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By now, everyone knows—or should know—that sunscreen is the best “anti-wrinkle” cream on the market. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 20 or greater is the best way to prevent premature skin aging, brown discolorations, and loss of radiance.
We hear you, if only that were the end of the story, right? If you have oily skin (especially if you’re prone to breakouts), you likely know from experience that finding the right sunscreen can be a challenging task—yet using it is important for all the reasons mentioned above and because protecting skin from sun damage speeds healing of red marks from past breakouts.
Fortunately, we’ve done the work for you and found six sunscreens that are among the best for your tricky skin type. These superbly sheer, matte finish sunscreens were plucked from Beautypedia Reviews for their antioxidant-loaded and exceptionally sheer formulas; all perform beautifully under makeup.
Before we get to our favorites, let’s start with a few pointers you can rely on to help make your sunscreen shopping trip easier!
For more sunscreen frequently asked questions, (like how often you should you reapply your sunscreen + more) check out our article, How to Apply Sunscreen.
Each of the sunscreens we’ve selected fit the above criteria and work beautifully for those with oily to combination skin types (including the breakout-prone). Ultimately, only you can determine whether a sunscreen is the right match for your personal aesthetic preferences, but these six options are among some of the best choices for your skin type:
It’s time to call a truce in the war between oily skin and sunscreens! Bonus, each of the above six formulas will double as your daytime moisturizer (as in, they all include a nice array of anti-aging antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients), so you’ll have one less layer to use. For even more product recommendations for oily skin, be sure to check out the Best Products section Beautypedia!
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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:
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