The 16 Best Sunscreens for Acne-Prone Skin in 2023

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 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? Everyone from EltaMD and Supergoop! to La Roche-Posay have formulated oil-free, non-comedogenic, and occasionally mattifying mineral and chemical sunscreens ideal for acne-prone skin. 

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.

What to Look For

The biggest buzzwords to look for on your sunscreen bottle? Dr. Kenneth Howe, board-certified dermatologist at UnionDerm in New York City says to be on the hunt for terms like “lightweight, non-occlusive, oil-free, and non-comedogenic," noting that they're typically designed for acne sufferers. He also suggests searching for SPFs with antioxidants like niacinamide and hydrating agents such as hyaluronic acid. “These reduce inflammation and soothe acne-prone skin,” he adds. 

Best Sunscreens for Acne-Prone Skin

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