Best sunscreens for acne-prone skin

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It’s that gorgeous time of the year where the sun is out, and the weather is just nice to lounge by the pool. While many of us are trapped on our tiny island — where we’ve explored all the sights at least thrice by now — going to the beach or hiking up a trail to simulate a vacation is probably the only thing keeping us sane. Some of us will be busting out the body lotion to give our skin IG-worthy glisten, but let’s not forgot the most important part of everyone’s skincare regime: sunscreen.

Forgive us for sounding like a broken record, but as long as the sun continues to emit UV rays that age our skin and cause discolouration, we will also continue singing this tune to the end of time. No exceptions — not even if you’re currently struggling with acne, or have acne-prone skin, of which is easily aggravated by chemicals, potent ingredients, and the like. Rather, we say consult this list for recommendations proven to work on a zit-adorned (and sensitive!) complexion. We got ya covered.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Sunscreen

When it comes to formulating products for sensitive and acne-sensitised skin, La Roche-Posay sits pretty high up on the skincare hierarchy. This oil-free sunscreen is formulated to control shine and oil production while the brand’s Cell-OX Shield technology provides long-lasting broad-spectrum protection against the sun.

Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor

Many skincare specialists would never recommend mixing your sunscreen with a moisturiser or foundation, but this two-in-one product is said to work wonders. Jam packed with niacinamide, Hydra Vizor is designed to slowly tighten up the pores over time while reducing hyperpigmentation left behind by annoying zits. The product is reef-safe, vegan, and clean — the only downside is that it might leave a white cast if it’s not blended in properly. So be sure to rub away vigorously, folks.

Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

Unfortunately, acne-prone skin comes with baggage in the form of enlarged pores, where putting on makeup will just make them appear more obvious. However, this sunscreen by Tatcha promises silky-smooth skin with the use of silk extract and Japanese wild rose to tighten the pore situation all without inflaming or worsening any current skin conditions. Sign us up.

Colorscience Sunforgettable Total Protection Sunscreen

With their patented EnviroScreen technology, this powder sunscreen is perfect for oil control and touch-ups throughout a long, humid day. Aside from UV rays, the protection extends to pollutants; blue light from our mobile devices; and infrared radiation. The sunscreen comes in four shades and one untinted shade, which makes it a breeze to add to your current makeup routine as well.

Glossier Invisible Shield

Most sunscreens on the market are cream-based — which, hence, explains their viscous texture. A gel-based one, however, would probably work better on anyone suffering an intense breakout. Its lighter consistency allows for it to absorb into the skin much faster without compromising its protecting efficacy. Antioxidants and yeast extracts also help to battle free radicals and maintain a healthy microbiome for your skin as well. In short: a perfect blend of skin-nourishing goodies.

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