Sunscreen and Acne: Are They Related?

Written by Evlin Symon

Using new skin care products can be a scary experience. You don’t know how your skin will react to the product. It could be fine, but it may result in a breakout, which is one of the worst case scenarios. Sunscreen is one of those products that so many people find break them out. Although protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays is very important but many people find themselves shying away from wearing sunscreen on an everyday basis because they are afraid that sunscreens will cause even more problems for their skin. So why is it that so many people find themselves breaking out after using sunscreen? Is there a definitive link between sunscreen and acne or is it just a popular myth? Keep reading to find out the answer to these questions!

How does sunscreen cause acne?
There are many people who find that wearing sunscreen causes them to breakout. While it is possible for this to happen, every sunscreen won’t necessarily cause you to break out. Many sunscreens contain irritating ingredients that can block the pores and cause breakouts. Traditional sunscreens we designed with protecting the skin in mind, not being gentle on the skin. You may have applied a sunscreen to your face and it felt thick, oily, and uncomfortable in the face. While the product may not irritate the skin on your arms or legs, the skin on your face is far more sensitive and prone to breakouts. While it may be safe to use the product on those parts of your body, you should be more careful with the sunscreen that you use on your face for skin care.

Sunscreens that cause breakouts do so for one of two different reasons. The first cause of your sunscreen breaking your skin out could be that it contains comedogenic ingredients. Comedogenic ingredients are additions to a product that block the pores by burrowing into them. The products that contain comedogenic ingredients are usually also very thick and greasy on the skin. You may also find that sunscreen that contain ingredients that don’t clog the pores, but they do irritate the skin because they are harsh chemical properties.

It may not just be the product. Your breakout could also be caused by the combination of the product and the conditions that your skin is under while you are wearing the product. Many people put sunscreen on for a day that they are spending hours in the sun and the heat. Your skin could also be caused by the amount of swear that is being released from your skin due to the hot weather.

What sunscreens are safe for sensitive skin?
Avoiding sunscreen altogether is not the solution. If you don’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis, you will cause major long term problems for your skin. You can cause excess wrinkles, you may cause the skin to take on a leathery texture, and there are repercussions for those who have acne which you can find in the next section of this article. But how do you find a sunscreen that is not going to leave you with an acne flare up? You need to look for a product that is labeled non-comedogenic. Although many sunscreens can break the skin out, there are many out there that won’t. You just have to make sure that you are using a product that was made for use on the face and made without any clogging ingredients and is dermatologist tested.

Why do people with need acne sunscreen?
When you have acne you may have to work a little harder to find a safe sunscreen but it is worth it. When you have acne you will often have acne scars that form on the skin when active breakouts heal. The scar may arise when the pimple pops and the surface of the skin breaks. Or your skin may produce too much pigment to make up for the damaged skin, causing hyperpigmentation. When you have these scars on your skin the last thing that you should do is leave the skin exposed to the sun. When the scars are vulnerable to the strong rays of the sun they may darken on the skin. Leaving you with dark marks that are much more prevalent and much harder to get rid of than before.

In Conclusion
When it comes to sunscreens you need to be vigilant with your use of them but also very careful. Be sure that you are using one every single day to avoid the darkening of acne scars and premature aging. However, make sure that you are using a product tested by dermatologists and free of clogging ingredients! As long as you are aware of what ingredients are in your products your skin will be protected from sun damage as well as breakouts from harsh sunscreens!



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