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Can sunscreen cause breakouts for acne-prone skin during the summer?

Sunscreen can cause breakouts for acne-prone skin, especially if you use a formula that's too heavy or doesn't agree with your skin type. However, it's important to remember that wearing sunscreen is crucial for protecting your skin from sun damage and preventing further breakouts and irritation. Here are some tips to help you choose a sunscreen that won't cause breakouts:

  • Look for a non-comedogenic formula: This means the sunscreen won't clog your pores or cause breakouts.
  • Choose a lightweight, oil-free formula: Heavy, greasy sunscreens can clog pores and exacerbate acne, so opt for a lighter, oil-free formula.
  • Consider a mineral-based sunscreen: Mineral-based sunscreens containing ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide can be less irritating for acne-prone skin, as they sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed.
  • Test the sunscreen before applying it to your face: If you're worried about a potential reaction, test the sunscreen on a small patch of skin on your arm or neck before applying it to your face.
  • Don't skimp on sunscreen: Even if you're concerned about breakouts, it's important to apply sunscreen liberally to all areas of your face and body that will be exposed to the sun.

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