Sunscreen is one of the holy grails when it comes to skincare: it protects your skin from harmful UV rays that damage it, cause sunburn and skin cancer, and accelerate aging. However, finding and choosing a fungal acne safe sunscreen can be tricky. In this article, we help you make a decision about which sunscreen is right for you.
While the sun is good for our skin because it helps our bodies produce vitamin D, unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV) can cause damage. Hyperpigmentation, sunburn, and premature aging are some of the ways sun damage can show up on our skin. Worse, overexposure to UV rays is known to cause skin cancer. You can’t see UV rays, but you can be sure your skin feels their effects.
Why is Sunscreen Important?
Sunscreen prevents these dangerous rays from having direct contact with our skin. Apart from this essential role, sunscreen also slows down skin aging and helps maintain even skin tone. Wearing sunscreen has never been more important—thanks to the ozone layer’s continual depletion, which has increased our exposure to these deadly rays. But it is not enough to get just any sunscreen; you need to use sunscreen suited for your skin type. If you are suffering from fungal acne, you must use a fungal acne safe sunscreen. Using a general sunscreen can worsen your skin condition, which no one wants.
What is SPF?
SPF (Sun Protective Factor) is a measurement relating to the amount of UV rays that penetrate through a certain sunscreen to your skin. The higher the SPF, the lower the amount of UV exposure. On the other hand, the lower the SPF, the higher the UV exposure. The AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
UVA vs. UVB
There are two types of UV: Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA’s wavelength is longer, meaning that it penetrates more deeply into the skin. UVA has been associated with both skin aging and cancer. UVB has a shorter wavelength and reaches the skin’s surface meaning that this is the radiation associated with tanning and burning of the skin.
Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen
There are two types of sunscreen: mineral and chemical. The table below shows the difference between them.
- Acts like a shield, deflecting UV light
- Ingredients are natural (e.g., titanium dioxide and zinc oxide)
- Can leave a white film on the skin
- Does not degrade when exposed to UV rays and is recommended for swimmers and even snorkelers and SCUBA divers
- 100% biodegradable and eco-friendly
- Better for sensitive skin
- Acts like a sponge, absorbing UV light
- Ingredients are non-natural and can be harmful (e.g., oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, octocrylene)
- Leaves no residue when applied
- Can degrade when exposed to UV rays and wears off easily after use – especially in water
- Environmentally unfriendly
- Can be too harsh for sensitive skin
How to Apply Sunscreen
- For best results, apply sunscreen about 15-30 minutes before going into the sun. This ensures that it is well absorbed and won’t get washed off by sweat.
- Apply sunscreen after exercise or swimming
- Ensure you shake the contents well before using
- Apply liberally on all exposed parts of the body
- Be careful while applying around the eyes
- Reapply at least every two hours
If you have or are prone to acne, rosacea and/or hyperpigmentation, then we’ve got great news for you! This sunscreen fights free radicals related to UV. It has 9.0% transparent zinc oxide that makes it very absorbent. It contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid, which are all very effective for creating healthy-looking skin. This product leaves no residue on your skin and does not contain fragrance, paraben, or oil.
Active Ingredients: 9.0% Zinc oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate
Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium
Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane
Active ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%)
Inactive ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone Trisiloxane, Diisopropyl Adipate, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 8% Zinc Oxide 3.8%
Inactive Ingredients: Alumina, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Iron Oxide (CI77491), Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18-Hydrogen Dimethicone, Hydrogen Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate
This antioxidant-sunscreen combo has SPF 50, so you can bury your worries about getting skin cancer, sunburn, and premature wrinkles. The texture is weightless, so it absorbs flawlessly into the skin. This sunscreen is created with Cell-Ox Shield Technology, which protects from both UVA and UVB radiation. Its antioxidant complex is made of Vitamin C, Baicalin, and Vitamin E to help you fight free radicals that can damage your skin cells. It is also oil-free and non-comedogenic to protect those with fungal acne-prone skin.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.68%, Homosalate 9.60%, Octisalate 2.88%, Octocrylene 5.38%, Oxybenzone 3.46%
Inactive Ingredients: Water, dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, tocopherol, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, silica, sodium polyacrylate, ascorbyl glucoside, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, disodium EDTA, diethylhexyl syringylidenemalonate, polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7, cassia alata leaf extract, maltodextrin, triethanolamine
This mineral sunscreen is all you need to protect you from the harmful UV light that can mean serious skin trouble. Dermal heat, which can damage collagen, won’t build up in your skin while using this product. This non-greasy sunscreen prevents age-marks, wrinkles, spots, and inelasticity. It also works as a primer, giving you that silky matte finish. The result? You get to protect your skin while at the same time rocking your makeup. Win-win!
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 8%, Zinc Oxide 3.8%.
Inactive Ingredients: Alumina,Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crossspolymer, Dimethiconol, Lauryl PEG/PPG 18/18 Methicone, Methicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone (May Contain Iron Oxide)
Now that you know all about the benefits of sunscreen and how important it is, which fungal acne safe sunscreen are you opting for?