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The 18 Best Sunscreens for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

See you later, shine and grease.

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Skincare is all fun and games until you realize you can't skip out on SPF. Sunscreen may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it sure is effective...and a non-negotiable, since your health is on the line. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. So, yes, are rules in beauty—like wearing sunscreen every day–that have much greater consequences than forgetting to take your makeup off at night. But if you have oily skin, the last thing you want is greasy, chalky, heavy sunscreens on your skin. Fortunately, the world of oil-free, mattifying sunscreens has evolved, offering feather-light formulas that feel like nothing on your skin. These sunscreens, which were hand-picked by an oily, acne-prone skin survivor herself, won't disturb your makeup, turn your skin into an ashy mess, or slide off your face. Many of the below are also non-comedogenic, which means they won't clog your pores and have the power to fight off acne.

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This Fast-Absorbing Formula
Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 60
La Roche Posay

This is an award-winning formula for a reason. The super-sheer, weightless formula dries down in literally seconds with a hefty amount of SPF 60. It's a very fluid formula, so you may need to double-up throughout the day for it to thoroughly hydrate and protect your skin. Pro tip: Shake up the bottle and apply it 15 minutes before you come in contact with the sun. 

This Gel-Based Protectant
Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 50

You're looking at another award-winning sunscreen with a water-like, gel-based texture that'll feel soothing to apply on a scorching summer day. It's a tall glass of water ready to drench your thirsty skin in a hydrating SPF that feels far from greasy. It's so lightweight you'll probably forget it's there. 

This Ultra Hydrator
Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30

It couldn't be easier to work this universally sheer tint into your skin, which indeed complements all complexions without an ashy cast (trust me!). Besides solely being a sun protectant, this product from CeraVe is made with ceramides, which work to strengthen the skin's barrier overtime. Other vitamins, like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, can be found in this formula to equip the skin with extra hydration throughout the day if you're prone to dryness. 

This Brightening and Blurring Formula
Mattescreen Sunscreen SPF 40

Major props to Supergoop! for making sunscreen cool again with their innovative formulas. They found a way to strike a balance between a matte formula that simultaneously brightens and blurs the skin, thanks to the white mulberry root extract to alleviate uneven skin tones. Its feather-light, translucent formula is the perfect primer to pair with makeup.

This Acne-Fighter
Oil Free Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 30

The issue with a lot of matte sunscreens is the powdery residue they come with, which nobody ever asked for. Thankfully, this sheer matte SPF 30 soaks up every ounce of oil like a sponge without that annoying side effect and soothes inflammation if you're dealing with a breakout. The sophisticated combo of zinc gluconate, caffeine, niacinamide, and biotin works extra hard to shield your skin from UV rays and treat acne-prone skin. 

This Pore Perfector
Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Tatcha nailed the formulation of this mattifying sunscreen. Silken is super lightweight, seamlessly minimizes the appearance of pores, and doubles as the perfect makeup primer. One swipe of this long-lasting gem and you'll be amazed at how smooth your complexion looks and feels all day. 

This Drugstore Find
Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen Face SPF 30
Hawaiian Tropic

The problem with a lot of sunscreens is that they tend to feel heavy on the skin and leave behind unwanted residue. Thankfully, this $8 weightless option is infused with shea butter to keep the skin moisturized and absorbs quickly, offering a second-skin finish. 

This Travel Size Go-To
Original Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 30
Sun Bum

Simply swipe on your SPF with Sun Bum's face stick. The easy to apply formula and compact packaging makes it convenient to slip into your bag and take along for effortless on-the-go reapplication. 

This Mattifying Formula
Oil and Pore Control Mattifier SPF 45

Powerhouse ingredients avocado and African yellow wood bark extract work together to keep shine at bay and instantly minimize the appearance of pores. Whether you prefer to wear this sunscreen on a fresh face or under your makeup, you'll notice that, with continued use, your skin will take on a beautifully blurred, filtered-like finish. 

This Water & Sweat Resistant SPF
Non-Greasy Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 50
Paula's Choice

If you live an active lifestyle or are looking for a swim day go-to block, try this face and body option. The non-greasy formula glides on with ease, leaves behind a matte finish, and is both sweat- and water-resistant. 

This Non-Greasy Formula
Super Fluid Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+
Kiehl's Since 1851

This sunscreen fights off early signs of aging and acts as a barrier against damaging free radicals with antioxidants like vitamin E. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly this formula absorbs into the skin without leaving behind a greasy payoff. 

This Melanin Hero
Make It Matte Sunscreen SPF 45
Black Girl Sunscreen

This gem of a sunscreen was created by a Black woman to cater to the needs of darker skin tones. Make It Matte is fragrance-free and infused with natural ingredients like aloe, shea butter, squalene, and coconut oil. What makes this product even more of a stand-out is that it dries completely invisible—no ghost-like finish here!

This Shine Controller
City Block Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 25

Formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect the skin from UV rays and offer a lightweight translucent finish, City Block Sheer makes sure to live up to its name. Along with its protective properties this sunscreen works to absorb excess oil for an invisible, shine-free finish. 

This Water-Resistant Winner
UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

If your skin can't stand chemical sunscreens, switch over to zinc-filled formulas instead, which are known for their more sheer and translucent undertone that doesn't leave behind a grayish reflection. This one is made with just enough zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids, to slip right into your skin without clogging your pores because its non-comedogenic. While it shields your skin from the skin, it can also resist water for up to 80 minutes—magic. 

This Lightweight Serum
City Serum SPF 30

Swap your heavy-duty moisturizer for a light and airy SPF. Supergoop, one of the beauty industry's leading sun brands, now offers UV protection in the form of a serum. It's infused with key ingredients like lactic acid and vitamin E to protect against environmental stressors and keep your complexion nice and supple all throughout the day. 

This Shine-Stopper
Dermacontrol Facial Moisturizer SPF 30

If you have acne-prone and sensitive skin, this dermatologist-approved SPF is for you. It's hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, which means it won't add insult to injury and clog your poor pores anymore. The matte finish is actually made with a special Micropearl technology, which works to absorb excess oil and stop shine. 

This Skin Shielder
Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42

There are so many environmental factors out of our control that contribute to excess oil production in the skin. This sunscreen does the groundwork for you, employing active ingredients to protect our skin from UV rays, oxidation, and over-production of sebum. It's a silky lotion that gives your skin a youthful glow and shrinks the size of your pores thanks to botanical extracts.

This Anti-Aging Formula
Clean Screen Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30
REN Clean Skincare

Inadequate sun protection can result in premature aging. Maintain a forever-young glow with this non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen, which targets wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin from sun spots. There's also a good amount of starch in this sunscreen to stop shine in its tracks. A win-win! 

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