SPFs for oily skin

Friday, 12 February 2016


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.

Our recommendations:

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

Other articles you may be interested in:
My oily skin is giving me breakouts, help!
Mattifying skincare for teens
How can I banish body acne this summer?
How to: Understand SPF
The importance of SPF in winter

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Masego Kgatlhane

    This was very helful, thanks Anien and BSA.

    3 years ago •

  1. Lucia Mbokane

    I have never used sunscreen on a daily basis as I didn’t believe it is beneficial for my skin type but from what I just read here am definitely going to give these a try…

    3 years ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    I suffer with oily skin and putting on sunscreen was a nightmare but i will definitely be giving these a try .

    3 years ago •

  1. Gervase

    I like the fact that BSA always recommends products. It makes things much easier for us to purchase items instead of trying to find the item myself :-) Tx

    3 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    i break out like crazy when i use sunblock, however i now use the isdin fotoprotector as well as the vichy brand. no more oily looking skin as well as no break outs!

    3 years ago •

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