How to Choose Sunscreen
for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

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Struggling to select the right sunscreen for oily, acne-prone skin? Read on. Our comprehensive oily skin sunscreen guide is full of useful tips and tricks to keep your skin protected, without a greasy, weighed down sensation or the risk of additional breakouts.

From recognising the ingredients to avoid to knowing which innovative formulas to favour, we’ll instill you with the confidence to shop sunscreen like a pro. But first, let’s start by dispelling a common claim around acne and sunscreen that’s not only incorrect, but could potentially damage your skin…

Misconception:
Drying Out Skin with Sun Exposure will Treat Acne 

It’s a common myth that skipping sunscreen while upping sun exposure will ‘treat’ acne and clear breakouts by drying up oily skin. Not only does this claim encourage reckless behaviour, it is also incorrect.

To prevent skin cancer, sun damage and premature ageing, ALL skin types require daily high-level, broad-spectrum protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays. And this includes oily, acne-prone skin.

Rather than drying out blemishes, excess sun exposure essentially dehydrates the skin. While this may cause a temporary decrease in oiliness, a skin robbed of moisture will soon compensate by producing more sebum. Meaning? An oilier complexion with possible new breakouts waiting to emerge.

Look for a
non-comedogenic sunscreen

Selecting the right sunscreen for acne-prone skin starts with learning how to decipher sunscreen labels. As well as a product that’s dermatologically tested, you want a sunscreen that’s non-comedogenic. This means it has been specifically formulated not to clog pores. Whilst beneficial for all skin types, non-comedogenic sunscreen is particularly important for skin with excess oil and a tendency towards breakouts.

Avoid heavy oils,
overly nourishing ingredients and fragrances

When purchasing sunscreen for oily skin, steer clear of those that include heavy, occlusive oils such as coconut oil, as well as ultra-nourishing ingredients such as cocoa or shea butter. As fragrances can cause irritation in sensitive acne-prone skin, opt for a fragrance-free product, or ensure any fragrance present is hypoallergenic.

Try a matte sunscreen
for oily skin

If the greasy feel or look of your sunscreen puts you off daily usage, you’re choosing the wrong sunscreen for your oily or acne-prone skin. Instead, select a sunscreen that you’re comfortable wearing – one that not only feels great on the skin, but looks good as well. For many people with oily or acne-prone skin, this means choosing a mattifying sunscreen texture for a shine-free finish.

Use a sunscreen formulated
for oily, acne-prone skin

As with skincare, you’ll always achieve the best results with a sunscreen that’s formulated with your skin’s needs in mind. So, to keep skin protected without worrying about the odd pimple breakout, select a sunscreen suited for oily acne-prone skin.

A non-comedogenic and fragrance-free matte sunscreen, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ is formulated specifically for oily, acne-prone sensitive skin. Delivering very high, broad-spectrum protection, it utilises a chemical and physical UV filtering system to allow lightweight, invisible coverage. Non-greasy and easily absorbed, the Dry Touch formula also mattifies skin with Airlicium – an anti-sweat molecule that absorbs up to 150 times its volume in sebum and oil.

For an even, radiant looking complexion, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch also comes in a tinted version. With a universal tint, the dermatologically tested formula features a pleasant hypoallergenic fragrance for sensitive skin.

For any individual concerns or expert advice regarding your oily, acne-prone skin, please see your healthcare professional.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.

TRUE
OR FALSE

DARK CLOTHES ARE
BETTER-SUITED FOR THE SUN.

TRUE

Indeed, dark and intense colours such as black, navy, red, or emerald green, provide more UV protection than white and pastels. So make sure you bring along some dark colours items of clothing too when packing for your next holidays.
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SUN IS GOOD
FOR YOUR KID.

FALSE

Children's skin is particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun. That's why paediatricians and dermatologists agree that babies and toddlers under 3 years old should have no direct sun exposure whatsoever. After this age, make sure you use a high-protection broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen.
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SUN CAN MAKE
YOU AGE PREMATURELY.

TRUE

UVA rays disrupt skin’s inner building blocks such as collagen and elastin fibres. Over time,sun exposure causes a loss of plumpness and elasticity as well as wrinkles. UVB rays also stimulate patchy and irregular pigment production leading to dark spots and a sallow complexion. Globally, these changes in the skin are known as photo-ageing.
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NO NEED TO WEAR SUN
PROTECTION WHEN IT'S CLOUDY.

FALSE

Even on a grey and rainy day, skin is exposed to UV rays that will gradually cause the stigmata of photo-ageing to appear. To fully protect your skin, opt for sunscreen every day, not just when it’s warm and sunny. 
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THE EARLIER A SKIN
CANCER IS DETECTED, THE BETTER.

TRUE

If detected early, 90% of skin cancers are curable. That is why screening is so important Between dermatologist visits to keep an eye on your moles and those of your loved ones. And of course, make sunscreen a daily non-negotiable to protect your moles and prevent skin cancer.
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CHILDREN ARE MORE
VULNERABLE TO THE SUN.

TRUE

Sun safety is of paramount importance for children, especially when you know that 50 - 80% of UV-related damage occurs before the age of 20 years old, and that 1 out of 55 people born in 2008 will one day develop a melanoma. But this risk can be drastically reduced with the proper protection.
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Did you
know?

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Tested under ophthalmological control, ANTHELIOS Ultra suncare won’t irritate sensitive eyes.

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A RANGE FOR THAT

ANTHELIOS is a pioneering player in the suncare market. Its broad-spectrum, very high protection is the result of more than 25 years of advanced clinical research into suncare and sun sensitive skin.