When writing my last article on the best products for acne-prone skin by La Roche Posay, I decided to leave out the sunscreens and make an entirely new article because they have quite a variety of products to cover.
To be totally transparent, La Roche Posay sunscreens are not my personal favorite choice, except for a few I use for my morning walk or when going for a swim due to their excellent sweat and water resistance.
I usually go for something that keeps my skin matte all day long, such as the Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 by Paula’s Choice.
However, since La Roche Posay sunscreens are easily available and some of them have decent prices, here’s my list of seven best La Roche Posay sunscreens for acne-prone skin:
Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50 – $34
Best for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
The Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50 is a mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, two components that protect the skin from damaging UV rays by creating a barrier on its surface.
Mineral sunscreens are a better option for those with extremely sensitive skin that can get irritated from harsher chemical filters found in most modern sunscreens.
They are also more suitable for those who are taking acne medications or are undergoing prescription topical treatments, such as tretinoin, which is known for its ability to dry out the skin and cause it to become sensitive and reactive.
The Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50 is oil-free, but it does have some emollients, which is why it doesn’t dry matte, and it leaves a little bit of shine behind.
This makes it suitable for acne-prone skin that’s on the dry side, while those with excessively oily skin may find it slightly heavy.
Anthelios Tinted Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50 – $34
Best for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
The Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid is a tinted version of the Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50 and is equally lightweight with an elegant finish.
Tinted mineral sunscreens like this one serve as an excellent choice for those with extremely sensitive skin that can become irritated from the harsh chemical filters present in many modern sunscreens.
This product is particularly beneficial for individuals on acne medications or undergoing prescription topical treatments, such as tretinoin, known for its potential to dry out the skin and make it sensitive and reactive.
Similarly to its non-tinted counterpart, the Tinted Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50 is oil-free; however, it does contain emollients, which prevent it from drying matte and leave a slight shine behind.
This characteristic makes it appropriate for acne-prone skin leaning on the dry side. However, those with excessively oily skin may find its texture slightly heavy.
Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60 – $30
Best for oily skin.
The Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60 is also similar to the two sunscreens mentioned above; however, it’s a chemical sunscreen that offers slightly higher protection.
It contains four stable chemical filters and is free of oxybenzone, which is the controversial chemical filter everyone avoids.
Besides that, it also contains alcohol denat and silica that are responsible for the lightweight, non-greasy, and cosmetically elegant formula.
The Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60 is the best La Roche Posay sunscreen for oily skin that’s prone to acne as it is non-comedogenic, non-greasy, and lightweight.
Anthelios 100% Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 – $38
Best for all skin types, including sensitive skin and children.
Anthelios 100% Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 is everything you need for an outdoor activity that doesn't require you to wear makeup or look glamorous.
It is also suitable for children because it contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to prevent sunburns and sun damage.
The zinc oxide is the Anthelios 100% Mineral Sunscreen is 10%, which is why this sunscreen leaves a severe white cast. You will look like a ghost no matter how pale you are when using the proper amount of two-finger lengths.
The sunscreen also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, and it leaves a semi-matte finish which makes it sweat and water-resistant.
It's a great summer sunscreen, but unfortunately, it isn't cosmetically elegant.
Anthelios Clear Skin Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 60 – $20
Best for oily, acne-prone skin.
The Anthelios Clear Skin Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 60 is another great La Roche Posay sunscreen for oily, acne-prone skin and an excellent option for outdoors due to offering high UV protection while also being sweat and water-resistant.
It contains a combination of chemical and mineral UV filters, which make it non-greasy and cosmetically elegant.
The consistency can be described as a gel-cream which makes it suitable for both oily and combination skin that's prone to dryness in areas like the cheeks.
Additionally, the Anthelios Clear Skin Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 60 is also free of fragrance, which makes it suitable for sensitive and reactive skin.
Anthelios Lotion Spray Sunscreen SPF 60 – $27
Best for all skin types.
The Anthelios Lotion Spray Sunscreen SPF 60 is an alcohol-free, non-greasy spray sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum UV protection on the go.
This product has an interesting consistency that features a visible lotion for an even application, ensuring no area is left uncovered, while the 360-degree spray functionality lets it work even when held upside down, making it highly user-friendly.
It's formulated with La Roche Posay's proprietary Cell-Ox Shield® Technology, which provides both UVA/UVB protection and antioxidants to prevent environmental aggressors from attacking and degrading the skin cells and leading to issues down the line.
Despite its light weight, the sunscreen leaves a silky finish rather than a matte one, which makes it suitable for all skin types and outdoor activities and ideal for those seeking high sun protection without the heavy feel of traditional sunscreens.
My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take great care of their skin and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on skincare products I’ve tried. You can learn more about me here.
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