The 15 Best Sunscreens for Acne-Prone Skin in 2022

Sun protection that won't give you pimples.

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If you’re prone to breakouts, slathering on a thick, goopy, greasy sunscreen is likely dead last on the list of things you want to do. We get it. But SPF is non-negotiable (safety first, people!), so finding the best sunscreen product that will A) protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and B) not make pimples pop up by the dozen needs to make its way to the top of your agenda. 

The good news? “There are sunscreens designed specifically for acne sufferers. In addition to sun protection agents such as zinc oxide, these contain ingredients that reduce inflammation and soothe acne-prone skin,” explains Dr. Kenneth Howe, board-certified dermatologist at UnionDerm in New York City. He recommends looking for “light, non-occlusive, oil-free” SPFs with antioxidants like niacinamide and hydrating agents such as hyaluronic acid. 

Whether you like a gel formula that works well under makeup or have been on a never-ending hunt for a sunscreen for your oily skin, you’re in the right place. Here, we’ve rounded up the best sunscreens for acne-prone skin.

The Best Sunscreens for Acne-Prone Skin

Samantha Holender
Samantha Holender

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.