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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, cucumber-infused sunscreen offers an SPF 30 with a velvet matte finish that looks beautiful under your makeup. It also contains a range of skin-loving antioxidants, which help to even tone and boost the skin’s radiance with continuous use.
2. Neutrogena Lightweight Clean Feel Sunscreen
This affordable drugstore SPF delivers an impressive 100+ SPF level, without the extra grease and shine. It dries down super fast, making it a great option for oily and acne-prone skin types.
3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen
This is one of my favorite matte sunscreens of all time. The light, oil-free formula dries down to a comfortable matte and sits beautifully under makeup. It’s formulated with an SPF 60, offering solid protection without leaving you feeling like an oil slick after a few hours.