Summertime poses a new problem for many people with acne: sunscreen. Sunscreens, particularly when applied to the face, can cause or worsen acne. There are two reasons: 1) The sunscreen itself is often thick with ingredients such as petroleum, which protect the face but also clog the pores, leading to acne bumps. 2) Some ingredients in sunscreens irritate the skin, such as avobenzone, which causes inflammation, leading to acne bumps.
What can you do?
Choose sunscreens that are formulated specifically for the face and that are labeled, “noncomedogenic,” which means non-pimple forming. Some inexpensive options (under $10), that can be found at most drugstores, include Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunblock SPF 55 and Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock for the Face, SPF 30.
Remember not to apply anything to your face before the sunscreen, as most sunscreens need to soak into the skin to work properly. So for women, it’s best to apply facial sunscreen allowing it to dry completely before applying make-up.
Of course, wearing a fashionable (and sun-blocking) wide-brimmed hat wouldn’t hurt either.
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