What’s the Best Dermatologist-Recommended Sunscreen for Oily Skin?

 Sunscreen for Oily Skin: MDSolarSciences Tinted Creme SunscreenHave you been searching far and wide for a pure, physical and mineral sunscreen that is paraben free, oil free, and lightweight, and that doesn’t leave a ghostly white sheen on your skin?

Are you spending a lot of money on the search, but have been unable to find the perfect product?

Search no further, Dr. Bailey has found it for you! It’s MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 and it’s the perfect sunscreen for oily skin.


As the name suggests, this sunscreen is mildly tinted. The tint and matte finish of MD Solar Sciences SPF 30 does not so much give coverage and concealment, as it cleverly removes the white halo zinc and titanium-based sunscreens can leave on your skin. And with a 17% zinc oxide and 1.5 % titanium dioxide content, this is saying a lot. MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 goes on clear, gives a soft-focus effect, and diffuses imperfections. It is not only a powerful sunscreen, it beautifully perfects the skin.

Did I mention this SPF 30 sunscreen contains a naturally derived 17% zinc oxide to provide a powerful physical block from the sun’s rays?

Not only does the Mineral Tinted Crème help to even skin tone, but it also is truly powerful sun protection. Water-resistant up to 80 minutes, it also provides long-lasing sun protection when you are out having fun and living life. MD Solar Sciences Mineral also uses a special blend of antioxidants in their products, which includes green tea, cranberry, and pomegranate extract, to help protect against free-radical damage.

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 is:

  • paraben free
  • oil free
  • able to provide a mattifying effect to the skin to reduce shine
  • the perfect multitasking primer for makeup if you wear it

Although great for any skin type or tone, the Mineral Tinted Crème is ideal for oily, acneic, and combination skin. It will not clog pores, feels extremely lightweight, and helps to reduce shine on the skin’s surface. For my clients with dry and more mature skin, our luxurious Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream SPF 30 Sunscreen is the ideal match. Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen

Why am I so excited about MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème Sunscreen?

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème Sunscreen has five amazing attributes I love:

  1. It visually “perfects” by smoothing out skin tone and reducing shine.
  2. It glides on like silk and blends easily.
  3. It provides the highest quality of superior sun protection and is loaded with natural antioxidant ingredients as well.
  4. It feels amazing your skin.
  5. It functions like a makeup primer, meaning your mineral powder last longer and you will need to use less of it.  

For you makeup wearers, I want to explain a little more about the makeup primer characteristic of the MDSolar Sciences Mineral Tinted Crème. When I first sampled it, I was astounded by how effortlessly and beautifully makeup went on the skin over the Mineral Tinted Crème!  As I dusted the superfine mineral powder of Dr. Bailey’s Mineral Makeup on my skin over the cream, the application was even more effortless and final result even beautiful than ever before!  If you wear makeup, I believe that your powders will perform even better than ever before over the Mineral Tinted Crème’s silky texture.

If you live locally, when you book in for your next facial or waxing service, make sure to ask our aestheticians about MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30. We’re excited to show you what we love about it!

best skin care servicesMaLinda, Medical Aesthetician

My passion is helping people look and feel beautiful. I have more than nine years of experience in the skincare and cosmetics industry; having worked as a makeup artist, as a makeup and skincare product specialist for a high-end department store, and as an aesthetician.

I have a bachelor’s degree in English and history, but I have found my true calling in the world of skincare. I’ve been a licensed aesthetician since 2007. I love helping my clients achieve healthy, beautiful skin and teaching them how to get the results they’re looking for on a daily basis. Everyone is beautiful with unique attributes that make them special. Finding and highlighting these attributes in a person is my passion – and it’s what I love about my career.



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33 Responses to “What’s the Best Dermatologist-Recommended Sunscreen for Oily Skin?”

  1. Monica P June 26, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I am definitely interested in the MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme. I am going to Hawaii in Sept and I would love a tinted sunscreen to help even out my skin tone .. I’m not a fan of “no makeup’ even at the beach! So this product looks promising.


  2. Jennie June 27, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    This sounds a great product. I particularly like the fact it reduces shine and protects my skin from the sun too.

  3. John June 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Hello Dr. Bailey,

    This is a pretty great sunscreen, and I had already planned to recommend it in a comprehensive list that’ll be published on my blog in about Mid-August. But moving on, I actually have question for you that’s not related to this post. I attempted to comment on the relevant post, but probably because it was published back in February of this year, I am unable to leave a comment.

    So I know your a fan of the Citrix CRS 15% Vitamin C Serum. Your own online store has a privately rebranded version of it offered at a lower price, which is fantastic!

    However, I recently purchased this same product from another retailer (SkinStore), and there have been a few notable changes–changes that were NOT reflected on the website:

    1. The bottle is no longer rectangular. Instead it’s cylindrical–and that’s fine. However, the next issue is far less easy to swallow.

    2. The ingredients have changed. It no longer contains the same ingredients that are posted on this website. Most importantly, water is no longer listed on the ingredients list. And since pH is dependent on the presence of water, this product no longer has a pH. (It used to be 3.0, according to your description). And we both know that’s not a good thing in terms of enhancing penetration and efficacy. Can you comment on this change? Has it changed with your version?

    Thanks and I look forward to reading your response.

  4. Sam June 28, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    Is this sunscreen for women only?

  5. Diana Ruiz June 29, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Good article and I guess that is one the most realistic tops of sunscreen creams.
    From those 10, wich one do you recommend for a skin affected by acne?

  6. Anna Smith July 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Nice post! it seems so promising.. I like it very much.. and would surely like to go for MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme

  7. Tanya July 4, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Aside from the sunscreen benefit and the ease of applying makeup, does the cream offer other advantages? Does it contain vitamins or minerals that help address oil skin?

  8. Kevin July 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    Hi Dr. Bailey!

    Would this sunscreen be better than the EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen? I use it with the Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit and moisturizer for oily to normal skin. Perfect so far, but it never hurts to know the comparison. Secondly are tinted sunscreens made in such a way where they will tint discolorations on all skin tones? Thanks for the article! I’m still on the journey to find an everyday body sunscreen for oily skin. All the the one’s I’ve found supply SPF 15 and I was looking for at least 45.

    Thanks so much for this post!

  9. Sara Hill July 6, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I “found” Dr. Bailey last summer when I was having skin breakouts that my dermatologist failed to correct so turned to the internet in total frustration. Since then I have been using the Replenix cream and zinc soap and have finally managed to keep my skin clear and healthy. I just began to use MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme and it is fabulous for my sensitive, oily skin. Suntegrity BB cream was luxurious but too heavy and the Light variety was just too dark in color for my fair complexion. Hooray for another excellent product suggestion from Dr. Bailey!

  10. Kevin July 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Would the silicones and trigylcerides be clogging?

  11. Kris Grant July 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I’ve tried the mineral tinted creme before, and it’s a really great sunscreen. My skin didn’t look shiny, and the feel wasn’t too heavy. I liked it a lot. Thanks for getting the word out!

  12. Pamela Springer July 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    That looks very promising, I love the concept, I too was curious about the silicones and triglycerides clogging pores? Great article!

  13. Stephen Knows Cancer July 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Wow, I have to say that the MD Solar Sciences SPF 30 sounds really impressive! I am going to be headed to San Francisco next month, and this is something that could pretty helpful. I was really impressed that MDSolarSciences was able to include so many great antioxidants in this sunscreen (I mean I was shocked to read they had green tea in there!!), though to be honest, I am no expert into what is included in the best sunscreens. Actually, I was wondering if you could tell me a little more about mineral sunscreens that are paraben free?

  14. AMedSpa July 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Great Products! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Marissa July 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    This is just what I’ve been looking for! I have such oily skin and I feel like none of the sunscreens I’ve used have worked. Thanks for sharing this information!

  16. Cynthia Bailey July 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I have a sunscreen comparison chart that has answers to many questions. http://www.drbaileyskincare.com/sunscreen-comparison-chart.shtml

  17. Cynthia Bailey July 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Typically not but it’s a matter of degree with silicones.

  18. Cynthia Bailey July 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Hello Kevin,
    The two sunscreens feel very different. The MDSolar Sciences has a drier feel on the skin. The tinting blends well with most skin pigment types and can soften color flaws.

    Regarding your search for a body sunscreen, have you tried Citrix Sunscreen on the body? It feels drier than many all purpose sunscreens and is water resistant. It gives broad spectrum mineral protection and actually has an SPF 40 (originally labeled at 30 but retested for the new FDA guidelines and is an SPF 40). I just used it as an everyday body sunscreen on my recent vacation to a hot and humid climate and was very pleased with how it felt and worked for this purpose.

  19. Cynthia Bailey July 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    It has antioxidant ingredients that can help fight free radicals caused from the sun. The base acts like a makeup primer and the dry product texture helps counter the oily feel from skin oil production over the day.

  20. Alejandra July 18, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Exactly what I need! My skin tends to be very oily and the sunscreens I have tried haven’t worked for me as I want them to. Thanks for sharing this valuable information!

  21. Cynthia Bailey July 18, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    See my sunscreen comparison chart http://www.drbaileyskincare.com/sunscreen-comparison-chart.shtml

  22. Cynthia Bailey July 18, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    Not at all, it’s great for men too and the color blends in nicely. The tinting is not intended as make up, it’s to allow high concentration mineral sun protection without the mineral pallor.

  23. Cynthia Bailey July 18, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    I’m wondering if you purchased the wrong thing. The bottle has always been cylindrical. I’ve used/sold this product for so many years I can’t remember and it’s always been this way. The new change/problem is that the cylinder pump has been discontinued by the pump supplier and for the next shipment there is a valve locking tube that Topix is temporarily going to use. I just learned of this yesterday and have to research it further. There is no change to the formula. Topix makes a number of products using similar names, which is why I re-branded CRS. The name was confusing and not informative so I decided to “fix” it to my way of thinking. Same is true with the Replenix Power of Three. Patients were buying the wrong formulas online and even my well educated and experienced patients could not tell the difference.

  24. John July 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I hope you had a great vacation and thank you for getting back to me.

    So with the packaging issue, apparently I was wrong. The picture (since it’s 2D ><) looked like a rectangle. But it has in fact, always been cylindrical. So I apologize for the mistake. And thanks for letting me know about the valve tube change.

    However, the ingredients do still appear to be different. So I bought the product (the CRS 15%) from SkinStore, and the ingredients list on the bottle is the following: Cyclomethicone, L-Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Silicone Polymer, Squalane, PEG/PPG- 18/18, Dimethicone, Phopholipids, TGF-Beta-1, Copolyol, Phospholipids, Cimicifuga Racemosa Extract.

    However, I called Topix and they said it's supposed to be this: Cyclomethicone, L-Ascorbic Acid, Silicone Polymer, Dimethicone, Purified Water, Dimethicone Copolyol, Phospholipids, TGF-beta-1, Cimicifuga racemosa Extract, which is what you have listed on your website. Skinstore originally had the same list, but once I notified them of the change, they double-checked and confirmed that the first listing is the correct and most recent one. I told them what Topix told me, and they said they would follow up with Topix to remedy to discrepancy.

    They also told me, I would be notified of the result. I have yet to hear back from them, so I was wondering if you could check with them about this specific change, and/or maybe look at the ingredients list on the packaging of the latest batch you received from them? I'm sure you can tell but second list no longer contains water, which we don't want. No water = no pH.

    I'm excited to hear back from you and thanks so much.

  25. Cynthia Bailey July 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Hello John,
    Thanks for bringing all of this to my attention. I really appreciate your detailed research, it’s very helpful! We are looking into it and will let you know what we find out.

  26. John July 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    That sounds great! Thanks for keeping me in the loop.

    Also, while I was re-reading my original comment, I noticed that I stated, “… [the] second list no longer contains water…”. I’m sure you assumed that I meant the FIRST list. Haha. I just wanted to clear that up, since the second list CLEARLY contains water.

  27. Mandy July 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    I am obsessed with the Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen. The only sunscreen that has not broken my oily, acne prone skin out. Plus, you’ve gotta love the niacinamide! ;D

  28. Sydney Lyell August 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    It certainly sounds like the only sunscreen you’ll ever need. Why do makers of sunscreens not get it, we don’t want to look like ghosts when we go to the beach or anywhere else for that matter. After all one should be applying sunscreen on a daily basis especially here in Australia where i live. Also like the fact that this product won’t block pores, skin needs to breathe too.

  29. Cynthia Bailey August 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Per Topix, here is the correct listing of the Vitamin C Serum ingredients using the most current nomenclature for ingredient names: Cyclomethicone, L-Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Silicone Polymer, Squalane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phospholipids, TGF Beta-1, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract

    Hope that helps. We are updating our site listing too.

  30. Kevin W. August 6, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Thanks Dr. Bailey for that excellent description and the body sunscreen suggestion!

    Before I continue, I must apologize for my delay in responding. The email updates I requested to receive from this blog had been going straight to my spam folder ahhhhh!! But no longer! :D

    As Mandy says Elta MD UV sunscreen suggested on your online store for oily skin is GODSENT! It doesn’t leave a white tint on my face so I no longer have to walk around like casper to protect my skin from sun damage. In addition this has been the ONLY sunscreen that hasn’t irritated/inflamed my facial acne and SD. Combined with Zinc & Ultimate Acne Treatment my skin has never looked this great and it is absolutely noticeable to my colleagues as well. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! It only took me 25 years ha.

    I’m looking forward to buying the body sunscreen you suggested, especially since all the others caused my SD to flare up and I’ve been going out unprotected.

  31. John August 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Ooh great, thanks for (re)confirming that!

    What’s NOT so great is that because the product no longer contains water, it has no pH, which will affect its ionization and therefore, its penetration and efficacy.

    What are your thoughts on this issue specifically, and the overall reformulation?

  32. Cynthia Bailey August 14, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Hello John,
    Topix has said that they did not change the formula of the product that I have sold all these years. They are simply breaking out the ingredients into more detail. One example of that being the “silicone polymer”. They are also aligning nomenclature with the European harmonization directive aimed at standardization of product ingredient nomenclature. Your questions are excellent regarding the specific product formulation chemistry and so they are best answered by the cosmetic chemists at Topix. Clinically, to my observation, the product continues to look and feel the same, and it continues to provide the same results that it has for years.

  33. John August 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Huh, that’s really interesting.

    I can’t see how water can still be part of the product if it’s not listed in the ingredient list anymore. I’m pretty sure the INCI labeling rules states that you must list water as water/aqua if a given product contains any at all. But who knows? Companies will say anything it seems. Still, I’m glad to here that from a clinical POV, the product gives the same results, though that may be attributed more to the growth factor content, rather than the L-AA.

    But I’ll ask them directly. Do you happen to have a direct number or anything like that you’d be willing to provide? Because I called their toll-free number, and they weren’t able to give me a proper answer.

    Thanks again!