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Tips for Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin

Jun 21, 2016

Skin cancer is a major health concern for all Americans; wearing sunscreen daily is a simple step that can drastically lower the likelihood of developing this serious disease. However, if you suffer from acne, you know that acne-prone skin has many special needs, often requiring the use of specialized products to reduce irritation and breakouts. Incorporating the right sunscreen into your acne treatment regimen will reduce the risk of both skin cancer and unsightly acne breakouts so that you have healthier skin for life.

Choose Lightweight and Emollient-Free Products

Acne-prone skin is often naturally oily, so adding sunscreen that is rich in emollients or has a heavy cream formula will not only increase the risk of a breakout, but also make your skin appear oilier with an unwanted shine. When choosing the right sunscreen for your acne-prone skin, focus on lightweight, water-based products that offer a matte finish and aren’t heavy in plant oils or fatty acids. These lighter products will not only feel better on your face, they’ll also absorb more readily and prevent that slick, shiny feeling associated with heavier products.

Select a Broad-Spectrum Product with Enough SPF

Regardless of the brand or style of sunscreen you choose, there are a few must-haves when it comes to wearing the right sunscreen. Select a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause skin cancer and melanoma. You should also aim for a product with SPF 25 or higher to make sure you have adequate protection while out in the sun.

Your dermatologist at Arlington Dermatology can help you choose the best skin care products to manage acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and more. Our dermatology services also include clinical research, psoriasis treatment, skin cancer treatment, and cosmetic dermatology in Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, and Schaumburg. Please visit us online or give us a call at [company-phone id=1] to schedule an appointment.

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