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The Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin & Acne-Prone Skin- Ultimate Review & Guide

The Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin & Acne-Prone Skin – Imagine your skin at 40 looking almost the same as in your 20’s.

Seems unrealistic right?

What if I told you that just by religiously putting an effective sunscreen everyday, you’re already on your way there?

Here are some quick facts on sun damage and its effects on your skin:

The benefits of putting on daily sunscreen is not exactly news but people with oily or acne-prone skin are still hesitant to use sunscreens because they’re afraid that it can cause or aggravate their acne.

Normal sunscreen formulations are indeed thick and add a greasy layer on the skin, so this belief is not unwarranted.

Luckily, sunscreen formulas have come a long way.

The key is choosing the right base suited for your skin type.

In this article, we’ll tackle the type of sun screen products those with oily and acne-prone skin types should be choosing, as well as a shortlist of the best ones out in the market today.



Choosing the Right Sunscreens for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Nowadays, there are several options available even for those with oily and acne-prone skin.

For acne-prone and/or oily skin, dermatologists recommend using products with fluid, lightweight formulas so they don’t clog the pores.

For acne-prone and/or oily skin, dermatologists recommend using products with fluid, lightweight formulas so they don’t clog the pores.


Not every type of oily skin is the same, there’s different needs that we all have. I’ll provide a short description about my experience (I have oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin) so you can choose which one is right for you, but the main thing you need to know is that all the products mentioned are fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and has the recommended SPF 30.

All the products mentioned are fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and has the recommended SPF 30.


Another thing to remember is to be generous in applying your sunscreen. Spread it on your face to your neck for full coverage. Don’t panic over the seemingly opaque, white cast during the initial application (see video below!).

A good sunscreen will melt as it absorbs into your skin for an invisible protection.

Video: How to make sunscreen work under make up | by Dr Sam Bunting


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Editor’s Choice: The Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin

These are our choices for the best sunscreens for oily skin based on formulation, value for money, and consumer reviews.

Make sure to choose a product that is best suited for your skin type and skin issues.

Obagi Medical Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Matte Sunscreen Lotion

As mentioned in the earlier video, this is a mineral based product with a super matte finish that’s perfect for oily skin. It has a silky and lightweight consistency which makes it easy to apply (unlike most sunscreens). It has zinc oxide, which is beneficial for acne-prone or redness. I’m quite surprised though that for an anti-aging brand, it has very few anti-aging ingredients (less than Paula’s Choice!). That said, I still love that it’s a solid SPF 50 and has a formulation that doubles as a primer. It melds into the skin so it can be worn flawlessly under makeup.

Sheer, PABA-free, and fragrance-free.

Best for: All Skin types especially Oily and Acne-prone Skin, Daily Use, Under makeup (doubles as a primer)

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Physician's Choice PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45

One of my favorites. It’s weightless, blends easily on the skin, and doesn’t leave a white cast even in flash photography. It’s also recommended for sensitive skin and possibly used even after peeling. My only problem with it is that I have to put on a hefty amount otherwise I do get a tan after being under the sun after a few hours. Other than that, highly recommended.

Best for: Oily, Acne-prone, and Sensitive Skin; Daily Use

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Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30

Cetaphil has been my go-to drugstore brand in my teens until my early twenties. It’s super affordable, non-irritating, and is one of the best value for your money. This line has been formulated especially for oily skin so it’s lightweight, very hydrating (it is mainly a moisturizer), and works very well in controlling oil. It doesn’t completely mattify, but one oil blotter after every few hours is still great.

Best for: Oily and Acne-prone skin, Dehydrated Skin

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Jan Marini Skin Research Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33

This antioxidant sunscreen is invisible, hydrating, and weightless–the ultimate in daily wearability.

Most importantly, it delivers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and features an oil capture system via microscopic particles for additional oil control. Perfect for wear with or without makeup.

It’s fast-absorbing, water-resistant, and cosmetically elegant that it doesn’t leave a white residue.

The formula is also enhanced with antioxidants phytomelanin and beta glucan 1,3 to help with skin repair and offer protection against further damage.

Best for: All skin types especially Oily skin; Daily Use, Oil control, Under make-up

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Vichy Idéal Capital Soleil SPF 45 Silkscreen Dry-Finish Sunscreen Lotion for Face & Body with Antioxidants

This sunscreen has a solid SPF 45 in combination with effective UVA & UVB filters for broad-spectrum defense against damaging sun rays.

Vichy is one of the leading brands in European pharmacies on anti-aging. This sunscreen doesn’t  fall short of anti-aging antioxidants aimed for the face and body. It has white grape polyphenol and vitamin E to help neutralize free radical damage and protect skin at the cellular level.

The texture is non-sticky, non-greasy, and leaves no whitening residue. It has a cooling application with a silky, dry-touch finish that absorbs quickly into face and body.

Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Allergy-tested. Water-resistant. PABA-free. Suitable for sensitive skin. Tested under dermatological control.

Best for: All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne-prone skin, and Sensitive skin; Outdoor Activities

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Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen SPF 50+

An easy-to-apply, spray-on sunscreen that ticks off all the boxes in terms of sun protection and skin repair.

It is formulated free of chemical absorbers and utilizes the latest technology in micronized zinc oxide to offer maximum SPF 50+ and UVA/UVB protection. This mineral shield blankets the skin and physically reflects harmful rays to ensure thorough coverage.

Since it doesn’t rely chemical reactions in the skin to work, physical sunscreens also minimizes any cause for irritation and allergies. Great for acne-prone and sensitive skin.

The texture is lightweight, non-greasy, water-resistant, and provides lasting protection–perfect for outdoor activities.

It dries to a matte finish without leaving any white residue, despite its hefty dose of zinc oxide.

Lastly, it also doubles down on skincare with a blend of antioxidants to help repair damaged skin. This includes liposome encapsulated Vitamin C, Resveratrol, Green Tea Polyphenols, Emblica and Co-Q10.

All in all, an excellent product that’s tough to beat.

Best for: Normal, Oily, Acne-prone, and Sensitive Skin; Outdoor activities

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Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46

EltaMD SKINCARE UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, 1.7 oz.

A light and silky sunscreen with an impressive blend of SPF 46 and UVA/UVB protection with several skincare superstars:

  • 9% transparent micronized zinc oxide: Natural mineral compound that works as a sunscreen agent by reflecting and scattering UVA and UVB rays
  • High purity Niacinamide (vitamin B3): Anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and minimizes the appearance of dry or damaged skin and restores suppleness
  • Sodium hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid): Humectant that attracts and retains moisture, improving skin feel and restores suppleness
  • Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E): Antioxidant that reduces free radicals to help diminish the visible signs of aging

This oil-free formulation also helps calm and protect skin types prone to breakouts, rosacea and pigmentation. It leaves no residue and can be worn alone or under makeup.

Fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, and noncomedogenic.

Best for: Acne-prone, Rosacea, Hyperpigmentation

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The Oily Skin Solution

by Patricia Everson

This acclaimed skincare program aims to condition the skin to generate less oil, providing a permanent solution to excessive oily skin. Highly recommended.

Download from the official website

Resources: (2016). Sunscreen FAQs | American Academy of Dermatology. (2016). Known and Probable Human Carcinogens. (2016). Zinc Oxide Cream – Uses, Side Effects, Interactions –

EltaMD, Inc. (2017). EltaMD® | Dermatologist Sunscreens and Skin Care Products

Farage, M., Miller, K. and Maibach, H. (2010). Textbook of Aging Skin. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Jan Marini Skin Research. (2017). Jan Marini Skin Research : Professional Science-Backed Skincare

Kong, D. Younger Next Day: Permanent Skin Care E-book. (2016). Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics – (2016). Niacinamide. (2017). Vichy Skin Care | Vichy Laboratories


The Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin & Acne-Prone Skin- Ultimate Review & Guide Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 5 reviews
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Great advice

5 5 1
Thanks for the tips, really useful. My sunscreens always leave a white cast even under makeup so I've been on a hunt for one that disappears into my skin. I'm going to try Obagi since that comes highly recommended.

5 5 1
The Elta MD one is a classic. I can use it even when my skin has been sensitized or when I'm breaking out. BUT it slides right off when I sweat so it's useless in the summer. Jan Marini and Vichy is water-resistant so I'll be trying those out.

5 5 1
Sunscreens below the recommended SPF20 should be phased out imo. The FDA is so lax it's no wonder everyone gets cancer.

5 5 1
Very detailed, thank you. I've heard good things about the Obagi brand over the years, I'm looking forward to giving their sunscreen a go.

5 5 1
Brilliant, just what I was looking for. I'll give the Vichy one a try. Looks promising.

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