Sun protection without crème

Oily skin should also be protected from the sun's harmful rays. Listen what Mads from Danish Skin Care advices about sun protection without cream

Author Mads Timmermann

Mads has 14+ years of experience as a skin expert and has written/read this article.

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Question: “Sun protection without crème”

Hi Mads,

I write to you because I’ve been having a problem for many years, as a person I’m the quiet type who’s rather cautious and prefer to do things myself. But I’ve chosen to give this a chance, because I think you seem like a very sympathetic person.

My skin has a tendency to becomes greasy a while after I come out of the shower. It always helps to wash my face with just water and using a towel afterwards. But it only lasts a couple of hours. Which is pretty annoying.

You wrote to somebody that “blackheads” are caused by because of over-active tallow glands. And it appears in exactly those areas which you mention, in my case primarily around my nose. A few on my forehead. But it’s primarily the excess grease that annoys me the most (on my nose and my forehead). (Oh, is it a problem to “press” the blackheads on my skin? – They disappear, but the skin stays greasy).

You recommend a product with “exfoliating AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, for example lactic acid, glycolic acid) or BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid = salicylic acid) ingredients”.

My regular routine consists of cleansing my skin in the morning with a glycolic facial cleanser, which among other things contains vitamins A, C and E. Afterwards I don’t apply any crème. In the evening, I use the same cleanser, but then I apply a crème containing alpha hydroxyl acids AHA. The reason why I don’t apply any crème after cleansing in the morning is because my skin becomes even more greasy. Which means that I have another dilemma, because I don’t have any sunscreen on my face to protect me from the rays from the sun.

I do sports and I eat a lot of fruit, so I’m really starting from scratch.

Hope you have an idea of what I could do and maybe what I do wrong!


Answer to: “Sun protection without crème”

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your question – and I am so happy to see that you are paying attention to sun protection yourself! It really is very important!

The sun is responsible for a lot of the skin problem, we experience – like the sun, as you probably know very well can cause skin cancer and other serious skin disorder – which is why you should protect your skin from the damaging rays from the sun 365 days a year. That means sunscreen, which contain both UVA and UVB filters.

Regarding your situation where your skin is already producing a lot of moisture and you do not need additional moisture from crèmes (that generally contains sunscreen) – then I would simply recommend you to use a powder with sunscreen. A powder with sunscreen is at least s good to use as a crème with sunscreen – you are simply not adding moisture. Also, if you choose a powder with a matting effect that will also help you to control the “shine” in your skin.

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