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sunscreens for acne

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for sunscreens for acne.

If you have acne-prone skin, you know that the right skincare can make all the difference. But finding the right products can be tricky. The key is to find products that are gentle enough for your skin and effective enough to keep your acne at bay. Here are some of our favorite sunscreens for acne-prone skin.

tarteAmazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

Size: 1.7 oz·ITEM: 759811

Color: Tan - for medium complexions with yellow undertones

2.6K Reviews

$36.00

Breakout...I actually loved the color, it was a perfect match for my yellow undertone fair skin, BUT I hardly ever break out anymore, and since using this for 2 weeks have had consistent chin break outs every single day. ...I love this stuff! I have dry, acne-prone skin and have a hard time finding make-up that doesn't make me flaky or cause break outs.


✔ Normal
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Oily

What it is:
An oil-free, multitasking tinted moisturizer that hydrates, brightens, treats, and protects skin.

$42.00

Fantastic sunscreen! I work outside and have acne prone skin this does not irritate my skin or sweat off into my eyes. ...I have Normal skin. I get hormonal breakouts, however.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Dry

What it is:
An illuminating, color-correcting and skin-blending tinted moisturizer that provides a flawless complexion while defending skin against harmful free radicals and UVA/UVB rays with broad-spectrum SPF 40 protection.

Solutions for:
- Dullness and uneven texture
- Uneven skin tone
- Redness

If you want to know more…
Color correct, hydrate, and cover up in one easy step. This color correcting, tinted hydrator contains all-physical broad-spectrum protection in SPF 40, available in two blendable shades for all skin types.

ShiseidoSports BB SPF 50+

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2219673

Color: Medium

51 Reviews

$38.00

Blends in so smoothly. I have texturized skin (craters) from post acne (oily skin) and looked for a product that will help smooth, prime, conceal, treat my skin. ...Wow, I did NOT like this, but it might work for those with dry skin and tiny pores. 1. Immediately made me break out (which doesn’t happen much anymore), so I’d go against the review saying it’s great for oily/acne prone skin. 2.

What it is: A sunscreen with medium coverage and excellent blendability that gives a contoured finish that lasts in the sun.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Liquid

Ingredient Callouts: Free of phthalates.

What Else You Need to Know: Shiseido’s Sports BB SPF 50+ is a quick-dry, non-sticky, longer-lasting BB protector. This formula features WetForce Technology, which protects from UVA & UVB rays even when wet rapidly dries sweat to prevent makeup from running, while reacting with water to improve UV protection.

Supergoop!Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ with Hyaluronic Acid + Niacinamide

Size: 1.7 oz / 50 mL·ITEM: 2315158

Color: Sunrise - champagne

1.2K Reviews

$36.00

not for oily skin...it works great if it not suffering from any current breakouts, i have combo skin and when i'm having a good skin week i will use this but i find when i do it tends to break me out. it also makes any acne you have stand out and is a bit shiny....The glow stays glowy for hours, and I've been using it for a few weeks now and I've barely made a dent in the package! I have very acne prone skin and this is one of the only sunscreens I've tried that didn't make me break out.

What it is: A hydrating, makeup-gripping primer with SPF 40 and blue-light protection that has a pearlescent finish to leave skin luminous with a instant glow.

Skincare Concerns: Dullness, Dryness, and Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Formulation: Lotion

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5: Help boost moisture in the skin, leaving it feeling soft and nurtured.
- Sea Lavender: Provides powerful antioxidant protection while also supporting long-lasting hydration.
- Cocoa Peptides: Help protect the skin from blue-light damage.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

$39.00

Caused break outs, greasy and creasy!...Whoa, breakouts! I’m 43 and rarely, if ever, break out but this caused major issues for my skin. ...I have actually tried almost every brand you could think of - high end and drug store, and NOTHING can compare to this BB Cream. I have combination skin, sensitive skin, and im prone to break outs + blemishes.

Coverage:
✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

Finish:
✔ Matte

What it is: A five-in-one long wear, vegan primer that can be used under (or instead of) foundation for smoother, brighter skin.

What it does:
This product hydrates, helps smooth fine lines, and works to correct dullness and enlarged pores. It provides lightweight, sheer coverage, while protecting your complexion with SPF 30. This formula also contains a triple-B complex to help brighten, smooth, and soften your skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:

$37.00

Best. Sunscreen. EVER....I have tried countless face SPF and every single one irritated or caused my very sensitive rosacea prone skin to break out. Not only does this not irritate my skin, it actually makes it look better instantly. ...Great for acne prone skin...I have very sensitive acne prone skin, and Sunvisor didn’t clog my pores at all.

What it is: A mineral-based SPF that’s equal parts clean and silky, Sunvisor absorbs easily into skin and guards against UV rays for a dewy complexion.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Dryness and Dullness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Licorice: Brightening extract helps protect from discoloration after sun exposure.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Plumps and moisturizes for lasting hydration.
- Aloe Vera: Soothes irritation.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free, reef-safe, and comes in recyclable packaging.

$35.00

I have combination and acne prone skin. I was looking for a moisturizer that had spf and good for acne prone skin. ...I even wore this snowboarding and was thrilled by the fact it really does NOT break you out and it sinks into the skin!

What it is: A sheer, shine-free fluid sunscreen for acne-prone skin that minimizes the look of pores, absorbs excess oil, and visibly calms redness caused by breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Redness, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+: Shields skin from the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays.
- Vitamin E (Tocopherol): A research-backed antioxidant that supports skin’s environmental defenses.
- Chamomile (Matricaria) Flower Extract: Visibly soothes acne-related redness.

$34.00

breakouts...Made me break out :’( But pretty good no white cast and not too oily, sticky feeling goes away over time...I have been on the lookout for a high SPF mineral sunscreen that doesn't cause breakouts on my acne-prone skin and this is it!

What it is: An all-mineral water-resistant sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 45 for sensitive skin that nourishes, comforts, and addresses redness.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Redness, and Dullness

Formulation: Lightweight Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- All-Mineral Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide): Protects skin from age-causing UVA/UVB rays.
- Safflower Extract and Vitamins C and E: Nourish and comfort sensitive skin.
- Universal Vanishing Tint: Visibly neutralizes redness and blends into most skin tones.

$20.00

I love the glow that this sunscreen gives.. it didn’t break me out either which a lot of sunscreens do....Not great for sensitive, combination skin....Wanted to love it, but I have adult cystic acne and this made me break out with smaller whiteheads on top of the cysts.

What it is: A hydrating, makeup-gripping primer with SPF 40 and blue-light protection that has a pearlescent finish to leave skin luminous with a instant glow.

Skincare Concerns: Dullness, Dryness, and Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Formulation: Lotion

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5: Help boost moisture in the skin, leaving it feeling soft and nurtured.
- Sea Lavender: Provides powerful antioxidant protection while also supporting long-lasting hydration.
- Cocoa Peptides: Help protect the skin from blue-light damage.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

NUDESTIXNudescreen Daily Mineral Veil SPF 30

Size: 50mL·ITEM: 2554889

Color: Hot - natural deep-tan tint

99 Reviews

$35.00

Ok sunscreen...Pros: - Pump is easy to use and convenient - Moisturizing but not greasy - No white cast on my (light) skin Cons: - Pillled slightly when applied over my skincare products - Caused some small pimples I would only recommend this sunscreen if you dont plan on using many skincare products underneath it, and do not have acne prone skin....No break outs!...It goes on like a moisturizer and does not have any sunscreen smell to it, most importantly it did not break me out.

What it is: A light, hydrating, and oil-free SPF lotion, rich in vegan-powered extracts to help protect against free radicals as well as blue light.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Natural

Formulation:
Liquid

SPF: SPF 30

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Purple Tea Extract: Antioxidants defend against free radicals.
- Green Algae Extract: A natural source of niacinamide that provides moisturizing properties.
- Passionflower Extract: Protects the skin from the adverse effects of atmospheric pollutants.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also gluten-free and cruelty-free.

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