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The Best Sunscreens for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

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Skincare is all fun and games until you realize you can't skip out on sunscreen. Sunscreen may not be the sexiest thing in the realm of skincare, 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 (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Yes, there are rules in beauty that have much bigger consequences than forgetting to take your makeup off at night, like not shortchanging your skin on sunscreen. But if you have oily skin, the last thing you want to do is slather some greasy, chalky, heavy sunscreen on your skin. Fortunately, the world of oil-free, mattifying sunscreens has evolved, offering feather-light formulas that will feel like nothing on your skin. These 9 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 the second you touch the sun. Many of the below are also non-comedogenic, which means they won't clog your pores and have the power to fight off acne. Ahead, 9 shine-stopping sunscreens to stash somewhere close.

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This Water-Resistant Winner
UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47
EltaMD dermstore.com

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 Shine-Stopper
Dermacontrol Facial Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin with Sunscreen SPF 30
Cetaphil amazon.com

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 Brightening and Blurring Formula
Mattescreen Sunscreen SPF 40
Supergoop! sephora.com

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
Dermalogica ulta.com

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 Skin Shielder
Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 42
Shiseido nordstrom.com

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 Ultra Hydrator
Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30
CeraVe amazon.com

It doesn't take much at all to work this universally sheer tint into your skin, which indeed complements all complexions without an ashy cast (I tried it!). Besides solely being a sun protectant, new launch 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 particularly prone to dryness. 

This Fast-Absorbing Formula
Anthelios Ultra Light Face Sunscreen Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60
La Roche-Posay amazon.com

If you don't want to chance it, check the stats on this sunscreen—it's 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
Neutrogena amazon.com

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 Anti-Aging Formula
Clean Screen Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30
REN Clean Skincare sephora.com

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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