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10 Best Sunscreens for Melasma

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.

best sunscreen for melasma

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.

Tinted sunscreen for Melasma

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 SPF Powder

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.

Invisible Zinc for melasma on face

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 for Melasma

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 sunscreen for face

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 for hyperpigmentation

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 Sunscreen for Melasma

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 Sunscreen for Melasma

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!


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor :) I'm just a girl who suffers from melasma and I'm on a quest to find out as much information about the disorder as I can and hopefully rid myself of Melasma once and for all.

This article has 7 comments

  1. Monika

    la roche sunscreen has oxybenzone which u askd to avoid then why you mentioned it here

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  3. Stephanie

    Thank you for all of this great information! I developed Melasma a couple of years ago and while there are some things I’ve picked up (Estee Lauder foundation!!) I did not know about harmful ingredients in sunblocks and what to look for… I’ve found another 20% zinc oxide, paraben free sunblock to add to your list… Drunk Elephant Umbra

  4. Scott Adams

    Wow, I had no idea that you should be looking for a sunscreen with zinc oxide, to help fight UV rays. I have been looking for a new sunscreen to try this summer. I can see how it would be helpful to have one that gives me the most protection, so I don’t get skin cancer from the sun.

  5. Cindie

    Hi. I read how Triluma didn’t work for you. The first time i tried it, I wasn’t happy with it either so i stopped one month into it. Then after reading your blog on sunscreens, i realized i was probably using the wrong sunscreen and hunted down and bought a ton of different sunscreens with zinc oxide. La Roche Posay you recommended only contained titanium oxide, so I returned it. I found BareMinerals Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily Prep Lotion that contains 23.8% zinc oxide.

    When I recommitted to trying Triluma again, my make regiment was BareMinerals SPF 50, Jane Iredale’s concealer to cover up the dark spots and Glowtime/BB cream foundation. Then I finish it off with coloreScience sunforgettable protection for extra protection. I started seeing positive results just a couple of weeks into it. At the month mark, I could really see a difference.

    Now, I no longer use the concealer. For my foundation, I mix the mineral foundation with a little bit of bb cream (for color matching purposes) and mix it with my oil free lotion so it’s not thick. I still brush on ColoreScience before I head out the door to go to work, go outside for lunch or for the car ride home. So maybe the key to getting the best results is to use a sunscreen with the highest concentration of zinc oxide you can find.

  6. veronica

    What about Neutrogena ?
    Sheer Zinc Face

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