Are you using sunscreen this summer, but finding that it’s causing your acne to flare up? You’re not alone! Many people find that their skin gets irritated when they use traditional sunscreens. But there are a few things you can do to make sure you stay protected from the sun while still keeping your skin happy. Check out these tips for using SPF with acne prone skin.
Start with a Clean Slate
If you wear sunscreen daily (and you should be!), you might notice that you’re breaking out more than usual. In fact, acne is a common side effect of sunscreen use if you have skin that is prone to breakouts. However, the good news is that there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid this problem. One simple way to prevent acne is to always clean your face before applying sunscreen. If you don’t clean your face first, the sunscreen can mix with dirt and oil, clogging your pores and leading to breakouts. In addition, sunscreen can irritate the skin, and if you have existing acne, this can make it worse. So, next time you reach for the sunscreen, make sure you start with cleaned skin. Wash your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser, and then apply sunscreen. This will help to ensure that your skin stays healthy and protected all summer long.
Watch for Fragrance in Your SPF
Many sunscreens on the market today are fragranced, meaning they contain chemicals designed to produce a pleasant scent. However, these chemicals can actually have a negative impact on your skin. When applied to the skin, they can interact with sweat and dirt to clog pores and lead to breakouts. For these reasons, it’s important to choose a sunscreen that is free of fragrance. My recommendation for anyone with acne prone skin is Elta MD Clear. This sunscreen uses zinc oxide to provide broad-spectrum protection against harmful UV rays, and it is completely free of fragrance and other irritating ingredients. As a result, it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts, making it an ideal choice for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Double Cleanse at Night
We all know how important it is to cleanse your face at night to remove any makeup, sweat, and dirt that has built up during the day. This is even more important when wearing sunscreen. One way you can prevent breakouts from forming is to double cleanse. If you have acne prone skin, this is necessary so you know you aren’t going to sleep with any leftover residue in your pores that could irritate your skin. I would start by using a micellar water, like our ISDIN Micellar solution, to remove your makeup and any build up. Then, follow up with a cleanser of your choice. Our Brightening Facial Wash is a great cleanser for this second step if you have oily acne prone skin.
Use an Exfoliator
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to use a chemical exfoliator. This type of product helps to remove dead skin cells, which can otherwise build up and lead to breakouts. Chemical exfoliators work by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be easily removed. In addition, they can help to unclog pores and regulate sebum production, two major culprits of acne. As a result, using a chemical exfoliator overnight can help to achieve clear, radiant skin even while using sunscreen daily. My favorite product in this category is Glicoisdin Soft. Use this at night after you have cleansed and you will notice brighter skin and improved skin texture.
Acne-prone skin can be a challenge to deal with, but by following these simple tips you can keep your skin healthy and free from breakouts. Make sure to cleanse your face before applying sunscreen, choose an SPF without fragrance, double cleanse at night, and use an exfoliator regularly. These steps will help keep your skin clear and healthy all summer long!