EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes in either a clear or tinted option. Alcohol free, yet so light on your skin that you won't even know it's there. Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that's perfect for layering over other products or used alone.

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EltaMD has done the seemingly impossible with their UV mineral sunscreen, SPF 46, that now comes in a clear or tinted option. You get an SPF 46 from the magic combo of zinc oxide and octinoxate, yet this sunscreen spreads easily and dries quickly leaving no film or sheen. This, plus the fact that it's oil-free and noncomedogenic make EltaMD UV SPF 46 the best sunscreen for oily and acne prone skin in my opinion.

The tinted option is perfect for softening complexion flaws for all skin types. The tinting is subtle and blends nicely into most complexions. 

This sunscreen is also paraben free, fragrance free and perfect for sensitive skin. It's earned the Environmental Working Groups' rating of #2 meaning it meets their stringent natural skin care and eco concerns.

As an added plus, EltaMD UV SPF 46 also contains high-purity niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help calm redness and inflammation from acne, seborrhea or rosacea.

Dr. Cynthia Bailey Wants You To Know These Important Facts About Sunscreen
It's my opinion that zinc oxide is the best sunscreen ingredient for broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection.

Zinc oxide, and its cousin titanium dioxide, are considered mineral sunscreens (and are also called physical sunscreens). When applied to your skin these mineral/physical sunscreens sit on top of your skin and bounce off the UV rays just like bouncing a ball off of a wall. They provide non-irritating, hypoallergenic broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that you can trust. Nano technology made it possible for mineral sunscreen to be applied invisibly to your skin. New zinc oxide technology has made it possible for even non-nano zinc oxide products to rub almost invisibly onto your skin too.

Mineral sunscreens are the only sunscreens that I trust and recommend. That's because the other type of sunscreens, called chemical sun screens (and also confusingly also called ‘organic' sunscreens!), actually absorb into the top of your skin and block the sun rays with a chemical reaction that occurs within your skin itself. The reaction creates a little heat, which make you feel even hotter in the sun. More importantly, it breaks down the chemical sunscreen ingredients so that they aren't there to protect you anymore. Thus your skin steadily runs out of the chemical sunscreens when you're in the sun.

The mineral sunscreens on the other hand last longer on your skin because the UV rays don't break them down like this. They're also more stable in the sunscreen bottle than ‘chemical' sunscreens, which break down while they sit in the bottle waiting for you to buy them and use them.

Of the mineral sunscreen ingredients, I recommend only zinc oxide and not titanium dioxide because it rubs onto your skin better and gives better broad spectrum protection.

Remember, harmful and aging UV sun rays come through most windows. You need to apply sunscreen to the all exposed areas of your skin every day even if you don't plan to spend time outdoors. Applying a mineral zinc oxide sunscreen should be part of your daily skin care routine!

Creating perfect sun protection requires picking the right products for your skin type and activities.

Need help picking the perfect sunscreen? View Dr. Bailey's Sunscreen Comparison Chart.


Product Ingredients: EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 (1.7 oz Airless Pump)
Active Ingredients: 9.0% Zinc Oxide 7.5% Octinoxate
Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, 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.


Customer Reviews

Best sunscreen for acne prone and oily - So happy I found it! Review by HappyAnonymous

I rarely write reviews and it is my pleasure to share my joy about this product. I have oily skin and the persistent mild to moderate adult acne that never quite goes away. Yet, it is super important to wear sunscreen, and most others are too greasy or make me breakout. Thankfully, I found Dr. Bailey's site through a Google search one day when I was feeling frustrated, and I took a chance and ordered this product. It is *amazing*. I wish I would have found it sooner. Exactly as it promises, it is lightweight, gentle on my skin, and goes on perfectly under makeup - best of all, so much less shine (I'm still human but the shine is at least 50-percent less). I love the high SPF, and whiIe I wish the price were less, it is still absolutely worth it. It smooths over the face so easily, and I have not broken out from this product nor been sunburned. It is so gentle, and effective. I wish I could tell everyone who struggles with face issues you are not alone, and to order this wonderful sunscreen :-) Re-ordering today. I also love what I have read online about Dr. Bailey's approach and the (more) natural ingredients -and the fact it has zinc oxide. After reading her site and others, it makes sense. Sorry for the long review, but after so many years of trying so much stuff whether name brands at the grocery/drug store or from cosmetic counters, this is hands down my favorite facial sunscreen.

(Posted on 5/26/2018)

The only sunscreen that has not broken my oily, acne prone skin out. Review by Mandy

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!

(Posted on 1/4/2018)

Can wear it every day without breakouts-love it! Review by Jennifer

I just found your blog and love it. Can’t wait to try more products-but my favorite is Elta MD UV Clear 46 sunscreen. I’m aging and acne prone and can wear it every day without breakouts-love it!

(Posted on 1/4/2018)

Provides nice protection that is easy to apply. Review by Beth W

My favorite product is Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46. It works well for me, my husband and my son. For them, it has a light texture so does not feel greasy or heavy. For me, it provides nice protection that is easy to apply a makeup to. Love it!

(Posted on 1/4/2018)

Helped tremendously!!! Review by Melanie M

I found Dr. Bailey’s skincare when searching for something to help fight facial redness & seborrheic dermatitis. The Replenix Power of 3 cream and Elta MD Clear spf 46 have helped tremendously. They are my favorites!

(Posted on 1/3/2018)

Feels light on oily skin! Review by Justine

I recommend Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 because it’s the only >5% zinc oxide sunscreen I’ve tried that I like. I hate almost all sunscreens because they’re greasy or sticky, smell distinctly like sunscreen*, or leave a white cast. Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 feels light on oily skin, has a minimal sunscreen scent, doesn’t leave a white cast after it sinks in, and has niacinamide to help calm acne.

(Posted on 1/3/2018)

feels great and doubles as foundation Review by sak

I love this tinted sunscreen. It feels light on my skin (not heavy or greasy), easy to apply, gives great protection and it doubles as foundation.

(Posted on 3/24/2017)

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