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Sunscreen is arguably the non-negotiable skincare product that pretty much every dermatologist will tell you is an absolute must. Aside from SPF’s beauty benefits (it protects your skin from the sun’s wrinkle-inducing rays and offers defense against free radical damage), you probably already know just how important it is for the purpose of preventing life-threatening forms of skin cancer as well. Unfortunately, finding a matte sunscreen for oily skin types isn’t exactly an easy feat. While I recognize that a good sunscreen is paramount when it comes to preventative skincare and my overall health, I also happen to have very oily skin that tends to react rather poorly (a.k.a. looks like an absolutely oil slick) with many sunscreen formulas — both mineral and chemical. However, just like it’s important to moisturize even the most oily of skin types, it’s equally — if not more — vital to protect shine-prone skin with SPF, regardless of what season it happens to be. On that note, yes, you can even get a sunburn even when it’s grey and gloomy out, so there’s no excuse to skip this step based on the weather.
I’ve tested out a number of different sunscreens, and I’ve found that even some of the formulas dubbed “oil-free” can leave me feeling greasy, with extra-clogged pores and a breakout to boot. So, after years of trial and error, I’ve found a few oily-girl-approved products that work for me, and will likely work for those with acne-prone skin as well. Not only are these matte formulas great for keeping excess shine under control throughout the day, but I also find that they sit so much better under my foundation, and don’t cause it to pill up or leave me with a slip-and-slide situation after application.
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1. Coola Mineral Matte Finish Sunscreen
This mineral sunscreen smells delicious and dries to a soft matte finish so it won’t look chalky or feel greasy throughout the day.
2. Neutrogena Lightweight Clean Feel Sunscreen
This sunscreen shields the skin with an SPF level of 100+, making it one of most protective options at the drugstore.
3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen
If you’re looking for an oil-free SPF that won’t clog pores, cause breakouts or irritate sensitive skin, this is my favorite option.