SPF & Acne: Do I Need To Wear Sunscreen If I Have Breakouts?

No ifs, ands, or buts: Wearing SPF regularly is crucial. We’ve all heard the excuses that range from “but it’s not sunny out!” (we’ve dispelled that one) to “I was born with a natural tan, I don’t need SPF!” to “sunscreen makes me breakout!”

Listen, we get it. Greasy, oily sunscreen feels gross on your face. But trust us when we say that there are dozens of professionally backed, well-formulated SPFs that can protect your skin without irritating it.

So it’s not true that people with acne can’t wear sunscreen?

No! In fact, it’s very far from the truth. When exposed to infrared heat from the sun, acne flares up even more. The heat is damaging and can irritate your skin. In other words, that longtime myth you’ve heard about letting your acne dry up in the sun? Entirely false.

The other important thing to note: Sun exposure darkens pigmentation. Those acne scars you’ve been trying to get rid of will only get worse if you let them soak up the sun unexposed. Why? Because the sun encourages melanin production (this is how and why we tan) and scars and pigmentation are just a buildup of extra melanin.

So how do I find the right sunscreen for my acne-prone skin?!

We understand it can be a challenge to find the right sunscreen formula for acne prone skin. And it is true that the wrong type of sunscreen can cause a chemical reaction on the skin that leads to more acne.

So, those with acne and oily skin hate sunscreen for a reason — it usually makes them break out, and is typically greasy and oil-based. Luckily, there are a plethora of sunscreens on shelves, and many where the ingredients don’t clog your pores or stay on the surface of your skin and make you look white and pasty. SLMD Dual Defender SPF 30 is an easy way to incorporate SPF into your routine every day. It's acne-friendly and kills two birds with one stone, giving you sun protection and keeping your face hydrated.  It provides broad-spectrum coverage, which is a must when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, because they protect from both UVA and UVB rays.

Shouldn’t I stick with a natural sunscreen?

Think the answer is in a natural formulation? Wrong. We know — it’s kind of mind-blowing. Natural formulas tend to be weaker, and don’t offer as high of an SPF. The reality is, you just can’t get to a higher SPF level without using more scientific ingredients. We’re not saying don’t go organic if that’s your thing. We’re just saying, make sure you find a sunscreen with a strong SPF and real active ingredients.

Okay, what’s the bottom line? 

You absolutely should not skip the SPF if you’ve got acne-prone skin. In fact, it’s even more imperative that you wear sunscreen if you have pimples. Now go get yourself a good SPF, no more excuses!


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