Looking for the best sunscreen for Melasma? You are in the right place!
If there is one thing you should know about managing melasma it’s that you NEED to wear sunscreen on your face constantly. I mean EVERY DAY. ALL DAY. There is no way around this rule, protecting your face from UV & UVB rays is absolutely necessary to make sure that the melasma doesn’t get worse.
Best Sunscreen for Melasma Should Include…
There are a few things that you should look for when looking choosing a sunscreen to cover your melasma:
- Physical Sunblock – You will want to look for a physical sunblock, not a chemical sunblock. Most commonly used sunblocks are chemical, so you want to be sure and read the label and bottle to ensure that you are getting a Physical sunscreen. Usually somewhere on the bottle it will read, “physical sunscreen” or you can take a quick look at the active ingredients to determine if it’s a physical sunscreen or not. Physical sunscreens will have a high volume of zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is your friend in protecting your melasma from the sun.
- Zinc Oxide – As I mentioned before, you will want to find a physical sunblock that has a high concentration of zinc oxide. This is the skin’s best defense against harmful UV rays. A good concentration to look for is anything over 5%.
- Avoid Oxybenzone – This ingredient is suspected to be a hormone disrupter and since melasma can be caused by an imbalance in hormones you want to avoid any sunscreen that has this as an active ingredient.
- Invisibility – This is personal preference but because I wear sunscreen underneath my makeup I like to look for sunscreens that are not too white when applied. Therefore, I tend to look for the “Invisible Zinc” varieties of sunscreen.
The list below was compiled by researching online skin forums and Facebook groups and reading through people’s experiences with sunscreen.
La Roche Posay
Why we like it: We like that La Roche Posay is a physical sunscreen with an SPF of 50. We also like that it’s tinted which makes it not as noticeable under makeup.
Elta MD (Lightly Tinted)
Why we like it: Elta MD is one of the most loved sunscreens amongst people with melasma and dermatologists. This one has a zinc oxide concentration of 9% which makes it a good concentration for blocking UV & UVB rays. Elta MD is also lightly tinted which works well if you don’t want to wear makeup.
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF Powder
Why we like it: Did you know that you are supposed to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours? That’s really hard to do if you are wearing a full face of makeup, which is why we love the Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Powder SPF. Keep this in your purse and freshen up your sunscreen anytime.
The Invisible Zinc
Why we like it: If you plan on wearing makeup over your sunscreen, than Invisible Zinc is a great option for you not only because it is entirely made up of zinc, but it also dissolves nicely into the skin without leaving a horrible white residue.
Blue Lizard Sensitive
Why we like it: Blue Lizard Sensitive Formula is a hit with melasma sufferers because it does not have any hormone disruptors in the ingredients. It’s also paraben, chemical and fragrance-free.
Skinceuticals Mineral Radiance
Why we like it: Although in the higher price range, several women with melasma swore by the Skinceuticals sunscreen for it’s paraben free and non-chemical formulas.
Suntegrity 5-in-1 SPF 30
Why we like it: Besides having a zinc percentage of 20% (which is awesome!) the Suntegrity suncreen also comes in several different tinted shades. Making this a great alternative to wearing foundation & sunscreen.
Cotz Plus Sunscreen
Why we like it: If you are sensitive to breakouts, this is a great option for you. Cotz Plus Sunscreen has an SPF of 50 and is chemical free. Many report that it has a nice texture and does not leave white residue on your face once applied.
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen
Why we like it: If you are looking for a sunscreen that comes in a stick form, the Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Stick is a great options. Pop this in your purse and use it to cover up your Melasma while you are on the go.
Total Block (Face) Sunscreen
Why we like it: Total Block (Face) is a great broad spectrum sunscreen that goes on very matte, which is great because many sunscreens leave the face feeling very oily.
Did we highlight your favorite sunscreen? Or do you have a sunscreen that you’d like to add to this list? Leave a comment below!