If You Break Out From Sunscreens, Use One With Zinc Oxide


Of all the categories of skin care products, sunscreens are the most likely to cause negative skin reactions on the skin. Mostly, it’s rashes or acne breakouts from the use of sunscreen. The good news is there have been a lot of advancements in non-pore clogging sun protecting ingredients for sensitive skin, so if you still shy away from sunscreens because of past bad experiences, you just haven’t found the right one yet—but they are out there!

My skin is oily in the t-zone, and even at 43, my oil production hasn’t slowed down too much yet. I have my own built-in moisturizer which is considered to be a good thing, but I also have to be very careful with skin because I’m definitely very sensitive, prone to acne breakouts and clogged pores. So using a lightweight, gentle sunscreen is an absolute must for me and the best ingredient to offer that is Zinc Oxide. It’s chemical-free, offers excellent UV protection, won’t clog the pores or cause blemishes and dries to a matte finish…

So if you’re like me and have to be very careful about what you put on your skin, look for formulas with at least 5% Zinc Oxide as they won’t clog the pores, feel heavy on the skin or cause irritation or rashes. Try my very, very favorite sunscreen in the world—Daily Protection SPF 30 with 7% Zinc Oxide. Trust me, your skin will love it. It’s one of our best-selling products!

If you’re not very oily and in need of lightweight hydration, try our Age Defense Moisturizer SPF 30. It uses 20% pure Zinc Oxide and is also excellent for ultra sensitive skin.

Here’s what top beauty editors are saying about Daily Protection SPF 30:

“Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30 is a sunscreen that WON’T cause Acne” – Cosmopolitan Magazine

“Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30: The Best SPF Product” Elle Magazine

Read: Why Your Sunscreen May Not Be Protecting Your Skin Enough

Read: 6 Summer Skin Care Tips

Read: How To Get Rid Of A Blemish Fast

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Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”