The Best Sunscreens for Acne-Prone Skin, According to Our Editors

September 22, 2020
By: Jackie Burns Brisman | by L'Oréal
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Even though summer has come and gone (tear!), your sunscreen should stay by your side. Applying a daily sunscreen is key to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays regardless of the season. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, though, finding a non-greasy facial sunscreen that doesn’t clog your pores or cause breakouts can be tough. The good news? We’re rounding up our editors’ favorite oil-free, non-comedogenic SPFs that will help keep your face clear and shine-free through fall and beyond, ahead.

Vichy Idéal Capital Soleil Tinted Mineral Sunscreen for Face

This oil-free, non-comedogenic mineral sunscreen boasts SPF 60. It’s a great option for oily skin because the formula absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave behind a greasy or sticky feel and is completely shine-free. While we love wearing this tinted option solo, you can also layer a mattifying primer on top before foundation for extra shine protection.

vichy ideal capital soleil tinted mineral sunscreen for face

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

This broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 has a weightless finish. The paraben- and chemical filter-free formula and is non-comedogenic. Apply a nickel-size amount after your other skin-care products for a transparent, non-oily finish.

skinceuticals sheer physical uv defense spf 50

CeraVe Ultra Light Moisturizing Lotion

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, picking a sunscreen with a matte finish, like this moisturizing lotion, is a great way to help control shine throughout the day. The lightweight SPF 30 product mattifies but still moisturizes because it’s packed with three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Plus, it’s non-comedogenic formula won’t cause breakouts.

cerave ultra light moisturizing lotion

Supergoop! Matte Screen SPF 40

Large pores? Look to this mineral sunscreen from Supergoop! It not only mattifies your complexion, but it also minimizes the appearance of pores. The formula is reef-safe and has a smooth finish so your makeup will glide on easily.

supergoop matte screen spf 40

Tula Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen

While some sunscreens can clog your pores and contribute to breakouts, we promise you’re in the clear with this option from Tula. It’s a great option for darker skin tones (no white cast!), provides SPF 30 protection from UVA and UVB rays and gives subtle radiance that looks glowy and never greasy.

tula protect and glow daily sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen

Specifically designed for oily and acne-prone skin types, this non-greasy SPF works to absorb pore-clogging oil. Formulated with an antioxidant blend and broad-spectrum SPF 60, this non-comedogenic, fragrance- and paraben-free product will protect your skin while fighting shine.

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