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Last Updated Jan 8, 2024

Best Sunscreens for Hyperpigmentation

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Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Muneeb Shah

Sunscreen plays the most important role in protecting the skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays and other environmental damage which can worsen or cause hyperpigmentation.

As we always say in dermatology, the best sunscreen is the one you’ll actually use every single day. When choosing a sunscreen for hyperpigmentation, opt for a product with broad-spectrum protection, SPF of 30 or higher. Tinted sunscreens are also ideal as they provide extra coverage from visible light while helping to even out skin tone. Look for "iron oxides" in the ingredient list.

My Favorites:

  • EltaMD Tinted UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
  • Drmtlgy Tinted Facial Sunscreen SPF 46
  • Super Goop! Glow Screen

Doctor's Note

Look for a tinted sunscreen with SPF30 or higher

The Research

Lyons AB, Trullas C, Kohli I, Hamzavi IH, Lim HW. Photoprotection beyond ultraviolet radiation: A review of tinted sunscreens. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021

Dr. Muneeb Shah

Board-Certified Dermatologist

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Dr. Muneeb Shah

Board-Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Muneeb Shah is a double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Micrographic Dermatologic Surgeon in Hudson Yards, New York. He is passionate about educating the public on common skin issues and has accrued a following of 21+ million across his social media platforms on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.

Location: New York City, NY

Doctor's Note

Look for a tinted sunscreen with SPF30 or higher

The Research

Lyons AB, Trullas C, Kohli I, Hamzavi IH, Lim HW. Photoprotection beyond ultraviolet radiation: A review of tinted sunscreens. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021

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