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The Best Non Pore-Clogging Sunscreens

The Best Non Pore-Clogging Sunscreens

The world of SPF’s is over spilling with choice. Along with a range of SPF numbers, textures and different types of applications, there’s no excuse for us to not be wearing sunscreens. Water-resistant, SPF 50, tinted sunscreens… you name it, they’re out there.

But, along with all the choices and different factor numbers, there’s another type of sunscreens on the rise: non-comedogenic. We all have that fear when applying thick sun protection creams to our faces, worrying is this going to give me more zits?

Two things can cause sunscreen-related breakouts: blocking of the pores by comedogenic materials, or a sensitivity reaction to chemical UV-blocking agents. Basically, some can sit on top of the skin and gunk up your pores, whilst harsh chemical ones can irritate the skin.

Hooray to zinc oxide – an ingredient you can find amongst some of the sunscreens out there which treat and protect acne-prone skin. If you’re worried about pore clogging sunscreens, or are just looking for a skin friendly alternative which delivers protection, then look no further. We’ve handpicked our top 10, so you can leave your acne fears back at home:

  1. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 (50ml)
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    SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 (50ml)

    Thanks to ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 feels ultralight and has a translucent finish. Bonus: It wicks away T-zone shine.” – FITNESS, May 2010

    Sheer Physical UV Defense is a ground breaking physical sunscreen offering a first-to-market transparent, mattifying liquid that is paraben-free and offers true broad spectrum coverage from UVA and UVB rays. This unique formulation provides a non-irritating, ultra sheer texture for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

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  2. Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50
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    Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50

    This ultimate broad spectrum antioxidant sunscreen has an SPF of 50+ and is completely free of chemical absorbers. It features the active ingredient of Micronized Zinc Oxide at 13.75%, along with Green Tea Polyphenols, Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Emblica, Co-Q10.

    It has an oil-free, weightless, residue-free, transparent finish formula suitable for all skin, without the fear of blocking pores.

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  3. Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50
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    Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    Containing 10% Zinc Oxide, this sheer sunscreen combines UVB absorption and UVA blockage for high sunscreen protection in an elegant, matte finish. This formula is sheer, PABA free, and fragrance free for all skin types.

    With an SPF of 50, you’re guaranteed ultimate protection.

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  4. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen
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    Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

    This natural beauty brand moisturizer is water resistant, chemical free and provides broad spectrum protection for the ultimate sun and sport fun.

    Made especially for an active outdoor lifestyle, SPF Sport blends rich organic Jojoba and soothing Aloe with antioxidants and vitamins for the ultimate daily protection. Also contains 20% Zinc Oxide, which benefits the skin.

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  5. SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair SPF 34 (2.3oz)
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    SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair SPF 34 (2.3oz)

    SkinMedica’s Total Defense + Repair® is a rejuvenating superscreen with an advanced antioxidant complex proven to prevent premature aging from chronic exposure to infrared. It provides comprehensive protection beyond UVA and UVB while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself.

    Why we love it:

    • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and coarse wrinkles
    • Improves skin texture, skin smoothness and skin tone evenness
    • Supports the skin’s ability to restore itself. Rejuvenates photo-damaged skin
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  6. Dr. Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Protection
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    Dr. Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Protection

    This lightweight, paraben-free formula allows you to spray sun protection everywhere – even hard to reach areas. Contains only ultra-sheer physical sunscreens (no chemical filters) in a water-resistant formula that ensures UVA/UVB protection after 40 minutes of activity.

    Packed with potent antioxidants to protect against free radicals & environmental toxins.

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  7. Celazome Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 Active Sport
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    Celazome Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 Active Sport

    This Celazome SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen from Dermazone Solutions provides the effectiveness of patented LyphaZome delivery with 8 hours of water-proof protection from UVA11 and UVB rays. Celazome SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen provides 30 times the skin’s natural sunburn protection while simultaneously providing a unique method of skin hydration. Skin protection is maintained for eight hours during water sports and vigorous exercise.

    Celazome SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen is dermatologist recommended featuring a greaseless, water-proof, sweat-proof formula that is PABA and fragrance free.

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  8. Jan Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45
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    Jan Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45

    Marini Physical Protectant utilizes purely physical filters for broad spectrum UVA and UVB protectio, and is packed with skin loving ingredients. From Zinc Oxide and Green tea to Alpha-Bisabolol and CoEnzyme Q10, Marini Physical Protectant provides additional free radical protection and soothes the skin from stresses caused by UV and heat.

    This weightless sunscreen features a universal tint and microscopic sponges for additional oil control with a sheer, matte finish. Water Resistant up to 80 Minutes. Paraben-free, Fragrance-free, Oil-free.

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  9. PCA SKIN Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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    PCA SKIN Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    This non-oily daily moisturizer with SPF is formulated with Aloe Vera and Panthenol to provide light moisture with a matte finish. Infused with the ultra-sheer protective benefits of Z-Cote and additional sunscreen agents. Silybin, also known as Milk Thistle, and Caffeine provide superior antioxidant action to help maintain skin health during exposure.

    Great for all skin types!

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  10. Avène Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ 4.2fl. oz
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    Avène Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ 4.2fl. oz

    Avène Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ is an advanced, lightweight, chemical-free sunscreen for the face and body, that provides maximum broad-spectrum sun protection without irritation.

    Non-nano mineral particles are enhanced with powerful antioxidant protection from Vitamin E to protect against damaging sun-induced free radicals and Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe the skin. The sheer, non-whitening lotion provides 24 hours of continuous hydration, maximum water resistance (80 minutes), and layers invisibly under makeup. Perfect for all shades of skin.

    Formulated for sensitive skin. Fragrance-free. Paraben-free. Oil-free.

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For the full range of sunscreens, visit our SPF page here.



Emma

Emma

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During the day, I’m a busy Beauty Content Manager, musing over all things beauty and make-up. By evening, I’m a dedicated beauty blogger, experimenting with shiny products and the newest lotions and potions. I trained in make-up artistry just to satisfy my cosmetics addiction. Overly interested in natural and organic beauty, as well as how diet and fitness have an effect on how we look and feel.


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