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You most likely know that protecting your skin from harmful UV rays should be a part of any good skin care routine, but perhaps you’ve dropped sunscreen application from your daily skin care to-dos because it seemed to be causing some unwanted breakouts and blackheads. Now, while it’s true that some sunscreens can contribute to the development of some blemishes, that doesn’t mean you should go without it. It does simply mean though, that you may just have to look for the right formula and keep a few general clear skin tips in mind.
So what are the sunscreens to avoid if you want to maintain and foster clear skin? Some sunscreen formulas use organic filters that are generally in oil phase, this can be irritating to the skin and cause some breakouts. Other sunscreen formulas to avoid are comedogenic options, these can clog pores and also give rise to blemishes and blackheads.
Clear skin sunscreen tip #1: Look for sunscreens that are formulated for your face. A common fumble made by many is that they only buy one sunscreen, that is formulated for the body, and apply it everywhere, including their face. Many sunscreens made for your body are more likely to be formulated with comedogenic ingredients and oils, so be sure to only use sunscreen formulas on your face that are formulated specifically for your face. If you don’t want to add an extra step into your skin care routine by having to apply sunscreen in addition to your day cream, consider trying a daytime moisturizer that contains SPF broad spectrum protection.
Clear skin sunscreen tip #2: Don’t use last year’s sunscreen. If it’s the start of the summer season, you may be tempted to peek into your beach bag for last year’s lotion, but try not to. Old sunscreen formulas, just like old skin care products and makeup can do more harm than good when it comes to properly protecting your skin, not to mention potentially spark a blemish or two or in the process; sabotaging your chances of clear skin.
Clear skin sunscreen tip #3: Apply sunscreen in the morning to clean skin. If you apply sunscreen to your skin without cleansing it can mix with oils and dirt that have built up on your skin overnight. This build up can then set in and clog your pores, making your skin more prone to blackheads and other blemishes.
Clear skin sunscreen tip #4: Blot for excess oil throughout the day. It’s easy for oil to build up throughout the day, especially if the weather is hot and humid. Help keep excess oil and sweat from mixing with your sunscreen by tapping it away with blotting papers. Also, if you are sweating, be sure to reapply your sunscreen as often as the bottle indicates after blotting.
Clear skin sunscreen tip #5: Cleanse skin at night. Even if you didn’t wear any makeup and spent your day only wearing sunscreen, you still have to wash your face at night. If left on overnight, most sunscreens can mix with oil and sweat, which can clog your pores.
Don’t let the possibility of a few blemishes get in the way of you protecting your skin from UV damage. Instead look for sunscreen formulas that won’t clog your pores and keep these and more clear skin tips in mind if you’re prone to breakouts.