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These 8 Sunscreens Are Perfect for Acne-Prone Skin

In other words, they won't trigger breakouts
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For those with pesky acne-prone skin, it's never just as easy as hopping into your local Sephora grabbing the first thing you see off the shelf. Nope, we have to be extra careful to make sure we don't irritate our skin (thus causing even more breakouts).

With that being said, it can be tough to find the perfect sunscreen. Complicating things even further is the fact that popular acne-treating ingredients such as Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid actually make your skin even more sensitive to the sun... which means wearing sunscreen is essentially mandatory. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Orit Markowitz explains that these ingredients can "thin out the top layer [of the skin]" making them more prone to irritation and sunburn.

According to Dr. Markowitz, "It is a common myth that acne-prone skin types need to wear a lightweight/clear sunscreen formula to minimize acne flare-ups." She mentions that thicker mineral blockers such as zinc oxide tend to be much less pore-clogging than lightweight formulas can be. She also recommends avoiding oxybenzone (which can be irritating for sensitive skin) and says that, when it comes to acne-prone skin, "looking for matte finish, non-oily, fragrance-free formulations is the way to go."

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This lightweight, mineral-based sunscreen uses zinc oxide to keep you safe from the sun's harmful rays. Green tea extract and deep sea enzymes also provide your complexion with antioxidant protection and reinforce the natural defense of your skin.

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Formulated with soothing aloe vera, hydrating avocado and jojoba oil, and antioxidant-rich rosehip, this facial sunscreen is an affordable way to keep your acne-prone skin protected from the sun and seriously hydrated.

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Meet the ideal sunscreen to wear when you're outdoors breaking a sweat. This lovely water-resistant option can be worn for up to 80 minutes while you're in the water or getting seriously hot. Zinc oxide protects the skin from UV ways while vitamin E helps cells to regenerate, while also fending off free radicals.

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In addition to standard UV protection, the red algae in this hard-working sunscreen helps protect your complexion from harmful light from your devices. You'll also see a soothed and hydrated complexion after application, thanks to the frankincense and meadow foam seed complexion in the ingredients.

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