I tested it on my neck before putting it on my face- good thing! Because this caused an itchy, crazy-red rash everywhere I applied it. Yuck! NOT for sensitive skin.
Just about every sunscreen breaks me out so I was excited to try this, especially since it contains niacinamide.It is supposed to be calming to the skin. For some reason, every time I apply this product, it stings my skin for a few minutes. Did not break me out though. Not worth it for me. I will stick with my Replenix spf 45 which I have been using for years now.
Heard good things about this ss on rosacea and skincare forums, but unfortunately it isn't on sale in the UK so I had to order it. The postage from the US is horrible, but I'm willing to pay to find a product that works for me. Sadly, the Elta ss didn't. It went on smoothly, no noticeable white cast (I'm very pale anyway), and although there was a sheen, it was attractive and definitely not a shine! So far, so good. But by the end of the second day of use, I'd broken out in small red pimples and pustules all over my face - everywhere I'd applied the Elta. When I discontinued use, the pimples went away. I think I must be one of those people whose skin is easily clogged by the zinc oxide, which is a shame, as otherwise I really liked the product. Back to the Anthelios for me!
I love this sunscreen! It absorbs quickly and does not leave any noticeable residue on my skin or cause breakouts. Most of the other high SPF sunscreens that I have used in the past would ball up on my skin as soon as I tried to apply a moisturizer or foundation over them. That is not the case with Elta MD UV Clear. It is also very reasonably priced for the quality. It is definitely the best sunscreen I have ever used and I highly recommend it. The only drawback is that it is not very moisturizing and those with dry skin will probably need to use an additional moisturizer after applying this.
I plan to use Elta MD 46 clear the rest of my life. Completely non-greasy, miraculously easy to apply, and works in Texas sun. Probably not going to stay on for heavy exercise or swimming but it's so easy to reapply...
I went thru 2 bottles of this before I realized it was causing tiny bumps on my forehead and chin.
I would buy this again if I have no choice. I purchased this to replace Sofina Lucent which was discontinued. I purchased Sofina to replace Shiseido SPF55 lotion which was discontinued.
I think this a good sunscreen but just not for me or for summer time in New York.
The texture is nice and rubs in smoothly. However, there is the usual issue with whiteness around my hairline but I have learned to fix that. Also, it does leave my face shiny with a slight cast but again I've learned to fix that with make-up.
It just does not stay on!!!
It's fine when I'm in my apartment but when I leave that's the end of my sun protection! This is first sunscreen that I've used that literally runs off my face like it leaving the scene of a crime! I'm trying not to take it personally.
On the plus it does not break me out! Hooray for that. But then again it's not on my face long enough for that to happen. I'm hoping that it will stay on in fall and winter. In the mean time my face has gotten a lot of colour this summer and I feel the wrinkles acoming!
In addition to this because of it's ineffectiveness as a sunscreen (for me) because of it's lack of tenaciousness, my sun induced hives were active and I sometimes looked like an extra from "The Hills Have Eyes".
Did I mentioned that it was on average $30 for 1.7oz? Nice, huh?
The search continues...
I really like this sunscreen. It doesn't irritate my mild rosacea/acne prone skin. No breakouts or irritations. It blends in and absorbs well. It doesn't cause any extra shine in my day if I put a loose powder on top. And as long as I don't sweat too much or get wet it protects my skin perfectly, even on vacation. It's not waterproof or water-resistant. So that would be my only complaint. But for a daily use under makeup or for vacation or a day at the beach, it works perfectly. I would definitely buy this again.
Good but not great for me. Although advertised as very light I could still feel this on my skin in the heavy heat and humidity. LRP Anthelios ultra light still wins that category. It does go on with just a slight white tint that then quickly disappears so I wouldn't call it "clear. "I love the %age of zinc oxide in this but I think you can find equally good sunscreens elsewhere without the high pricetag plus you only get 1.7 ounces. Nice pump container. I hate that I have to order this and for all the reasons listed won't buy again. And finally this didn't do anything noticeably for my rosacea and breakouts; it's just a sunscreen.
After trying and using hundreds of facial sunscreens, (only to get acne, greasy, flaky, streaky, ghostly-pallor, more melasma due to lack of photo-stability or UV-A filters, or great tans which I want to avoid), I've FINALLY found a facial sunscreen that really meets my needs.This works well for days I spend outdoors and doing a lot of swimming. It's water-resistant for as long as can be expected, and it covers evenly with a sheer finish. It's not completely matte but it doesn't make me look like I haven't washed my face in a week, like most other sunscreens. It leaves a white cast upon application, but this vanishes within a couple of minutes. I have to be careful not to over-apply or this will turn white & flake & ball-up & all those nasty sunscreen issues. It doesn't sting, and my breakouts from prior sunscreens are clearing up. I'm glad that Niacinamide is included because, it's been shown to (eventually) help fade discolorations. I'm currently using Refissa every night, so I really like the drier feeling of Clear SPF 46. I've spent many days in the sun, recently in AZ, and here in SoCal, and I've noticed no darkening of melasma/discolorations, and no tanning on my face!