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10+ Best Sunscreens for Oily / Acne Prone Skin

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best sunscreens for oily acne prone skin in India

Indian market is flooded with sunscreens for men and women. Even though people cannot stop talking about how crucial sunscreen is, if your use of sunscreen leads to more acne, then it is not a fair deal, is it?

If you are battling severe acne, it is advisable to first get the acne somewhat under control through medication and skin care before looking for a sunscreen.

There are tons of oil-free sunscreens in the Indian market claiming to provide protection from sunburn and tanning. When it comes to sunscreen, it does not help to settle for the cheapest one.

Herbal sunscreens are not necessarily better for oily / acne prone skin.

How much SPF is needed for Indian weather and summers?

Although there is a lot of emphasis given to the SPF number, it is best not to get too hung up about this number. After a point (say SPF 30), any SPF is good enough. An increase in SPF from say 40 to 50 provides only a tiny bit more protection. For Indian summers, an SPF of 30-40 is good.

How to properly use sunscreen?

Take a big pea size amount of sunscreen and apply liberally to cover the face and neck. If the face looks white immediately after, wait for the sunscreen to sink into the skin instead of rubbing it in vigorously. Apply sunscreen about 15 minutes before sun exposure so that all of it can absorb into the skin. Reapply every 2-3 hours if you are outdoors or sweating.

What is a good sunscreen for acne prone skin?

Avoid water-proof, sweat-proof sunscreens. Gel formulas usually work well. Physical sunscreens that contain zinc oxide are the best, but they can leave a white cast on brown skin.

We have compiled a list of the best sunscreens available in the Indian market that are suitable for oily acne prone skin. The daily use sunscreens listed here can be used by men as well as women.

Even though the list has been carefully compiled keeping in mind the needs of oily acne prone skin, you should do a patch test on part of your face before using any of the sunscreens on the whole face.The list is in no particular order.

Also see our recommendations for the best oily skin moisturizer without SPF.

Sunscreens suitable for oily acne prone skin in India

Suncote Gel SPF 30

Ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Avobenzone, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulphonic Acid

Suncote gel sunscreen for acne pimplesA “water based sunscreen” suitable for oily acne prone skin. Sunscote gel by Curatio is an oil-free sunscreen gel for face and body. It is a light weight sunscreen formula that does a good job of preventing sunburn and tanning. This gel based sunscreen spreads easily leaving a non-sticky feel on the skin. If your skin tends to get dry over the course of the day, you will need to use a separate moisturizer with this sunscreen.

Since this is a chemical sunscreen, it should be the first thing you apply on your skin after washing and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then go ahead with your moisturizer and makeup on top of it. Since Suncote is gel based (though not a transparent gel), you can avoid the whitecast that physical sunblocks can leave behind.

Suncote is very safe for skin that breaks out into pimples easily. But it isn’t the best choice if your skin is quite oily. It doesn’t give a matte finish and depending on the skin’s oiliness and the weather, it can cause a shiny look on the face. It is best suited for normal to dry acne prone skin.

The price of Suncote gel is Rs. 249 for 100 gm. If your skin breaks out very easily, Suncote Gel is a safe choice.

Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen with SPF 15

Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen acne pimplesSunscreen ingredients: Ethyl Hexyl Methoxycinnamate, Buytl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, titanium dioxide

Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen is a light weight sunscreen that spreads easily without leaving a sticky feel. It claims to provide high protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Even though the SPF of 15 seems inadequate for Indian summers, this could be a good choice for those who mostly stay indoors. This daily use sunscreen is moisturizing, but not so much as to make your skin overly oily. It doesn’t leave a white film on the face.

This is a safe sunscreen for those whose skin breaks out easily. This version with SPF 15 is more suited to oily skin whereas the Daily Use Sunscreen with SPF 30 is suited for normal to very dry skin types. The SPF 15 version is non-comedogenic, but the SPF 30 one isn’t.

The price of Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen is Rs. 790 for 50 ml.

Proactiv Daily Protection Plus Sunscreen SPF 30

Proactiv sunscreen review indiaSunscreen ingredients: octinoxate, oxybenzone, octisalate, homosalate, avobenzone

Proctiv, popular for their 3 step acne control kit is now available in India. Proactiv Daily Protection lotion with SPF 30 is an oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreen designed specifically for oily acne prone skin. Proactiv sunscreen absorbs quickly without leaving an oil film or a white cast. This is a broad spectrum sunscreen.

The price of Proactiv Sunscreen lotion is Rs. 799 for 112 gm. It is available from proactiv.in and healthkart.com.

Sebamed Sun Care 50+ Very High Multi Protect Sun Lotion pH 5.5

sebamed-sun-care-multi-protect-lotionSebamed Sun Care 50+ Sun Lotion is meant for very sensitive and sun intolerant skin. This sunscreen is water and sweat resistant for up to 6 hours, oil-free, free from paraffin, parabens, PEG bonds and PABA esters and acrylamide. It is suitable for both children and adults. It is also available in a spray formula with pretty much the same ingredients. If you are looking for a waterproof sunscreen for acne prone skin, this is as good as it gets.

Sebamed sunscreen does not mattify well and you might need to powder your face after applying it, but given all the other requirements, this works out to be a suitable choice.

A problem commonly reported with this sunscreen is a white cast on brown skin. That is due to its high titanium dioxide content. One way to reduce a white cast is to opt for a lower SPF since Sebamed is available in a multitude of SPF values. The price of Sebamed Sun Care 50+ Very High Multi Protect Sun Lotion pH 5.5 is Rs. 1500 for 150 ml.

Sebamed Sun Care Multi Protect Sun Lotion ingredients:

Aqua, Dibutyl Adipate, Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, PVP/Eicosene Copolymer, Panthenol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Cellulose Gum, Parfum, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Cocoglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Inulin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lecithin.

While this post lists some of the best sunscreens, it isn’t updated with every new sunscreen we discover. For latest sunscreen options, check our sunscreen reviews.

Ranbaxy Suncros Gel SPF 26

Ingredients: Octynoxate, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Nanonized Zinc Oxide (2%)

Suncros gel comes out as a white creamy sunscreen but blends into a gel like texture. It has both UVA and UVB filtering ingredients. Suncros has nanonized (which means really really fine) zinc oxide which not only holds well against the sun but also minimizes any white cast that zinc oxide based sunscreens can cause.

The price of Suncros gel is Rs. 280 for 100 gm. If your skin breaks out very easily, Suncros is not a safe choice.

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF 50

Lotus Herbals UV Sunscreen Matte Gel acne pimplesAmong cosmetic brands, Lotus Herbals has a variety of sunscreens to offer for oily acne prone skin. The gel formula of UV Screen Matte Gel promises to be ultra calming to the skin, giving it a matte, oil-free look. But does it work as a sunscreen? The PA+++ and SPF ratings on the label would have you think so. PA+++ provides a high protection from UVA sun rays that cause tanning and wrinkles. An SPF 50 is very high protection against UVB rays that can cause sunburn and skin cancer. In that way, the Matte Gel covers all bases, making it a broad spectrum sunscreen.

Even though Lotus Herbals UV Screen Matte Gel does not claim to be non-comedogenic, it has been known to not cause pimples. It does not leave a white cast. Do not expect all herbal ingredients with this though, because the ingredient list names a ton of un-pronounceable compounds. This sunscreen does not claim to be oil-free or non-comedogenic, but has been generally reported to be suitable for oily acne prone skin. Being a translucent gel formula, it does not leave a white cast on the face.

The price of Lotus Herbals UV Screen Matte Gel is Rs. 225 for 50 gm. If your skin breaks out very easily, Lotus UVScreen is not a safe choice.

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40 PA+++

Sunscreen ingredients: Oxybenzone, Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane

Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block is one of the most popular Indian sunscreens for oily skin. The 3-in-1 action of this sunscreen is because of sun protection, skin lightening (tan removal) and mattifying. It has been known to keep skin looking matte (oil-free) for hours while preventing tanning. The SPF of 40 is high protection against UVB rays and the PA+++ against UVA rays.

If most sunscreens leave your face looking shiny or oily, this matte formula could work for you. You have to note that this is a tinted sunscreen that evens out the skin like a light foundation. So if you are not comfortable with any kind of tint on your face, you can leave this out.

The price of Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Sun Block is Rs. 325 for 100 gm. If your skin breaks out very easily, Lotus 3-in-1 Matte is not a safe choice.

Melascreen Sunscreen Lotion SPF 18

Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, Avobenzone, Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate, Benzophenone, Zinc Oxide 6%

Melascreen sunscreen lotion is a liquidy, white sunscreen lotion available at medical stores. If most sunscreens cause pimples on your face, Melascreen can be a good choice. The main reason being a high percentage of zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is not only a good physical sunblock ingredient, but also great for oily acne prone skin in general. Containing both UVA and UVB filtering ingredients, Melascreen is a full-spectrum sunscreen.

The downside of this sunscreen is that it could leave a white film (whitecast) on your skin due to titanium oxide and zinc oxide. If sunscreens cause your face to become oily, Melascreen can guard against that, thanks to its zinc oxide content. Whether it is an oil-free sunscreen or not is not clear since the ingredients of the lotion base used for this sunscreen are not given on the label. This sunscreen is a mix of chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients.

Melascreen sunscreen lotion covered here is one by Mark (India) Cosmed and not the DuCray one. The price of Melascreen sunscreen lotion is Rs. 75 for 50 ml.

Living Proof Multi-Protection Day Cream SPF 50 PA+++

Living Proof has some good skin care products for oily acne prone skin, the Multi-Protection Day Cream SPF 50 being one of them. This heavy duty sunscreen plus moisturizer is free from 8 allergy causing ingredients including artificial coloring, perfumes, alcohol, mineral oil, lanolin and comedogenic (pore clogging, acne causing) ingredients. This sunscreen is a good choice for you if you have acne prone skin that tends towards dry. For oily skins, this could make skin shiny.

The price of Living Proof Multi-Protection Day Cream is Rs. 645 for 40 ml. Living Proof products are available online from flipkart.com and other shopping websites.

Eau Thermale Avene Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+

Eau Thermale Avene SPF 50+ is very water resistant, paraben-free, hypo allergenic and non-comedogenic. Avene sunscreen is actually a sun cream that does not leave much of a white cast. It does not increase oiliness either. It is designed for normal to combination sensitive skin.

Nivea for Men Advanced Whitening Dark Spot Reduction Moisturiser SPF 30

Nivea for Men Advanced Whitening Dark Spot Reduction moisturizer reviewThis Nivea for Men whitening plus sunscreen is laced with 10 nutrients including Whitanat that is proven by skin care scientists to whiten dull, damaged skin 10 times better than vitamin C.

It protects skin from re-darkening with SPF 30. The non-sticky and ultra-light texture has been specifically developed for men’s skin. It absorbs quicker and leaves no residue. Nivea for Men Advanced Whitening Dark Spot Reduction Moisturiser SPF 30 is safe for acne prone skin that does not break out easily.

The price is Rs. 95 for 15 ml. Read more about its ingredients and reviews here.

Sunscreens not suitable for acne prone skin

Given is a list of sunscreens that are commonly reported to cause acne. Some of them may still work for you depending on how acne prone your skin is, but if your skin breaks out easily, tread carefully with these:
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  1. Garnier Sun Control Daily Moisturiser SPF 15 UVA+
  2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock – SPF 50
  3. Olay Natural White Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 30
  4. Lakme Sun Expert Fairness + UV Lotion SPF 30 PA+ (Oily Skin version)
  5. Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGEN Day Cream SPF15
  6. Pond’s White Beauty Spot-less Daily Whitening Cream SPF 20 PA++
  7. Himalaya Herbals Protective Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15
  8. Biotique Bio Aloe Vera Face and Body Lotion – SPF 75
  9. VLCC Sweat Free Sun Block Lotion SPF 40 PA+++
  10. Lotus Herbals White Glow Skin Whitening & Brightening Micro Emulsion – SPF 25
  11. Lotus Herbals White Glow Skin Whitening & Brightening Gel Creme SPF 25 / PA+++
  12. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sun Block Cream Indian Summer Formula PA++ SPF 30
  13. Lacto Calamine Sun Shield Daily Use Sunscreen Oily to Normal Skin – SPF 30 PA++ (causes sweating)
  14. Ansolar Daily Use Gel-Cream
  15. Neutrogena Sport Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 70+
  16. Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA +++ UV Lotion
  17. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Skin Lightening Anti-Tan Sunblock PA+++ SPF 30
  18. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cream SPF 20 / PA+
  19. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Lotion SPF 30 / PA ++
  20. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Fluid Extreme 50+
  21. Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Emulsion Dry Touch
  22. Pond’s White Beauty All-in-One BB+ Fairness Cream SPF 30 PA+++
  23. Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Sunscreen Gel SPF 20

Which is your favourite sunscreen for oily skin?

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320 Responses to 10+ Best Sunscreens for Oily / Acne Prone Skin

  1. Derrick March 29, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Hey,
    Which ingredient in sunscreen / sunblock prevents skin tanning / darkening ?
    Does the percentage of ingredients matter ?

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      AM March 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      Out of UVA and UVB , UVA rays are mainly responsible for tanning and skin aging. To prevent tanning/darkening, look for sunscreens containing UVA-screening ingredients such as avobenzone, Mexoryl, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

      You may see the phrases multi spectrum, broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection on sunscreen labels, and these all indicate that some UVA protection is provided.

      Percentage of ingredients matters and so does the amount of sunscreen you apply.

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      masud April 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

      Hello! Can you please suggest me whether should I use Vaseline Man Face cream with SPF-15? I have oily skin. And how is it as sunscreen cream?
      Thanks!

  2. Ramchandra April 7, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Hi,
    It is said that Zinc Oxide is a very good ingredient to block UVA sun rays. Despite that, some new sunblocks are using nanosized Zinc Oxide in which such particles are smaller. So I’d like to know if it provides you less protection than the “normal sized” zync oxide, once they are smaller particles.

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      AM April 8, 2013 at 6:05 am #

      Nano zinc-oxide formulation has been found to be far more effective than normal size zinc oxide particles, which are incapable of covering the skin as densely as the smaller, nano-scale zinc-oxide particles. Also, since nano zinc does not create a white cast, it is easier to slather on, and that increases the sun protection you get, too.
      Concerns have been raised about nano zinc being absorbed into the blood stream because of its size, but there has been nothing conclusive.

  3. Madura April 9, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    Hi, the following sunblocks are not mentioned in above’s list:

    – Lakme Sun Expert UV Lotion SPF 50 / PA+++
    – Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Skin Lightening Antitan Sunblock PA+++ SPF 30

    Could anyone tell me if is will suit for oily / acne prone skin type, please ?

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      AM April 9, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA +++ UV Lotion is designed for normal to dry skin (says on the packaging). Although it claims to be non-comedogenic, it is a fairly thick cream that spreads with difficulty. Potassium Chloride, a strongly comedogenic mineral, is listed in the middle, indicating a decent amount in the product. Being primarily zinc oxide based, it leaves a noticeable white cast too.

      Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Skin Lightening Anti-Tan Sunblock PA+++ SPF 30 does not claim to be non-comedogenic and has liquid paraffin (2nd ingredient) as the main ingredient. Liquid paraffin has been known to cause breakouts in acne prone skin. Glycerin (3rd ingredient) can also cause breakouts in some.

  4. barjinder April 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    is melascreen sunscreen loton spf 18 is good for me. am having oily skin with frequent pimples.,

  5. barjinder April 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    VLCC Surya Sandal Sun Block Lotion is good thn is melascreen sunscreen loton spf 18. which one is good for me. am having oily skin with frequent pimples.

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      AM April 10, 2013 at 1:59 am #

      Unless treatment is taken for active pimples, almost every sunscreen is likely to cause pimples. Melascreen can leave a whitish look unless the skin is very fair. If VLCC Surya Sandal Sun Block lotion is working for you, great. Otherwise Suncote Gel is a good option if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

  6. Arjun April 12, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    I am looking for a sunscreen with these restrictions:

    – for oily / acne prone skin

    – with P+++ (very high protection against UVA rays) and SPF greater or equal to 50 (despite I know from 30 the protections increases slightly)

    – Which contains Zinc Oxide (I dont mind if it leaves white cast)

    – I dont want sunscreens with chemical ingredients (because they break out very quickly when exposed to the sun)

    – I dont want with Titanium Dioxide (because it can create free radicals, also break out very easily and only protects against UVB )

    So I would like you to suggest me a sunblock with such conditions.

    Please let me know if anything that I said is wrong.
    Thank you.

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      AM April 14, 2013 at 2:06 am #

      Hi Arjun, the closest match to all your requirements is Spectraban 19 sunblock from Stiefel India with 15% zinc oxide which, it looks like, is not sold any more.

      An alternative is to use a zinc oxide lotion such as Shalaks Calak that contains 5% zinc oxide and no titanium dioxide.

      The more common problem with sunscreens is not that its ingredients break down, but that we don’t apply enough and often enough. If you do that, you will not have to worry about ingredients breaking down since modern formulas are pretty stabilized.

      There doesn’t seem to be any conclusive theory about Titanium Oxide being a carcinogen or in general harmful, it is considered pretty inert for use on the skin.

      Titanium oxide may be harmful if used in powder form (can enter the lungs), sunscreen sprays (again, to prevent entering the lungs) or lip products (lip balms with sunscreen).

  7. Nita April 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Hello Acne Mantra
    Could you advise me a good after sun lotion/cream/face wash for oily & acne prone skin, please ?

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      AM April 16, 2013 at 1:06 am #

      Hi Nita, you could use Lakme Sun Expert After Sun Lightening Face Wash, none of its ingredients stand out as particularly comedoegnic.

  8. deepak April 17, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    hi this deepak i was highly exposed to sun before and now i became somewha indian dark colour so what should i do to again become white?
    and in bangalore weather is very hot so iam fared of going out so which is recomended and highly effective sunscreen for me?

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      AM April 17, 2013 at 5:45 am #

      Deepak, sun exposure can cause skin darkening and a leathery look. If you do not have acne prone skin, a broad spectrum sunscreen such as Neutrogena Sport Face Sunblock SPF 70+ will work well. Remember that Neutrogena Sport Face Sunblock SPF 70+ is not suitable for acne prone skin. If you have pimples, Suncote SPF 30 Gel is an option. Don’t worry about going for the highest SPF because SPF 30 provides 97% protection, SPF 50 98% and any SPF above that provides only marginally better protection.

  9. Darshini April 23, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    Hello

    We will be traveling to Thailand in may and will be doing many water activities. The climate will be very hot and humid and we will be out in the sun most of the day. Which sun protection gel/cream would you recommend for my family. My son is 9 years old. I believe we would require a water proof gel/cream with anti tan qualities. Kindly suggest.

    Darshini

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      AM April 23, 2013 at 5:27 am #

      For a child, I would look for a sunscreen that does only one thing – protect from the sun. I would avoid any skin lightening, anti-aging, mattifying or high alcohol formulas. Here are 2 recommendations:

      Sebamed Sun Care 50+ Very High Multi Protect Sun Lotion pH 5.5 – Rs. 1500 for 150 ml is meant for very sensitive and sun intolerant skin. Sebamed Sun Care sunscreen is water and sweat resistant for up to 6 hours, easily applied, non-greasy, does not leave white residues, oil-free, free from paraffin, parabens, PEG bonds and PABA esters and acrylamide. It is suitable for both children and adults.

      An Indian brand option is Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Kids Sunblock Cream Sensitive Skin Formula SPF 25 Rs. 265 for 100 gm. It is non-greasy, water resistant and claims to contain mild ingredients.

      Banana Boat also makes good suncreens for children, though their availability in India is a problem.

  10. Sandeep April 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    hello, As a brown / dark skin person, how long it would take to get my skin tanned if i didn’t use sunscreen ?

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      AM April 28, 2013 at 2:19 am #

      Exposure to UVB light causes production of melanin which is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to UVA light, melanin darkens. UVB triggering melanin production, which is oxidized by UVA, makes the skin tanned.

      People with fair complexions are less likely to experience immediate tanning because they have very little, if any, pre-existing melanin in their skin. For fair-skinned people tanning can take anywhere from 3 to 10 days to produce. People with brown skin, who naturally have more melanin in their skin will almost always experience immediate tanning. So I guess tanning begins the moment brown skin is exposed to the sun.

  11. shaily April 30, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    Hey I am about to work for the days in sunlight and that too in delhi. My skin is dark in tone and any of the skin product causes small breakouts but not pimples. Generally I apply rose water+ fullers earth. But I need to protect my skin against sun burn and tanning as my skin is very sensitive so can you please suggest me a good sunscreen?

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      AM April 30, 2013 at 3:59 am #

      For sensitive skin prone to breakouts, try Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF50 which contains some skin-calming ingredients. This gel generally does not cause breakouts, but do try a little bit on the side of the face for one day to test for reaction / breakouts. If this gel works for you, you will be getting high sun burn and tanning protection.

  12. ritika April 30, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    plz tell me the sunscreen which is oilfree and noncomdogenic which ( DONT BLOACK THA PORES OF MY SKIN) so please tell me , i m having acke pron skin…please rply as soon as possible,
    thankyou,

  13. Agenlina May 2, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    We are going for a fifteen days college trip on this summer, to south India. Plz suggest good sunscreen and moisturizer which i could use for my face and body as well. i ‘m already tan and don’t want more of it. i have a oily skin, but ponds white beauty didn’t have any adverse effect on my skin, but i’m looking for something which i cud use for my body as well. plz help.

    Thank you

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      AM May 2, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Try Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel – SPF 50 for face and body. Lotus Herbals Daily Multi-function Sunblock – SPF 70 would be my second choice, but it leaves a grayish cast on tan skin. Moisturizers are here.
      Your skin sounds like it is APST Type 2.

  14. seema May 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    please comment on biotique sunscreens for adults and kids ,suncross aquagel and invida(u.v.avo spf 25+ ). my skin is oily acne prone and i want to use the sunscreen in goa.

  15. Seema I May 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Hi! I have heard that Lotus Safe Sun 3 in 1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40+++ consists of methyl paraben and propyl baraben. Parabens are known to cause cancer. Is it really safe using it even when knowing the fact that they contain parabens? Overall I have heard from my friends that it provides good protection. Please help me out here! Really confused

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      AM May 6, 2013 at 12:34 am #

      Hi Seema, yes, parabens in products worry me too.
      Research has shown that parabens are safe in the concentrations (less than 0.25%) used in skin care and cosmetics. Parabens have not been shown to cause cancer or hormonal defects in the typical concentrations they are used in skin care or cosmetics products. Research has also shown that we consume nearly 10 times the amount of parabens in our food than we do through skin care products. That said, research has also shown that parabens in food are harmless but not in skin care. All this is pretty controversial and depressing.
      Another problem is, not many companies in India are going the paraben-free way. Even herbal companies such as Himalaya Herbals routinely use and declare parabens in their products – even products we ingest, like Liv-52 (it is given to children as well). Other herbal / natural / ayurvedic companies don’t even bother to disclose their ingredients and try to pass off their products as “all herbal”.
      Aroma Magic is one among a small bunch of companies that are now taking this seriously. You could try one of their new packaging sunscreens.
      Also, acne prone people cannot simply pick up any product and start using it, for fear of breakouts. That cuts out a whole repertoire of products for us (for some acne prone people, 90% products cause acne). So we often have to settle for non-comedogenic products and compromise on the safety of ingredients. Even herbal sunscreens clash with acne prone skin types.

  16. manjeet May 7, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    hi!!!!!i have oily n acne prone skin.am using Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sun Block Cream Indian Summer Formula PA++ SPF 30 is it gud for my skin??as it is not producing too much oil on my face compared to the other products.plz tell me

    Thank u..

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      AM May 7, 2013 at 4:03 am #

      It’s nice that their Indian Summer Formula block is working for you. You likely have Tolerant acne prone skin type. This sunblock provides good enough sun protection. If that little bit of oily look bothers you, try Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF 50 or Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40 PA+++ as they provide greater protection and prevent oiliness.

  17. Shweta May 8, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    Hi..:)..I have fair skin and is acne-prone. My skin is also prone to black heads and white-heads.
    Which sunscreen is best for me ??

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      AM May 8, 2013 at 5:37 am #

      Even sunscreens labelled non-comedogenic can cause breakouts on acne prone skin unless you use an effective acne treatment alongside. Suncote Gel sunscreen is one of the safest bets.

  18. Nikhita May 8, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    Hi, myne is an acne-prone skin. I have been using kaya daily use sunscreen spf 15 recently since few weeks, and i loved it. It suits my skin perfectly . But my only concern is that I wanted to use an kaya spf 30 as it may provide better protection, but it is listed above that it is not very suitable for oily skin like myne. What to do? Is spf 15 really sufficient ? Please suggest.

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      AM May 8, 2013 at 6:11 am #

      Unlike the SPF 15 version, the SPF 30 (labelled normal to dry skin) contains comedogenic ingredients (isopropyl myristate) that do not sit well with acne prone skin. You could still give it a try if your skin is Acne Prone Skin Type 2.

      If you stay indoors between 10 am and 4 pm (home / office) SPF 15 is okay. SPF 15 protects the skin from 93 percent of UVB radiation, and an SPF 30 sunscreen provides 97 percent protection.

  19. Seema I May 8, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    Thanks a lot acne mantra! You got me out of my misery! Really appreciate your response on my question regarding parabens! Really looking forward to get some products from Aroma Magic! Cheers!

  20. pardeep May 9, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Hi
    M Having normal + somewhat dry skin..in summers my skin become to tanned.plz suggest me sun cream that can prevent mr from tanning and improve my face complexion .(m jst 20 year old)

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      AM May 9, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Try Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Daily Multi-Function Sunblock SPF 70 PA+++ (Rs. 495 for 60 gm). It is a bit expensive for a sunscreen, but with SPF 70 and PA++(tanning protection), it will work well during hot summers.

  21. manjeet May 9, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Thanks acne mantra for replying n suggestion..

  22. Shiraz May 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Hello, im from Goa, India, and now I go for jogging at 5.30, this way i would like to know if i can get tan at that time if i don’t use sunscreen. (I heard that sun from 5.30 doesnt tan you )
    regards

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 3:53 am #

      Shiraz, 5:30 am in Goa is harmless compared to what people are subjected to from mid-morning until early evening. I would be religious about reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours during the peak sun, but not so much during the morning jog. Unless, by the time you finish your run, the sun is shining bright. If so, apply sunscreen before heading out at 5:30. Also, you will need to use a sweat-resistant sunscreen, because if by the time your finish the jog the sunscreen has melted away, then you will not get any protection.

    • Shiraz May 10, 2013 at 4:36 am #

      I am sorry Acne Mantra, I did not refer the time exactly…I was supposed to mean 5.30 pm…sorry… so could you tell me if sun from 5.30 makes you tan ?

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 4:44 am #

      Yes, then definitely use sunscreen even if it gets dark by the time you finish your evening jog. The intensity of sun’s rays is going down at 5:30 pm, but to be on the safe size, apply sunscreen.

  23. Trisha May 10, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Hi! I have been using ansolar gel cream sunscreen spf 30. This was prescribed to me by my skin specialist. I am also on retinoid( not for pimples) for anti ageing effects.Ansolar works for my combination skin well but only when the climate is cool and dry. I stay in bangalore and would like to know if lotus herbals safe sun uv screen matte gel will work for me in summer? Is it as effective as ansolar against sun protection?

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      The sun protection power of Lotus Herbals UV Screen Matte Gel SPF 50 PA+++ comes mainly from phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (ensulizole) which absorbs UVB rays but only part of UVA (aging, tanning) rays. On the other hand, Ansolar contains a number of superior ingredients including avobenzone and Tinosorb and provides great all round protection from both UVA and UVB rays. So Lotus Herbals gel is not a great substitute for Ansolar if aging is one of your concerns.

    • trisha May 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      Can you suggest me an altenate sunscreen to Ansolar for the summers which will give me a matte effect.

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      Trisha, try Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying face Fluid Dry Touch SPF 50 (Rs. 890 for 50 ml).

    • Trisha May 13, 2013 at 6:07 am #

      Hi ! Thanks a lot for your prompt reply. I am really starting to like this site. Just wanted to know if Vichy dry touch spf 50 is a sunscreen or a sunblock and is it as effective as Ansolar against UVA rays( As i mentioned earlier i am on retinoid{ Avene ystheal} and need adequate protection)? How do i apply it and how much for the face?

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      AM May 13, 2013 at 8:16 am #

      Yes, Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying face Fluid Dry Touch SPF 50 is pretty good, with full-spectrum protection. It even shares some of its ingredients with Ansolar – Tinosorb, Octocrylene.
      The problem with mattifying formulas is that they often contain large amounts of alcohol which can rip off skin’s natural oils leaving the skin feeling shriveled. Some of the other expensive mattifying sunscreens such as La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Fluid Extreme 50+ contain ample amounts of alcohol.
      I chose Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying face Fluid Dry Touch SPF 50 for you keeping alcohol content, minimal whitecast, full-spectrum protection and photostability in mind.

  24. Ankur May 11, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Hi….i have a oily skin prone to acne…Also my forehead is badly tanned and have whiteheads on my face….my complexion is dark on some part n whitish elsewhere….i have tried using various sunscreen (Suncros Gel, Spectraburn) but none has actually worked…aftr applyin sunscreen, skin look more dark….could you please suggest an appropriate sunscreen from my skin…thanks….

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      AM May 12, 2013 at 2:50 am #

      Ankur, if the existning tan is too much, you will need to use something to remove that tan. A broad spectrum sunscreen can prevent further tanning, but will not do much for the existing tan. Here are my suggestions for you:

      1. Try Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock SPF 40 PA+++ (Rs. 295 for 120 gm).
      2. Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before stepping out of the house. Reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours if you are outdoors.
      3. Whenever your face sweats, wash face and then reapply sunscreen.
      4. Consider using a lightening cream at night – Garnier Skin Naturals Light Overnight Cream Night Peeling Fairness Cream (Rs. 99 for 18 ml).
      5. Whiteheads are from using products that are not right for your skin type. Spend some time on Acne Mantra and you will learn how to smartly choose products for acne prone skin type.

  25. kasamisu May 15, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Hi.. i have oily Skin and i use Garnier oil clear.. till now i haven’t been using any spf or creams please let me know any product that can keep my face oil free for long as possible and any sun screams. Due to dust and oil my face is always rough and i have to search for water taps whereever i go.. :)

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      AM May 15, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      You could start with Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock SPF 40. This keeps the skin matte while providing sun protection. If this is not enough let me know after a week, you can do more things to reduce skin oil. I am assuming you do not get pimples on your oily skin.

  26. Sj May 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi..amongst sebamed ,living proof n curatio suncote which sunscreen would u recommend for oily combination type 2 skin..
    Thanx

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      AM May 17, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      For oily combination skin, Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF 50 is a better option. None of the above sunscreens promise oil control.

  27. priya May 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    hi m 21 yrs old till now i dont use any spf to my skin and my skin is brown colour and looking tan too and am having the oily skin what is your best option for me … i am little bit confused in selecting the sunscreen lotion while searching in net ….. could you please suggest any best sunscreen lotion……

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      AM May 19, 2013 at 4:45 am #

      Do you have any acne or pimples Priya? If not, Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock will work for you.

  28. Ankur Jain May 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    hi acne mantra…i more thing, i go 2 gym n sweat a lot…should i apply sunscreen before goin 2 gym ? n does sweating affects skin complexion ?

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      AM May 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      If the gym is indoors then you don’t need to wear sunscreen inside. If you travel on a two-wheeler to the gym between 10 am and 4 pm, I’d say to be on the safest side wear sunscreen during the ride, but wash the face with a face wash before starting the exercises. There is a theory about uric acid in the sweat causing skin darkening but we need to explore it further to say anything definite.

  29. priya May 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi thanks for your reply ………now onwards m going to use lotus herbals sunblock and want to this, is this cause any side effects.

  30. kousik sen May 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Can I get Suncote cream at any medical store ?

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      AM May 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      Yes.

  31. Ankur May 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Hi acne mantra….thanks a lot for speedy replies and valuable suggestions….i have started using the suggested products and hope it works for me….one more thing i wanted 2 know, applying sunscreen will only prevent further tanning, what should i do to remove existing tan given my skin is oily and prone to acne…

  32. Pushpa May 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I use UV-AVO sunscreen, can you pls suggest me any other sunscreen, I have pairer skin, normal skin, i also get pimples

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      AM May 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      This whole post is about sunscreens for pimple prone skin. Pick any that suits your requirements and budget.

  33. adhari May 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    hi,,,i am 23 up.i have a most oily skin prone to acne and my face too much perspires…Also my face is badly tanned and have whiteheads n blackheads on my face….my complexion is dark on some part n whitish elsewhere….could you please suggest any best sunscreen lotion,. Moisturizer and facewash…. :)

  34. alo May 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    when i am use sonblock (Neutrogena Age Shield Sunblock) my face get too much oil and perspiration…and thats i fell too much irritate and uncomfortable…plz tell me how can i get rid from this and which sunblock is perfect for me??

  35. Paresh May 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Even if I use a big amount of a non comedogenic sunscreen in my acne / oily prone skin, it wont cause me acne breakout ???

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      TejuPriya May 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      paresh use suncote sunscreen gel from curatio..it is most suitable for oil acne prone skin..it wont cause any breakouts..very safe..its a gel,u wont even feel that u have applied..within 2-3 secs the gel gets easily absorbed..

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      AM May 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Paresh, it is not about how much we use, but about what is in it that decides if a sunscreen will cause breakouts. You’ll be fine if you drink too much water, but you’ll not be fine if you drink even a bit of poison. So it depends on the properties, not the amount.

  36. vijay May 27, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    hai…….iam 16 and i had one mosquito bite in my face and i it had becmed very large and black spotted ………..can u suggest me a good acne remover and a good tan remover please…..

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      TejuPriya May 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      vijay try kaya pigmentation spot reducer which is available online..its a transparent gel and effective..u can see difference in few days..aha glow facewash is very good to exofoliate and lightens marks and tan to an extent…

  37. vijay May 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    thanx tejupriya,……..but is it available on medical stores??

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      TejuPriya June 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      kaya is available in kaya skin clinics and online..u can buy on healthkart.com and medplusbeauty.com

  38. Jay May 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Hi,

    I just moved to a coastal place for the next few months. I had noticed very slight hyperpigmentation on my forehead (like melasma) before i moved here; but it has gradually increased due to hot and humid weather here and its very sunny. I started using Boutique’s sandalwood SPF 50 sunblock but it just made my skin more oily with no or even negative impact. After going through your article I thought Melascreen is a good option to try. But is the SPF 18 enough. I think my skin is slightly oily. What would you suggest? Because I see only Melascreen and Suncros have both physical & chemical sunblocks (i.e. avobenzone & zinc oxide) but melascreen even has titanium oxide

  39. aana_bill May 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    hello!
    i am from bengal(that is its hot and humid here) and i have acne-prone skin.
    i also have a tendency to get pores clogged and tiny stubborn bumps & whiteheads(which may or may not have bed bases).
    my dermatologist had asked me to use melagard 50+ which has both physical (zno) and chemical barriers.
    it does seem to leave a pale look but thats negligible really.
    but what bothers me is the shine and greasy texture!it being non-comedogenic(apparently!) i wander why its that oily when on skin!

    can u help me out it?
    also,would u suggest me a sunscreen that

    -has high spf(50 or more may be)
    -has zno(mine has just 2%..although i dont complain but a higher concentration won’t harm)
    -has both physical/chemical blocks
    -NON COMEDOGENIC & CERTAINLY NOT ACNE-CAUSING.
    -neither dries nor moisturises(greay look,eh!)

    thanks in advance.
    cheers!

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      AM May 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

      Hi Aana, a sunscreen meeting all your requirements is Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40 with ingredients Zinc Oxide (9.6%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (7.3%), Octisalate (2%), Other: Water Purified, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Steareth-2, Silica, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Porphyra Yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Yeast Extract, Sodium RNA, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pantethine, Squalane, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Hexylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Barium Sulfate, Polyethylene, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Lecithin, Ceteth-2, PEG-40 Stearate, Sodium Stearate, Steareth-20, Sorbitan Tristearate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

      Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40 is sold as a non-comedogenic sunscreen, but as you might already know, a non-comedogenic label is not a guarantee that it won’t break you out.

      If you were to relax the ingredient percentage requirement a bit, you could find safer (non-comedogenic wise) alternatives which contain fewer ingredients and provide good protection. Suncote Gel is one such option which is a hit with acne prone skin in India.

  40. Shilpa June 1, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    Hi,
    I have acne-prone skin. I sweat a lot on face after using any suncreen. I like Lotus Herbals 3 in 1 sunblock. Is it the case with everyone or is there a problem. Previously i used Neutrogena sun block. Also tried VLCC. But all of them causes sweating.

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      AM June 2, 2013 at 5:07 am #

      Hi Shilpa, you’re not alone. We’ve all gone through tons of sunscreens which make the face sweat. Yes, the Lotus 3-in-1 one is much better that way.

  41. Aditi June 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi! acne mantra
    I am using Photoban- 30 lotion recommended by my skin specialist as i am undergoing treatment for Rosacea. I have a fair and very sensitive skin which tans easily. I have a combination skin type and blackheads problem too. which is the best sunscreen for me except photoban?

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      AM June 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Aditi, you could try Sebamed Sun Care which is specially designed for sensitive skin. Read more about Sebamed Sun Care here. Being that your skin is acne prone (blackheads are mild acne), do test out Sebamed on the side of the face for a day or two before applying it all over the face.

      You will need to address the blackheads problem separately. Check out numerous methods to get rid of blackheads here. Also see this recent discussion about skin care for rosacea and acne together.

  42. Aditi June 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    and I sweat a lot also.

  43. Aditi June 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi acne mantra
    Thanks for your help but could you suggest some other sunscreen which is easily available in the market and not too costly as Sebamed sun care is costly 1500/- and not available easily. Can photoban- 30 be used regularly? After applying photoban-30 I sweat a lot. Are there any side effects of photoban-30?

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      AM June 5, 2013 at 5:59 am #

      Hi Aditi, you could try Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Sunblock or Matte Gel. Neither causes sweating.

  44. sahil June 5, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Hi Acne Mantra!
    Grettings,
    I have a very peculiar situation
    1)I have an acne prone skin though currently i have my breakouts under control.
    2)My skin type is oily.
    3)I go for outdoor sports at 5:30 to 7:00 in morning and 5:30 to 7:30 in evening.(there is a lot of sweat involved).
    Now could u please suggest me a sunscreen that would suit my condition.

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      AM June 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      Hi Sahil, both your sports timings are pretty safe and do not need a lot of sun protection. If you still want to use a sunscreen, you will need to pick a sweat-proof one, you probably already know that. Check out these options for waterproof sunscreens that are most likely suitable for acne prone skin.

  45. Viraj June 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi, should I use sunscreen even in rainy days ? these months are monsoons time there is no sun, even that, is sunscreen needed to prevent tanning / darkening ?

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      TejuPriya June 11, 2013 at 6:23 am #

      Wear sunscreen every day, even on rainy days or on days you stay indoors, because UV rays still penetrate through clouds and windows. People think that you only need to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny, but UV rays are present regardless of whether you see the sun or not. Wear sunscreen every day, especially if you use exfoliating products (ex. prescription retinoids, glycolic acid) and/or if you’re taking antibiotics. All of these products increase photo sensitivity during acne treatments

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    Ayesha D June 13, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    Hi,

    My dermatologist had recommended I use Bioderma Photoderm max spf 50+ when I had one mild laser treatment for my acne scars, since then I thought I’d use it up as it is expensive, the ingredients seem to be good but it feels heavy on my skin and I feel it may be breaking me out. Would you know why? Also I was using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock – SPF 50 prior for a long time and it works great for me, no heaviness, no oiliness, no breakouts and fine with my make up. May have to pass the bioderma to my mother, just wanted to ask for your thoughts on this product first as it isn’t mentioned in this list.

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 6:19 am #

      Hi Ayesha, I’ve checked the ingredients of Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF 50+ and nothing stands out as particularly comedogenic. The heaviness could be due to PTFE in it, which is Teflon. This ingredient also might be responsible for your breakouts. I’d say if Neutrogena Ultra Sheer works well for you, stick with it. Bioderma may work well for your mum. :)

  47. mini June 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I hav been following the starter regimen and think that Suncote is breaking me out. What wud u suggest as an alternative ?

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 5:30 am #

      Hi Mini, how long has it been into the Starter Regimen? I’d say skip the sunscreen until the skin calms down a bit more. I know, we’re supposed to use a sunscreen every day etc. but Suncote is one of the safest ones. If the skin is still highly acne prone, I’m afraid any new sunscreen will not go down well either.

  48. mini June 14, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Hey sorry, should have detailed out the history ..have been using starter regimen for around 2 months now and skin has calmed down now. However the breakouts continue, had tried skipping Suncote for a few days and did not experience any breakouts. Hence blaming Suncote and looking for an alternative :)

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      Hi Mini, I’ve been there too. There was a time when almost anything put on my skin would cause breakouts. I couldn’t even think of using a sunscreen. It will take some experimentation to get to that exact sunscreen which will not break you out. Since the rest of the Starter Regimen is working fine for you, I’d say this is a good time to explore some supplements for acne. Check out this post for more info.

  49. mini June 14, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Thx, so u suggest I continue with Suncote meanwhile ?

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      No, if Suncote is breaking you out, then it is no good continuing it, is it? You could try Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen SPF 15 (not SPF 30). That is another one of the very few safe ones out there.

  50. mini June 14, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    or shd i try a physical sun screen ? which one ? and if suncote is breaking me out is it worth giving Lotus ones a try ?

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Lotus ones will almost certainly break you out since Suncote is doing so. One purely physical sunscreen that I know available in India is Dermalogica Super Sensitive Faceblock SPF 30 (9.2% zinc oxide, 6.7 % titanium dioxide). It is available at medplusbeauty.com and Dermalogica outlets in India at Rs. 3490 for 50 ml.

      Another choice is Calak Lotion which contains 5% zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is a physical sunscreen ingredient. Lacto Calamine is also a calamine lotion but has castor oil which will most likely break you out as well. Calak lotion does not contain castor oil.

      So Dermalogica and Calak are two physical sunscreen choices.

  51. mini June 14, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Thanks, does Calak state the SPF ? does it contain Titanium dioxide also ? Will 5% Zinc Oxide suffice as a sunscreen ..approx what SPF wil this translate to ?

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      No, Calak would be a weak sunscreen. It does not have titanium dioxide, although you don’t need both zinc oxide and titanium oxide to be present in a physical sunblock. Zinc oxide is enough. It will translate to an SPF of 2-4 which is almost the same as covering your face with a thick white cloth. The SPF is not mentioned in Calak.

  52. mini June 14, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    just for information here is a link for options to Calak :

    http://www.drugsupdate.com/brand/generic/Calamine/18601

    does anything here makes more sense than Calak ?

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      The other calamine lotions mentioned there all contain either anti-allergy medication, liquid paraffin (pore-clogging) or saffron oil (again, pore-clogging) etc. Calak is a safer choice. Calak still has glycerin which can cause breakouts in rare cases, just so you know.

  53. mini June 14, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    ya …so with using retinoids at night time dont think Calak will make sense as a sunscreen

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      I know, your are in a difficult situation. The best thing to do is to get acne under control somewhat before venturing into sunscreens.

  54. mini June 17, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Hi AM, what is your take on Melagard SPF 50 sunscreen. Its ingredients are MELAGARD-SPF 50+ lotion: octinoxate 7.5 %, avobenzone 2 %, oxybenzone 3 %, octocrylene 3 %, zinc oxide 2 %.

  55. mini June 20, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Hi AM, can you please share your views on Melagard SPf 50 sunscreen

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      AM June 20, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Mini, I have not been able to access the full ingredient list for Melaguard SPF 50. It contains silicone oil apart from sunscreen agents. Usually silicones do not cause breakouts and Melaguard even has good reports from people with acne prone skin. I’m not sure if it can cause a white cast.

  56. mini June 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Thx AM, this what i got on the net
    octinoxate 7.5 %, avobenzone 2 %, oxybenzone 3 %, octocrylene 3 %, zinc oxide 2 %.
    Not sure how 2 % zinc oxide gives a SPF of 50 ?

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      AM June 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi Mini, these are only the active ingredients, we don’t know the cream / lotion base ingredients in it, which may or may not be comedogenic. Usually these pharmaceutical grade sunscreens don’t list the lotion base ingredients on the pack either. The only way to find out is to use it on part of the face. :(

      It is a combination of all the ingredients and not just zinc oxide that is creating SPF 50.

  57. Mohd Fahad June 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    hi, I use soft touch sunblock anti aging cream spf uv60(non oily, water resistant with vitamin c)
    Ingredients- Octylemethoxycinnamate, zinc oxide, water, glycerin, octyl palmita te, isopropyl palmitate, cetearyl glucoside, glycerol stearate, trricontanyl pvp magnesium aluminium silicate, xantham gum, arginine, rose hip seed oil, squaline, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin A acetate), retinyll palmitate, (vitamin a palmitate), cholecalciferol (vitamin D-3), glycereth-26, capryl glycine, methylparaben, propylparaben, titanium dioxide. Well what do you say ???

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      AM June 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Check it against this list and you’ll know.

  58. mukul June 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    HI…..I BEEN USING …..Ranbaxy Suncros Gel SPF 26.FOR 1 YEAAR CONTINUOUS..IT WAS A GOOD SUNSCREEN…N I SHIFTED ….TO DERMASHADE…..AQUA GEL 30 SPF CUS IT WS 30 SPF AS COMPARED TO RANBAXY 26 SPF ..BUT IT HV SAME COMPOSITIONS LKE Ranbaxy Suncros Gel SPF 26 HV …THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS IT IS 30 SPF N IT IS CHEAPER THAN Ranbaxy Suncros GeL WHICH IS RS.280 N DERMASHADE IS RS.110 .AND RANBAXY IS 100 G AND DERMASHADE IS 50 G…IS IT GNA …EFFECT MY SKIN IN ANY WAY..N SHOULD I CONTINUE WID DEMASHADE OR SHOULD I…CONTINUE WID Ranbaxy Suncros Gel ….

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      AM June 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      Hi Mukul, those are only the active ingredients. The unlisted inactive ingredients such as the lotion base, preservatives, perfume etc. might be different. If Dermashade Aqua Gel is not causing pimples, then I guess just continue with it, why not?

  59. mukul June 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    WELL..JST BROUGHT DERMASHADE…TODAY…HVN’T EVEN OPNED…

    YA

    IT IS GEL BASED,PHENOXYELHANOL (AS PRESERVATIVE) N FRAGRANCE FREE..N …N DESE WAT I TOLD SME IN RANBAXY…TOO….I DNT KW…M LIL ….REGRET…DOC. 1ST RECOMMANDED ME RANBAXY..I TOLD HIM..DAT I M LIL UNSURE ABT DIS CUS THERE BEEN SOME COURT CASSE GOIN ON….WID RANBAXY…SO DOC. WROTE ME DERMASHADE..INSTED RANBAXY…M JST A LIL AFRAID SHIFTIN TO OTHER DNT CAUSE BAD EFFECTS TO MY SKIN

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      AM June 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      You could try Dermashade on the side of the face for a day or two and see how it goes. Gel formulas usually work okay for acne prone skin. Do you get any pimples?

  60. mukul June 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    YA …I USED TO HAD MANY…..BUT NOW VERY LESS PIMPLES DAN B4…….ON MY CHICKS…..N MY SKIN TYPE…MIXED …VERY DRY SOMETIMES..SOMETIMES.
    ..ITS NORMAL…1 MORE QUE. I WEAR SUNSCREEN ..WH I GO OUT..BUT …WHN I REACH HOME OR I M IN HOME…I USE ANOTHER CREAM…BASE MOSTURIZER…BT IT IS AURVDEIC WID ALOVERA EXTRACTS.,WHEAT GREAM OIL,CUCUMBER OIL…SO ..IT IS FINE I USE BOTH ..SAME TIME AS I DO

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      AM June 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      Check the ingredients of your cream with this list. When you reach home, wash the sunscreen with a face wash before applying anything on top. The cream you mention has some pimple causing ingredients, which you’ll know when you check against the list I mentioned above.

  61. mukul June 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    AAAHH…K …THANK U SO SO SO MUCH :).FINALLY A PROFESSIONAL HELP …..ADMIN. …I’LL..FOLLOW WAT U SAID….YA I DO DA SME U SAID….MY FORHEAD DNT HV PIMPLE.N I ONLY APPLY DA CREAM ON FORHEAD ..N ONLY MY CHICKS I DNT APPLY IT ON CHICKS…..I APLLY..HIMALYAS ANTI-ACNE KILLER AT ON DAT AREA…

  62. Radhika June 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi, I have oily and acne prone skin.but now I have some what brought my acne under control. I am looking for daily use sunscreen cause I frequently spend some in the afternoon sun.i have been using neutrogena spf50 sunscreen on daily basis which causes rash, redness and leaves my face dry.so, now i am planning to switch to vlcc anti spot sunscreen.is it a good idea??if not pls suggest.

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      AM June 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      VLCC Anti Spot UV Sunscreen Cream only lists key ingredients, so we don’t know if it contains any pimple causing ingredients. Reviews of VLCC sunscreens for acne prone skin are generally not good. Also, a gel base is a safer option for acne prone skin than the cream base this sunscreen is sold in. It also contains carrot oil, which although considered fine for acne, may still cause breakouts. I’d pick a gel formula over VLCC Anti Spot Sunscreen. Lotus Herbals Matte Gel is one such option, Suncote Gel another.

  63. Radhika June 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    The lotus herbal matte gel is of spf50 and so it would be very thick leaving my skin oily.i am looking for a sunscreen with SPF between 30-35 so the I can even keep it on for longer hours even indoors.

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      AM June 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Hi Radhika, the SPF does not determine the thickness of the sunscreen, but Suncote Gel is SPF 30, so you could use that.

  64. sanjida June 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    hi!! i am 21 years old. my skin type is combination. i have to spend a lot of time outside. and in my country ( Bangladesh) the sun is too hot. what should i use for my regular sun protection and how long.

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      AM June 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Sanjida, sunscreens have to be used all year round, forever. If your skin does not break out easily, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen may work for you. I’m not aware of local brands in Bangladesh.

  65. sanjida June 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    thx :) nd what should i use if it break out easily??

    • tejupriya June 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

      sanijda if it breaks u out then u have to discontinue and go for different one

  66. radz June 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    hi..if u had to choose between lotus/ansolar/suncote for normal skin,which one would you.which is best in terms of protection?i mean to stop tanning completely….pls help

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      AM June 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      If I did not have to worry about breakouts and broad spectrum protection was my only concern, I’d choose Ansolar. It comes in 2 different formulations I think, gel and cream.

  67. radz June 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Thnku so much for quick reply…finally i have got a frn who is really helpn me…

    I am turning 27 and would like to include a anti aging moisturizer in my regime.currently iam using elovera imf as night cream and sometimes clinique moisture surge.i want a day cream.will using a moisturizer under sunscreen reduce its efficacy?can u pls suggest the best anti oxidant day moisturizer to use under sunscreen.price doesnt matter.iam getting married in a month and want to look glowing…pls help me..

  68. Inez June 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Hi acne mantra. Am a 22 yr old girl battling with nodular acne since the last two yrs. My daily regime would precisely be cleaning my face with brevoxyl creamy wash and applying clingard anti acne gel twice a day on my face. I am also taking meds by the name of oraret-20 which is basically for oil control I suppose. Can you please suggest me a good sunscreen taking into consideration my frequent breakout issue?
    Thank you in advance.

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      TejuPriya June 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      inez try suncote or suncros,gel based are usually safe options for oily/acne prone skin..

  69. radz June 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    suncote or lotus will provide more protection

  70. radz June 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Hi AM…can u suggest any other anti oxidant day cream other than kaya.2 of my frns used kaya products and had very bad reaction.one of them infact turned very dark n got serious rashes….which day cream do u use?

  71. julia June 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Hi acne mantra,
    I m 21 and i have very oily skin..I hv been suffering from pimples from the age of 17…but now i hv less of this problem..due to sun damage I thought I should give sunscreen a try…went to the shop and bought neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch sunblock spf50+…horror stuck my face when I noticed I am getting breakouts..please please suggest a good sunscreen for me which wont break me out

    • tejupriya June 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      hi julia..im sorry to hear that but neutrogena dry touch is comedogenic sunscreen..u can choose any sunscreen from the list above..suncote is gel based sunscreen which is safe for oily skin..u could give that a shot..then there is suncros,lotus etc..

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      AM June 30, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      Hi Julia, Neutrogena Dry Touch has a reputation for causing breakouts even though the pack mentions non-comedogenic. The community members here are getting good results from using Suncote Gel sunscreen, so you might check that out. You will need to use anti-acne cream / treatment along with almost every sunscreen product if your skin is highly acne prone. What other products are you using (face wash, moisturizer etc.)?

  72. julia June 28, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    K priya I will give that a try..thanks a lot:-)

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      TejuPriya June 29, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      ur welcome julia :)

  73. sandy June 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi Acne Mantra please help me . my dermatologist recommended me Sungrace 40 sunscreen to be applied thrice a day , as i have oily and acne prone skin my Acne grade is 2 E, gt lil bit of scars on my face. I wanted to know whether this sunscreen is good for my face. Following is the regime mentioned by him:

    1. Capsule Doxol – 100 mg (1 daily at bed time)
    2. Faceclin gel (twice a day on pimples)
    3. Deriva – Bpo Gel (Daily at night on full face apart frm mouth area)
    4. Sungrace 40 sunscree(to be applied thrice a day)
    5. Emmolene cream moisturiser if my skin feels very dry after the deriva bpo gel

    Is this fine . So far the deriva bpo gel creAM IS DOING WONDERS ON MY SKIN , PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT THE SUNSCREEN I HAVE NOT BOUGHT IT YET. IS IT GOOD

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      AM June 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Sandy, Sungrace 40 is a pretty good sunscreen sun protection wise, but it does come in a comedogenic base (ispropyl palmiate), which can clog pores and cause pimples. So it is not a non-comedogenic sunscreen. Since you will be using it with topical antibiotic and BP, you might be able to carry it off without breaking out. Read more about Emolene here. Are you sure the capsule is called Doxol?

    • sandy June 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

      Thank you very much for the prompt reply, i am so happy. its called doxylag 100 mg i believe capsule.. so is it okay to take it. doc said use it fr 3 week and then he will accordingly tell me whether i should continue using it or should i go for peels if it is not working. so far it seems to work. okies, so shall i buy sungrace 40 then? one more question the deriva bpo gel that i apply overnight is wonderful and now i apply it every night n keep it overnight, but i hve noticed seeing 4-5 small pimples or boils at the corner of my lower lips where , and d skin being little dark , is it cos of excessive use there as doc had suggested not to uapply bpo around mouth, i applied it there few times, but now m not applying it so it is getting better, please tell me is the above mentioned treatment feasible?

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      AM June 30, 2013 at 7:55 am #

      Yeah, that’s why I wanted to be sure, because the Doxol you mentioned in the earlier comment is an anti-cancer drug. Doxylag sounds like an oral antibiotic. It is best used as per a doc’s advice. You can find better options than Sungrace because this sunscreen is a thick white cream that will leave a whitecast.

      If Deriva BPO is the only thing you used the night before you noticed pimples,then it possible that the skin darkness is due to that. Benzoyl Peroxide products can do that. Although, pimples sound unlikely. Think back and let us know what else you used alongside that night. Yeah, avoid the mouth area and definitely start using a sunscreen. many community members are leaving good reviews about Suncote Gel, so that is something you could try if you like. If I were you, I’d probably skip Sungrace simplu because of the possibility of a white cast. I’d prefer gel based sunscreen formulas.

  74. sandy June 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi Acne mantra pls solve the above mentioned problem of mine. pls

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      TejuPriya June 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Sandy u have try and see..if it doesnt break u out then no issues..but isopropyl palmitate is highly comedogenic..else u can check with ur doctor itself..

  75. sandy June 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    hi ohh so should i stop applying emmolene?? though i dont feel the need to apply it as my skin doesnt feel dry , also i think i dont apply anythin on my face in the morning while i go to work since i have not bought sungrace yet due to which my skin is tannin very fast as in the night i apply deriva bpo. so what should i apply in the morning? if i buy sungrace 40 then how should i apply it ?

  76. sandy June 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    thanks tejpriya i will first try it and also will consult with my doc. what should i do to lessen the size of my pores and the reddishness i get these days frm applying deriva bpo gel every night, though its not a big problem.

  77. sandy June 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    high acne mantra can u please tell me the ingredients involved in making sungrace 40? also is deriva bpo the best acne reducing cream for me?

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      TejuPriya June 29, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

      check this link for info on deriva
      http://acnemantra.com/adapalene/..
      there are tons of articles on acnemantra,read them and they will definitely help u..
      pretty everything related to acne is here..just hit the search button and find ur topic,comments,queries,discussions..

  78. sandy June 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    also will the sungrace 40 give me a white cast or will it be completely absorbed , does it have parraffin?pleaswe tell acne mantra pls

  79. sandy June 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    but on sungrace bottle it is clearly mentioned that it is non- comedogenic

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      AM June 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      You can give it a shot. It might still work for you. Also, please understand that while we try our best to reply to comments as soon as possible, Acne Mantra is not an instant-reply service. Plus this is a weekend. So give us time to get back to you before posting reminders. :) Let me read through all your comments and then post a reply, okay?

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      TejuPriya June 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

      sandy it does not contain paraffin..everybody slaps the label “non-comedogenic”..but it is not necessary that it doesnt contain comedogenic ingredients..as u can see its contains isopropyl palmitate..coming to ur next question yes it leaves white cast..u should really discuss ur doubts and hesitations regarding this product with ur doctor..we are not allowed to advise against a doctor’s prescription..

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      AM June 30, 2013 at 7:50 am #

      Hi Sandy, non-comedogenic is not a regulated term, so anyone can put it on the label. That said, comeogenic ingredients will not cause breakouts on everyone. To see if your skin will likely tolerate pore-clogging effects of Sungrace, check out your acne prone skin type classification here.

  80. sandy June 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    please reply AM and tejpriya. i would be really thankful to both of you.

  81. sandy June 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Okies ..heheh. thank you so much AM u r really really v sweet. do reply but. haha. njoi weekend.

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      AM June 30, 2013 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks girl. You’re sweet too. :)

  82. sandy July 1, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Thank you so much AM and tejpriya , one more question , will regular use of deriva bpo will make my skin darker on permanent terms? please tell me or shall i keep using a suscreen with it to remove the tan and darkness

  83. tejupriya July 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    sandy sunscreen is a must specially when u are undergoing acne treatment..those applications make skin sensitive and to preserve the acne results sunscreen is used..

  84. sandy July 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Thanks tejupriya i will go buy sunscreen right away, thank u so much.

  85. sandy July 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Am and Teju please tell me which face wash to use to clear the pigmentation on my skin caused due to acne(how to fade the reddish spots) and which face moisturiser to be used , since you both are aware that i am undergoing a topical treatment prescribed by my dermatologist so what kinda face wash and moisturizer will be suitable at this moment which won’t irritate my skin and give good results?? i read on ur website about AHA glow face wash containing only 1% glycolic acid , will it be perfect as a face wash nowwen i am doing bpo gel in d nyt? and will it yield faster results. pls pls sisters help me out

  86. sandy July 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    my acne type is 2

    • tejupriya July 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      hi sandy calm down..u got to read various articles on acnemantra and educate yourself..there is no quick fix to acne..u got to be calm and patient to see the results..stressing over this can trigger more acne..aha glow is a good choice but could be harsh with bp..u could try and see if it cause more dryness or not..it would be better to start with mild cleanser like sebamed cleansing foam..
      there are many options for oil free moisturizers..choose one from this link..
      http://acnemantra.com/acne-pimple-skin-moisturizers-india/
      sandy one more suggestion sit down with ur doctor and discuss ur issues,doubts..
      since u are under treatment it is not advisable to modify ur prescription on your own.. :)

    • tejupriya July 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      first u have bring ur acne under control and then think about pigmentation..address one problem at a time..

  87. sandy July 2, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Thank u so much teju, u r v v sweet, i m such an impatient gal, i am gonna follow the regime as prescribed by the doc and discus whether aha glow shud b used or not , ditto fr moisturizer. tkcr…….will update u soon

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      TejuPriya July 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      thank u sandy..but time is the essence with acne..hope ur skin clears soon..follow ur doctor’s prescription properly..
      take care :)

  88. julia July 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I use clean and clear face wash nd garnier daily moisturing cream (light), nd ponds white rebrightening night cream

  89. sandy July 3, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    HI AM and Teju, i bought torrent pharma AHA Glow face wash and the sungrace spf 40, the face wash comes with millicapsules that have to be broken and pressed before applying to the skin, its amazing it tightens the skin and yeah it did cause bit of redishness on my cheeks but after 15-20 mins the reddish tint vanished, the sungrace sunscreen is a thick white paste, however it is easy to apply and did not leave a white cast on my face , i applied it on my neck and hands, though it did get oily a bit since i was goin to work, but tht is the outcome of commutin in ladies local with no space to move an inch phew!!!…. i liked it, lets c how both work on my skin.

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      TejuPriya July 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      okay keep it going sandy..

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      AM July 5, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Hey Sandy, thanks for sharing your feedback about Sungrace. It will help many people who have been considering this sunscreen. :) I’m happy for you about the AHAglow face wash.

  90. Sumit July 4, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Hi. How is Shadowz 50 for acne prone screen ? Will it result in a breakout ?

  91. john mercury July 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    hi…….
    does using sunmate sunscreen spf 30…………..will that cause acne on me………….my skn type is eggshell

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      AM July 7, 2013 at 5:53 am #

      Unless you give us the ingredient list of this sunscreen, it is impossible to tell.

  92. Rahul July 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    Hiiiiii AM,

    i am using glyco 6 for many days.it lightens the acne marks but after few days again it comes back and become dark. may be i am not using sunscreen thats why it is happening.
    i live in hilly areas of sikkim. i have an “OILY AND ACNE PRONE SKIN” and i am also suffering from Melasma(brown spots and dark patches).
    i don’t go in direct sun except for 15 or 20 min or on weekends.so, should i use any sunscreen ???.
    Earlier i used sunscreen lotions and creams but after using that it made my skin look “more oily and dark”..
    so, plzzzz suggest me a sunscreen cream which i can use on daily basis and which doesn’t make my skin more oily and dark and suitable according my above mentioned skin conditions.

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      AM July 7, 2013 at 5:44 am #

      Hi Rahul, using a sunscreen is a must with exfoliating products as they reveal fresh, new layer of skin which is vulnerable to tanning even more easily. So please consider using a sunscreen. Sun rays are all around us whether we are outside or not. Many sunscreens are just too thick and oily and make the face look darker, you’re right. You could give Lotus Herbals Matte Look Gel SPF 50 a shot, which would also keep the skin looking oil-free. Let us know how it goes.

  93. Rahul July 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    n i also want to mention that now days i regularly get pimples and their marks and spots are too stubborn.
    so, a sunscreen cream for me also including this pimple condition..

  94. tejupriya July 7, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    rahul choose any sunscreen listed above according to ur convenience..all are good suggestions..suncote,lotus,suncros etc..

  95. Rahul July 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Thanks AM and tejupriya for your valuable suggestions…
    but i want to ask one thing, which would be better among these :
    1. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40 PA+++,
    2. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF 50.

    which one is better?
    for oily and acne prone skin and melasma suffering person.
    n i have a dark complexion.
    i want that sunscreen which doesn’t make face look oily(sticky) and dark.
    I am a college going student, so doesn’t want my face to look odd after using sunscreen. i want it to be remain fresh.
    earlier i used lots of sunscreen,but all of them make my face dark looking and oily.after using it.i cant even think of going out without washing it..
    so, plzz help me in finding a better sunscreen and which doesn’t make my face look that way.

    Thanks a lot for all your help and suggestion so far.

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      TejuPriya July 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      hi rahul..i think Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF 50 because it is in gel form which is a safe option for oily skin..plus it does have high spf..cream bases are sometimes comedogenic..gels also are quickly absorbed and doesnt make face greasy or leave white cast like how normally sunscreens do..another option is suncote which is good too..so both fit ur requirements.. :)

  96. Yash July 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Hi Acne mantra, I am using retino a 0.05% with melacare forte in night .Please suggest me any good sunscreen that does not make my skin dull.I have superb oily with little acne prone damaged skin.Please tell me proactive sunscreen with spf 30 is enough for me because retino a make my skin extremely sensitive to sun and I cant avoid sun because of my school.

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      TejuPriya July 9, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      hi yash..choose any one of the sunscreens listed above according to ur convenience ..spf 30 is enough…

  97. sandy July 10, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    HI AM and teju, wassup?? so far the combo of ahaglow + sungrace + Deriva BPO + Faceclin is doing wonders and my acne is under control, since my acne type is 2 hence everythin is pretty much under control, its a mixed feeling, i wish i was aware about treatments such as these when i was 18 and my skin broke out for the first time, unaware as i was, i kept picking on those pimples and they left tiny pits and pimpe marks on my face, however , its never too late to wake up and take a call, and now i c an improvement on my skin texture, its getting smoother and the pits and pores r getting tinier , however AM and teju one question, though i apply deriva bpo all over the face in the night still in the morning wen i wake up i c oil sheen around my nose , thought the skin looks clearer and pimples dry up , y does it happen? is it time i shud buy a more stronger bpo gel higher on bp and glycolic or what, ?? please suggest, yes sungrace is bit oily but its fine. Please help

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      AM July 10, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Sandy! So things are looking “clearer” for you. That’s great! Research has shown that benzoyl peroxide with a 2.5% concentration is just as effective as 5-10% solutions, and it’s less irritating to the skin. You could probably start alternating BP with a glycolic acid product at night. Glyco 6 or Keracnyl Cream or Triacneal. Information about all these is available here, so just hit up search. :)

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    TejuPriya July 10, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    hey sandy,how are u??im very happy for u on ur progress..its true ignorance is a bliss..anyway better late than never right..follow ur treatment like this and u will have clear skin soon.. :)
    as i had mentioned before sungrace is oily..switching over to suncote is one option..

  99. sandy July 10, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Hi teju, i am fine, thanks. I just wanted to know one thing though i apply deriva bpo all over the face in the night still in the morning wen i wake up i c oil sheen around my nose , thought the skin looks clearer and pimples dry up , y does it happen? is it time i shud buy a more stronger bpo gel higher on bp and glycolic or what, ?? y is it that my face looks bit oily n d nose area bit too oily wen i wake up in the morning . Please suggest AM and teju

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      TejuPriya July 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      hi sandy..it is very unlikely that it happens with bp u are using..bp,retionoids,glyco one of the side effects is peeling/dryness..do not switch over to higher concentration in such short time..do consult ur doctor regarding this..do not experiment when this routine is working for u.. :)

  100. sandy July 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi AM pls answer my query??

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      AM July 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Actually I’m not sure why that is happening. BP is pretty drying to the skin. It is possible that overnight the skin dries up, and to make up for it, it is generating more oil. This kind of a thing about skin making more oil to make up for excessive dryness is common especially if ones uses very drying products containing BP or alcohol. What percent of BP did you say you are using?

  101. sandy July 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    HI AM, thanks for replying, 2.5 % of BP . now tell me please

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      AM July 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      You’re already using the smallest concentration of BP. Since it is working fine for you, I’d not worry about the oily look in the morning. You’re going to wash it off anyway.

  102. sandy July 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Ok AM, thank you so much…u r my dahling… :-* muahhhhhhhh

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      AM July 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      So are you. :)

  103. sandy July 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Thank you so much AM, fine i will buy glyco 6 now, and c the outcome. So i am supposed to apply, BO one nyt and glyco another ryt, alternate dem ryt?? so glyco has to be applied all over the face is it?? Can you tell me y u suggested me to use glyco 6 alongside? will it have a better effect? yes i read about glyco ^, but what will d combo of bp and glyco 6 do to me pls tell and elaborate plsss,

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      AM July 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      Sandy, read this post about Glyco 6 to get all the information. Because before you decide to use Glyco 6 you need to be aware of why you are using it. I can give information, but I cannot take responsibility for what effect something will have on your skin. :)

  104. sandy July 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    AM which one wud be the best out of these three u mentioned to me??(Glyco 6 or Keracnyl Cream or Triacneal) from the looks of it glyco 6 sounds better n most effective as it is mostly used by people suffering from acne. please tell .

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      AM July 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Hi Sandy, this comment thread has become so long and it is not even related to the current post about sunscreens anymore. Can you please post a new question in the community area? It’ll be better that way: http://acnemantra.com/questions

  105. pandya mehul July 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    spectraban lotion vs suncote gel for hypersensitive skin
    which is best?

  106. sandy July 11, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    okies AM now i hve posted my query on http://acnemantra.com/glyco-6-cream-glycolic-acid/#comment-1877

  107. happy July 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    which is good sunscreen to use ? Suncote is very sticky and shiny !

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      TejuPriya July 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      happy the advantage of suncote is no white cast or oil film..if u still feel so try the lotus one..

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      AM July 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Hi Happy, for a matte look, tons of people love Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Sunblock. But for a few people with highly acne prone skin (is yours like that?) have seen breakouts with it. Another, safer option for acne prone skin is Lotus Herbals Matte Gel. You could try either of them unless your skin is very acne prone.

      Suncote is one of the safest options for acne prone skin but yes, it does come with some shortcomings. Acne prone people are not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to sunscreens in India. :(

  108. Rahul July 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Hiiiii AM and Tejupriya..

    i have been using Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40 PA+++
    for now around 5 days, as told by you. but after applying on the face for around 1.5hrs it little bit makes face oily and dark.
    what should i do now ?
    it does not make face oily like other sunscreen but too some extent it does and also make face look dark after 2hrs. also the tint gets lost till that time..
    please suggest me what should i do now, so that face doesn’t look dark after applying it.

    • Rahul July 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      thanks teju..
      i will use it from the next time. :).

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    TejuPriya July 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    hi rahul..have u tried suncote?gel based usually work well for oily skin..

    • Rahul July 12, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      thanks Teju for the rply..
      I want non sticky and matte look.
      Can i go for Lotus herbals safe sun UV screen matte Gel spf 50..???.
      It is also gel based.
      Will it be better than Lotus herbals safe sun 3 in 1 matte spf 40. ???

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      TejuPriya July 12, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      hi rahul then try lotus matte gel spf 50..
      i prefer gel based products any time..

  110. sahil July 12, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    Hi Acne Mantra and tejupriya
    Before asking anything i must say that you guys are earnestly and selflessly doing great job
    So keep it up.
    Now what i wanted to ask was that after reading this entire page i brought myself
    Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40 PA+++ sunscreen
    Now the thing is it says that it is skin lightening.
    Now should i treat it as just sunscreen or skin lightening cream.
    That means should i wear it even when i am not going out

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      TejuPriya July 12, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Hi sahil thank u for ur kind words.. :)
      it is a sunscreen providing protection from sun along with it also helps with pigmentation issue too because it has few skin lightening ingredients..
      sunscreen has to be applied irrespective of whether u inside or outside..

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      AM July 12, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Hi Sahil, use it as a sunscreen, but don’t rely on it as a lightening treatment since that effect is pretty weak. For example, don’t use it at night solely for its lightening effect. :)

  111. Rahul July 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Hiiiiii AM
    i want to ask that how to use a acne cream during daytime while using a sunscreen.
    how to apply both of them.
    1st i have to apply acne cream then sunscreen over it or vice-versa. ????
    is there chance of any harm to skin while using both of them at the same time.
    for e.g. acne creams like Depiwhite or Glyco 6….
    how to use them during daytime with sunscreen ????

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      AM July 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Hi Rahul, yes, sunscreen goes first and then any creams after 15 minutes or so. Glyco 6 is too greasy to apply during the day. If possible, use acne creams or de-pigmentation products at night for better absorption and effects.

  112. Sameer July 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Acne mantra. You provides very good and valuable information. Keep it up. I have following concern. My skin is very oily and prone to acne. Recently I took fractional ablative CO2 laser treatment for my acne scars. Now Doctor advise me to use Hydroquinone ( cream name melalite forte 4% ) at night and apply La shield sunscreen (SPF 30) on day time. My problem is that La shield sunscreen leaves white cast on my face. I am college going student from gujarat. Also my face tends to sweat excessively. It became hard to reapply sunscreen in public places if it leaves white cast on face. I want sunscreen which can be easily reapplied without any ones notice, should not leave white cast, sweat proof, inexpensive and easily available in local medical store.

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      AM July 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      Hi Sameer, both Lotus Herbals Matte UVScreen Gel and Suncote Gel sunscreen meet these criteria – lightweight sunscreens with no whitecast. Some people find Suncote sticky, whereas others don’t. That may be because of their particular humid climate, but just so you know.

      Thanks for the kind words as well. If you feel like sharing your CO2 laser treatment experience and after effects with the community here, it will be a huge favour to hundreds of thousands of people who come here looking for that information. :)

  113. samrat July 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    with Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock SPF 40, i am experiencing breakouts..what about “Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+” it says it is non-comedogenic and oil free..

    But it is placed it in acne causing sunscreen in ur list..can you guide me..!!

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      AM July 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Hi Samrat, some people with highly acne prone skin have reported breakouts with Lotus Herbals 3-in-1. If the Lotus one has broken you out, most likely the Neutrogena will also. The thing is, you first need to get your acne situation under control before adding a sunscreen to your regimen. Without an effective anti-acne regimen, almost any sunscreen type product can potentially cause breakouts. Suncote Gel is one sunscreen that most people are tolerating pretty well, even those with highly acne prone skin, so that is something you might check out. But the importance of a working anti-acne cannot be emphasized enough.

      Some of the sunscreens in the list are meant for APST2 and a few for APST 3 (learn about APST here). That is why not all of them will work for highly acne prone skin. Do you use any anti-acne treatments?

  114. sameer July 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I just took one setting of laser, so after taking full treatment I will share my experience with acne mantra. And also thanks for quick reply. I want to tell that I used suncote gel which is not that much sweat proof. Is Lotus Herbals Matte UVScreen Gel is sweat proof.

  115. monika July 20, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    which is better suncote or suncros?

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      TejuPriya July 22, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      both are gel based sunscreens..try suncote..

  116. radi July 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    hi…I have tanned so badly….iam not acneprone..and has to stay outdoor mostly.which is the best sunscreen to prevent tanning?,,,medicated ones like ansolar,la shield will b better or lotus or la roche posay sunscreen will b better?

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      TejuPriya July 22, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      hi radi to prevent tanning and sun damage ,one has to use sunscreen..choose any sunscreen with spf 30 or higher since your skin is not acne prone..lotus might be good start..still using a non comedogenic sunscreen would be better as they do not clog pores..

  117. radi July 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    thanks tejupriya…:)…..but will lotus sunscreen provide as good protection as the medicated ones like ansolar,la shield etc.if yes which lotus is the best to prevent tanning?

  118. tejupriya July 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    hi radi..when it is comes sunscreen keep in mind the activity,weather,spf factor..if u sweat re apply sunscreen..since u dont break out u are at liberty to pretty much use any sunscreen..if u prefer ansolar they use that only..the above listed lotus sunscreens are good..

  119. ramu July 24, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I hav a acne oily skil now I hav glenmark products sungrace total and sungrace which one is the better product for my skin.

  120. ramu July 24, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Which one is the better “sungrace total” or “sungrace”??

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      AM July 24, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Ramu, calm down, you posted a comment 5 minutes ago asking the same question. This is not an instant reply service here. :) Let me see if I can find the ingredients of these sunscreens. Only then can I say anything. Unless you care to post the ingredients yourself.

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      TejuPriya July 24, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      ramu sungrace is comedogenic because of the presence of isopropyl palmitate..it does make face greasy and leaves a white cast..it is not suitable for oily skin and could cause breakouts..i could access sungrace sungrace total ingredients..just enter the ingredients on skingredients online app to find if its comedogenic or not..
      http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-ingredients/
      if u are looking for other options then chose any from above..

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    TejuPriya July 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    ramu sungrace is comedogenic because of the presence of isopropyl palmitate..it does make face greasy and leaves a white cast..it is not suitable for oily skin and could cause breakouts..i could not access sungrace total ingredients..just enter the ingredients on skingredients online app to find if its comedogenic or not..
    http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-ingredients/
    if u are looking for other options then chose any from above.

  122. ramu July 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Ingredients of “sungrace total ” are octinoxate, diethylamino hydrooxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, bis-ethylhexyloxyphonol methoxyphenyl triazine, titanium dioxide, butamido triazone.

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      TejuPriya July 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

      are these key ingredients or full list?

  123. Rajni Mehra July 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    The best sunscreen for open pores………Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40 PA+++
    i have been using for last 2.5 years.

  124. lachu July 26, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Hi Tejupriya…i have been using lotus spf 90 suncsreen from the past 6 months.but still iam tanning if iam out in solid sun for more than 2 mts..bt while travelling in car and all it is fine…but when i have to be really out in the sun it doesnt help to stay tan free.iam not acne prone.which sunscreen can i use to prevent tanning..pls tell me something that is better than lotus.

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      TejuPriya July 26, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      hi lachu..u are pretty much the using the highest spf sunscreen..the sunscreen u are using protects from both UVA and UVB rays..are u out often in the sun like field work etc?since u are not acne prone skin ,u are at liberty to choose any sunscreen..why dont u try neutrogena dry touch spf 50++..it is water proof and sweat proof..its pretty good..also when it comes to sunscreen,u should re apply as sweat tends to wash away the sunscreen..apply sunscreen in the morning before u leave home,afternoon and evening before u leave work..
      * also wear protective clothing like full sleeves shirts, jacket with hoodies ,caps,helmets if u are on two wheeler..
      * try to remain in the shade even when u are out in the sun..if possible use an umbrella..
      * truth be told one can get tanned even inside a car..with or without sun film ,the rays cant penetrate inside the car so use a sunscreen irrespective whether u are inside or outside..
      *once i got badly tanned when i went to goa so i got chemical peeling on my hands like 2 sittings,it definitely helped..incase u are interested its something u can try..it is safe procedure done under medical supervision..

  125. NISHA July 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Hello Acne mantra….
    I have an oily, acne-prone and profusely sweating skin. I have a fair complexion but skin gets tanned readily. Could you please suggest me if Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40 PA+++ would work nicely for me. Any other suggestion is also welcome.

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      TejuPriya July 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      nisha lotus is goof sunscreen..its worth a shot..also re apply sunscreen in the afternoon and evening..sweat usually washes away sunscreen more easily so re application is required..

  126. Resmi July 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m 29. I never used any cream/lotion for around 24-25 years. Then, started using sunscreen infrequently only when I ride in noontime. Now, for the past 2 years I’m using sunscreen lotion regularly in summer.

    My skin looks normal. When I don’t apply anything on my face my forehead shows the long symptom of wrinkles (i.e., wrinkles may appear in the near future). But if I apply anything (moisturizer/sunscreen, especially sunscreen) my skin breaks out. So, I’m totally confused whether to use any or not. Please give me a proper guidance.

    Thank you in advance….

  127. Anik Ghosh July 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block is really good sunscreen…my skin is also very oily & I’m using it….It is a great product..& want to stick to it…

  128. trisha singh July 30, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    hey acne mantra, i have got oily skin but i don’t have pimples. i mean.. occasionally i do get a pimple or two, but that is a rare occurrence! i used to have a whitish complexion but now due to tanning my skin complexion has turned to dusky. how should i remove the tan? i live in a place where its very hot. my skin looks dull and i have a few whiteheads on my face. Also, the pores of my skin are large! i want to shrink them. what should i do???
    Another problem is that i have used almost all the sunscreens available in the market, but nothing suits me. the moment i apply a sunscreen, my face gets sweaty. i have used gels. they don’t seem to work!! I drink enough water. so i don’t think that’s the reason. i wash my face everyday. i exfoliate my skin. even then…!! please suggest something.

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      TejuPriya July 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi Trisha..Look into Basic Regimen for treating mild acne
      http://acnemantra.com/basic-acne-regimen/
      That will take of acne and clogged pores..
      First focus on bringing acne under control..
      The above list is Best options of sunscreen available in India which is Suitable for oily/acne prone skin..
      Also with sunscreen one had to re apply regularly..Sweating also washes away sunscreen sooner and thereby you will get tanned..
      So Apply sunscreen in the morning before you leave home,afternoon and in the evening around 4pm before you head outside..
      Lotus matte gel sunscreen has good responses from the community so you can try that..
      On the sidelines you can try chemical peeling which will remove tan and help with you with acne too..

  129. vinu August 1, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    hi acne mantra..
    I have very pimple prone oily skin and dark complexion. and when i apply sunscreen my skin looks more oily n dark with sweat.. please suggest me a sunscreen for my skin type which doesnt leave a whitecast n doesnt make it look more oily on sweating… my skin is very sensitive too..

  130. Mohammed August 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi acne mantra,
    May I know which is the best sunscreen with SPF 15. I want them to be non-oily and non-comedogenic. Will be looking upto your response.

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      AM August 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      Hi Mohammed, for SPF 15, non-oily, and non-comedogenic, there’s only one answer – Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Wear Sunscreen SPF 15 (not the SPF 30 one which is for normal/dry skin)

  131. tanvi August 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    hi AM……i would like to ask which sunscreen would be best suitable for a slighty oily and acne prone skin?????

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      TejuPriya August 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

      hi tanvi..you can choose any sunscreen from the list above..All of them are suitable for oily/acne prone skin..
      Suncote is one of the best option ..so you can try that..

  132. tanvi August 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    one more thing i want to ask…..i have been using calapure lotion since few months shud i continue tat???wat is pernox gel for?does it remove the mark of pimples????

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      TejuPriya August 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Calapure is calamine lotion right?if so you can continue..
      Pernox gel is salicylic acid and sulphur which used to treat acne..
      for treatment of scars ,look into CPP regimen
      http://acnemantra.com/rid-acne-marks-dark-spots/
      Further you can post your questions in the community section :)

    • tanvi August 5, 2013 at 12:06 am #

      thank you for guiding me…please tell me shall i continue using pernox 5% gel for removal of spots?

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      TejuPriya August 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      tanvi pernox is prescription drug and we are not authorized to advice you on that..
      For scars,look into CPP regimen..

  133. Supria August 4, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    Hello,
    I am going to use this cream after sun exposure to remove tan :

    Nature’s Essence Lacto Tan Clear

    Could you tell me if this cream is good for acne oily prone skin please ?

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      TejuPriya August 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      HI supria..Nature essence lacto clear is highly comedogenic products..There is no full disclosure of ingredients..The key ingredients are milk,beeswax,germanium oil which are comedogenic..It is not at all safe option for acne prone skin nor will it help with sun tan..

    • Supria August 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      @tejupriya So, what cream to remove tan you would suggest me ? I really need a tan removal product to my acne prone skin

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      TejuPriya August 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      I do not know supria..but chemical peeling helps..
      These so called tan removals creams are dont remove tan..

  134. vinu August 5, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    hii..am..
    waiting for ur reply..

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      TejuPriya August 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      hi vinu..all of the above sunscreens are suitable for oily/acne prone skin so choose according your convenience..
      my pick is suncote,gel based sunscreen suitable for oily skin..it doesnt leave oil film or white cast..re apply sunscreen when required as sweating washes away sunscreen..

  135. Salil August 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Hey,

    how should I apply the sunscreen correctly ? should I rub it in my face until the skin absorve it ? or should i just put it on the face and wait until it absorbs automatically ?

    and btw how much quantity should i apply in the face ? one tea spoon is enough ?

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      TejuPriya August 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

      Hi salil..Take required quantity of sunscreen and apply on face like a normal cream..
      Then wait for 15-20 minutes,the skin will observe and after that duration,the sunscreen will start working..
      Re apply in the afternoon if necessary..Sweating,Sport activities,Swimming washes sunscreen sooner so re application is required..
      Do not apply too much sunscreen as it can leave oil film or white cast on the face..

  136. Salil August 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    What is supposed to be the required quantity ? one tee spoon ? because i read that if you put less sunscreen you will not get protected… if you put too much it will be oily….

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    rini August 10, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    One of my cousins who is fair, doesn’t use sunscreen. She just carries an umbrella with her always. She believes we dont need any sunscreen if we carry an umbrella over head always. Does it make any sense?

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      TejuPriya August 13, 2013 at 1:41 am #

      Hi Rini..Sunscreen is a must whether you are indoors or outdoors..
      Using a umbrella is a like shield but it is not the effective solution..One is still susceptible to sun damage with a umbrella too..

  138. NK August 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    I am surprised why you have not mentioned that Oxybenzone ( a key ingredient in most sunscreens) is a health hazard. Avobenzone is safe. Lotus, Sungrace and Neutrogena make some of the worst sunscreens. writing this from personal experience. I like suncote . Regarding Kaya products, I really wonder whether there are any people who like their products? Absolute rip off.

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      AM August 15, 2013 at 6:47 am #

      Hi NK, concerns have been raised over the safety of oxybenzone especially since EWG reported them to be a health hazard. Research on this topic has however found that the amount of oxybenzone that needs to be applied and the number of years for which it needs to be applied to achieve the harmful effects projected is practically unattainable: http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1105240 Still, if you feel uncomfortable using it, it’s best to avoid it.

      I don’t think Kaya Skin Clinic products are a rip-off, unless you choose grossly unsuitable products for your skin type. They make some of the best non-comedogenic products for acne prone skin, for one. I can’t generalize about all their products, but if you choose wisely, they are a value for money.

  139. NK August 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    AM, I am yet to come across anyone who has used kaya and got something good to talk about it. It is not just kaya but VLCC too have bad reputation. This is one reason why Kaya and VLCC spend so much on marketing.

  140. pushpa August 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I am using UV AVO sunscreen which was suggested by my doctor, but now I getting reddish pimples on my face and after it goes it leaves that reddish marks, can u pls suggest good sunscreen

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      TejuPriya August 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      Hi Pushpa..This is something that should discuss with your doctor..Perhaps it is comedogenic hence you facing this issue..
      you can look into Suncote ,a gel based sunscreen suitable for oily/acne prone skin..

  141. Lipika August 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    hey
    m using lotus herbals matte 3-in one sunblock. n apply it before 15 mins of steppin out.. once the sunscreen is absorbed after 15mins.. can i apply loose powder on my face.??

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      AM August 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      Yes you can. :)

  142. Lipika August 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    yipee!! thank u :)

  143. sravani August 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    hey……i have combination skin……. will lotus herbals matte 3-in one sunblock works for me?????

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      AM August 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Hi Sravani, if you don’t get pimples easily, that is, if most products don’t break you out and if your main problem is oily / combination skin, then yes, go for it.

  144. sravani August 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    yeah…. i do get pimples…….. and i have an oily t zone…..then which is the better option for me…… any suggestions?

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      AM August 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

      In that case, you’ll have to sort out the rest of the face products as well, in case some of them are pore-clogging and adding to your pimples. Lotus UVScreen Matte Gel is an option. If you post your full skin care routine in the community area, members will help you design a pimple-safe routine for yourself.

  145. sravani August 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    kie…….. thanx a lott……………. :D

  146. aman August 26, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    hi, i m using suncote sunscreen, my skin is oily and acne prone, major problem with this sunscreen is that it blow out with white layer along with sweat …. which make me very embarrassing in public areas….my skin is very sensitive, can not survive a single min in sunlight, in short sunlight allergy……. doctor suggested to apply sunscreen after every 4 hrs….which is really very tough when you are out of home for whole day, specially when u go out for your office work.
    please suggest a good sunscreen which is sweat free and suitable for my skin as i stated above….

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      TejuPriya August 26, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Aman..You are looking at the answer,Suncote!!
      It is a gel based sunscreen,one of the best options of oily/acne prone skin..
      It does not leave a oil film or white cast..
      Yes sunscreen should be re-applied at regular intervals like morning before you step out,afternoon,evening before you leave work..
      Sunscreen should be used irrespective of whether you are indoors or outdoors..
      Sweat also tends to wash away sunscreen sooner..

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      AM August 26, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Aman, since Suncote is leaving white patches when you sweat, there is one other sunscreen you could try. It is Sebamed Sun Care as mentioned in the post above. It is a water-proof and sweat-proof sunscreen for acne prone skin. It is formulated for sensitive skin and provides very high sun protection. Both the things you need. Not cheap, but you are facing a real problem. I cannot guarantee Sebamed won’t wash off, but it is worth a shot. Suncote does not claim to be sweat-proof. Keep us posted on how it goes, okay?

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      TejuPriya August 26, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      oops my bad sorry I read the question now..
      You can lotus sunscreen ..
      Not sweat proof,re application is required..

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    Sohail September 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    hi,
    i have brown skin tone n have acne prone skin…..have lots of pimples on my face…i want my skin more fair than i have…..also i have blackheads on my forehead…. till now i haven’t been using
    any spf or creams please let me know
    any product that can keep my face oil
    free for long as possible
    and also i want that after applying sunscreen my skin look fairer not dark or oily…

    please suggest me a
    sunscreen for my skin type which
    doesnt leave a whitecast n doesnt
    make it look more oily on sweating…
    my skin is very sensitive too..

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    Sohail September 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks tejupriya….for sharing such a wonderful format for resolving acne problem…..
    but one thing i want to share wid u is that i have used sabonac and when i applied it on my face …my pimples became more bumpy and reddish and painful also….and i have also used benzoilperoxide 2.5% concentration that was also worked only when i used…..if i leave applying benozoil then pimples come again and again….can u plz detect what is the problem with these product…..

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      TejuPriya September 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      Hi Sohail..Sebonac is salicylic acid,Benzac is benzoyl peroxide..For some both does not suit and causes irritation..Same thing happened when I was on Benzac..
      Is homeopathy helping you?
      If not look into one of the acne regimens..
      It has benefited tons people including me..
      http://acnemantra.com/tag/acne-regimen/
      You can check out the success stories as well,it will give you an idea..

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    Sohail September 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    and now i m taking homeopathic treatment….. so if i will use this format for resolving my acne problem…. is it gud to take both treatment together….

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    MAMathews September 10, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Hi,

    We are planning a beachside holiday later this month. I have a 19 month old toddler. Could you suggest a good sunscreen / sunblock that can be used by adult / child on the beach? Also if we have to use a different product for the non-beach days.. please suggest your recommendation.

    Thanks
    MAM

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      AM September 10, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Hi, you could use Sebamed Sun Care 50+ Very High Multi Protect Sun Lotion pH 5.5 which is suitable for kids and adults alike, on beach as well as non-beach days. You can read all about it in the post above.

      Although, for a child under 2 years I’d consult with their paediatric doctor before using it. Enjoy your vacation!

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    maxwell September 21, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    Hi,

    I get tan / dark skin easily so I use sunscreen during the day (Suncote).

    But I would like to know if I look directly to the sunrise or the sunset without sunscreen I would get tan or not.

    Regards

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      TejuPriya September 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi Maxwell..
      You get tanned by sun when rays fall on your skin surface during Day time..
      Apply a good sunscreen and Wear protective clothing to minimise the sun damage..

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    Deepika Kaur September 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    hello all..
    i have been using lotus 3 in 1 matte look from past 3 days(after seeing good reviews here by many fellow members). although before this i was using suncote and that is pretty good bt i m liking lotus one more because of the mattyfing effect that it gives. my problem is that when i put this suscreen on my eyelids it stings a lot initially for aroung 5 – 7 minutes.
    what i want to know from other members who are using this sunscreen is that do they also experience the same thing or is it only me :( and also i want to know is it ok to apply sunscreen on eyelids?

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    trisha October 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi acnemantra. Could you suggest a waterproof sunscreen for my son (11 years old). He is into a lot of sports activity and gets tanned easily. I have been using Lotus sunscreen for kids, but not liking it as it does not spread easily and has spf of 25 only. Thank you

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      AM October 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Trisha, a waterproof sunscreen safe for kids is Sebamed Sun Care 50+ Very High Multi Protect Sun Lotion. You can see more about it in the post above. It is a bit expensive, but contains ingredients suitable for a child’s sensitive skin. And provides broad spectrum protection. It is one of the best you can find in India.

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      trisha October 5, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Thank you Acnemantra for your prompt reply. But Sebamed sunscreen is a bit expensive. Could you suggest an alternate one. Is Sunban Forte spf 50 safe for kids?
      Thank you.

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    prakash October 3, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Acne mantra,

    very informative post!!!!

    About me, i am 35 year old male with very oily and acne prone skin. I also facing problem of melasma, i believe due to prolonged exposure to sun . Also this acne seems to aggravate after Shaving . Can you please tell me good sunscreen lotion for my skin type and also where i can find it ? I am based at bangalore

    Regards
    Prakash

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    maxwell October 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi,
    I am working at night in an office, so there are lot of tube lights (fluorescent lights). Does it cause the skin to get tanned / darkening ? Should I use a sunscreen ? or is not necessary ?

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      TejuPriya October 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

      Hi Maxwell..There is no need for sunscreens in the night time..
      If you must you can try Kaya Spf 15..

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      maxwell October 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      So tube lights dont make the skin tanned ??

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      TejuPriya October 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      Maxwell as far I know fluorescent lights do not emit UVA/UVB radiation..

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    trisha October 8, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Hi Acnemantra. Awaiting your answer.

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      TejuPriya October 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Trisha Sunban forte is heavy and greasy sunscreen and comedogenic..
      Instead you can consider Suncote or any other options listed in this page..

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    maxwell October 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi, I have been using Suncote sunscreen, but after sun exposure what facewash and creams should I use in order to relax and cool down the skin ? I have oily and acne prone skin.

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      AM October 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi Maxwell, face wash should be your regular non-comedogenic face wash. As an after-sun gel that will cool down your skin, you could try Aloe Veda aloe vera gel.

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    junaid ahmed November 3, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Hello Acne mantra, I have been prescribed glenmark sungrace total sunscreen (spf 30 ). But currently its not in Stock in my city. Instead sungrace spf 40 is available which is also cheaper than sungrace total. Could you please tell me the difference between the two. And how come a sunscreen with spf 30 is costly than spf 40 ?

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      AM November 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Hi Junaid, just search for Sungrace on this very page and you will get a lot of info about it. I’ve not heard about Sungrace Total, but Sungrace SPF 40 is comedogenic in that it can cause pimples.

      When it comes to price, it is not just about the SPF. The magic is in the formula and the ingredients. Sungrace SPF 40 is a thick white cream that leaves skin oily and whitish looking. Sungrace Total might provide a better finish than this.

      Before buying any sunscreen, you need to check that it provides a full list of ingredients and that it contains no comedogenic ingredients. You can use this Skingredients tool to ensure that: http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-ingredients/

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    Raty November 13, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Hello,

    In my office, I dont get sun directly towards my face, but the sun reflects on a white wall and then its light’s hit my face. So, does it can cause skin tanning ? Do I need any sunscreen for that ?

    Regards

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    chandan November 20, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Hi I am chandan…..

    can you suggest me some good sunscreen which having a whitesh look.
    can you tell me what virat kohli is using in cricket. it looks really good and he looks very handsome.

    please suggest me for whitesh look. please. because this sun is killing..

    waiting 4 ur reply

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    varsha November 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Hey AM and all other wonderful ppl..

    I had used Lotus Safe Sun 3 in 1 Matte Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40+++,however i noticed that is was causeing freckles on my skin near upper cheek area.
    Has anyone come across such situation while using Lotus sunscreen ??

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    maxwell November 23, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Hello, I would like to know the PA index of this sunscreen, Proactiv Daily Protection Plus Sunscreen SPF 30, is considered a PA+ PA++ or PA+++ ?

    Regards

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    janani ramanthan January 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    hi,

    lotus 3 in 1 spf 30, has 0 acne causing ingredients as per skingredients. then, why is it comedogenic?

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    Nikita Patil March 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    The neutrogena oil free moisture has spf15 but I want something more than 30 n plus I hv dry skin cz of various acne treatment so something which is moisturising n I cn wear under my makeip and easily available cz m not able to find living proof n sebamex I think is way too costly

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    Isabella March 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    hi.acnemantra…iam.using.lakme.sunscream.spf24.but.i.sweat.a.lot.and.the.
    cream.is.gettin.washed.off.and.my.skin.is.getting.effected.by.sun.as.usually.
    please.do.sujjest.me.any.other.sunscream…as.iam.unable.to.find.suncote.gel…

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    Isabella March 28, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Hi there. .I found suncote gel but.after applying it my skin is becoming much darker..even face and neck..you people suggested thar it is the best sunscreen…what do i do now??please reply anyone

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      AM March 28, 2014 at 9:56 am #

      Suncote is acne-safe in that it won’t cause breakouts like your previous Lakme sunscreen. Suncote doesn’t give a matte look and that combined with your excessive sweating as you mentioned in a previous comment can totally create a dull and dark look. Also, if you are outside for longer durations, you need to make sure to reapply to prevent darkening. Choose a higher SPF. Best for one isn’t the best for everyone.

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    anushree April 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    I hv oily skin ,frequent blackaheds and acnes which a pus filled.. currently i am on AZEE 500 tab and facelin gel as prescribed by doctor. Also i hve been recommended Ansolar SPF 30+ or Zoray gel.wat should i use?? would any other sunscreen work for me??

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      AM April 25, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Anushree, between them, Zoray has been found to be much safer for acne prone skin. Ansolar does contain a ton of slicones and that can be problematic for some. Antibiotics aren’t the cure for acne, at least not for the long term. You will benefit by incorporating an anti-acne gel in your regimen to help with controlling acne. for details check out the regimens (link in the top gray bar on the page). If you have any questions after that, please just post in the community area http://acnemantra.com/questions/

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    anushree April 26, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    thank u for your valuable suggestions.
    1) I would like to know which anti acne gel from your regime are you talking about since there are many gels mentioned in the starter regime like Metrogyl Gel ,Kojivit Gel,Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel etc.
    2) My doc has also suggested me to do cleansing tone moisturizing each day. I have been using neem face wash either garnier /himalaya or clean n clear and have been adivsed to continue the same . Doc has suggested nuetrogena cooling toner and Acne moist. Are these products suitable for me??
    She is also gonna do a peeling sessions for me later on.

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      anushree April 26, 2014 at 12:50 am #

      Also i am already using faceline gel advised by doc which contains nicotineamide n clindamycin.. so am I still supposed to include another gel.

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      AM April 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      Hi Anushree, I suppose you are using Faceclin as a spot treatment. Using an all-over treatment can help prevent acne instead of spot treating them. This is what I meant by acne gel. The gels mentioned in the Starter Regimen are all for different purposes, all of which will become clear if you go over the post slowly and carefully since the role of every product has been explained there.

      But before you go into any of that, you will benefit from reading this post about selection of products: http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-noncomedogenic-difference/ As you go over this post, you will become clear on why Clean & Clear face wash / Acne Moist etc. are bad choices for acne prone skin. Peeling is only helpful once the acne situtation is somewhat under control because you will get new acne afterward if your basic regimen is not acne-safe.

      Please post any Qs unrelated to this post (sunscreens) in the community area. http://acnemantra.com/questions/ That way you will get inputs from other community members as well.