Sunscreen Woes??!!


I know I really need sunscreen, but I have so much trouble with it!

When I wear it, the 30 SPF breaks me out. All of them. I have yet to find one that won't. And I've tried lots. Even the skin care creams with the 30SPF.

And when I wear sunscreen my face sweats like crazy! What is with that? I went for a walk this morning and came home looking like I swam in the lake. I overheat easily, but my face doesn't sweat if I skip the sunscreen/ creams.

Does anyone else get this? And have you founds solutions?
Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:49 pm

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Sunscreen testing suggestions

It seems the cheaper ones don't work always as great as the more pricey versions. One idea would be to go into Sephora and get samples of several that might work for your type; you can then test drive them to see what works. Also, some of the drugstore brands sell travel sizes, which could be another good way to see what works.

Try other departments stores as well - if you get a nice (I've heard rumours it's possible) sales person at each counter, they might give you samples as well.

I went through TONS before I found any I like, but note I use SPF 60 so I have different concerns.

Definitely keep with the SPF 30 however at least. Super important to protect our precious faces.
Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:10 am

Might try neutrogena...

Sorry - I meant to say sunscreens 'SPF 30 or more' but the system took out the symbol. I get skin problems with the sun, so I should use at least a 30. But for my face I end up up using a 15... because I can't find higher protection I can tolerate.

I've tried a bunch of different price ranges. For the face, I don't mind the splurge. But I really don't think it has to be very pricey to be good.

For the body I use Ombrelle since it has Parsol 1789, Mexoral SX, plus titanium dioxide- wide spectrum UVA/UVB and photostable. I will use this on my face too - its a pretty comprehensive block. But that's when the trouble begins.
Jul 05, 2012 @ 10:34 am

Oil and Sunscreens

Sunscreens tend to make you more oily, that's probably what you are experiencing. Zinc oxide is in a lot of sunscreens and that't the ingredient that tends to break you out. I've never found that the SPF number in a sunscreen has affected me or my face though which is weird. I do agree that more expensive brands tend to do better on my face but as far as sun protection goes, sunscreen is sunscreen and a cheap one should protect you as much as an expensive one.

Take a gander at our staff sunscreen picks article, we tried a whole bunch out and came up with a few faves:

I really liked the RoC one, I don't think it broke me out at all. You can also try a moisturizer with spf 30 or a bb cream or tinted moisturizer. They might make you a bit oilier but they shouldn't break you out.

As far as oiliness goes, you might need to just grin and bear it. Of course, there are tips and tricks to combat this. Try oil blotting tissues, setting sprays or a finishing powder. Hope this helps!!!
Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

same here

I also have a problem with high SPF for my face. I usually use SPF15 for daily use (like running errands, etc) and then power it up with SPF30, 45, whatever when I'm going to the beach.

In order to minimize breakouts I wash the sunscreen off as soon as I return home. Sometimes I'll even wash it off in the bathroom at the beach before driving home. I also extremely boost my water intake on beach days since that helps breakouts in general.

The best high SPF sunscreen I've used so far (in terms of breaking out) is Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry Touch (, but that too I try to wash off as quickly as possible after I no longer need it.

When I'm swimming enough rinses off that I reapply directly on my face. But if I'm exercising (cross country running, yard work, etc), I try to wash or at least thoroughly rinse my face before reapplying because the sweat and sunscreen remnants make my breakouts worse.

Hope that helps!
Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

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