Sunscreen For Acne-Prone Skin

Applying sunscreen to your skin is a necessary last step of your daily morning routine all year round. Sunscreens protect our skin from getting damaged by UV radiation and free radical damage.

Sunscreen does more than protecting our skin from getting premature ageing signs. Wearing sunscreen daily also assist with reducing the chances of developing skin cancer.

What is UV radiation? 

UV radiation has been classified into three categories, UVA, UVB and UVC. These radiations cause damage to our skin and eyes. UVC is the most dangerous radiation, but thanks to the ozone layer and earth’s atmosphere. They absorb the radiation, so none of the UVC radiation reaches the earth’s surface. UVA and UVB are the radiations that we need to watch out for because they are the radiations that penetrate our skin and develop skin cancer if we don’t protect our skin from UV radiation. Sun Protection Is Important!

How does sunscreen benefits acne-prone skin?

I’ve heard many acne-prone skin clients refused to wear sunscreen because it feels sticky, greasy or even worst, it causes more breakouts. I have also had those experienced in the past, where I would avoid wearing sunscreen at any cost. Sunscreens cause allergy reactions on my arms and legs and breakouts on my face. 

When going out to the beach, I would choose to sit in the shade and watch others having fun in the sun. I would rather wear long sleeves, long pants, a hat and sunglasses. I would get myself covered up like a ninja before exposing myself to the sun. 

I have heard many facts about how sunscreen can prevent skin ageing signs and acne scarring by reducing pigmentations. 

The reason why I was persistent about sunscreen for acne-prone skin, there was a thought that flashed through, where I was having breakouts for the first half of my life, then finally, I don’t have breakouts on my face anymore BUT! There are scarrings left behind from the past acne breakouts and, now the ageing signs are starting to develop just because I wasn’t wearing sunscreen during the early stage of my life. As a woman, I would like to age gracefully. Therefore I must find a sunscreen that will work for my skin. 

Thanks to my curiosity and persistence, that got me to start a career in the beauty industry. Working in the beauty industry enables me to expose to the potential of learning and discovering knowledge about skincare products and how to maintain healthy skin from different aspects. 

Not long after working in the beauty industry, I came across my first sunscreen that has been made especially for people who have sensitive and acne-prone skin. The sunscreen is from the brand Cetaphil, and it’s a well-known brand for people who have problematic skin. From their products, I found the word ” non-comedogenic”. Then my skincare knowledge developed deeper, as now I know that “non-comedogenic” products are less likely to clog pores. That’s the magic word to look out for when wanting to try out for a new skincare product if you suffer from oily and acne-prone skin. 


We should be wearing sunscreen daily, and it fits in the last step of our skincare routine. The fact that sunscreen causes more breakouts is false. Sunscreen assists with reducing hyperpigmentations and ageing signs such as wrinkles and fine lines. In the worse scenario, skin cancer may develop if we don’t wear sunscreen when exposing to UV radiation.

To avoid getting breakouts from wearing sunscreen, look out for sunscreens that are formulated with breathable ingredients and claimed to be a “non-comedogenic” sunscreen. Non-comedogenic is the magic word to look out for if you have oily and, or acne-prone skin.

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