Physical? Chemical? Mineral? Zinc? Broad-Spectrum? What’s the difference?

Today there is a myriad of sunscreens on the market. But which one is best for you? And how does it affect your acne? In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month, we felt the need to inform everyone of the benefits of sunscreen, why it’s important and which one is the best for your skin type. There are a few different sunscreen options and you should most defiantly know the differences.

This is my personal favorite sunscreen. 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 than ever before.

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 and octinoxate, among others. Chemical sunscreens are not usually recommended for sensitive skin types. These sunscreens can also fell heavy and greasy. Most over the counter sunscreens are chemical.

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:

  • UVis 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. My best selling sunscreen is broad-spectrum.

Whether you choose a physical or 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 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 offer a variety of different non-pore clogging sunscreens to suit your skin type and preferences.

I  have sunscreens that all have different specs for each individual’s skin type.  Are you using the one that’s best for you?



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