If you live with acne or have acne-prone skin, you’ve probably heard your fair share of ‘don’ts’ when it comes to managing your condition. Keep your fingers to yourself and don’t squeeze your breakouts.
It doesn’t matter if you spent three hours, or five minutes on your make-up, don’t sleep in it! For acne care, absolutely do not use multiple products at the same time. You’d be risking inflammation, clogged pores and dry skin.
When it comes to do’s, however, high up on the list is that you apply a suitable amount of sunscreen daily. This can help with managing your acne and any acne scarring. But while this is correct, not just any sunscreen should go on your face.
The American Association of Dermatology recommends that your choice of sunscreen should offer broad-spectrum protection, while having an SPF of 30 or higher. Bonus points if it’s also water-resistant, beyond that however, care has to be taken that your sunscreen is made of up ingredients that help in managing your acne.
To make sure you’re selecting the best sunscreen for acne, we’ve put together seven of the best ingredient options for sunscreen. But first, let’s see just how sunscreen can affect your acne.
You always hear how good sunscreen is for acne and skincare. But to truly appreciate it, you need to understand how bad the sun can be for your skin — especially where acne is concerned.
The ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays produced by the sun have been reported to cause the enlargement of the sebaceous gland, and an increase in sebum (oil) secretion. They have also been linked to an increase in the number of comedones on the skin.
Ever the supervillains, these UV rays also target skin cells, while suppressing the body's ability to fight them off. By doing this, acne-causing bacteria — p.acnes may overrun the skin, causing acne flares.
And if that isn’t bad enough, exposure to sunlight can lead to solar acne, otherwise known as acne solaris. This form of acne is typically found in the chest and around the shoulders.
But there’s good news, you have the benefits of a tube of broad-spectrum sunscreen to stand up for you. Broad spectrum sunscreen gives protection against the sun’s dangerous rays.
This type of sunscreen is also helpful in preventing premature aging and sunburns. It reduces blotches on your skin, and reduces your chances of developing skin cancer.
If you're all set to deflect UV rays, delay aging and keep acne away from your face, here are skincare ingredients that would are great additions to sunscreen:
If you have better looking skin than everyone thanks to prolonged sunscreen use (good for you!), you're probably no stranger to this sunscreen ingredient.
Zinc oxide has been used for decades as an inorganic sun blocker. It has UVA blocking features that are necessary for skin protection against aging and pigmentation. It is however less effective for UVB blockage.
This ingredient is believed to have moderate antioxidant properties, but is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial features — any acne on your face, back, shoulders etc. will not be too pleased about that.
Zinc oxide was previously notorious for leaving a spooky white cast after use, but with the adoption of nanoparticles, it now applies clearly for use as a sun blocker.
Titanium dioxide is another potent inorganic sun blocker. Now, if you were wondering, this is actually a good thing. Inorganic sun blockers are a preferred option because they cause less skin irritation and sensitivity. They are also known to offer broad spectrum protection.
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles have been proven to remain on the skin surface. They do not penetrate into the skin, which is why this sun blocker is widely believed to be non comedogenic i.e, it will not block your pores. Another win for acne-prone skin looking for sun protection.
Known benefits for acne-prone skin to the side, this B-Vitamin is close to giving other ingredients a bad name, thanks to its potential abilities in keeping the skin healthy.
The topical application of niacinamide is great for anti-aging: it smoothes out wrinkles, and may play a role in preventing skin cancer. It also improves moisture content in the skin, and is useful for the production of ceramides.
However, its anti-inflammatory properties make niacinamide an ingredient to look out for when selecting sunscreen for acne-prone skin.
With inflammation being a leading cause of acne, the anti-inflammatory properties of this acid make it a great ingredient for sunscreen and any skin care products truly invested in your good looks.
Besides causing you to rue your teenage years, acne may be responsible for other damaging effects to your well being, like the impairment of your skin barrier. This can affect its normal functioning, and also increase your chances of developing more acne.
This vitamin is always a good option when it comes to skincare ingredients. As a part of your lotion, creams, and of course sunscreen — vitamin E may play an important role in acne treatment and prevention, this is thanks to its impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here's what you need to know about vitamin C, acne and you. With antioxidant properties, this vitamin may be able to fight off the free radicals that cause acne. Should you already have acne, its anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce the redness and swelling that can accompany an outbreak. If you deal with acne scarring, vitamin C is an important part of the production process of collagen, a protein which may cause significant scarring when reduced.
As a part of sunscreen which helps to prevent UV rays that can worsen acne, vitamin C is an easy ingredient choice.
You will be doing your skin multiple favors by including sunscreen into your daily skincare routine for acne.
Should you have acne or acne-prone skin, these sunscreen favors may be quadrupled by the inclusion of choice ingredients like zinc oxide, ceramides, vitamin C and other listed ingredients, which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and scar lightening benefits for your skin.