Sunscreen is the most important skin care product you can apply, but when you have oily or acne prone skin it can sometimes feel like a tradeoff: protection from the sun's rays in exchange for the possibility of blackheads, irritation, and pimples. But the best Korean sunscreens for oily skin are designed to protect skin from UV exposure and sun damage without adding unnecessary oils to skin that can clog pores and make you look shiny.
People with oily skin should look for sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide but have no oils, fragrances, or PABA's, all of which can make skin break out, especially if you have sensitive skin. The sunscreen you use daily should be lightweight and non-comedogenic — and it always helps to have mattifying ingredients like silica technology that absorb excess sebum. So, why choose a Korean sunscreen formula before all others? Simple: many Asian sunscreens contain higher SPFs than American sunscreens and use innovative ingredients like, Tinosorb S, that haven't been FDA approved in the U.S. just yet.
Add in the fact that so many K-beauty sunscreens address issues like sunspots and hyperpigmentation and you have no reason not to try one of these incredible Korean sunscreens for oily skin.
1The Sunscreen That Will Make Blotting Papers Optional
The light, non-greasy formula in Etude House sunscreen delivers a smooth, matte finish that allows makeup to glide on effortlessly. Reviewers say this solves their oily skin problems and even obviates the need to carry around blotting papers. It doesn't cause breakouts and has a soothing, milky texture that settles quickly and doesn't leave a white cast.
2An Absorbent Sunscreen That Doesn't Ball Up
Hands down, the worst thing about some sunscreen (IMO) is how they can form weird little balls and beads on the skin, which means more time spent sloughing off all that gook before you can apply primer and makeup. Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day with SPF 50+ has the exact opposite reaction on skin, according to reviewers: it absorbs to a matte finish, pretty much vanishes, and leaves you looking "drier and fresher."
It's important to note that this sunscreen contains a combo of both physical blockers like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide and chemical blockers (though it's free of worrisome ones like Oxybenzone and Avobenzone). If you have sensitive skin that reacts to chemicals, this is something to keep in mind.
3A Natural Sun Cream With Aloe Extract And Berries
Don't be fooled by the creamy texture of this A'Pieu natural sun cream — reviewers with oily and acne-prone skin say it actually prevents oil from building up on the skin and won't cause new pimples. It also contains an incredible mix of natural ingredients like aloe extract, apple blossom, and orange flower and spreads and blends well. This is a physical sunblock and zinc tends to leave a slightly white residue on skin, but one reviewer who says she has dark skin reports that is absorbs and doesn't leave a white cast behind.
4A Waterproof Sun Milk With SPF 50+ That Absorbs Quickly & Makes A Great Primer
With SPF 50+ and a waterproof formula, MISSHA Sun Milk will absorb into your skin in seconds and won't leave a greasy, filmy residue behind. It contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, as well as dimethicone, which helps create a matte finish — and you can use it on your face and body. Reviewers say it's incredibly light, "dries to a velvety soft finish," and even serves as the perfect base for makeup.
5An Oil-Free SPF For Sensitive Skin
For the ultimate sebum control, Dr. G Oil Control SPF contains tiny capsules of powder that absorb oil throughout the day — and the formula is great for sensitive skin. This sunscreen serves three functions: it blocks UV rays, protects against wrinkles, and leaves skin moisturized and smooth, Reviewers say it leaves a matte finish and works well in humid weather.
6A Lightweight, Hydrating Sunscreen That Won't Clog Pores
A common misconception about oily skin is that it doesn't need moisture — but keeping your skin hydrated can prevent dead skin cell buildup that leads to breakouts. This Neogen Dermalogy sunscreen with SPF 50 is lightweight and ideal for all skin types, including oily skin, but it also provides nourishment and hydration, thanks to rose, honey, and raspberry extracts.
Reviewers say it smells fresh, doesn't leave a white cast, and gives skin a matte finish. It's also a Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free Certified brand.
7A Creamy, But Oil-Controlling, Sunblock With Green Tea
This 5-free sunblock from Innisfree contains green tea and organic sunflower oil that help decrease inflammation in acne-prone and sensitive skin. Reviewers describe this formula as a creamy paste, as opposed to a liquid, but say that it isn't oily or greasy and can actually help cover up some of your skin's redness and small blemishes. All agree that it will leave a slightly white residue on skin, so prepare to spend a few extra seconds blending it in with your fingers and maybe applying a tinted BB cream to even out your skin tone.
8An Aloe Vera Rich Water Gel Sunscreen
Aloe vera will keep your skin feeling refreshed under the hot sun and this Skinfood water gel sunscreen provides lightweight UV protection that won't make your skin feel sticky or leave a white residue behind. It's rich with flower extracts and is hydrating enough to provide a silky base for makeup.
9A Sebum-Controlling Sunscreen That Doesn't Irritate Sensitive Eyes
This water-based sunscreen from The Face Shop doesn't cause breakouts, leave a white cast, or settle into lines and pores, according to reviewers. If you have sensitive eyes, it won't make them watery or irritated. It controls sebum production and saps away excess surface oils on your face, leaving you with a totally soft and matte complexion. And reviewers with oily skin, combination skin, and acne say this is basically a miracle product that sinks into the skin and absorbs fast.
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