You have heard this time and again that you should not skip sunscreen when going out. Sunscreen protects the exposed skin from damage by UVA and UVB rays of the sun. The UV rays may cause sunburn, dark spots, and rapid ageing.
However, many people complain that the use of sunscreen on their oily skin causes breakouts and irritation. Oily skin produces a lot of sebum that tends to clog the pores on the skin; this creates a conducive habitat for the growth and multiplication of bacteria and often results in breakouts.
Dermatologists recommend avoiding products that may block your pores if you have oily acne-prone skin to prevent further plugging of the pores. You should also avoid harsh products as oily skin is also highly sensitive.
You may have a hard time choosing the right sunscreen for acne-prone skin in India, as most of the sunscreen brands on the market are not ideal for this type of skin. Do not worry though, we will take you through a quick checklist for the right product. Read on before buying your next sunscreen.
The top four reasons why most sunscreens aren't appropriate for acne-prone skin
1. Leave a white cast on the skin
Most sunscreens contain ingredients that give off a white cast.
A white cast is usually a white layer left by the sunscreen when it gets absorbed into the skin. It is pretty noticeable in darker skin tones and photos, even for people with fairer skin.
In some cases, the effect is caused by not giving the sunscreen time to get absorbed. However, you may still notice the nasty ashy cast long after the sunscreen has been absorbed for some products.
2. Make your skin feel overly greasy
Some sunscreens have a very thick formulation that adds another layer on top of the skin. Others may contain oil-based ingredients that leave the skin feeling overly oily and greasy to make it even worse. These sunscreens turn mushy when the skin sweats or releases oily sebum.
The ideal sunscreen for acne-prone skin should spread thinly and get absorbed into the skin fast.
It should also offer shine control to give you a natural look.
In addition, you should only wear a light layer of sunscreen and give it at least 15 minutes to get absorbed by the skin before going out.
3. Cause congested pores and clogged skin
As explained earlier, people with oily skin have a problem with skin clogging, which causes pores to enlarge and harbour bacteria.
If the sunscreen has a thick formulation, it aggravates the problem by covering the pores, which leads to pore congestion and skin clogging. As a result, you tend to feel overly hot and sweaty. The pores also become dilated and visible, ruining your beauty goals.
4. Bring skin irritation and breakouts
Most oily skin types are also very sensitive to various ingredients that are otherwise harmless.
Such ingredients that cause an allergic reaction or irritation include oxybenzone (benzophenone-3), benzophenones, dibenzoylmethane, and cinnamates.
Many people with oily skin have reported a stinging sensation, itchy and warm skin.
Besides, breakouts may result from clogging and irritation. With time, the irritation may have long-term adverse effects on the skin, such as increased sensitivity and allergic reactions.
You should do a spot test for new sunblock before applying it to your face and hands to be sure it is good for you.
Tips for buying sunscreen for oily and acne-prone skin
People who have greasy skin need to be careful when selecting sunscreen. Here are a few things you should check the next time you buy sunscreen for oily skin.
1. Non-comedogenic sunscreens keep your skin breathable and prevent pores from clogging
If a sunscreen product is described as non-comedogenic, it means that it is unlikely to clog your pores.
Some of the ingredients likely to clog pores include lanolin, argan oil, soybean oil, olive oil, and coconut oil.
Non-comedogenic products allow the skin pores to "breathe," thereby saving you from the effects of clogging.
Always check the term "non-comedogenic" on the sunscreen label when shopping.
2. Choose a sunscreen that has low penetration filters for advanced sun protection
There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. Each has a different wavelength than the other.
UVB tends to penetrate deeper into the skin than UVA, and each requires a specific type of ingredient to block them.
Most sunscreens use very high penetration filters to prevent both UVA and UVB from getting into your skin. Unfortunately, these filters tend to clog the skin with a thick formulation.
Fortunately, some sunscreen types have lower penetration filters and feel light on the skin without compromising the sunlight protection afforded.
It is recommended that you should go for low-penetration filters with advanced sun protection with an SPF of at least 30. This means that only 3.3% of the UVB radiation will penetrate your skin, and the sunscreen will block the rest.
For the best protection, opt for a sunscreen with SPF 50 and PA rating.
Re’equil oxybenzone free sunscreen is well suitable for oily acne prone skin types. This sunscreen comes with low penetration filters and advanced sun protection which blocks 98% of UVB rays hitting the skin while avoiding clogging and breakouts .
3. Avoid these harmful ingredients in sunscreen (Oxybenzone and PABA)
PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid) is a naturally-occurring chemical found in various proteins and folic acid. It was added to sunscreen after it was found that it helped block UVB rays.
However, PABA was found to increase sensitivity to allergic reactions and tended to stain clothing. Later studies have shown that the product could damage human DNA.
Oxybenzone is also a natural compound derived from benzophenone that absorbs both UVA and UVB rays. However, it is a hazardous eye irritant and increases the body's sensitivity, triggering skin allergies. Studies have also shown that it could disrupt hormones in both males and females. Check labels for such ingredients and avoid any product with either or both.
Instead, check for such beneficial ingredients
- Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
- Aloe vera extract
- Eurol (olive extract)
These ingredients are known to provide antioxidant protection from free radical damage to prevent premature skin aging .
4. Opt for a lightweight sunscreen formula that spreads evenly without feeling sticky and greasy
Always opt for sunscreen with a lightweight and non - oily formulation that spreads with ease on your skin. Such a product forms a thin layer on the skin that is easily absorbed without making your skin oily . This ensures that your skin is not clogged and safe from unwanted breakouts.
We all agree that perfect sunscreens for oily skin are hard to find. However, Re'equil sunscreen has got you covered. The low-penetration product has advanced sun protection at SPF 50 and controls oily skin shine. Grab the clinically proven sunscreen to protect you from UV rays and not aggravate the acne!