What you need to know about Sunscreen

With the summer months in full swing, questions about sunscreen become greater and more of a concern for almost everyone.

Physical, chemical, mineral, zinc or broad-spectrum?

These days there are what seems to be hundreds of different sunscreens on the market. But which one is best for you? And how will it affect your acne?

Physical Sunscreens mean that they physically block your skin from UV rays. They will often use minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. If your acne prone skin is sensitive, look for a sunscreen that uses mostly zinc oxide. Don't be afraid of its "chalky-white" reputation. Many companies have developed "clear" zinc, which has made physical sunscreen more wearable.

Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays. They are easily applied, with little to no appearance and a pleasing finish. You can recognize these sunscreens by their active ingredients: avobenzone, oxybenzone and octinoxate, among others. Chemical sunscreens are not usually recommended for sensitive skin.

You may have heard the term "broad-spectrum." This refers to the UV rays, UVA and UVB. Your skin needs protection from both. A way to remember this is:

  • UVA is responsible for Aging
  • UVB causes Burning.

When shopping for a sunscreen, it's always best to look for broad-spectrum coverage. Zinc oxide blocks both UVA and UVB rays which makes it an ideal choice. Chemical sunscreen formulas vary, but the label will state if it provides broad-spectrum protection, so be sure to keep an eye out for this.

Whether you choose a physical or a chemical sunscreen be sure to apply it rain or shine, indoors or out, as the UV rays of the sun are able to penetrate clouds and windows.

For those of you battling blemishes, daily use of safe sunscreens not only protects your skin from the damaging rays of the sun and maintains hydration; it also keeps those post-breakout marks from becoming a permanent fixture on your face.

We at Skintherapy Skincare and Acne Clinic offer a variety of different non-pore clogging sunscreens to suit your skin type and preferences and would be happy to help you find a safe one if your struggling with acne prone skin. Visit us at UtahAcneClinic.com

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