Aspirus offers tips on selecting sunscreen for acne-prone skin

For the Tomahawk Leader

WISCONSIN – Aspirus Health recently provided information on selecting sunscreen for acne-prone skin.

“In navigating the complex world of skincare, especially for those managing acne, understanding the impact of sunscreen on acne-prone skin is crucial,” a release from Aspirus said. “It’s a common misconception that sunscreen universally exacerbates acne. While it’s true that certain sunscreens can irritate the skin and clog pores, leading to breakouts, the solution lies in selecting the right type of sunscreen.”

“Non-comedogenic sunscreens are specifically formulated to prevent pore blockages, making them an ideal choice for individuals prone to acne,” said Katrina Mattek, PA-C, MPAS, Physician Assistant with Aspirus Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. “These sunscreens are less likely to contribute to breakouts, offering sun protection without compromising skin health.”

Mattek. Photo courtesy of Aspirus.

Aspirus said sunscreen comes in two primary types.

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into the skin, then absorbing UV rays and converting them into heat, which is subsequently released from the body.

Physical sunscreens, in contrast, remain on the skin’s surface and reflect the sun’s rays. Due to its potential for skin irritation, chemical sunscreen might pose a higher risk for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, potentially worsening acne issues, according to Aspirus.

The choice between chemical and physical sunscreens is not just about acne considerations, Aspirus noted, but also about personal preference and skin type compatibility.

“Including acne-prone skin sunscreen is an indispensable part of your skincare routine,” Mattek said. “Sunscreen protects against harmful UV rays that can cause not only immediate damage like sunburn but also long-term effects such as skin aging and skin cancer.”

“When choosing sunscreen, individuals with acne-prone skin should consider their skin’s specific needs and sensitivities,” Aspirus stated. “Opting for a non-comedogenic, possibly physical sunscreen that minimizes the risk of irritation and breakouts is essential. Additionally, consulting with a medical professional can provide personalized recommendations to ensure that the chosen sunscreen offers effective protection without harming the skin.”

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