Summary: A lightweight, non-comedogenic and acne-friendly sunscreen that simultaneously acts as a concealer for healthy, uniform looking skin. No oily mess and absorbs into the skin wonderfully. Highly recommended!
When my dermatologist first put me on Retin-A, my skin began to behave abnormally. Perhaps the biggest change I noticed after going on the topical retinoid was an increase in oil. It got to the point that after cleansing my face and applying sunscreen, I would look like a sweaty wreck within 15 minutes. It wasn’t immediately obvious that the retinoid was to blame for the uptick in sebaceous gland activity. What become clear was that my sunscreen had it’s own role in the entire mess. At that time, I was using the Cetaphil Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer, again on recommendation from my doctor. The product was pricey, but my skin never took well to it. It always seemed that after having applied the sunscreen, my face became at least two times more oily. In search of a solution, I stumbled upon the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock.
Finding cheap Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock never proved to be easy, but it became clear very quickly that this product is worth it’s weight in gold. The sunblock is sold in an nondescript container with the Neutorgena logo prominently at top, and the “Ultra Sheer” brand and SPF rating below. The first one I demoed out had an SPF of 30, although now the product is available in several different grades from SPF 45 up to 70. The product comes in a very convenient tube that makes it very easy to control the outward flow of the sunblock and discretely carry it around wherever you need to go. One of my favorite features is the cap, which makes it nearly impossible for any unwanted sunblock to seep out.
To be honest, I was at first a bit hesitant to try the product. Nowhere on the bottle did it say that the product was intended for acne-prone skin. But, if you examine the back carefully, it says the product is Oil free and non-comedogenic. Be aware that many manufacturers simply stamp this statement no their back of their products, when in fact they can have some adverse reactions on sensitive skin. So, while I took all this stuff in with a grain of salt, I went ahead and tested the product out. Boy am I sure glad that I did.
The sunblock comes out in a very smooth and workable consistency. The product has that distinct sunblock smell which we all know (and hopefully) love. This was initially a concern for me as I didn’t want to walk around with that smell near my nostrils all day. Turns out that this was an irrational smell.
As hoped, the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock spread very easily on my skin and required very little effort to work in. Be aware that if you get lazy spreading it out, it will leave portions of your skin discolored. I have always applied the sunblock atop my Erytromycin acne gel. Since it is formulated with alcohol (the Erythromycin), it absorbs pretty quickly. You may have to wait a bit before applying sunscreen with your specific acne medication. Sometimes, the sunblock will clump together with dry areas of my skin leaving whitish strands on my face. These strands can be removed quite easily using your finger.
After having applied the sunscreen for the first time, I immediately noticed that my skin was dry and looked very uniform. It happens that this is one of the unexpected bonuses you get from the product. Since it dries with a bit of a whitish tint on your face, it helps hide a good amount of the pigmentation left over from since healed acne lesions. This is a very welcome effect, especially for the guys since wearing makeup is plainly out of the question. Again, it all comes down to applying the sunblock to your face patiently. If you rush and don’t work it in sufficiently, your skin may look a tad blotchy.
You shouldn’t need to reapply the UltraSheer sunscreen throughout the day, that is unless you’re going to the beach or any other destination with significant amounts of sunlight. The sunblock can be removed effortlessly at the end of the day using Cetaphil or another quality cleanser.
In terms of it’s non-comedogenic label, I haven’t experienced any adverse effects from this product. Everyone is different, so it’s best to demo it out for a week or so to see if it makes your acne act up, although I’d say its unlikely from personal experience.