7 Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin According to Our Dermatologists

Its primary active ingredients are zinc oxide and octinoxate, a combination of physical and chemical blockers that may absorb and reflect UV rays away from the skin.

Pros

  • oil-free and lightweight
  • mineral-based with zinc[8] oxide, offering sun protection without a greasy appearance
  • tinted to help even out skin tone
  • also safe to use for rosacea[9]
  • niacinamide[10] (vitamin B-3) helps calm inflammation, which can be a precursor to acne

Cons

  • more expensive than competitors
  • isn’t labeled as noncomedogenic

La Roche-Posay

While EltaMD UV Clear is designed for oily and acne-prone skin, not everyone wants the extreme matte finish the product offers. If this sounds like you, then you might consider another facial sunscreen with a mattifying, yet slightly thicker finish, such as this one from La Roche-Posay.

Pros

  • SPF 60
  • has a “cell-ox shield,” which deflects UV rays and free radicals[11]
  • lightweight feel and absorbs fast
  • may even skin tone

Olay

If you’re looking for a more affordable sunscreen for your oily skin, consider Olay Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30.

While slightly thicker than the mattifying effects of EltaMD and La Roche-Posay products, Olay’s version is still oil-free and noncomedogenic. The main active ingredients in this sunscreen are:

  • octinoxate
  • zinc oxide
  • octocrylene
  • octisalate

Pros

  • noncomedogenic and oil-free
  • contains vitamins B-3, B-5, and vitamin E for anti-aging benefits
  • has aloe[12] to soothe the skin for a light conditioning effect
    suitable for sensitive skin

Cons

  • may be a bit greasier than other facial sunscreens in this list
  • can’t be applied to damaged skin, which can be challenging if you’re recovering from an acne breakout or rosacea
  • doesn’t even out skin tone

CeraVe

Known for their line of products for sensitive skin, CeraVe is a leading brand for skin inflammation.

CeraVe’s Skin Renewing Day Cream has the added benefit of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30, the minimum protection recommended[13] by the American Academy of Dermatology.

With that being said, our dermatologists have found that this facial sunscreen has a heavier texture than the previous products, something that may not be ideal if you have oily skin and live in a more humid climate.

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