The Best Sunscreen I’ve Found for My Oily Skin

Somi Igbene PhD ANutrJune 13, 2019

If there’s one item you shouldn’t skip in your skincare routine, it is sunscreen. Sunscreen can minimise the ageing effect of the sun on your skin and lower your risk of getting sunburn or more severe conditions like melanoma. Finding the right sunscreen for your skin can be a tedious process, especially if you have troublesome skin. It has taken a very long time, but I’ve finally found a sunscreen that works perfectly for my oily, acne-prone skin! I share all the deets in this post, keep reading for more.

Oily skin can be such a pain; add acne to the mix, and it seems like the world is against you. Ugh, that’s how I feel anyway. As you may have guessed, I struggle and have struggled with oily, acne-prone skin for what seems like forever. I’ve been through a plethora of products as well as prescription medication, and the only thing that helped control my skin, albeit temporarily was Roaccutane. My skin was clear for six months and quickly regressed to square one. Roaccutane works perfectly if your acne is not hormone-related. If it is, Roaccutane is not a permanent solution.

Over the years, I’ve gone from using over-the-counter products with a lot of harsh ingredients like sulphates and alcohol to using more gentle products. I still deal with the usual hormone-related acne during my period, but my skin has improved leaps and bounds from where it used to be. I have a list of products that I swear by, which I will share in a different post if requested. But for today, we will focus on sunscreen.

While I was on Roaccutane (back in 2008), my doctor stressed the importance of using sunscreen (Roaccutane makes your skin extremely sun-sensitive) and ever since then I’ve used it religiously.

Why You Need Sunscreen

Sunscreen is not only necessary in situations where medication demands that you use it; it should be a part of your regular skin care routine because it protects you from UVA and UVB rays.

UVA rays are present throughout the day. They penetrate the deeper layer of your skin (dermis) and stimulate the production of melanin. Unfortunately, UVA rays can also damage collagen, cause fine lines and wrinkles and even cause melanoma (skin cancer). UVB rays, on the other hand, are strongest in the day time usually between 10am and 4pm (11am – 3pm in the UK). The common misconception that you’re safe from the sun on a cloudy day, is simply that, a misconception. UVA rays are present throughout the day, and ironically, they are the most damaging. So, it is extremely important that you wear sunscreen.

Having dark skin means that you’re more protected from the sun than someone with fairer skin, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot get sun damage. You absolutely can, so please, be sun wise!

I tried sunscreens from at least ten different brands before I found my holy grail product. Honestly, before this product, its either the sunscreen was too oily, left a grey cast or it broke my skin out terribly. Murad’s anti-ageing moisturiser with broad-spectrum SPF 30 has been a godsend and a lifesaver! This formula is specifically for blemish-prone skin. It does not leave a grey cast, it leaves my skin adequately hydrated without oiliness, and most importantly, it doesn’t break me out. Seriously, this product is magic, and no, Murad did not sponsor this post at all.

Murad’s Anti-aging Moisturiser {SPF 30}

I am very picky about the ingredients that I apply on to my skin, and I have even written a post detailing the 11 ingredients I try to avoid in my skincare products. I have to admit that Murad’s moisturiser contains at least one of these ingredients (highlighted in red below), but girl, I have searched long and hard for something that works, and now that I’ve found it, I cannot let it go. Well at least, not until I find something that works as well as it does.

Water (Aqua), Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate(Octinoxate), EthylhexylSalicylate(Octisalate), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane(Avobenzone), Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin,Polyester-8, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Phospholipids,Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetearyl Olivate, SorbitanOlivate, Dimethicone, Zinc Gluconate, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa RootExtract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, DiethylhexylSyringylidenemalonate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Propyl Gallate, PEG-100 Stearate, XanthanGum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Citronellol,Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum)

In any case, it is rather difficult (if not impossible) to find a natural sunscreen. The best I can do right now is to avoid unnecessary exposure to certain ingredients, but where necessary, use them as minimally as possible. After my experience with veganism, I am a lot more flexible with my decisions. Situations change, life happens, and adaptability is a must for survival. Don’t you agree?

Murad’s anti-ageing moisturiser is quite pricey at £49.50 for 50ml, but each tube lasts for around three months. In my opinion, that is not too bad. Don’t get me wrong, I’d appreciate it even more if it was less costly or if I got a bigger tube for that price. That said, itworks, so I won’t complain too much.

I have used this moisturiser for over a year now, and to date I haven’t experienced any issues whatsoever. If you have oily skin and you still haven’t found something that works for your skin, I can whole-heartedly recommend this one to you. I can’t say it will work in the same way that it does for me, but it is 100% worth trying.

Do you use sunscreen? If so, which one do you use? Share, you may just help someone out.




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