly worth it.
Much your soulmate is usually someone you’re comfortable with and who compliments your personality, the same goes for finding the right sunscreen. It should be the one you’re comfortable applying — and reapplying — every single day, and compliments your skin type.
5 must-know tips for applying sunscreen
- Always look for sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and broad-spectrum protection.
- Apply your sunscreen generously to get the maximum potential of protection. You’ll need about ½ teaspoon for your face and neck.
- Make sure to reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours, especially when you’re outdoors, and directly after you are exposed to water. If you’re wearing makeup, you can opt for face powder with SPF, though note it offers minimal amount of protection compared to lotion or a stick.
- Don’t rely only on SPF in your makeup product. If you apply sunscreen with a certain SPF then add makeup with additional SPF, you’re only protected to the extent of the product with the highest SPF, not the total of the two.
- Don’t forget to apply your products near your eye area and your ears.
With all the sunscreen options out there, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to look for and which one is best suited for your skin type. To get you started, here’s an overview of what to consider when you’re shopping for sunscreen.
Skin type #1: Dry skin
When you have dry skin, your main aim should be adding additional moisture. In this case, you can always benefit from a moisturizing sunscreen in the form of cream, which allows you to layer it on top of your moisturizer. Any sunscreen enriched with moisturizing ingredients such as ceramides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, honey are ideal.
Skin type #2: Oily skin
If you have oily skin, try to look for sunscreen in water-based or gel formulas with a matte finish. Ingredients such as green tea, tea tree oil, or niacinamide in your sunscreen can also help you to control oil production.
Skin Type #3: Normal skin
If you have normal skin, there’s not a lot you necessarily need to worry about when it comes to choosing the right sunscreen. No matter if it’s organic or inorganic, gel or cream, you can buy what you most.
People do, however, tend to gravitate towards organic sunscreen thanks to its elegant texture and the fact that it often doesn’t leave any white residue. And if you’re looking to experiment, consider trying one of the many tinted SPFs that are currently on the market.
Skin Concern #4: Sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, there are several ingredients you’ll want to avoid when shopping for sunscreen. These ingredients could cause a reaction and include alcohol, fragrances, oxybenzone, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), salicylates, and cinnamates.
Aiming for a mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide is your safest bet because it’s less ly to cause a negative reaction. In addition, ingredients such as panthenol, allantoin, and madecassoside all have soothing properties and may help to reduce irritation.
Skin Concern #5: Acne-prone skin
Just for sensitive skin, it’s always best to avoid using any sunscreen with ingredients that might aggravate inflammation that already exists. Therefore, mineral sunscreen is, again, your safest bet if you have acne-prone skin.
That said, it’s not absolute since some may find no issue applying organic sunscreen. Since many people with acne often have an issue with excessive sebum production, products for oily skin or sensitive skin are the perfect match. Try to opt for something that’s less ly to cause irritation in a lightweight, water-based formulation.
Finding the right sunscreen is a long-term investment
Remember, applying sunscreen daily is having a long term investment for your skin — especially when the sunscreen is best suited for your skin type.
You might not see its effect right away a serum or exfoliating products, but ten years from now, the benefits are ly to be noticeable.
So, if you’re looking for “the one” sunscreen that will accompany you on a daily basis, consider using this list to help get you started.
Claudia is a skin care and skin health enthusiast, educator, and writer. She’s currently pursuing her PhD in dermatology in South Korea and runs a skin care-focused blog so she can share her skin care knowledge with the world. Her hope is for more people to be conscious about what they put on their skin. You can also check out her Instagram for more skin-related articles and ideas.
10 face sunscreens for every skin type
Summer may officially be over, but it’s super-important to keep protecting your skin from the sun. UV rays penetrate through clouds, so you need broad-spectrum SPF even on those gloomy days. Future-you will thank you!
Sunscreen is essential year-round, but finding the right one for your unique skin isn’t always easy. No need to stress—we’ve decoded the technical language and researched some of the best sunscreens for each skin type (that won’t clog your pores).
For a crash-course in everything you need to know about SPF and protecting your skin, check out our Sunscreen Guide.
TIP: If you’re using a chemical sunscreen, remember to apply half an hour before going outside.
Physical vs. Chemical
Sunscreens can be classified as physical, chemical, or both, depending on their ingredients.
- Contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which helps with acne and soothes irritation!
- Physically reflects or “bounces” sunlight away from the skin
- Can leave a white cast on the skin unless rubbed in well, micronized, or tinted
- Starts protecting immediately upon application
- Contains ingredients such as avobenzone and oxybenzone
- Absorbs UV light so that it can’t penetrate the skin
- May irritate or cause an allergic reaction in certain people’s skin
- Must be applied 20–30 minutes before sun exposure to get full protection
How to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type
Physical sunscreens are the best bet for acne-prone skin: the ingredients can help against acne, and chemical sunscreens can irritate some people’s skin (which can lead to more breakouts).
Look for products labeled non-comedogenic.
As a rule of thumb, avoid pore-clogging ingredients such as coconut oil, octyl stearate, and isopropyl palmitate.
A lightweight gel or lotion sunscreen works well for normal and oily skin types, as it won’t leave your face feeling greasy.
Instead of reapplying the gel or lotion throughout the day, you can try adding a powder sunscreen on top that both adds protection and absorbs oil.
Don’t use powder instead of your regular sunscreen, but on top of it — it won’t provide enough protection on its own.
Sensitive and/or Dry
If your skin is pretty dry, try applying moisturizer before your sunscreen. Look for heavier lotions, cream-based sunscreens, or moisturizers with SPF for dry skin. And definitely avoid any product with alcohol in the ingredient list!
Combination or In-Between
You can switch it up depending on the season and however your skin is feeling—if you’re oilier, try a lightweight sunscreen under the Normal-to-Oily list above; if you’re on the dry side, try a richer formula designed to lock moisture into your skin, from the above list of sunscreens for Sensitive and/or Dry.
- EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46(lightweight, unly to clog pores)
- Any of the above sunscreens could work, too, depending on if your skin is on the oilier or drier side!
Black and Brown Skin
Darker skin has some natural protection from the sun, but it’s not 100%. If you’re going to spend time outdoors, you’ll want to put sunscreen on! The following are all good options—or, choose one from the above lists your skin type (oily, dry, combination, sensitive, or acne-prone).
Super-sensitive—or think you may be allergic to sunscreen?
Some people have allergies to chemical sunscreens and end up with an itchy rash. If this happens to you, ditch the chemical sunscreen and try one labeled physical-only.
If for some reason you still have a reaction, we advise visiting a dermatologist in-person, as there may be other factors contributing to your skin irritation.
For sports, swimming, and sweaty activities
- Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
- Reapply at least every 2 hours—or, after 40 to 80 minutes of swimming or sweating (according to the label instructions), and immediately after towel-drying.
- If you’re swimming in the ocean, consider using reef-friendly sunscreen. These physical sunscreens use mineral ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are safer for coral reefs and the surrounding marine life compared to chemical sunscreen ingredients.
- Solbar Zinc SPF 38– has an oil free base that lasts for up to 80 minutes in the water- more rub-off-resistant than most- gentle on the eyes!
Ever try to layer makeup on top of sunscreen, only to have it pill or flake off in annoying little white bits? Ugh! Try applying moisturizer underneath your sunscreen. Then give it a few minutes to dry before putting on your makeup.
More ways to protect your skin
Of course, sunscreen is just one weapon in your arsenal against sun damage. Don’t forget about hats, sunglasses, clothing, and shade! If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you may want to consider a dietary supplement called Heliocare. Read more about all this in our Sunscreen Guide!
Got questions? Curology’s got you covered
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11 Best Oil-free Sunscreens for Acne-prone Skin
Making the most of your one hour daily walks? Us too. Before you make a break for the sunshine, remember you still need to slather your skin in SPF.
While we know that we should be wearing a minimum of SPF 30 on our faces everyday (that's according to the British Association of Dermatologists), when you're dealing with an oily complexion, this can often take a back seat.
So, if persistent skin issues are a drama then you'll be needing a oil-free sunscreen that won't aggravate acne. Luckily a host of brands, from bargain to dermatologist level, have created whole host of hard-working formulations that promise protection, without the breakouts.
Here's the WH edit of the best oil-free sunscreens for a range of needs.
1. Best oil-free sunscreen for your face
It's easy to picture sunscreen as something heavy to (remember) and lug around in your beach bag, but La Roche-Posay have made it easy with this pocket size edition.
2. Best mattifying oil free sunscreen
If glossy skin isn't for you, then reach for this formula leaves behind a matte finish. Loved by dermatologists, its brimming with broad spectrum protection to defend your skin against UV rays.
3. Best oil-free sunscreen that stops spots forming
An SPF that stops acne in it's tracks? Your wish is our command because this clever SPF harnesses luconolactone which purifies skin texture as well as skincare hero niacinamide,which prevents bacteria from proliferating
4. Best oil-free sunscreen for under make-up
As well as giving your face the protection you need, this velvety formula lends a gentle glow to your complexion. Use under primer or make-up for your everyday look.
5. Best anti-pollution oil-free sunscreen
If you live in a hustling city with basically no clean air, it's easy for your skin to feel clogged up. Instead of booking a facial regularly or trying a DIY face mask at home, try this preventative anti-pollution SPF by Clarins after your face cream and before your makeup.
6. Best spray oil-free sunscreen
If slathering on a sunscreen doesn't tick any boxes for you, this refreshing spray from iconic skincare brand Bioderma should have you covered.
7. Best oil-free sunscreen your whole body
This is only SPF 25 and, for your face especially, you want to be looking at 30 minimum – whatever your skin tone. But this formula is great for slathering over your forearms and legs for UK days – just make sure you use a stronger product up top.
8. Best oil-free sunscreen to prevent a shiny T-Zone
If you prefer having a matte base, this Dermalogica oil-free option may be the one for you. Designed for combination to oily skin types, this helps prevent shine, regulate oil production and soothe inflammation without making you skin appear dull. We have a winner.
9. Best anti-ageing oil-free sunscreen
If using anti-ageing products is on your mind, this classic Clinique SPF cream is made with SolarSmart technology that fights the burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. It's also designed for sensitive skin.
10. Best high factor oil-free sunscreen
For the only 50-and-up-SPF-gang, this high protection Avene option will have you covered. Though it's made for the original purpose of protecting your skin, it's also a non-greasy and non-irritant lotion for those with blemish-prone skin.
11. Best oil-free SPF if you deal with hyperpigmentation
If your skin is prone to hyperpigmentation, in which certain patches of your skin become darker than others, then this dermatologist-strength formula is worth spending on. As well as protecting you from fresh damage, it also works to soothe the effects of previous harm from the sun.
Plus, it's boosted with Vitamins C and E, to catch you some extra glow.
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