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    Unhappy Sunscreen causes ACNE..I'm screwed.

    I've posted a thread about my acne a couple of weeks ago so sorry is you guys are tired of my whining.

    This is my current skin regime: Yes to Tomatoes Daily Acne Pore Scrub in the morning and at night. I put on Coppertone's Sensitive Skin Sunscreen for the face (those products are NOT cheap). Now, I've pretty much have ALWAYS looked like a cheese pizza and on top of that my skin is stupid sensitive. I wear sunscreen on my face so that the sun won't worsen my breakouts and so that I won't be skin cancer-ed and wrinkly (that's just not cute).

    I was doing some research and long story short I found out that sunscreen actually clogs your pores and irritates acne and essentially makes it worse. I literally found this out 5 minutes ago and I kinda feel like I've been smacked in the face.

    I read that Vitamin A may help with acne in the summer time but I'm scared that if I go outside in the sun with no SPF protecting my face I'll an nasty prune when I'm 30.

    So confused about what i should do...
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    try Aveeno Ultra-calming daily moisturizer it has spf 15. The calming part helps to decrease the inflammation of acne. Its not cheap but it will last. HTH
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    I think there are a few lines that have moisturizers with SPF in them. That may be your best bet.
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    Why are you scrubbing your face twice daily with a pore scrub if you have sensitive skin? That may be what is causing your breakouts. Also, is that suncreen made for the face? Is it non comedogenic?

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    You should be very gentle with your face. I've learned that scrubbing my skin makes my acne a lot worse. I use Cetaphil twice a day to clean my face and I substitute my Clean and Clear face scrub twice a week. You shouldn't over-exfoliate. I also use a toner for my skin too. The next step is the most important step! Make sure you are applying moisturizer too. I have oily skin and I use a moisturizer and my skin looks a lot better. I also agree with @detshorty05 about using a sunscreen that shouldn't clog your pores.

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    Yes, please be very gentle with your skin and minimize scrubbing it as much as possible. There are some really good, non-comedogenic, facial moisturizers with sunscreen in it you can wear to go out (and I'm pretty sure Coppertone would not be a good choice).
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    Quote Originally Posted by deborahG View Post
    I use aloe vera gel as a moisturizer and mist my face with rose water---it is excellent for sensitive skin.
    I'm going to try aloe vera gel as a moisturizer!

    OP- I have a bad reaction to sunscreen as well. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long period wear a wide brim hat. I have a couple of really cute ones. You can even find hats that have UV ray protection in them.

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    Yeah leave the scrub alone. For a gentler version use baking soda instead.


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    Yep, don't scrub. That irritates the skin. Wash gently, very gently.

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    Also, if your spf is irritating you why don't you try a natural mineral spf. They are just as effective as topical spf's. Bare Escentuals has a great spf powder that comes in a brush that you can take with you and reapply as you like under and over your makeup. Peter Thomas Roth also makes a great mineral spf.

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