Bath & Body

Sunscreen Causing Skin Breakouts? Here’s Your Summer Sunscreen Guide on Finding the Right Product For You

Skincare junkies, this guide is for you.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Summertime means more time spent outside at the beach (yay)! This also means more time soaking in the sun. We all know just how important it is to protect our skin from those UV rays. And while getting enough sun is excellent for our mental health (hello natural vitamin D) it can be harsh on our skin hence why we need to lather up on sunscreen.

But, let’s get real for a sec. If finding a sunscreen that doesn’t totally make your skin freak presents itself as a challenge summer after summer, we feel your pain. Sunscreen, and especially sunscreen applied to the face can be a skin breakout waiting to happen for those of us with sensitive skin.

So, what gives? We need to protect our skin from getting totally burnt. But we also don’t want to knowingly apply something to our face that we know is going to result in a breakout.

We’ve got some tips and tricks up our sleeve and are sharing all the deets. Read on for what you need to know about sunscreen and sensitive skin. Plus, how you can find one that is going to work for you this summer.

The Problem With Sunscreen & Sensitive Skin

When it comes to sunscreen, it serves a great purpose-prevent us from getting sunburnt, right? But, what many companies fail to keep in mind is that not all skin is created equal. As a result, not all products are going to work for everyone.

If you have sensitive and acne-prone skin, then you may find that certain sunscreen products make your sensitive skin react. Here are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to sunscreen and skin breakouts.

  • Fragrance
  • Benzophenones
  • Cinnamates
  • Octocrylene
  • Preservatives

The problem with these ingredients is that they may all come under the term “UV filters”. So, you don’t necessarily know which one is in the sunscreen you are using.

These UV fillers work by bonding with the UV light to actually prevent a sunburn, But, the problem is that studies have linked some of these chemicals to skin irritation, so if you have sensitive skin, chances are, these products aren’t going to work for you.

The good news? There are definitely other options out there that are less likely to cause your skin to totally bug out.

Your Guide to Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

Instead of using sunscreen full of toxic chemicals that can cause skin irritation and breakouts, us girls with sensitive skin may do better using a sunscreen that uses minerals like zinc oxide to protect us from sun damage as opposed to the UV fillers.

Another tip? Look for products that are specifically designed for sensitive or acne-prone skin.

Here are some of our fav go-to options.

The Bottom Line

Protecting your skin from the sun is a  must, especially during the hotter months when the sun’s UV’s rays are super strong. But, you shouldn’t have to worry about how your skin is going to react when taking this preventative step in protecting your skin.

So, give these more sensitive-skin options a try, and steer clear of the pore-clogging and toxic options (the ones usually found at your local pharmacy) and invest in a little bit of a high-end product. While the price tag may be a bit steeper, you can’t put a price on protected and healthy skin that will radiate a natural summer glow!

So, here’s to spending more time relaxing at the beach (skin protected) and less time worrying about what sunscreen is going to make your skin totally freak out this summer.