Protecting Acne-prone Skin from the Sun

Protecting Acne-prone Skin from the SunAcne-prone skin is a pain in the neck but it is the only skin you’ve got so you might as well know how to take care of it so you keep the acne breakouts at bay and you do not make any existing acne spots worse. Now, most people who have acne will agree that the desire to hide out at home until the spots go away is quite strong but you really can’t do that, can you?

Of course not! You will be out and about exposing your acne-prone skin to pollution and the sun and this is why you will want to learn all about how to use sun protection for acne prone skin. Face it, having acne-prone skin is problematic enough as it is you do not want to add premature-aging and photo damage to your list of skin woes.

Sun Protection for Acne-prone Skin

If you want to protect your skin from harmful UV rays from the sun, you will obviously want to use sunblock and sunscreen. While as people with normal skin wouldn’t think twice about slathering on the SPF, people with acne prone skin do not have the same sense of freedom. After all, choosing the right sunscreen means the different between more acne breakouts or protected skin sans the development of even more acne. You do not want to pick overly greasy sunblock or ones that will clog your pores. You have to choose the ones that do not contain silicones, parabens, mineral oil, formaldehyde (yes, like the stuff they use on dead people!) and other strange ingredients.

Choosing Sun Protection for Acne-Prone Skin

It is best if you are to choose special sunscreens for the face because they are usually very light and do not contain any strange ingredients. The downside to such sunscreens is that they are not usually water-proof or sweat-proof. This means you will have to keep a tube with you and reapply every so often if you are at the beach but it is a small price to pay for less breakouts and protection from UV rays. Below are some options you can explore.

  • Zinc oxide based mineral foundations – mineral makeup has enjoyed quite the boost in popularity not only because it looks good but also because it provides sun protection of at least SPF15. Choose mineral foundation that doesn’t have any nano-particles and/or bismuth. Keep in mind though that while it does provide you with some protection it will not be enough for a full day under the sun during the summer months.
  • Zinc oxide sunscreens – these sunscreens provide your face with a physical barrier against the sun and its harmful UV rays but try to use it sparingly and only for long days under the sun because it does tend to give your face a whitish cast that will not look good for everyday wear.

So you see there are some options available for you and you can give them all a try to see what works best for you and your acne-prone skin.

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