A reader of Rosacea News sent me an interesting looking tip for a sunscreen that could be a good option for rosacea sufferers. This zinc oxide and octinoxate based sunscreen is available in a tinted and untinted formulation. The sunscreen is promoted as a product that “helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to breakouts, rosacea and discoloration”. The sunscreen contains “5% high purity” niacinamide and hyaluronic acid.
By combining zinc oxide and a chemical sunscreen the product is able to claim broad spectrum sun protection. Note that those who are sensitive to chemical sunscreens such as octinoxate might find this product a problem.
Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 Ingredients
Actives: 9.0% Zinc oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate
Inactives: Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.
The tinted version also includes iron oxides.
Paula Begoin’s Review
This is a very good, surprisingly light, fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. Critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection is supplied by an in-part zinc oxide sunscreen, and this has a cosmetically elegant texture that feels silky rather than thick or pasty.
Yes, I have used Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 for almost 2 years now. I have redness and occasional pimples. I like the sunscreen because it is the only one I have ever used in my entire life that does not cause breakouts. Additionally it is light. I use it daily (even in winter) under makeup. The first bottle lasted approx. 9 months used daily so don’t be put off by the price, it’s worth it. I had never heard of it until I went to a new dermatologist. He gave me samples so I could try it first. Good luck.
I stuck with the Elta MD, and my skin seemed to adjust fairly well. However, I only use it if I plan on doing outdoor activities like hiking or hanging out at the beach.
If you use it and like it, or hate it, please let us know in the comments below.