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The Best Non-Comedogenic Sunscreens for Acne-Prone Skin in 2019

Top 10 Best Noncomedogenic Sunscreens for Acne-Prone Skin in 2019

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Sunscreen—one of the most notorious products known to break out acne-prone skin.

Unfortunately, this reputation isn’t entirely unfounded. Most sunscreens, with its thick and white consistency, DOES carry a high risk of clogged pores and irritated skin.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a chemical or physical sunscreen—it can likely cause breakouts if it’s not well formulated for acne-prone skin.

Chemical sunscreens can cause skin sensitivities with its UV filters, while physical or mineral sunscreens that sit on your skin all day long can block your pores and clog them. These are some of the common pitfalls that reformulated, non-comedogenic sunscreens have worked around.

Micronized formulations of zinc and titanium oxide from mineral sunscreens are now cosmetically elegant and very light on the skin. Chemical sunscreens are also formulated with various patented technologies to be gentler on the skin while working more efficiently to protect the skin.

We’ve compiled the most reputable and dermatologist-recommended non comedogenic sunscreens available today.

For acne-prone and/or oily skin, dermatologists recommend using sunscreens that are non-comedogenic, with lightweight formulas that has a matte finish so it controls your oil production and won’t clog your pores. A great sunscreen should also blend flawlessly into your skin for an invisible protection.

Non-comedogenicity should apply to all your products as well, from moisturizers to primers and foundations. It only takes one bad product to break you out.

Regarding which sunscreen is ultimately better–once all the boxes above are ticked, it all comes down to its compatibility to your skin.

Make sure to check the Best for line below to see which one is most suited for your skin condition.

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MDSolarSciences™’ flagship product is not actually this mineral crème, but their Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB SPF 30. It’s an all-in-one protection/repair moisturizer-sunscreen-and-anti-aging lotion that has powerful collagen peptides, niacinamide, and antioxidants that help reduce the signs of UV damage like sun spots, fine lines, redness. It’s a lightweight lotion ideal for all skin types. Now while this is a great product, the reason we’ve ultimately chosen the mineral crème is because of its matte finish and quick blendability. These two key benefits are essential in sunscreens for oily skin.

The mineral crème is also heavily favored by makeup artists because it feels more like a primer rather than a sunscreen. It’s non-comedogenic as well, so it won’t clog your pores even if you have acne-prone skin.

Key Sun Protection:

  • Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 50 Sunscreen
  • Actives: 2% Titanium Dioxide / 17% Zinc Oxide – Non-nano zinc, meaning its small enough to blend beautifully but bigger than a nano-particle so it stays on the surface on the skin

Additional Benefits:

  • Antioxidants to help skin repair – Vitamin C, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract
  • Non-Comedogenic – won’t clog pores. Ideal for Acne-prone skin.
  • Water-resistant – up to 80 minutes.
  • Hypoallergenic. Oil Free. Paraben Free. Fragrance Free. Gluten Free.Ideal for Very Sensitive Skin. Gentle enough for kids 6 months and older.
  • Animal Testing Free. EcoCert® Certified. Skin Cancer Foundation Recommended.

Best for: Normal to Oily Skin including Acne/Rosacea Prone (we’re not recommending dry skin based on experience), Sensitive Skin

Type of Sunscreen: Physical sunblock

Consistency & Finish: Lightweight, Creamy, Primer-like/Silicone, Matte finish

Cons: If you have dry patches of skin, it’s going to accentuate them like crazy. It doesn’t moisturize dry areas even though it has a silky consistency, so you’ll have to make sure to exfoliate well and moisturize before using. If you pack it on, it has a tendency to feel heavy because of its silicone, primer-like texture and can leave a white cast. Make sure to only apply a thin layer to avoid this. It’s water-resistant, which is good for outdoor activities but can be tenacious when washing it off. You might need a cleansing brush or an oil cleanser to break it up.

About the Brand: MDSolarSciences™ is created by upper east side dermatologic oncologist Robert J. Friedman, M.D., M.Sc. (Med.) who is a pioneer in the skincare – melanoma field. Together with the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), the brand specializes in an innovative line of sun care and skin repair products that vary from mineral or physical sunscreens to chemical sunscreens. The difference is their patented formulation that doesn’t use any of the controversial chemicals that can be damaging to coral reefs and are not good for the environment.

Replenix – UltiMATTE Perfection SPF 50+

Best for: Oily & Acne-prone skin, Anti-aging, Pores, fine lines & wrinkles

This sunscreen (or should I say BB cream?) has a triple crown that protects, repairs, and conceal imperfections. If you’re looking for an all-in-one product to put on and you’re out the door, this is it.

The Replenix UltiMATTE is a tinted physical sunscreen that provides sheer coverage to help give a healthy touch of color to the skin. The universal tint enhances the skin tone and prevents any white cast.

It also doubles as an all-day, oil control make-up base to keep shine at bay.

Additionally, it’s also loaded with skin-repairing antioxidants to help repair the skin and minimize pores and fine lines. Ingredients like vitamin C and green tea are proven to protect the skin against environmental damage.

Its hydrating ingredients also manages to keep up with the high amount of zinc oxide that can cause the skin to feel dry and tight. There’s a mix of silicones in there are well so it can function as a primer of sorts.

Key Sun Protection:

  • Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 50 Sunscreen
  • Actives: 16.2% Micronized Zinc Oxide

Additional Benefits:

  • Universal Tinted Technology – to help conceal imperfections, prevents any white cast, suited for most skin tones
  • Ceramide 2, Phospholipids – deliver gentle moisturization and mattifying oil control
  • Green tea polyphenols, Resveratrol, Biotin, Vitamin C, Emblica, Centella Asiatica, Ascorbic Acid, CoQ10 – Antioxidant enriched that helps minimize fine lines, pores, and wrinkles
  • Non-Comedogenic – won’t clog pores. Ideal for Acne-prone skin.
  • Gluten, Paraben, Oil, Chemical, Alcohol, and Fragrance-free.

Best for: Oily skin, Acne-prone skin, All Skin types especially post-procedure, melasma, and sensitive skin; Minimizing pores & fine lines, Anti-aging

Type of Sunscreen: Physical sunblock

Consistency & Finish: Sheer, tinted (light coverage), initially creamy texture that blends out to a feathery, silky matte finish

Cons: Not water resistant. The universal tint has a slight tinge of tan and may not work on all skin types (from our experience, although the label says otherwise)

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Best for: All skin types, even Very Sensitive skin, Discolorations, Aging

SkinCeuticals is a brand that works with physicians, pharmacies, and medi-spas to deliver integrated skincare that works in synergy with in-office procedures.

The Physical Fusion UV Defense is a translucent, weightless fluid that provides full broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 50. This sunblock is ideal for all skin types, including very sensitized skin. It contains artemia salina, a plankton extract known to reinforce the skin’s resistance to UV and heat induced stress.

It has a sheer coverage, similar to a tinted moisturizer, which comes from its translucent color spheres. This offers a universal tint which also helps improve skin radiance. From experience, this works well with fair to medium skin tones but lands a bit grey on darker complexions.

Key Sun Protection:

  • Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 50 Sunblock
  • Actives: 5% Zinc oxide (Z-Cote®) / 6% Titanium dioxide – a microfine formulations that spready evenly for full protection

Additional Benefits:

  • Translucent Color Spheres – provides sheer coverage with a universal tint that adopts to skin tones without leaving a white cast
  • Artemia Salina – a plankton extract known to boost the skin’s defenses against UV- and heat-stress
  • Improves skin radiance for a luminous complexion
  • Water resistance: 40 minutes
  • Fragrance-free. Paraben-free. Non-comedogenic.

Best for: All skin types, including very sensitive skin, Discolorations, Aging

Type of Sunscreen: Physical sunblock

Consistency & Finish: Sheer with a universal tint

Cons: From experience, it doesn’t blend well with darker complexions.

About the Brand: SkinCeuticals is a brand that works with physicians, pharmacies, and medi-spas to deliver integrated skincare that works in synergy with in-office procedures. They have a reputation for bringing first-to-market products with their numerous patents and clinical studies. Their products are formulated with pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients and have clinically be proven to improve the skin.

SkinMedica is part of the Allergan Company, which supplies physicians worldwide with medical aesthetics including skincare, botox, fillers, and more. They specialize in skin rejuvenation to deliver optimal results for patients.

SkinMedica’s Essential Defense is recommended by physicians for oily and combination skin. This physical sunscreen provides UVB and the highest UVA level protection at 12.0% Zinc oxide. (UVA penetrates the skin more deeply and is responsible for premature skin aging. There is about 500 more UVA rays in sunlight than UVB.)

It also has age defying ingredients that improve the skin’s tone and texture–all this in a formulation that won’t clog pores.

Coverage is light and sheer with a matte finish.

Key Sun Protection:

  • Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 45 Sunscreen
  • Actives: Octinoxate 7.5% / Zinc oxide 12.0%

Additional Benefits:

  • Highest UVA rating at PA++++ (UVB ratings are measured by SPF)
  • Contains age defying ingredients that improves skin appearance
  • Specially formulated for oily and combination skin
  • TSA friendly
  • Hypoallergenic. Non Comedogenic. Paraben free. Oil-free. Fragrance-free.

Best for: Oily & Combination Skin

Type of Sunscreen: Physical sunscreen

Consistency & Finish: Lightweight, Sheer, Matte finish

Cons: With the high amount of zinc, there will be a white cast that will be more obvious with the darker complexions. The tinted version might be a better fit.

Takes a little white to sink in from experience, but will eventually so a bit of patience is necessary.

About the Brand: SkinMedica is part of the Allergan Company, which supplies physicians worldwide with medical aesthetics including skincare, botox, fillers, and more. They specialize in skin rejuvenation to deliver optimal results for patients and their doctors.

One of the best-selling sunscreens in the world, the Anthelios line from the European brand La Roche-Posay has won over 60 beauty awards since its launch. The line is developed especially for sensitive skin, with multiple textures and unique formulas to cater to different skin types.

This Water-Lotion sunscreen has high performing sun protection and super-absorbent properties. It goes on like water and cools the skin, unlike most chemical sunscreens which dissipate heat. This is extremely important for oily skin because thick lotions and heat can aggravate oil production.

La Roche-Posay’s sunscreens are very cosmetically elegant and sink into the skin without leaving any white residue.

Awards: 2015 TotalBeauty.com Editor’s Pick – Sunscreen Winner

Key Sun Protection:

  • Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 60 Sunscreen
  • Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10.72%, Octisalate 3.21%, Octocrylene 6%, Oxybenzone 3.86%

Additional Benefits:

  • Cell-Ox Shield™ XL antioxidant technology – multi-patented technology that allows UV filters to work with antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals
  • Water-resistant – 80 minutes
  • For face & body use
  • Oil-free. Non-Comedogenic. Dermatologist tested.
  • Fragrance-free. Paraben-free. Allergy tested.

Ideal for: Oily and Sensitive skin, All skin types

Type of Sunscreen: Chemical sunscreen

Consistency & Finish: Water-like lotion upon skin contact, Cooling effect, Light and breathable

Cons: Still comes with most of the cons of chemical sunscreens, including photosensitivity and chemicals that can harm coral reefs.

Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-free SPF 50 – UVA, UVB, Infrared, & Visible Radiation Protection

Best for: Normal, Combination, Oily skin; Warm & humid climate; Anti-aging

From the pioneers in oral and topical sun protection, Heliocare 360º offers a high and state-of-the art photoprotection range that covers not just the complete spectrum range of UVA and UVB, but also visible and infrared rays. (Normal sunscreens only have broad spectrum UVA & UVB). This wide-ranging protection called the Bioshield System is then combined with their exclusive Fernblock® technology.

Fernblock® provides four levels of protection: prevents and repairs DNA damage caused by solar radiation, a strong antioxidant action over free radicals responsible for cell damage; regulates our skin defense mechanisms, prevents visible signs of photoaging (wrinkles, sagging skin, hyperpigmentation, dryness) by protecting structures like collagen, fibroblasts, and elastin.

This is formulated as a light, oil-free, dry touch gel for normal, combination, and oily skin. It’s designed for warm and humid climates, with its sebum control and matting agent to keep your skin smooth and dry.

Key Sun Protection:

  • Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 50, Infrared Rays, Visible Light
  • Actives: Fernblock®FC / Bioshield System

Additional Benefits:

  • Bioshield System – Protection against infrared and visible light
  • Fernblock® – An antioxidant complex rich in ferulic acid, caffeic acid, green tea, vitamin C, and vitamin E; provides important restorative skin function against solar damage
  • Sebum control with matting agent
  • Non comedogenic.

Best for: Normal, Combination, Oily skin; Warm and humid climate; Anti-aging

This oil-free 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.

Key Sun Protection:

  • Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 45 Sunscreen
  • Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Oxybenzone 6%

Additional Benefits:

  • Vitamin E & White Grape Extract – Powerful antioxidants that protect at a cellular level to keep the skin healthier and younger
  • Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Tested under dermatological control.
  • Allergy-tested. Paraben-free. PABA-free. Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Water-resistant.

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

Type of Sunscreen: Chemical sunscreen

Consistency & Finish: Dry finish lotion for face & body, Non-sticky, Fast absorbing

Cons: Not as photostable, meaning it gradually deteriorates under sun exposure.

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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.

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