Reddit Reddit reviews EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 for Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin, Oil-Free, Dermatologist-Recommended Mineral-Based Zinc Oxide Formula, 1.7 oz

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Mineral-based face sunscreen with 9.0% transparent zinc oxideFacial sunscreen for sensitive skin types prone to acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation, calms and protects acne-prone skinFace sunscreen contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin.Broad-spectrum SPF 46 physical sunscreen for the face. Contains antioxidants.Dermatologist-recommended mineral facial sunscreen is fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, oil-free and noncomedogenic
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108 Reddit comments about EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 for Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin, Oil-Free, Dermatologist-Recommended Mineral-Based Zinc Oxide Formula, 1.7 oz:

u/sassXcore · 30 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Here is the Skincare Addiction sunscreen guide post, although it's a bit confusing. I found this Skinacea page to be much more helpful and to make much more sense when I was looking into sunscreens. Also look at the related links at the top of the page for more descriptions about what you need in a sunscreen. You should have something that's at least SPF 30.

I have skin that's really difficult to please with sunscreen. Sunscreen either clogs my pores or burns my sensitive skin. My skin is also combination/oily and acne prone. There are chemical sunscreens, physical sunscreens, and ones that use both chemical and physical blockers. Here's a helpful side-by-side comparison. The combination ones are generally suggested as the best for skin protection, but sometimes people react badly to various ingredients and the most important thing is the sunscreen provides broad spectrum, photostable protection. It's mostly about trial and error until you find something you like.

As far as the ones I've personally tried...

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen in SPF 55 felt really good going on. It only got a little greasy around my nose, but otherwise was dry. It seems like a number of people here like it for a drugstore sunscreen, but I broke out after a few days of using it.

I like MaryKay's SPF 30. It goes on dry and has a bit of a fragrant scent, so it doesn't smell like sunscreen. I've used this at the beach for many summers, though I'm going to try out some other sunscreens because I'm worried that it'll clog my pores if I use it daily. I think I may need an only physical sunscreen.

A lot of people here like the Elta MD sunscreens, which are a little pricier. People tend to recommend the UV Clear SPF 46 on this subreddit. I just ordered their UV Physical SPF 41, though I haven't tried it yet. It's important to note that the physical one is tinted, so it probably works best on more fair skin.

I'm no expert on sunscreens, but this is the info that I've researched and that's been provided by the subreddit. Thank goodness for /r/SkincareAddiction, amirite?

u/GreenTeaForDays · 18 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I like Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 for everyday use.
> Active ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%.

For exercise I like La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen because its waterproof. My old sunscreen (CeraVe) used to burn my eyes, and the skin around my eyes, especially if I was sweating so I switched to this I have been loving it. I wouldn't like it for everyday wear though because it does leave more of a white cast and is difficult to wash off.
>Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 11%

u/niccig · 17 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Here is a post on hyperpigmentation and how to fade it. For all the things I'm about to recommend, wear sunscreen with them! Other than niacinamide, everything here will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

For over the counter products my favorites are:

St. Ives Exfoliating Pads - a very gentle lactic acid wipe

MUAC 40% lactic acid peel - a really good starter peel. If you've never done chemical peels before, you should start with something more gentle (like the St. Ives pads) to get your skin used to AHAs

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen - prevents dark spots from getting darker, and has 5% niacinamide to help fade them

Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide Powder - I bought this but haven't used it yet, actually. It needs to be dissolved in distilled water, and you can mix it with glycerin or aloe to make a DIY niacinamide serum.

If a doctor's visit isn't a huge financial burden for you, prescription retinoids like Retin-A (called tretinoin in generic form) or Tazorac are the gold standard for fading hyperpigmentation. They cause your skin to turn over really quickly, so dryness, redness and irritation are frequent side effects. Skinacea has great info on how to minimize the side effects by starting to use them gradually.


Here's a before and after (separated by a couple of months) after using said products - Tazorac/St. Ives Pads/sunscreen daily and chemical peel weekly.

u/Fervidor · 16 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi! Okay let's see hereee. Gather 'round, friends. I imagine this is going to get quite long.

My Skin: Oily t-zone, dryish cheeks and one weird dry half of my chin. I also deal with eczema on random parts, depending on what my body decides with be most annoying that particular time. Random things will make me break out, and basically if I don't cleanse with mineral oil at night I break out. I rarely break out anymore, than goodness.

Morning routine!

  • Cleanse with Cerave foaming if I feel I got greasy during the night, or Pond's Original Cold Cream if I still want to cleanse my face but feel dry, OR just splash with water and a wash cloth.

  • Apply Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion as my serum. It's called a "lotion" in the Asian skincare routine, but it really acts like a serum in a typical US routine. This is a hyaluronic acid serum that helps your skin retain moisture, and it gives my skin the moisture it needs to not be so oily.

  • Apply either Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel which is pretty much every day except the driest days of winter, OR Cerave in the tub. Sometimes I mix a dab of the two together when I'm feeling cRaZyYy. I sometimes add a few drops of Passion Fruit Seed Oil.

  • Apply Murad Oil-Control Mattifier, this stuff is sstttuuuppidd expensive at $40, and it has about 8 million ingredients that could upset your skin and you would never know which one it is, so I am often hesitant to suggest it for that reason. HOWEVER, nothing works as well for my oilies than this, and I always, always come back. HG, unfortunately.

  • Apply either Clinique City Block SPF 40, Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid-Lotion Sunblock SPF 30 or Elta MD Clear SPF 46.

    Night Routine!

  • Cleanse with baby oil and a washcloth. Sometimes use Pond's Cold Cream again, simply because it feels so nice. If I am planning on using an AHA, I will cleanse again with the Cerave Foaming Cleanser.

  • Apply Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum, 14% Glycolic Acid - AHA 1-3 times a week. Or use Stridex 2% Salicylic Acid Pads 2-4 times a week. Probably once a week, or every two weeks, I will use a Stridex pad and then the Alpha Hydrox. I wake up with the smoooooothest skin ever, but it makes me dry so I can only do it every now and then. Ever since I started using AHA and BHA, my blackheads and sebaceous filaments are almost completely gone.

  • Use either the Hada Labo Serum again, or Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which I LOVE. It's really expensive, but I really do love it.

  • Moisturize with Cerave in the tub! I have a soft spot for Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer but it's expensive and I only buy it sometimes! Sometimes I slather my face in Passion Fruit Seed Oil just because.


  • Cleanse with the regular Dove bar, or sometimes I do a weird broke-ass body oil cleanse with whatever body lotion I am trying to get rid of. I rub it into my skin and then wipe it off with a washcloth. Feels good, man.

  • Cerave in the tub everywhere, twice a day if my eczema is acting up. Top with baby oil if bad. My eczema is either going to be okay with Cerave, or I need 3 months of oral steroids. There is no middle ground for us.

  • I obsessively sunscreen the backs of my hands with whatever sunscreen I am trying to use up at the moment.

    Things I do sometimes!

  • Makeup Artist's choice 40% Lactic Acid Peel

  • Mario Badescu Silver Powder Mask

  • Neem Seed Oil for spots treatment if I get a spot

  • Hydrocolloid bandages if I have a zit that needs....drained. I don't know how to say that in a less gross way. These only work if they have come to a head or you've popped it, but if you put them on overnight, you wake up and it is completely flat. They suck the liquid out without drying your skin out.

  • I love raw shea butter for those really dry times, works anywhere! Use this during the driest times of winter.
u/Aniew · 15 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

There's something exciting about seeing improvement!

I have combination skin that gets oil through the day but also has dry patches, especially on my forehead.

My skincare routine is cleansing every night with [Paula's Choice Cleanser] (, afterward once I week I use the Paula's Choice 4% BHA foam as a chemical exfoliator, and the last step is Cerave Moisturizing Cream. I also use Elta MD Sunscreen under my makeup on days where I'm going to be outside for more than a few minutes.

My skin's not perfect but it's a lot better and using /r/skincareaddiction helped me tremendously in getting a basic understanding of skincare and finding a routine that I feel works well for me.

u/Felix--Felicis · 14 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Eltamd is really nice and wears well under makeup. /r/SkincareAddiction has a ton of threads on sunscreen, too -- just run a search! And the order of application is moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, foundation.

u/Yoyochan · 11 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you apply something like this SPF powder liberally it can work as a physical sunscreen, though you need to find one specifically for sunscreen purposes, not just a mineral makeup with a low SPF since that's not usually the intended purpose, more like an added bonus. I can't attest to that powder that I linked as I haven't tried it, but I'm sure there are dupes out there if you shop around.

Other options are simply wearing a high SPF combination chem/phys sunscreen or a purely physical sunscreen.

A physical sunscreen will not lose its efficacy throughout the day since it works by reflecting light particles - look for actives with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Chemical-only are the ones that soak into your skin, and convert solar radiation into thermal radiation.

A combination formula utilizes both ways of combating the sun, so even after the chemical sunscreen has begun to degrade, the physical aspect can act as a safety net if you can't reapply.

One of the better combination sunscreens I've tried (and is commonly recommended) is Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46. It takes a while to set completely, but works well under makeup once it has dried. The best price I've seen on Amazon is around $22.57, and the average is around ~$24, but it fluctuates because of the high demand. One bottle will last you almost 1.5-2 months if you only use it for your face and neck.

u/ilizbubble · 11 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46 This is the shit! My skin finally cleared up, used this for a week straight when I went to Florida and absolutely no breakouts! A little pricey, but a bottle seems to have more than I originally thought because I slather this on multiple times a day.

u/[deleted] · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

EltaMD Clear. I was using Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion but it has a lot of alcohol and cetearyl alcohol in it. The EltaMD clear has everything I want: physical blockers, high SPF, decent price, no alcohol, no cetearyl alcohol, plus extra skin care goodies.



u/frogtened · 9 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

My face reacts badly to every sunscreen I've tried besides this: EltaMD. I believe what I'm reacting to is Avobenzone, a common "chemical" sunscreen ingredient. This stuff is "physical" sunscreen.

u/beltaine · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It is and it's on sale at the moment. It was $18 yesterday and today it's ~$19, usually $23. Not exactly $15 but I've heard great things about it. :)

u/spunky-omelette · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

>do you think any of the positive benefits you achieved would be bad

Absolutely--making distinguished wrinkles disappear and brightening your complexion is TOTALLY not masculine, blech!

Kidding, kidding. I can't see any downsides to focusing on the care and keeping of your skin...except maybe becoming a bit obsessive over it and enjoying it too much (hence this subreddit).

Lurk around and check out some of the discussion threads in this sub, and read the sidebar links. You'll learn a lot. There's a very large focus on understanding the why and how things work (particularly in regards to ingredients) and the science behind them. It's really hard to get into that mindset in the beginning because it's so easy to be swayed by sexy advertising, attractive packaging, and tempting claims, but if the ingredient list doesn't back it up, none of that matters.

The products I currently use:

  • Cleanser: I bounce between a Gentle Cleansing Gel($3-4 per ounce--a little goes a long way and it has lasted me ages) or the Cerave Foaming Cleanser($0.94 per ounce)

  • Exfoliators I use an 8% AHA toner($2.23 per ounce) for gentle daily exfoliation.

  • Oils Changes depending on the season. I got a sample pack of three different oils from GoW for $9.25 back in December, and I'm still working on them. A teeny bit goes a long way.

  • Moisturizer/Hydrator Changes based on my whims. Sometimes I just use an oil, sometimes a simple moisturizer ($5-6 per ounce) with a drop of oil mixed in. Again, these can last me a long time.

  • Masks The Aztec Healing Clay($0.50 per ounce) mask is a huge favorite here. I'll also sometimes make a turmeric mask using ingredients from my kitchen that I'm already using in my food anyways, so I don't calculate that cost.

  • Sunscreen My biggest splurge item, I spent $20 on the Elta MD sunscreen. I like it because it's a physical blocker and doesn't irritate my skin.

    Since the products I buy last me a long time, the cost doesn't seem very large to me. Some products, like the healing clay mask or certain oils, are only used in small quantities, so they'll last a long, long time.

    When I first got started in revamping my routine, I very slowly introduced new products (started with a new cleanser, then after a few weeks tried a moisturizer, etc). This is good because it's easy on your wallet AND it allows you to get an accurate feel for what works and what doesn't.

u/thesixth_SpiceGirl · 6 pointsr/WatchandLearn

If I can offer my holy grail sunscreen Elta MD

It’s not greasy, dries very quickly and evenly, doesn’t have a strong smell, and doesn’t leave a white cast on typical Caucasian skin. However it is a tad pricey.

u/rappity_rap_rap · 6 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

I use Elta MD and love it, no plans to switch :) It is expensive though.

u/dobedobedobedoo · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

I have the same requisites as you and I love using Elta MD over my CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion. The sunscreen is great by itself but I use rather drying ointments from my dermatologist so I've gotta use both. Hope this helps!

u/swattahfly · 6 pointsr/tretinoin

Okay YOU appear to be somewhat factually incorrect. Why does no one share sources?

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UVA is the dominant tanning ray/aging ray and UVB is the dominant burning ray.

So the best question is, what sunscreen protects against both? Broad-spectrum protection sunscreen. I searched Amazon and this one seemed the cheapest and most highly rated.

u/AnatasiaBeaverhausen · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Excellent sunscreen for under makeup. Let it set onto your skin for a while (20+ mins) before applying your makeup for the best protection.

u/treelets · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm actually thinking of narrowing down the number of products I use, though this list doesn't seem to indicate that. I love my Benton + MISSHA lineup but I'm getting older and thinking I need a little more oomph. In any case, things I'm looking at that I will probably not buy for a long time:

>Daytime Serums

u/malapropistic · 5 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

What are the exact features that attracted you to the Glossier sunscreen? If you're looking for something "clear" I know EltaMD have a clear sunscreen too.

u/lfinfin · 5 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I've gone through several containers of this one. That's the "Clear" line, which just means it blends in the easiest. The regular line actually blends in fine too, and lastly I've also used up a "Tinted" which is decent coverage actually but if you're paler than say (in MAC terms), N20, I think it'd be too dark for you.

u/whitegirlAMA · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hey! So I recently had some awesome success getting rid of my PIH, and my routine is pretty similar to yours.

I use the St. Ives pads at the same spot in my routine that I use Stridex, but on alternating nights (AHA monday, BHA tuesday, etc...) It's too harsh for me (and many others) to use both an AHA and BHA on the same night, so I do:

  • PM: Mineral oil > CeraVe foaming > St. Ives OR Stridex > wait > moisturize

    They help .. but the product that REALLY helped is the sunscreen EltaMD UV Clear. It has niacinamide .. google "niacinamide for skincare" and you'll see how magical it is. The niacinamide is the reason that this sunscreen is kinda expensive, but it's soooo worth it.

    I've had these 3 PIH marks on my cheek from years ago. I picked at them, popped them, exposed them to the sun unprotected all before I found SCA so they were so so dark, and now 3 weeks after I started using this sunscreen they're like 80% faded. I have pictures to prove it. It's amazing!
u/LadyIronfire · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Me too, and this stuff is the best. :)

u/eatjables · 5 pointsr/AskWomen

Listen to LizzieDane. Chemical peels and Botox are invaluable tools and have their place in this world, read this guide Botox 101: What You Need to Know Before Getting Botox and know it's something to consider. But really, a prescribed retinoid is going to be your new best friend. Just a heads up that there is an online dermatology service that is getting very positive reviews from /skincareaddiction and other respectable beauty bloggers. It's called Pocketderm and for $20 per month, you and a board certified dermatologist will customize a topical medication that will address any acne/age-related issues. Informative review over at /skincareaddiction. If you decide to go for it, go here before signing-up and grab a referral link for a 1-month free trial. Seriously, get some retinoids, it is the only anti-ageing treatment in the U.S. that has been backed by the FDA. Secondly, please wear SUNSCREEN, and do so EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! Rain or shine, UV damage is the #1 cause of premature aging and protecting yourself from the sun is something you can do for yourself tomorrow. Good guide here about how to choose the right sunscreen. EltaMd is highly recommended with adequate UV protection. Now my personal favorite, the AHAs and the BHAs or 'acids', they'll help with the fine lines, brighten up the complexion and even out skintone. They are seriously great and will give you almost immediate results . Basic explanation of AHA/BHA exfoliates. My BHA product rec to you would be Paula's Choice BHA 2% products, $10 referral code here. Do it! Once you've got the retinoids, the sunscreen, and the acids, incorporating a well-formulated antioxidant serum will round out a solid, 'anti-ageing' skincare routine. Hope this helps and be good to yourself :)

u/these-points-of-data · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence (specifically the 2015 version)! It is a Japanese sunscreen, but it's available on Amazon Prime. It's a fantastic sunscreen that dries very matte with no greasy feel and no white cast. It does have alcohol in it, although I have very dry skin and still have had zero problems with it. A definite holy grail for me =)

I also liked EltaMD UV Clear, but it's much pricier, pills a ton, and in general doesn't feel as nice on my skin. The niacinamide is great though.

Edit: Will add though that the Biore is meant for daily non-sports use. So if you're planning on using this for physical activity, it probably won't be the best choice. The same company also sells versions of that sunscreen that's more sweat/water resistant that I've heard good things about (this and this) , but I've never actually used any of them. I have heard that these tend to be a bit more drying than the Watery Essence though.

u/scumteam14 · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would avoid doTERRA if at all possible because a) they're a sketchy MLM, and b) they're all about the essential oils. EOs aren't necessarily bad in skincare products - if your skin is sensitive you probably want to avoid them, but most products have them far down the ingredients list just for a bit of fragrance or whatever. But the doTERRA products have them pretty high up the ingredients list which...isn't great. EOs can cause dryness, irritation, contact dermatitis, rashes, and some of them can cause phytophotodermatitis. I'd just avoid it - there are plenty of products out there that are cheaper, better formulated, and aren't from super sketchy companies.

I'm not sure what the heavy feeling could be - it could be your face being moisturized, maybe there's some leftover product, maybe something else is going on. I'd just keep an eye on it - skin is weird and sometimes it can take a bit to tell what's really going on

Also remember to introduce new products one at a time - introduce one new product, then wait a week or two before adding the next. This way you can properly evaluate whether it's working for you or whether it's breaking you out, causing irritation, or simply not doing what you expect it to.

It sounds like you're trying to find a right base routine for yourself before moving on to actives that can treat your specific skin concerns, which is awesome! You need the basics (cleanser >> moisturizer >> sunscreen) before you can move on to the rest. I'd just keep doing what you're doing - trying out different products till you find that right one that works for you.

A cleanser should leave your skin feeling soft and kinda moisturized, not dry, tight, or squeaky clean. If this one doesn't work out for you, some other ones to check out include Vanicream Gentle Cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, and Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk.

A moisturizer should leave your skin feeling, well, moisturized! That may be what the heavy feeling it (or maybe not! Skin is weird.) If this one doesn't work out for you, some alternatives include CeraVe Baby Cream, CosRx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream, and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. You may end up finding one moisturizer that meets all your needs, or you may need to use a couple! I like to use my moisturizer followed by vaseline or Aquaphor if my skin is feeling particularly dry.

It also looks like you need a sunscreen. A sunscreen should be easy to apply, one that you enjoy using (so you're more likely to use it), and one that has SPF 30+. Some recommendations include CeraVe Ultra Light Moisturizer SPF 30, Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel SPF 50 / PA++++, and EltaMD Clear SPF 48

After you have the basics down, you may want to figure out how to address your skin concerns:

Large pores: It's pretty difficult to actually reduce the size of pores, but keeping them clean with consistent cleansing, oil cleansing, BHAs, and occasional clay masks may help!

Niacinamide has a few studies showing improvement in pore appearance [1], and retinoids have a few studies showing reduction in pore size [2, 3]. Retinoids are the big guns of skincare though, so I'd table that idea for now.

Blackheads or sebaceous filaments: Consistent cleansing, oil cleansing, BHAs, and occasional clay masks

Imo, oil cleansing, BHAs, and maybe niacinamide would be of interest. The overviews linked should cover everything you need to know (product recs, how to use them, etc.) but let me know if you have any questions! Remember to add new products slowly and don't get ahead of yourself - you're still setting up your base routine!

u/almualim1 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


Thank you for the great thread. I am just building my kit at the moment so wanted to get some suggestions. My background:

I am a 24 year old male who has had acne since I was a teenager. I used to have Moderate acne but it has reduced to a mild case of acne mainly on cheeks and forehead. I believe I have oily skin as well. I have been using Proactiv most recently and found that it was working. I typically use it once a day with the three step process. I am considering moving to the following set up based on the post:

  1. Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser
  2. Stridex Medicated Pads for Exfoliating
  3. Cerave Moisturizing Cream
  4. Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46

    I am planning on following the AM/PM routine mentioned by OP. My question is that is this a good place to start? This kit will be costing me close to $50 so just wanted to get some suggestions before i purchase. Thanks for the help!
u/chickenheadcutewhale · 3 pointsr/weddingplanning

I'm fair skinned and burn super easily, and my dermatologist recommended Elta MD's sunscreen - doesn't really smell like anything, and feels really light when it's on! And it's on Amazon Prime :)

u/AromaticProof · 3 pointsr/Atlanta

I have sensitive skin and have found this sunscreen EltaMD is not as greasy as most and I don't break out as much. Found out about it on /r/SkincareAddiction.

u/nyxsucks · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

EltaMD UV Clear has actually helped clear up my acne thanks to the zinc. I've had zero issue with white cast and works well as a primer for makeup!

edit: Oh, it also has 5% niacinamide!

u/loveyoujustthesame · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've been using the Alpha Hydrox 14% swipes for about a month and a half now. Two weeks ago, I moved from one use per week to two and everything seemed fine. I added EltaMD UV Clear to my routine this week and it seems a little drying, but I haven't had any bad reactions or anything. I go to use a swipe last night and it burned like holy hell. I had to wash my face three times to calm it down and was afraid to even use Cerave before bed. Is it just too much aha or could it somehow be related to the dryness from the EltaMD? Or is it something else entirely?

My Routine


  • OCM w/mineral oil, if I feel grimy

  • red Stridex pads only on jawline

  • Cerave in the tub

  • EltaMD UV Clear sunscreen

    When I get home from work:

  • OCM w/mineral oil

  • St. Ives swipes or Alpha Hydrox swipes (on Wed and Sat)

  • Cerave in the tub

    Before bed:

  • Alpha Hydrox Retinol ResQ on forehead

  • Cerave in the tub

  • Aquaphor on stubborn dry spots

  • Mineral oil as an occlusive

    **Edited to add that I have really stubbornly dry skin and mild hormonal breakouts. I work in the sun several days a week (necessity) and I'm mostly trying to decrease SFs and combat aging.
u/bigbootyjudgejudy_ · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Hi, first off. I recommend checking out /r/SkincareAddiction. They know a lot about the ins and outs of products. But here's my little bit of wisdom; as someone (F23) who has been struggling with hormonal acne these past few months, I noticed the biggest increase in my skin appearance when I changed my diet. I started this elimination diet called Whole30 just over 2 weeks ago and have seen dramatic improvements in my skin this past week. You may not need to go on a 30 day cleanse, but I recommend cleaning up your diet as much as you can and then re-introducing certain foods to see if it triggers a breakout. Maybe try giving up things like dairy and sugar, and then bring them back after a few weeks to see if they may be throwing your hormones out of whack (because no doubt, your acne is a hormonal issue). Some bits about makeup and products; I stopped using a primer (Benefits POREfessional) and liquid foundation (Urban Decay Naked foundation). I don't know if these products were clogging my pores, but I feel better taking a break from them. I started to just use a set of Bare Minerals powders instead. I also use a micellar water to take my makeup off. Garnier SkinActive Micellar water (pink cap) works great, followed by a cleanser (CeraVe), toner (Thayers Witchhazel), and moisturizer (YesToCarrots Daily Moisturizer) -- this is my pm routine, as it involves makeup removal. In the morning, I use the cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and follow up with EltaMd SPF 46 sunscreen. This sunscreen is specifically made to reduce current redness from past/present acne and protect you from the sun. You need to wear it everyday. Hope this all helps! And good luck. Having bad skin can really take a toll on your self-esteem, but just remember that it's never permanent!

Edit: added links

u/Blumpkin_Queen · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think it might actually be classified as PIE (post-inflammatory erythema). PIH is usually classified at brown spots, or melanin hyperactivity -- this is where using skin lighteners that specifically target melanin production can help (such as hydroquinone). However, erythema is a different beast. Once I added niacinamide into my routine, I saw results almost instantly.

What toner are you using? You want to make sure that it's alcohol free and contains at least 4% niacinamide.

I don't see a sunscreen mentioned. Sunscreen is pretty important in reducing PIE, as the sun can exacerbate the red pigmentation and/or negate the effects you are trying to accomplish. You also become more susceptible to sun damage whilst on tretinoin.

I would suggest EltaMD UV Clear as a sunscreen for you -- it has niacinamide and zinc (zinc is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce the look of redness).

u/wendybirds · 3 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

What kind of skin type do you have in general? I for sure got little bumps over time when I wore some generic Neutrogena sunblock I got from the drugstore* (but it was 100 SPF and that's what makes it more effective right, the higher numbers?? oh foolish, sweet summer child, pre- r/asianbeauty me) but I also tried this LRP and my face didn't really take to it kindly at the start.

If you have very sensitive skin, Elta MD is the way to go. It definitely sinks in lightly and just doesn't feel like anything on your skin after maybe 2-4 minutes.

I really liked my Biore UV Aqua when I had it but I just went through it way too fast. It's the HG for a lot of people in terms of face sunscreen, but I personally can't justify the price, and don't require something with ~superb texture necessarily, since I don't wear makeup often and never wear foundation.

If your skin isn't too too sensitive I would just try different stuff Asian brands out! I've been wanting to try out this COSRX one next.


* Also, make sure to wash it off every night! Doesn't matter if you wore makeup or not, sunscreen you had on all day and got covered in dust/grime = no-no for sleeping with overnight. That's the reason I got little bumps, anyway!


u/sarah114q · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think three things can be really helpful:

  1. Using SPF daily. I have been using the EltaMD sunscreen and it's helped immensely. SPF is probably going to be the most important factor in combatting dark spots. You can be doing everything to get rid of them but sun exposure will easily undo everything -- it's a losing battle. Make sure you're applying enough -- at least a dime-sized amount.

  2. Using niacinamide to help reduce melatonin production. Luckily the sunscreen I just mentioned has 5% niacinamide as well so that's super convenient!

  3. Using a gentle chemical exfoliator every week or couple of weeks (depending on the texture of your skin). I personally enjoy using the Ayur Medic Cleansing Milk
u/GlassRockets · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Oops my bad for not reading the text underneath your title, have you tried any physical/chemical combos? That way you get the best of both worlds usually - no white cast, cosmetic finish, etc. Skin Aqua has a popular one a lot of AB's like. Elta MD this one I experienced no white cast with, but I've heard darker people might. Also you might want to consider this La Roche Posay one. Its PPD is awesome.

u/geneticlemon · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use it, and it has it's pros and cons.


  • It goes on smoothly and actually smooths out my skin tone and texture.

  • I wear it under my BB Cream, it really seems to help it apply easier.

  • It doesn't feel greasy AT ALL. You apply it, and it sets.

  • No fragrance that I can tell.


  • After you apply it, you can sort of feel it like a thin layer on your skin. It doesn't completely absorb, but sort of sets like a gel. You can't see it, but if your scratch your nose or something you might get a bit of it on your nail.

  • The kind that I buy on Amazon Elta UV Clear SPF 46 isn't water or sweat resistant. Although, I do know they make a water resistant one.

  • It's pretty expensive, especially if you're reapplying every 2 hours as it recommends.

    Overall, I like it because it doesn't feel greasy and doesn't have a strong smell.
u/seagoddessisatplay · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Niacinamide! I've been using a serum by Paula's Choice, and this sunscreen by EltaMD, and the niacinamide is brilliant at reducing pore size as it reduces oil production. Don't forget to double cleanse!

u/whaevr · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Thats me! I fucking love my 414 PD. I never have really had any problems with purging, it seems this stuff (for me) just kills any existing acne I have and flattens it out within days. I had a lot of PIH though when I started PD because I had a ton of active acne at the time. My active acne was really calming down after the first 6 weeks or so but I still had a lot of PIH- around December I finally decided to start using a daily sunscreen. Seriously use a daily sunscreen, its worth it. I'm not sure if its the UV protection or all the niacinamide (aka vitamin b3) I constantly am slathering on my face now but my skin loves me for it, and it shows!

EltaMD Clear 46 SPF, PA++++ (as of yesterday this was confirmed(?) via an email from the company someone posted here) and 5% niacinamide. Its light, doesn't leave much of a white cast at all and is full of niacinamide for helping heal PIH. Also just using a daily sunscreen will really help fade PIH as UV tends to darken these spots.



  • Burts bee facial wash
  • Konjac sponge in shower every other day
  • PD 414 formula
  • Sebamed clear face gel
  • EltaMd Clear
u/arobaz · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah you can use Elta MD UV Clear (the one designed for sensitive/rosacea/acne prone skin) during the day and then Cerave PM at night. Niacinimide is great for inflammation and red marks :)

u/myheroinepretend · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

I'm still patch testing but I like it so far :) no white cast or anything! Here's the seller I bought it from. The only thing I have noticed is that it's really difficult to get out of the bottle... like I tried unscrewing the top to see if the straw-type thing you usually get in pump bottles had fallen out and there wasn't one at all. I have to pump it several times to get a small amount out. Is yours the same?

u/EsotericKnowledge · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Not AB (sorry) but I'm getting ready to buy the EltaMD UV Clear (amazon) because it has no alcohol and 5% niacinamide.

(SCA discussion of PA rating of UV Clear)

u/Everline · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

So I'm a beginner but I've been researching PIH a bit recently. If you have not look at this link from the sidebar yet, I highly recommend it. Basically besides AHA and a retinoid, sunscreen, niacinamide and vitamin c can help with PIH. Elta MD SPF 46 is both a sunscreen and have niacinamide (5% I think) which makes it popular against PIH. Cerave PM or elta MD PM (not the sunscreen, the moisturizer) are moisturizers with niacinamde. I'd say number 1 and I think you know it you need a sunscreen. I know you said that the EltaMD sunscreen is too expensive but it may be cheaper to get it versus buying another cheaper sunscreen and a separate product w niacinamid or vitamin C? Vitamin C worked great for me against PIH (I also wear sunscreen) but a good one is way more expensive than the sunscreen. I personally think that vitamin C would be in addition to sunscreen, not an alternative to it. My 2c but I hope it helps!

Edit: I haven't used Cerave in the tube so I can't compare but I really like cerave PM! it's a very nice texture, absorbs well and it's not too rich at least for me (which makes me wonder if it will be enough for the winter here (illinois)). Looks kind of like a gel, a bit translucent. Plus it has niacinamid you may help for the PIH as I mentioned earlier.

u/IvyMonster · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

It's not AB, but I really like Elta MD UV clear SPF 46 sunscreen. It's a tad pricy for such a small bottle but it's great for my sunscreen-sensitive skin!

u/yogachick14 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Try something with zinc in it, which is gentler on your skin. I like Elta MD Clear. It's more moisturizing than the Neutrogena Clear Face, but not thick or greasy.

u/hotyoungsnail · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Elta md UV Clear SPF 46 is my holy grail face sunscreen. The great reviews on Amazon say it better than me. Seriously, it's love.

u/wouldyouhelpmeplease · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My skin feels great after cleansing in AM and PM; there isn't really any tightening.

What do you feel about the above commenter's recommendation of AHA and BHA, one PM and the other AM?

Would Cerave Cream be good for my oily skin, and if so should it be applied x2 daily like my Aveeno? I don't really moisturize my forehead or nose area too much (I have a T-zone), but should I moisturize this oiliness regardless?

I have seen EltaMD sunscreen recommended, but I don't understand the difference between EltaMD's UV clear and shield.

The toothpaste issue has never occurred to me! I will try it, see how things go.

And lastly, is it possible to moisturize my eyes too much in one day?

u/calamityjaneagain · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/mmishu · 2 pointsr/steroids

Yeah sunscreens suck for everyday use they’re either too greasy or drying from the alcohol or leave a white cast.

Thats why I like using asian sunscreens they’re more cosmetically elegant but you have to jump through more hoops to get it, and they come in tiny packaging so dont last very long, some are on amazon like biore.

Right now I’m using this one

It’s good for everyday use a bit pricey but it offers good uva protection which is critical, without the white cast. Give it a try.

u/justinmega1 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/icandanceyo · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

No problem, this sunscreen is for acne prone skin and contains zinc.

u/iplaywithbugs · 2 pointsr/lupus

I would definitely check out /r/SkincareAddiction/! The lovely peeps in there give excellent advice. Specifically this side wiki. You can always post there, and they can help you, but I can try, too.

Things I need to know:

  • Face only, or do you want something for your body?
  • Are you acne prone?
  • Are you sensitive to anything specific, that you know of?
  • Do you wear makeup?
  • How much are you in the sun?
  • Do you plan on getting all sweaty?
  • What's your budget?

    If you never answer me, just keep this in mind: The amount you need to get the SPF labeling on the bottle is about 1/4 teaspoon for just your face. Since SPF is on a logarithmic scale, 1/8 teaspoon of 100 SPF does not equal 50SPF, it measures like 10SPF. waa-waaa.

    For me, it depends on what I'm doing. My everyday under makeup is EltaMD Clear, SPF 46. Super light weight, soaks in fast, I really like it. Totally worth the price (for me). If I'm going outside in the sun for any length of time, I go with Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion, SPF 110. Basically, any SPF over 30 is what's important, the difference between 30SPF and 100 isn't that much. :/

    edit: du'oh, formatting.
u/hellowoof · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Elta MD Clear is super light and feels nice. It dries really quickly which I really like. It sits normal, or even primes better under my makeup!

u/Pufferfish1 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I recently bought this off of amazon. Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46, 48-Gram 1.7 oz. . It broke me out immediately. Do not recommend personally but I know it's a highly rated sunscreen

u/zena-marie · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sunscreens wont lighten pih, they'll only prevent it. Unless that is, the sunscreen has ingredients that lighten pih! Like vitamin c or niacinimide! Such as this one. Not all elta sunscreens, only that one (that I have seen) contain niacinimide. Vitamin c serum is quite effective and erasing the existing pih.

u/leftylonghorn · 2 pointsr/tretinoin

Elta MD UV Clear. Oily skin, super acne prone. No pore clogging ingredients. I actually think it helps mineral makeup go on really nicely too. It's awesome.

u/meriendaselgato · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I start with Hada Labo Hydrating Serum with hyaluronic acid– the American one you can get at Walgreens/Ulta.

I layer St. Ives Timeless Skin, which claims to be anti-aging but is really just a nice lightweight moisturizer (does have fragrance), with Cerave PM, underneath Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen. I used to use the St. Ives alone under sunscreen, but Retin-A means my skin is drier than usual.

The Cerave PM is not heavy at all, and almost feels like a primer. None of these products break me out, which is RARE for me. I have used the St. Ives for about 3-4 years now, and it's my HG. The UV Clear is the only sunscreen that doesn't piss of my face, too, which is a huge feat. No raves yet for the Cerave PM, since it's not that moisturizing IMO, but it's definitely a staple as of yet.

It's a lot of steps but I find that layering several products that don't bother my skin is way better for me than using one heavy moisturizer that may clog me. I would recommend layering any products you already have that work, but maybe aren't hydrating enough alone. If you don't have anything now, try one new product at a time to see what your skin likes.

u/dlandwirth · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you filter out all sellers except "" over on the left when you're on the desktop website. You'll find that their signature SPF 46 is indeed available with Prime shipping but there's a 2-5 week wait. Probably why it's not popping up in searches.


It's back for sale through "" with Prime shipping but won't ship out until May 21st!

u/banditranger · 2 pointsr/Rosacea
u/crazyplantlady · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have sensitive, eczema prone skin and have had good luck with elta md. . It seems to provide really good protection too, I haven’t had issues with sunburn. Side note, whenever my skin is SUPER dry or irritated, literally everything burns. Even my super inert hydrating gel. Dunno if this is the case for you, just a thought!

u/MichaelPraetorius · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah But I'd pay for it. Definitely. I think i'm going to order this one. Is it sticky at all? What do I expect? Physical/chemical?

u/Sugarpeas · 2 pointsr/happy

I’m 24. I had cystic acne, although not as severe as OP until last Spring. I, on a whim, started to use this sunscren called Elta MD. In a week my acne cleared.

It’s weird because your face will feel even greasier at first - but overtime the acne shrinks, and fades. Bonus, if you apply through the day it will lower your risk of skin cancer and so forth.

I apply once every morning. That’s it. Nothing else.

I started on birth control when I was 17, tried numerous creams and so forth. I had some devout regimens that sort of worked, but were tedious. Welp. Apparently all I needed was this sunscreen.

It’s worth a shot. Nonprescription. Just a bit pricey but if it works it’s such a simple thing to do everyday. Regardless you should always have a good facial sunscreen to use every day!

u/sthutton · 2 pointsr/RedPillWives

I love the Elta MD sunscreen for my face. Really light feeling and has never broken me out (which is a pretty big deal, very sensitive skin). No sunscreeny smell either. I can for sure tell you not to try the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with spf 50. That one is very thick and very sunscreen smelly (I actually love that smell, haha).

u/im_living_the_dream · 2 pointsr/Rosacea

Can't praise this sunscreen enough: Elta MD SPF 46 w/ niacinamide, zinc oxide, UVA/UVB protection

It's very gentle, provides good protection, and the niacinamide actively reduces redness / flushing for me.

u/grooviegurl · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  1. Is PocketDerm available in your region? This looks like something an oral antibiotic and some gentler treatments could help resolve.

  2. You're using a lot of really harsh treatments. Does your skin ever feel tight and dry in areas, and oily in other areas? If so, your face is oily because your skin is trying to re-hydrate itself. It's important to be kind to your skin.

  3. Over-hydrating skin isn't a thing I've ever heard of, and if it does exist then you are definitely not in danger of doing it. Not even close.

    I would get rid of everything you're doing and start fresh, with much gentler products.

  • Try Vanicream Free and Clear. It's gentler, and doesn't have fatty alcohols. CeraVe Foaming can dry out skin, and dry skin is bad.

  • You can use a konjac sponge a few times per week for gentle physical exfoliation. Don't over use it though, we don't want to irritate your skin!

  • I love Sebamed Clear Face Gel as a moisturizer. It helps repair your acid mantle and rebalance your skin's pH.

  • Where's your sunscreen, man?! EltaMD makes a good one.

  • If you decide to try OCM, consider using Neem Oil. Tons of people here have had success with it.

  • CHECK YOUR SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER. If you have bacne you might be further irritating it with ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner.

    A couple of the items listed are a bit pricey, but they're so great, in my opinion. The Sebamed, especially. And the PocketDerm. If you try these and your skin improves, you can try slowly reintroducing your harsh treatments. Try to love your skin, not beat it into submission.
u/sw33trt · 2 pointsr/weddingplanning

Gotcha. I think typically office visits are like $150 without insurance, but then most of the rosacea treatments are brand-name, so they'll be crazy expensive prescriptions without insurance.

Anywho, still an idea to keep in mind for the future when she gets on your insurance if she's often bugged by this!

EDIT: also, there's a really light-weight sunscreen by Elta that has an anti-redness ingredient (niacinimide) that lots of people with rosacea swear by. You can put it on under makeup. It's available on Amazon for ~$25

u/abitofpixiedust · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction


I have considered it, but I just haven't made the purchase yet. I'm currently using quite a few products and I definitely think that I'm seeing results. It's really important to keep up a good routine

Right now, I use the mint julep mask once a week, and the REN micro polish cleanser every few days. Both of this help keep my skin incredibly smooth and refreshed looking.

For daily use, I apply aczone, sephora instant moisturizer and a bit of argan oil. I apply Elta MD sunscreen over that.

I have the same routine at night, with the aczone, moisturizer, and argan oil, but with no sunscreen and every other night I use a vitamin c + e serum, which was in my post, and which I LOVE.

The sunscreen and vitamin c serum, as well as the REN exfoliator, are all supposed to help with scarring, hyperpigmentation, etc. I'm breaking out way less, and my scars are definitely going away.

As for the other products I had listed here...

The tea tree oil broke me out terribly, it was awful. So I can't recommend that, but it seems to work well for most people!

I did buy the hyaluronic acid, but it was meh. It kept moisture in, but I always felt a little bit oily. You're supposed to add a drop or two of water to it when you apply, but for some reason, that mixture always made me break out. I used consistently for a while, but I haven't been using it for a few weeks now, and haven't noticed a difference without it.

I bought the dermaroller, but then I read on here that it can actually be terrible for your skin, as it can causes micro tears. That freaked me out, so I haven't really ever used it.

I also got the aztec healing clay! I really do like it, but I use the mint julep mask more because it's easier to use. The healing clay needs to be mixed with apple cider vinegar, and most of the time I'm too lazy to actually do that.

I would have to say that my favorite products so far are the vitamin c serum and the argan oil. Hope this helped!

u/Hector_the_Collector · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

No I use this one

u/PhillipMB · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

Check out the /r/SkincareAddiction side bar. Here are some favorites they rave about (and I use myself with good results):

  • CeraVe oil-free moisturizer - this shit makes your skin feel so soft and good. I literally smile when I apply this.

  • Elta MD oil free sunscreen - sun screen that doesn't leave a white residue after applying, doesn't clog pores, etc.

  • Cetaphil gentle cleanser - I don't personally use this, but it's a very gentle cleanser and shouldn't hurt your skin. Good way to get rid of the dirt on your face at the end of the day.

    You should go and read the side bar and do your own research before you use anything though.
u/doingthedo · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hope people see this, I need help...

u/IntakeExhaust · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

So I've been doing my skincare regimen for awhile with issues and decided to add a sunscreen, but I've been having major issues with it burning my face. My current routine is this:


Benzaclin (5%BP/1%clindamycin)

Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel (

All the regular sunscreens I tried were causing a burning (which I read may be due to avobenzone). So I ordered EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen (

It again caused a terrible burning sensation and my face turned bright red where I applied it. Does anyone have ideas for what may be causing this, or alternative sunscreens?

u/n00bquake · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Is transparent zinc oxide the same as nano zinc oxide? I recently picked up EltaMD Clear SPF 46 and am worried that the "transparent zinc oxide" may cause unnecessary irritation if it goes too deep into my pores.

Edit: looking at Amazon there seem to be a fair amount of people who said this product caused breakouts for them, which is the last thing I want to deal with in a sunscreen!

u/athenasbranch · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

I've mostly had to grow out of it, but it can flare up if I don't stick to my routine. I wash every night with cetaphil daily cleanser (not the gentle cleanser, that breaks me out and feels icky) and I will sometimes just rinse with water and towel dry in the morning. I put this moisturizer/sunscreen on to protect myself from the intense Texas sun, especially around my eyes and mouth.

u/tatumd · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

That was some awesome advice you got from daisyismydog. Now to put some of that into practice with a starting routine:

Spash water on face
Moisturize with this if you get dry

Wash face with this if your skin is dry or this if it's oily. You could try both and see which you prefer.
Then use these
Moisturize with the same cream I recommended from the morning (CeraVe tub)

All the products except for the sunscreen can also be found at CVS and many other drugstores if you prefer to pick them up locally. If you wanted to buy everything locally a dermatologist recommended this a week ago or so, but I haven't tried it.

u/SkivvyLivvy · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch and Elta MD are both great choices. From my experience, the Elta MD one completely absorbs and doesn't feel greasy at ALL. The Neutrogena one feels slightly greasier to me, but it's not like normal sunscreen greasy or anything. I tend to use the Neutrogena one more often because I can stand the smell of it more than the Elta MD, but I have a very sensitive nose, so that's probably just me. They're both great.

u/mastiii · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

This guide can help you. Any of the products listed there can help you. I will list some of my personal recommendations below. It depends on what your budget is and whether you prefer to buy online or in stores. You don't have to go crazy and buy it all. Pick one or two products to start with. I also highly recommend a daily sunscreen to prevent the PIH from getting darker.

CeraVe PM - a moisturizer that contains niacinamide (available almost everywhere like Target, Walmart, CVS). You can print a $2 off coupon from the CeraVe website too. It's about $11-14.

Ponds dark spot treatment - moisturizer with niacinamide and Vitamin C. Available almost everywhere. I have seen tiny jars in the travel section at Target for $1.47. A big jar is something like $7-9.

Elta MD Clear - sunscreen with niacinamide. You can only buy online or from some dermatologists.

Nufountain Vitamin C serum - available online only, I think.

As for AHA products, I recommend Silk Naturals (online only), St. Ives pads (these are discontinued so you can find them at Big Lots or on Amazonly only), Paula's Choice 8% AHA (online only), or any of the products made by the brand Alpha Hydrox (available at Ulta and some pharmacies (CVS?)).

u/veronicaxrowena · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hey, SoCal here.

My faves are:

Physical: Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 broad Spectrum (usually get mine from Sephora, you could also sample this if there is a Sephora near you)

Physical and chemical mixed: Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 with niacinamide for hyperpigmentation and acne skin. (Available on Amazon but I also found mine locally at a medspa around the corner from my house)

Chemical: Biore UV Aqua SPF 50 PA ++++ (bought this on Amazon in a two pck, but my local Asian beauty store also carries it)


Josie Maran Sunscreen

Elta MD Sunscreen


u/Vauldr · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I've been thinking about this one because I keep reading a lot of good reviews.

Is this the right one:

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, 1.7 oz

Also: how long does it last you, and where would you recommend purchasing it?

u/yogapantsareforever · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Mine is the same way in the morning, wish it was like that all the time! Skin repairs itself while we sleep at night, and throughout the day a lot of stressors on the skin cause it to look crappier. The weather, air conditioning or heating, our emotional state, water intake, stress, and sun exposure all can contribute to redness and general crappiness.

So that might be why when you feel tired it looks worse, but I'm not aware of a direct affect.

If it isn't rosacea, you might just have sensitive skin and "thin skin" which is common in very pale people showcases blood vessels because they are sitting closer to the skin's surface.

Also, I don't think I could find the post now that /u/ieatbugs has been permabanned, but she made one a few months ago showing her skin over the past 5 years or so. Starting out really persistently red, and then improving vastly since she started wearing a sunscreen every morning. It turned out the sun exposure was just irritating her skin and leading to the redness. Not a sunburn mind you, just the heat/exposure to the rays itself was bothering her skin. So that might be something to try.

These two sunscreens are the bomb for sensitive skin if you want to try one. They may take a few minutes to soak in so don't apply RIGHT before you need to be somewhere, but they will look nice and not greasy. They're very light.

u/blackberrycat · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I haven't actually tried that sunscreen; it probably isn't amazing, but it is cheap and available. If I were you, I would save up (if you can) to try this one, which seems to be very popular. Good luck!

u/i_pee_in_the_sink · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Is this our culprit?

u/zero_vitamins · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

You can buy it on Amazon.

I'm currently using Elta MD UV Shield; it's the same price for almost twice the amount of product. It works great with my acne prone skin! I use it over moisturizer.

u/orata · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm a little older than you; I also have combination skin on the dry side. Here's my usual routine right now:


  • Wash face in shower with whatever bar soap I have on hand (usually an indie soap from a brand like Villainess or Arcana). This isn't really an ideal facial cleanser, but my skin is pretty compliant.
  • Wipe any areas with pimples or clogged pores (usually just my T-zone) with a Stridex pad (I use the wipes in the red box and cut them into quarters to make them last longer; don't usually need more than 1/4 wipe for my oily areas). The BHA helps cut the oils and unclog pores.
  • Wait a few mins, then pat a little water on my face to dampen it, and apply a few drops of Garden of Wisdom cranberry hyaluronic acid serum mixed with a few drops of maracuja oil or argan oil as a moisturizer. I used to just use the oil, but find that adding the serum helps keep my face hydrated and happy much longer. This particular HA serum smells really nice, which is the main reason I use it.
  • Sunscreen, either Elta MD UV Clear (what I use most days, but the PPD rating isn't as good as some, so if I'm going to be out in the sun for a while, I might use the Shiseido instead; I do always use this on my eye area since it doesn't sting) or Shiseido Hada Senka UV Gel (all chemical, so it stings my eyes, but has a higher PPD; I think it may also be better for flash photos). Both sunscreens rub in quickly without leaving a white cast or shininess/greasiness/stickiness on my skin.
  • Lip balm (currently using Nuxe Reve de Miel, which I bought after reading rave reviews but I think is really overhyped)


  • Cleanse with Kose Softymo deep cleansing oil. My HG cleanser--takes off all makeup without any rubbing, and since it's oil-based, it gives the benefits of oil cleansing, but rinses off clean without needing a washcloth.
  • Stridex wipes as needed
  • I alternate actives at night somewhat randomly: currently rotating between Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C, E, and White Tea serum as a vitamin C product (I like this, but I'm going to try their simpler Majik C serum next to see if it's something that can be used during the daytime--this one advises use only at night), Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream as a retinol product, and Alpha Hydrox AHA Gel as an AHA for exfoliation. Retinol and AHA make your skin more sensitive to the sun and/or break down in sunlight, so I only use these at night. The vitamin C serum suggests only using at night, so I only use that at night as well.
  • I also spot treat hyperpigmentation at night with Garden of Wisdom Light 'n' Brite serum dabbed on just the areas that need it.
  • Lip balm
  • I rub rosehip seed oil on my eyes and lashes (combination lash conditioner, moisturizer, and gentle retinol product for my eye area, since I avoid using most active products around my eyes)
  • Then I moisturize my whole face with the maracuja or argan oil and sometimes the HA serum. I have a drugstore knockoff of Cerave in the tub that I occasionally use, but I feel more moisturized if I use oils. The rosehip seed oil feels a bit heavier than the others, so I usually only use it on my eye area.
  • Occasionally I use masks or spot treatments: Neutrogena salicylic acid gel or Clearasil BP cream for pimples, Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask if my pores are clogged (though it's drying, so usually just on my T-zone), Dr. Jeffrey Dover Skin Effects Glycolic Mask for extra exfoliation, or a honey/yogurt/turmeric mask; I also have a jar of C-Brighter maracuja eye cream that I got kind of by accident and use this sometimes on my eyes as well, but I wouldn't repurchase this because it seems overpriced/overhyped.
u/Acnehommie · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Personally, I'm not using a vitamin C cream because it's expensive. But sunscreen is literally a MUST. I used to think sunscreen would just make things worse, but it turns out that sun damage makes acne scar spots darker.

Lots of people here have seen success from sunscreens and the one I'm personally using is EldaMD sunscreen, found here:

I also use Adapalene 0.3% (Differin) which is a prescription. It's been shown in scientific studies to promote cell turnover, which fades those spots. I've been using it so far and has been keeping my skin not only clear, but has been helping with the scarring as well.

I'm also about to use GOW's Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid Exfoliation Wipes. Found here:

I have middle-eastern skin so I need to use lactic acid, as it works better for darker skins. But Glycolic Acid may work better for your skin. The recommendations in the post above are some of the best but make sure to read the ingredient labels. Paraben-free and minimal ingredients are always best for your skin. They also have a DIY Vitamin C found here:

I'm going to add this to my regimen a little later, just trying to be as conservative with money as possible. Vitamin C is essential for collagen renewal and will help fade your spots faster. It also gives your skin a nice glow, so there's benefits!

That'd be my list of recommendations, make sure to read some of the posts around here that had the same problem as you - they can help you choose the best product for you. I'm confident though that given time and determination, your skin will be 100% clear.

Remember though, patience is the key for acne and even the scarring. Just stay persistent and you'll see good things!

u/tetrine · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Elta MD UV Clear! It's great under makeup and doesn't have a white cast. I have very fair skin and it's worked a charm for me.

u/Perplexedplatypus · 1 pointr/acne

Personally, I'm just using some of the cheaper stuff that I saw were in the guide.

Vitamin C:


Sunscreen (This one is good for sensitive skin and doesn't leave your face white):

Careful what sunscreen you get. If you are anything like me, you will breakout from sunscreen that has ingredients other than zinc oxide and titanium oxide.

u/Jarvan_v · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty


u/bingbutt · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use Elta MD UV Clear (it comes highly recommended by SCA)

It contains niacinamide, which also helps with fading the red marks.

u/BreezyOG · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

My current routine:
wet face

apply CeraVe Foaming Cleanser(

After having applied cleanser to all of face I use this brush for approximately one minute anad then I rinse my face with water(

After using the brush/finishing the cleansing process I use one of these pads and I apply it to all of my face

I let my face air dry for like 30 seconds after using the stridex pad and then I apply this moisturizer lotion (

I believe that I need to start using some sort of sunscreen, no? If so what should I go for? I don't really know where to look for them just by searching "facial sunscreen" on amazon. ( This one looks good based on the reviews but 1.7 ounces for $25 is kinda pricey considering that I'll be using the same amount of sunscreen as I would for my lotion. I have normal skin. Any advice on my current routine or input on what sunscreen I should get that's great for the price would help. Thanks.

u/Bugbug72 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm really digging the EltaMD Sunscreen

u/zefirose · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

This is the Elta product I use. I'm not sure if it is any less comedogenic, but I have not noticed any problems from using it.

u/ohshababy · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Elta MD!! Seriously I love that sunscreen. Not greasy at all and doesn't break me out.

u/gigantic_trex · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use EltaMD UV Clear. It's a bit expensive but after using less expensive drugstore sunscreens I find it's very much worth it.

u/squidistic · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Thanks! I have also been more conscious of my skin's exposure to the sun after realizing that it is extremely harmful!

I have heard that organic (chemical) sunscreen usually burn the eyes, you might want to consider switching to an inorganic (physical) sunscreen. You can try the EltaMD UV PHysical SPF41. I personally use an inorganic sunscreen but still find that it is stinging to the eyes when I sweat and it enters the eyes. I think that the much better option would be a very water-resistant sunscreen that would not enter the eye.

There are some inorganic and organic sunscreen mixture that redditors have said that there are good under makeup!. Some of the recommended sunscreens are Biore UV Aqua Rich Smooth Watery Gel and EltaMD UV Clear.

All the best in finding your HG sunscreen!

u/passeriformes · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

I use this Elta MD product. It came highly recommended by the people at /r/skincareaddiction and it's pretty lightweight. It's pricey, but I don't use it everyday, since I'm a student and am either in a building with no windows or at home 90% of the time.

u/natalieilatan · 1 pointr/AskTrollX

Elta MD is a fantastic facial sunscreen for acne-prone skin. SPF 46, absorbs well, not oily. It is a bit $$, but I will never use anything else.

u/ms_kittyfantastico · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have not used it, but there are plenty of sunscreens out there you could try. EltaMD is still expensive, but it is a great brand that you might want to try. Also check out this La Roche Posay sunscreen for a purely mineral sunscreen like Tizo 3.

u/BlastedSnowEgret · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Can someone tell me the difference between this one and the one linked here? There is a huge price difference.

u/leesah94114 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I also hate sunscreen that leaves me feeling oily. I'm currently using EltaMD's sunscreen, and I really like it. Link to the product on Amazon:

u/swingthatwang · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

or if you're lazy like me, zinc oxide protects against both UVA/UVB as a physical sunscreen. Elta MD makes one. i don't know about other physical sunscreens though, so worth researching if you're you know, not lazy.

u/depression-hope · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

There are a variety of ingredients, methods, and products that could potentially help you. The problem is everyone is different, so it will have to be a careful trial and error (and patience over a period of time) before you can pinpoint the right solution for you and what the original cause was.

If you're going to try products, I highly recommend you buy small sample sizes if possible and try them out one or two at a time. Be careful and start small, especially with active ingredients. They're quite potent, which means they give powerful positive results, but you can also risk overusing them or using them in a dangerous combination. So do your research about correct application and be careful.

  • BHA (salicylic acid), such as Paula's Choice or Stridex. A very popular ingredient with a great track record in preventing/clearing acne, clearing acne scars, and generally improving texture, tone, and color. I would recommend getting sample sizes of these to start.
  • Azelaic acid is another great way to tackle both acne and scars. Paula's Choice has a great azelaic acid + salicylic acid combo that I highly recommend.
  • Vitamin C. Can help greatly with acne scars. Paula's Choice, The Ordinary.
  • Sulphur is known to be antibacterial and a mask containing sulphur can help suppress breakouts. But most likely will not help with scarring. Sunday Riley Saturn mask helped a few people I know with cystic breakouts.
  • Differin. Contains adapalene which is known to clear and prevent acne. Be really careful and don't use with exfoliants.
  • Benzoyl peroxide. Pretty commonly used to clear and prevent acne, but it has the unfortunate affect of bleaching clothes/pillows/etc and can be pretty strong. Paula's Choice.
  • Aquaphor/vaseline/hyaluronic acid. It's possible your moisture barrier is not doing so well right now. Counterintuitively, being too dry can exacerbate acne. Also, if you're using exfoliants or other active ingredients, you'll want to make sure to stay hydrated and moisturized. Aquaphor, HA. Also recommend this Hado Labo HA cleanser and oil cleanser for a very hydrating double cleanse.
  • Sunscreen. You don't mention it but you should be wearing a daily sunscreen that's non-comedogenic, especially if you are trying any of the products above. La-Roche Posay, Elta MD, Neutrogena.

    The list goes on and on but you can start your research here.

    To eliminate causes, pay attention to when you have breakouts. Make sure the products you're currently using are a good pH and aren't breaking you out to begin with. Don't eat dairy for a long while until you know it doesn't cause the breakouts.

    Hormonal acne is most often clustered on chin and jawline, is often cystic, and often flares up once a month (aka period). If that describes you, you might want to talk to a doctor or dermatologist about whether it's hormonal or not, because there are treatments for that, such as birth control or spearmint tea.
u/peanutmonkey · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

It is so hard to find a good sunscreen when you have dry skin. Most "oil free" stuff is so uncomfortable...but the alternatives can make your makeup melt right off.

  • I am currently using this over my cerave with no troubles at all.

  • I used this stuff a couple of times and it performed well.

  • I tried a sample of this stuff and I found it really comfortable on my dry/sensitive skin.

  • This stuff works pretty well. I used an entire bottle before buying the Shiseido stuff. I liked it well enough that I've got a bottle waiting for me when I finish my current sunscreen (it was on sale at Ulta!)

    I also have some that I have been looking at, which might be worth considering for you too:

  • This stuff, even though it doesnt have a high spf.

  • This stuff came highly recommended.

  • A lot of folks swear by this one as well.

    Sorry for the spam! Hopefully this was helpful!
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u/aisakumi · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hello~ I've been stalking the Korean beauty industry for years, but have never committed due to random reasons. I want to try my hand at it next year (need to use up my stupidly expensive Sephora products). Here's a routine I created - mostly from Snow White & The Pear's reviews. For the record, I have eczema (thanks god, no flares right now) and sensitive (contact allergies), oily skin. I know. How can I have eczema and oily skin? OTL