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The Best Body Sunscreens For Different Skin Conditions

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Do you have a certain full-body skin issue that makes it harder to navigate which SPF is right for you? Well, we know you’re not alone, so today we’re going to walk through some of the most common skin conditions out there – and pair the perfect SPF with each and every one.

It’s natural to shy away from sunscreen if you’ve had trouble with a specific full-body skin issue like rashes, psoriasis or body acne. And it makes sense to avoid SPF because a lot of them contain irritating ingredients or chemicals, like oxybenzone. But Supergoop! doesn’t include any of the nasty stuff.

And the truth is that these issues shouldn’t deter you from wearing SPF. In fact, there are a lot of types of sunscreen out there that play well with these conditions. Furthermore, it’s important to remember that every skin type needs sunscreen to stay protected from skin cancer, which currently impacts one in five Americans.

With the help of NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Michele Farber, we found the perfect SPF pairs for these issues – so keep reading to discover the safest, most nourishing one for yours.

If you’ve got sensitive skin that’s prone to rashes…

Surprisingly, sunscreen actives aren’t even the ingredients you should worry about when it comes to rashes. “Sensitive skin most often reacts negatively to the inactive ingredients in an SPF – things like synthetic fragrances and preservatives,” says Farber. “If patients have reactions to certain sunscreen actives, it’s most often oxybenzone.”

sunscreen for sensitive skin

As you probably know by now, none of our formulas at Supergoop! contain synthetic fragrances, preservatives or oxybenzone – and one formula that we feel great about recommending for super sensitive skin that’s prone to rashes is our very first formula, Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50.

If you have psoriasis or eczema…

While psoriasis and eczema are different issues, they each manifest themselves in similar ways: red patches on the skin, inflammation or flaking. “Again, both the active and inactive ingredients are important,” says Farber. “You’ll still want to choose a sunscreen that doesn’t contain preservatives, but this time you’ll also want to steer clear of fragrances of any kind (synthetic or natural) and alcohol-based formulas, as these can irritate the skin.”

“As far as active ingredients go, mineral-based sunscreens are more gentle for these specific issues,” continues Farber. “While sprays are fine for normal skin, cream or lotion sunscreen will generally be a better option for sensitive skin, as these formulations tend to be more hydrating. Antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients can also make sunscreen more tolerable for this skin.”

The sunscreen that fits the bill is our newly-launched broad spectrum Play 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50. Like the name says, it is 100% mineral, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin, and it contains nourishing oils, including pomegranate and perilla oils, to hydrate and soothe skin. The antioxidant green microalgae also helps scavenge free radicals. It also doesn’t contain any synthetic fragrance or alcohol.

If you have body acne…

“If you have acne-prone skin on your back, arms or shoulders, I always stress to look for non-comedogenic formulations that won’t clog your pores,” says Farber. “Using a thinner product also tends to be more tolerable here, but always be sure to wash your skin well at the end of the day.” It’s also extra important to wear SPF if you have acne. Sunscreen helps prevent skin from developing dark spots, and acne scars are a form of dark spots – so if you’d like the evidence of your body acne to not be as visible, then sunscreen is an absolute must!

If you have drier, acne-prone skin, the light, non-comedogenic body sunscreen of your dreams is our Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50. It’s an airy mousse that contains just the right amount of moisture, thanks to coconut oil. The formula also contains blue sea kale and olive fruit extract, two antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radical damage.

If you have oilier, acne-prone skin, you’ll want to go for our non-comedogenic Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50. The formula is much lighter and only contains essential oils to help nourish the skin without leaving a greasy finish or clogging pores.

+Thoughts, comments, questions? Or any other skin conditions you’d like sunscreen recs for? Leave them in the comments and we’ll get back to you!