Extra Pimples Because Of Sunscreen?

I think my skin changes when I put on sunscreen. I get more pimples, especially on my forehead. My skin also seems te be shining more.

Because of this I don’t always put on sunscreen. I know it’s bad… But walking around with oily skin with pimples isn’t great either.

Luckily it’s not quite sunny in the Netherlands and I’ve been seeing more rain showers than sun rays lately. Yet wearing sunscreen daily is very beneficial for my skin and I want to apply it every day. But where do those pimples come from?

Do you really get more pimples from sunscreen?

When I went to look into this, it turned out I wasn’t the only one with this problem. Especially people with acne-prone skin indicate that they get more acne from sunscreen.

The answer is that you can get indeed more pimples from sunscreen. And that’s due to both the sun filters and the added ingredients.

Do you often suffer from pimples when you apply sunscreen? Here’s what you should pay attention to:

1. Rich and greasy sunscreens

Some sunscreens are very rich and greasy. They have a thick texture and protect your skin from drying out. Unfortunately these sunscreens can clog your pores, making your skin look shiny and impure.

Therefore it’s best to avoid the following ingredients in sunscreen. Especially if they are high on the ingredient list:

  • Beeswax (Cera Alba)
  • Cocoa butter (Theobroma Cocoa Sheed Butter)
  • Coconut oil (Oleum Cocos, Cocos Nucifera Oil)
  • Mineral oil (Parafin, Parafinnum Liquidum, Parafin Oil)
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

If you’re sensitive to this, it’s better to choose a lighter product with a lower filter. And it’s also better to avoid all day sunscreens.

A lighter sunscreen with a lower filter

2. Chemical sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens protect your skin by absorbing the sunlight. This gives heat energy in your skin. This can lead to pimples a day or two later.

You don’t suffer from this with physical filters.

Sunscreen with physical filter

3. Follicle irritation

Sunscreen seals the follicles and irritates them. That’s why you suddenly get pimples after a day of two.

This isn’t acne but an irritated follicle. The pimples are smaller, red and sometimes have a white or yellow tip.

Follicle irritation
Photo: Ocskaymark via Getty Images

4. Fungal acne

In the summer you can suffer from fungal acne faster. Fungal can grow quickly due to the heat and the closing sunscreen creams. This gives you small, sometimes itchy bumps. You can treat these bumps with a fungal killer.

If you have bought a new sunscreen it’s always good to test it on a piece of skin, for example behind your ear. And it’s also important to keep cleaning your skin well.

Fungal acne
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