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Best Sunscreen For Melasma: 2018 Top Picks and Buying Guide

If you are suffering from skin hyperpigmentation, then searching for the best sunblock for melasma is something you immediately should do now! Whatever treatment you are going through for your melasma will not be successful once you go out in the sun without the right sunblock to protect you. Just like for everyone who is suffering from rosacea.

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However, buying the most appropriate sunblock for your current skin condition is easier said than done. You will need to undergo several trial and errors. Of course, you are not only looking for a sunblock that is effective but also one that you will like using on a daily basis.

So, in this article, I've put together five of best melasma sunblock that you can try out and might enjoy using. Are you excited to find out? Then please keep on reading below!

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But before I reveal my top picks for this article, I’d like to discuss first the things that you need to consider before buying a sunblock.

Opt For A Physical Sunblock

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You will want to purchase one that is a physical sunblock rather than a chemical sunblock. They prevent more UV radiation as well as visible light to reach your skin.

Most sunblock today are chemical, so don’t forget to read the product’s label to make sure you are buying a physical sunscreen. The bottle should have a label that says “Physical Sunscreen” but if you can’t find one, you can check the active ingredients being used by the product.

Physical sunscreen uses a high amount of zinc oxide; a good sunblock should have an at least 5% concentration.

Zinc Oxide Works Better Than Titanium Oxide

Both zinc oxide and titanium oxide can give your skin sound protection. However, studies have shown that zinc oxide is much more efficient when compared to every other active ingredient. It provides better protection against UVA spectrum.

It Should Have High SPF

Hight SPF

Not all sunblock were created the same and the main factor that separates them is the SPF of Sunscreen Protection Factor. Your sunblock's SPF value determines the amount of time the product can protect you from the sun's UVB rays.

It will only take 10 minutes to burn naturally, so if your sunblock comes with SPF 30, you can safely stay under the sun 30 times longer than you cold without protection.

However, if your skin is particularly photosensitive, it will naturally burn within 5 minutes, so a sunblock with SPF 30 will only deal the burning for 15 minutes. Overall, the most efficient sunblock for melasma should be able to give you protection from both UVB and UVA rays and will have an SPF of at least 30.

Make Sure It Doesn’t Have A Content That Can Disrupt Your Hormone

Some sunblock contains ingredients that can disrupt your hormones like oxybenzone which could act like estrogen in your body. And since hormonal imbalances play a major role in melasma, sunblock with hormone disruptor will only badly affect your attempt to avoid sunlight as well as fading any affected areas.

It might also lead you to breakout the way hypothyroidism cause you acne.

Choose One That Can Be Worn Under Your Makeup

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Since melasma commonly attacks the face and only spreads to other parts of your body that gets exposed to too much sunlight, you need to choose a product that can be suitably applied to the face. It should also not affect your desire of wearing makeup.

This is why I made it sure that all the products I will be recommending below will be gentle enough for your sensitive face and are compatible with everyday makeup use. But make sure you wait for about 20 minutes before you layer your makeup on top of your sunblock. This is to make sure the sunblock gets effectively absorbed by your face.

Five Of The Best Sunblock For Melasma

Eltamd UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41


As its names suggest, EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 is a physical, broad-spectrum sunblock that can shield you from the damaging UVA and UVB radiation. It also comes with high SPF at SPF 41 and uses both titanium oxide and zinc oxide without the use of hormone disruptors at all. I’m sure you will also like its transparent finish making it look great under your makeup. It actually blends seamlessly with makeup and looks so natural.

On top of that, this product is fragrance, paraben, and oil free. It has been formulated for people with extra sensitive skin. So if you are going through treatment for your melasma and you are searching for a sunblock that is gentle enough for your skin, this can be a good choice.

Though it is lightly tinted, it can accommodate different shades of skin. However, if your skin is a little darker, you may notice the product leaves an ashy look after applying it. For this case, you can quickly manage it by using the right foundation shade.

PROS

  • It does not leave a greasy feeling after application and dries down to a matte finish making it ideal to be used for your makeup.
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    The product stays on your skin even if you profusely sweat
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    Comes with Vitamin E which helps you nourish your skin and delivers antioxidant protection

CONS

  • Not safe for small children is the product is formulated with preservative like the neurotoxic, Phenoxyethanol
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    Doesn’t come with nano zinc oxide which would have been a more efficient sunblock active

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra-Light Tinted Sunscreen


Next on the list is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 which I must say is a great competitor to our top product. I find this sunblock to be simply amazing, no wonder why it is being highly recommended by both melasma patients as well as dermatologists.

This physical sunscreen also comes with broad-spectrum protection and features titanium dioxide as its active ingredients. It also does not have hormone-disrupting content and is fragrance and paraben free. It is recommended for everyday use and since it comes in a matte finish, you can perfectly wear it even under your make up.

What I like most of this sunblock is its very silky texture, which is just amazing; it does not leave any greasy or sticky feeling after application. This is because the sunblock has been formulated to make sure it will be compatible with other cosmetics and to flawlessly work under makeup. But take note that this sunblock is tinted, so don’t forget to blend it more effectively with your skin tone to make it less noticeable when you’re wearing it under your make up.

You might also notice a how dark the product is after squeezing it out of the bottle, but don’t worry, once it is completely absorbed the tint would look dramatic and gives your skin a healthy glow.

However, this sunblock is a bit expensive, but with all these benefits and amazing feedbacks from its customers, I must say the price is worth it.

PROS

  • It comes with a light tint that evens out your skin tone and makes your skin glowing
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    High SPF
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    Has a great silky texture and matte finish

CONS

  • Expensive
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    Unlike BurnOut SPF 30 for Face & Body, it doesn’t have zinc oxide

EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46


Next on the list is the EltaMD UV Clear Broad, which is one of the products highly recommended by Skin Cancer Foundation, thanks to its efficiency; so I guess it is safe to say that this thing is really good. All of the properties of this sunscreen have been well thought of to make it ideal for those who got sensitive skin and of course, those who are suffering from melasma.

The formula’s main ingredients include hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and lactic acid which are all known to give users a healthy, glowing skin. I also like that this product is an oil-free formula, so it will help protect and calm skin types that are prone to acne and breakouts.

But above all, this sunblock is lightweight, has a non-oily finish and doesn’t leave any residue on your skin’s surface.

PROS

  • SPF 46 is a good thing as it is already high enough for a sunblock
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    You have two choices: tinted and un-tinted formulas
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    It does not leave behind with any white traces.

CONS

  • It is a bit hard to dispense using its pump
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    Contains very little antioxidants
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    Not water-resistant nor sweat resistant

4. Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+



Here’s another highly recommended broad spectrum sunblock. DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+ is also a physical sunblock that is zinc-oxide based. I think the main advantage of this sunblock is that it is loaded with natural ingredients and it is absolutely fragrance, nanoparticle and paraben free. It is made from products that are environmentally safe. I’m sure when you read its list of ingredients, you will definitely feel healthier.

It contains essentials of chamomile and lavender as well as extracts from grape seed, Japanese green tea, and seaweed. This is the only sunblock I found that claims to be 100% vegan. So if you are suffering from melasma and at the same time is a vegan, then this sunblock is absolutely for you.

It feels so good on my skin and it makes me confident that what I apply to my skin is safe for daily use. However, since this product is more natural, it is as cosmetic when compared to the products in this list. Though it still quickly absorbs and leaves a matte finish, you will be required to work a bit harder when you are applying the product.

And I believe that for a 7-oz bottle, this product comes at a reasonable price. But just in case you get some doubts if this product will work for you, it comes in a smaller version at 2.5-oz when you can give a try.

PROS

  • The manufacturer is one of the most well-known names in the health and fitness industry

CONS

  • Does not contain enhancers geared for women’s needs, such as collagen or glutathione

5. Heliocare Ultra SPF50+ Gel

Just like the sunblock mentioned on this list, Heliocare Ultra SPF50+ is also a physical sunscreen that comes with a broad spectrum protection and uses both titanium dioxide and zinc oxides as its active ingredients. It does not contain any hormone disruptors, perfect for everyday use and works perfectly under your makeup.

If you are currently undergoing your melasma treatment and searching for a sunblock to protect your sensitive skin, this product is for you. The sunblock has been formulated to work well on the most sensitive skin which requires the much-needed protection; it is being recommended for anyone going through clinical treatments.

And since this sunblock comes with a transparent finish and very light texture, just like your regular moisturizer, it won't give your face a white cast. This sunblock is also non-comedogenic so it is best recommended for people with oily skin and is prone to acne breakouts. It feels so light on your skin and it absorbs well.

However, this is the most expensive sunblock among the list that you may have some doubts about buying it. Well, you can reserve this sunblock for days you are going through treatment which could make your skin very vulnerable.

PROS

  • Highly recommended as a post-treatment sunblock
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    Has a very high SPF at SPF 50

CONS

  • It cost too much

Final Thought

All of the products I mentioned above definitely come with individual advantage and disadvantage. If I get to pick one, I will choose Eltamd UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41. It just simply met all the requirements to be the best sunblock for melasma.

La Roche-Posa Anthelios 50 doesn’t fall far from my top choice. However, it uses titanium dioxide rather than zinc oxide which more effective in protecting your skin from UVA. And we know how UVA has been greatly worsening your melasma pigmentation. So it is important that we choose a product with incredible UVA production.

You can feel free to test any of the products above and come to your own conclusion. If you have used any sunblock that works great with your melasma, let me know in the comment section below so I can add it up to the list.

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