If you have oily skin, you’ve more than likely suffered a breakout from an SPF at some point. Acne-prone and oily skins are particularly partial to these breakouts because many SPF lotions have a thick, greasy consistency that clogs the pores, leading to breakouts, or further irritation to existing blemishes. Because no one can go without an SPF (you don’t want to risk skin cancer, premature ageing and sun spots, do you?), it’s important that you find one that’s right for your skin.
Here’s what to look for when your oily or acne-prone skin isn’t co-operating with your SPF:
1. Look for the term “non-comedogenic” on the packaging. This simply means that the product has been designed not to clog your pores, so you’ll porbably find it’s lighter and more absorbent than other SPFs.
2. Look for sheer or fluid consistencies that dry down to a matte finish. They’re particularly good candidates if they are water-based.
3. Avoid products that are high in fatty acids or plant oils – though these are beneficial to certain skin types, they’ll leave your oily skin shiny.
4. Always use at least an SPF50 and don’t think the SPF in your moisturiser or make-up is enough by itself. Research has shown that scars or pigmentation can worsen in appearance when exposed to the sun, so use a high factor, good quality product (especially if you have acne scars or blemishes of any kind).
5. Try stick to physical sunscreens. These reflect UV rays when they hit your skin, and usually contain zinc and titanium. These ingredients can have a subtle drying effect on the skin, which work wonders for an oily complexion.
Bioderma Photoderm MAX SPF50+ Aquafluid, R219.95
Bionike Acteen Sun 50+, R159
Eucerin Sun Gel-Crème Oil Control Dry Touch Face SPF50+, R179.95
Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30, R730
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