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These SPF formulas are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types.

By Kathleen Mulpeter
April 02, 2018

You diligently slather on SPF to protect yourself from dangerous UV exposure that can lead to skin cancer, as well as prevent dark spots and other signs of aging. So, for those with sensitive skin in particular, it's frustrating when sunscreen has the opposite effect, triggering irritation or redness rather than protecting and improving your complexion.

Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City, tells us that there are a few important factors people with sensitive skin should consider in a sunscreen formula. The biggest is to choose a physical or mineral sunscreen (such as one that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) over chemical formulas. "Chemicals are more likely to cause irritation," she explains.

The formula you apply should also always be unscented, Dr. Jaliman adds, since many people with this skin type are irritated by fragrance; look for products that say "unscented" or "fragrance-free" on the label.

Here, five dermatologist-approved sunscreens that will shield skin from UV rays without causing a reaction.

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