How to Choose a Sunscreen for Acne Prone Skin

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Sunlight can be helpful for skin and acne in limited amounts. However, it can also make a troublesome skin problem even worse if you expose yourself to it too much.

Even though it would seem counterproductive to put sunscreen on top of your already clogged skin, you have to do this if you want to minimize the severity of your acne. The tips below should be able to help you select a sunscreen for your skin and protect it whenever you go outside.

1 – Find the Right SPF Levels

Acne Prone SkinThe Sun Protection Factor (SPF) levels on sunscreen are there to tell you how much protection a certain product can provide. The higher the SPF, the more protection you will get.

Most people need at least an SPF of 15 to use on a daily basis, but you may need something higher if you have fair skin that is easily damaged by the sun. There is an array of products out there to choose from, so you should find something that works for you.

2 – Focus on the Full Spectrum

Try to get a sunscreen that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are responsible for burning or tanning your skin, and UVA rays actually age them. Either option is not going to be good for your acne prone skin, so you need to find the best protection you can.

3 – Get Oil-Free Sunscreen

There are many innovative products on the market that are oil free and perfect for acne prone skin. You do not have to worry about getting heavy, clogged pores every time you apply sunscreen.

Avoid thoughts of your family beach trips when you were a kid. That is not what sunscreens are like nowadays. Many of them are incredibly light weight and easy to apply. Get a sheep sunscreen that can absorb quickly into the skin to minimize the amount of oil that builds up.

4 – Invest in multi-Purpose Sunscreen

There are many sunscreen products that double as moisturizers in the modern world, which gives you an opportunity to get two uses out of a single product. You can get moisture in the dry areas of your face and protect it from harmful rays at the same time.

These dual-purpose sunscreens can protect your skin just as well as standard sunscreens can, and they do not have to be layered on top of another product. In one step you can get the coverage you need for the day.

5 – Avoid Body Sunscreens

The sunscreens you can use on your body are not always meant for facial applications. These are heavy, thick, and oily – everything you don’t want on top of your acne prone skin. Get something lighter that is actually designed for your face before you make your acne problems any worse.

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