Summer has arrived and the sun is out. Taking care of your skin becomes inevitable in summers or it can easily worsen. Missing out on sunscreen in summers is a horrible mistake and it is like inviting more skin problems. Sunscreens do not settle your skin issues but they surely save you from more in the future. A good sunscreen will prevent your skin from burning or tanning. However, those with acne-prone skin still wonder if it is okay for them to use a sunscreen at all. Most of them believe that using sunscreen or a moisturizer can clog their pores and worsen their skin condition.

Nobody would like to protect the skin from the sun if that skincare ends them up with worse acne. Here is good news: By keeping a few things under consideration, you can find the perfect sunscreen for your acne-prone skin. Want to know what those considerations are? Here you go:

Non-Comedogenic Formula

The main reason of acne is the clogged pores that turn into an infection and break out. If you want your sunscreen to work properly without causing more breakouts, make sure the formula is non-comedogenic. Many of you may not be familiar with the term. A non-comedogenic formula is one that does not clog pores and lets the skin breathe.

Check the Consistency

If your skin is acne prone or oily, you need a formula that feels very light on the skin. Creamy and thick formulas can cause your skin to break out. Therefore, always check the consistency of the sunscreen before buying it. Look for water-based sunscreen as there are many available in the market.

Titanium and Zinc

If your skin is acne-prone, zinc and titanium are the two ingredients that you must look for in you’re the sunscreen you buy. These ingredients keep the skin dry and usually suit both acne-prone and sensitive skin.

Increased Sensitivity to the Sun

Those with acne-prone skin usually use the products or treatments that leave their skin more sensitive to the skin. Even if you wear the right sunblock, it may not be able to reduce the sun sensitivity other products caused and therefore, may fail to work properly.

Therefore, keep in mind all such products and make sure you do not go out in the sun for a couple of hours after using them. Usually, salicylic acid treatments or use of retinol may cause more sensitivity towards the sun.

Give Powder Sunscreen a Try

If you do not like using creamy formula on your acne-prone skin and you feel that it makes the skin more prone to breakouts, give powder sunscreen a try. There are some good ones available in the market and you can easily apply it on top of your makeup. It won’t leave your skin sticky or oily while protecting it from the UV rays. Also, it will help keep your makeup in place. So, it works like a multi-purpose product.

Soothing Properties

Acne-prone skin is usually very irritated and inflamed. Soothing agents in your sunscreen can help soothe the skin down and keep it calm even in the sun. Usually, the sunscreens containing cucumber extract, aloe vera, green tea or chamomile extract are soothing for the skin. Also, water-based sunscreens are the very light and calming for the skin.

High SPF

Buying a sunscreen with merely SPF 15 is just a waste of money. Make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30+ and it is best if it is SPF 50. The scars on an acne-prone skin get darkened if exposed to the sun. Therefore, an acne-prone skin needs ultra-protection from the sun.


Always do a patch test before buying any skincare product for your acne-prone skin because it is sensitive enough to react easily. Also, once you have bought the right sunscreen for your skin, make sure you apply it three times a day, even if you are at home.


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Emma Hanson is a mother of two, a skincare freak and an avid reader. She loves trying out new products and treatments for healthy and glowing skin. She shares her knowledge and experience by writing regularly on her blog. She is one of the co-founders of