10 Best SPF For Acne 2020 | The Sun UK

SOME acne sufferers may (mistakenly) believe that they shouldn't use sunscreen as it's just another layer of potentially pore-clogging cream.

But the best SPFs for acne are now lightweight, oil-free formulas that won't leave you with a greasy residue.

Is SPF good for acne?

Regardless of your skin type, you should be wearing an SPF daily – and an SPF of 30 and up on sunnier days.

Those with acne-prone skin need to look out for sunscreens billed as 'oil-free' and 'non comedogenic'.

If you are using an acne-based treatment like benzoyl peroxide or taking antibiotic tablets for your acne, it's even more imperative that you apply an SPF since those products can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Be sure to check out the NHS guidelines on the various treatment options for acne.

Which sunscreen is best for oily acne skin?

Mattifying sunscreens can help anyone with naturally oily skin since they are non-greasy and lightweight.

Many of these also contain ingredients which absorb oil – essential so that you don't look shiny, they can also help to prevent future breakouts.

La Roche-Posay, Ren, and Clinique all have oil-free SPFs that those with acne-prone skin can use.

Can I apply sunscreen on pimples?

You need to apply sunscreen evenly across the skin – those with acne-prone skin are just as prone to sunburn.

In addition, acne sufferers are also at risk of hyperpigmentation and dry skin from sun exposure – all the more reason for them to wear sunscreen.

1. Best high SPF for acne: La Roche-Posay Anti-Shine SPF

Looking for a cream that gives great shine-control? This is it.

It's super-fast-absorbing and has a dry finish without leaving white marks.

The lightweight mattifying fluid is hypoallergenic, water-resistant and soothing on inflamed skin, plus it's got an SPF of 50+.

It also works to prevent acne-breakouts post-sun exposure, and helps to stop prickly heat episodes.

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine SPF50+ 50ml, £14.85 from Feel Unique – buy here

2. Best mattifying SPF for acne: Bioderma Mattifying SPF

This mattifying lotion controls shine like a boss.

Its broad spectrum protection is non-greasy, and it's got a fancy ingredient called Fluidactiv that prevents the clogging of your pores and development of blemishes.

As well as being hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, it also contains anti-ageing goodies to keep wrinkles from knocking at the door.

  • Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat SPF30, £14.50 from Look Fantastic – buy here

3. Best shine-free finish SPF for acne: Avène Cleanance Mattifying Sunscreen

Developed specifically for oily and blemish-prone skin, this cream packs an SPF punch with a factor 50, while also actively working to battle breakouts.

A mix of potent antioxidants renew and protect skin cells, and the Avène Thermal Spring Water softens and soothes redness associated with acne.

What's more, it's packed with monolaurin, which is a sebum-regulating, mattifying ingredient for a no-shine finish.

  • Avène Cleanance Sunscreen SPF50+ Very High Protection 50ml, £12.37 from Boots – buy here

4. Best anti-ageing SPF for acne: Heliocare Oil-Free SPF

When you suffer with blemish-prone skin and you see 'oil-free' and 'dry touch' in the product title, you know you're onto a winner.

This Heliocare lotion should definitely be high on your to-buy list.

It's non-comedogenic so less likely to block pores and cause breakouts.

It's fast-absorbing and smells nice too. Not something you hear very often about sunscreen.

  • Heliocare 360° Sun Protection Gel Oil-Free SPF 50, £20.73 from Amazon – buy here

5. Best everyday SPF for acne: Neutrogena Hydrating Lotion

Grease-prone girls, sit up and take notice – this is a brilliant oil-free sunscreen to wear daily under your makeup.

It's lightweight and hydrating without being greasy thanks to the absorbing water-gel formula.

The cream melts invisibly into skin, and its hyaluronic acid locks in moisture without shine.

It's also non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog pores and build up a breakout.

The product is perfect for on-the-go city gals and outdoorsy country lasses alike.

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield SPF Moisturiser, £8.88 from Amazon – buy here

6. Best natural formula SPF for acne: REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30

REN is a popular brand for a lot of reasons: it uses recycled packaging and natural materials to minimise its environmental impact, for one.

Secondly, the products are gentle yet effective, like this mattifying face sunscreen which contains zinc oxide to protect the skin from the sun's UVA/UVB rays as well as blue light.

It goes on matte and gives skin a less-greasy appearance thanks to ingredients like yellow passionfruit seed extract and soothing rice extract.

  • REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30, £30 from Look Fantastic – buy here

    7. Best SPF for acne for all day oil control: Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 45

    Murad's oil and pore control mattifer is ideal for anyone who wants to keep their oily complexion shine-free while enjoying the benefits of sun protection.

    It will give you a shine-free complexion for up to 10 hours, and also contains avocado and African yellow wood bark extracts, to improve skin's condition and make it less acne-prone.

    • Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 45, £35 from Cult Beauty – buy here

      8. Best tinted SPF for acne: Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF40

      Clinique's BB cream is designed for those with blemish-prone skin, and allows users to lightly build up the coverage so acne is covered up while your skin is protected from the sun.

      The mattifying formula has quite the fan club of reviewers, who are impressed with the lightweight-yet-full coverage and the fact it doesn't irritate the skin.