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The best sunscreen is one that you will use. For suggestions based on your skin care needs, make an appointment with one of our dermatologists in Berkley, West Bloomfield, Commerce, Beverly Hills, or Farmington Hills.

The Best Sunscreen: Sun Protection Recommendations

Our patients frequently ask us this question: “What is the best sunscreen?”

Our answer is usually this: “The best sunscreen is one that you use.”

Using sunblock regularly can minimize consequences of overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays like sunburns, premature aging, wrinkling, and skin cancer including melanoma.

The proper use of sunblock is important as well. Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun, as the chemicals in sunscreen take time to bind to your skin in order to become fully protective. Lip sunscreen should be applied 45 to 60 minutes before you go out in the sun. Reapply every 2 to 4 hours as recommended by the product manufacturer.

There are two types of sun protection: physical and chemical sunblock/sunscreen. Physical sunblock uses physical UV filters, which protect the skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s harmful rays. Chemical sunscreens use chemical UV filters that work by absorbing, or in some cases scattering, the sun’s rays.

Although each person’s skin is different, following are some of the brands that dermatologists have found to be favorable.

Non-Comedogenic Sunscreen

(Non-Acne Causing)

  • Colorescience Broad Spectrum Powder Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Tizo Facial Mineral Fusion SPF 45
  • Cerave AM
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50
  • Cetaphil Dermacontrol SPF 30
  • Vanicream SPF 35 or 50
  • Aveeno Protect + Hydrate
  • Neutrogena Dry Touch
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid
  • DML Facial

Chemical Sunscreen

  • La Roche Posay Anhelios SPF 30 or 60
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Spray SPF 50 or 85
  • Aveeno Natural Protection

Physical Sunblock

(Recommended for Photodamage/Hyperpigmentation)

(Main Ingredients: Zinc Oxide & Titanium Oxide)

  • Associated Dermatologists Antioxidant Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50
  • Tizo Facial Mineral Fusion SPF 40
  • Colorescience Broad Spectrum Powder Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SPF 50
  • Cerave Zinc SPF 30 or 50
  • Solbar Zinc SPF 38 or 50
  • Vanicream SPF 35 or 50

Organic Physical Sunblock

(Recommended for Children)

  • Babyganics
  • Badger Block
  • Mychelle (cosmetically elegant)
  • Babo

The continued development of formulations provides additional choices in sunscreens. Speak with one of our dermatologists to see which sunscreen is right for you or your children.